This has been on my heart after reading a fascinating word study on the term “meek”. Lookin up meek in the dictionary, you may see it defined as “overly compliant” or “docile” or even “spiritless”. Culturally that is the meaning which the word has taken on. Translated from the Greek word “praus”, meek had a different cultural connotation then we might at first think.
Every year the Greeks used to go into their mountains and capture wild horses for use in their military. Training would begin. This was the ALERT academy for horses. Following training there were essentially three categories of horses. First there were the horses that were broken. They were “meek” in our modern use of the word. Docile & tame they were able to take direction in the long line of pack animals. There were other horses; wild and unruly brutes that were rebels at heart. These were utterly useless to the military.
There was a third category, however. These were called, by the Greeks, “Praus” the same term used by Jesus to describe those who would inherit the earth. Still full of fire and energy, they were full of passion and power, but it was a disciplined power. Like Moses going before Pharoh or Jesus entering the temple to challenge the Pharisees and Sadducees, these “Praus” horses were submissive to their masters and their passion was directed towards their masters will.
In the same way, when we consider our roles as occupiers for Christ, his regents on earth, we should seek to be meek or “praus”, that is to say, it should be our prayer to be bold and fearless, but not for our own interests like a wild horse roaming the mountains, but like a war horse charging into the ranks of the enemy sensitive to our master’s call, our master’s desires and our master’s wishes.
Take THAT to the ballot box this year!
“ 9 For evildoers shall be cut off; But those who wait on the LORD, They shall inherit the earth. 10 For yet a little while and the wicked shall be no more; Indeed, you will look carefully for his place, But it shall be no more. But the meek shall inherit the earth, And shall delight themselves in the abundance of peace.” Psalm 37