“Blessed are the meek” – Q&A #11

Blessed are the meek: for they shall inherit the earth.

Question: When will the meek “inherit the earth”?

Answer: Just as soon as they realize they already have it! After all, it was in the very first book of the Bible that we read:

“And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth.” (Gen. 1)

That word dominion means to have the authority and power to rule over something. In this case, God has given His highest idea, man, the power to rule over all the lower ideas on earth. We have been given dominion over all that we think and do, and we must learn to use this
dominion. Being meek includes having this dominion over our thoughts and actions; it is also called self-control and self-discipline.

It should become clear, then, that the meek have already “inherited the earth.” But, we must claim it and use it meekly.

“Thou madest him to have dominion over the works of thy hands; thou hast put all things under his feet.” (Ps. 8)

Mary Baker Eddy writes: “Man is not made to till the soil. His birthright is dominion, not subjection. He is lord of the belief in earth and heaven, — himself subordinate alone to his Maker.” (S&H 517)

Further Study: In Miscellaneous Writings, page 69-70, read the story of how Mrs. Eddy literally demonstrated man’s dominion over “the fish of the sea.”

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(Excerpted from “First Lessons in Christian Science, Volume Two: The Beatitudes”
Copyright 2002)

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