Saturday, May 6, 2017

Meekness Isn't Weakness

I came across the 'Precept Austin' page while doing some background research on a Scripture passage for one of my elders. Whoever's responsible, they're evidently doctrinally sound by virtue of what, and whom, they affirm.

The website functions like an exhaustive curation of commentaries and word studies, verse by verse and word by word, of every passage you can think to search. It's not unlike BibleHub, then, but with the lexicon and commentary functions together on one page, and truncated for emphasis.

I find it useful for a thorough overview of  passages in preparation for expository preaching, as well as gaining a deeper appreciation of what the words mean. This is why, when someone asked me, "how does one become 'gentle and quiet'," per 1 Peter 3:4, I went to Precept Austin to look for an easy answer.

Following are some observations from that page on the verse in question which I found interesting.

"...but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious."

Praus and prautes convey the idea of tenderness and graciousness, and can be accurately translated “meekness” and “meek” respectively. But unlike those English words, the Greek terms do not connote weakness but rather power under control. The adjective praus was often used of a wild horse that was broken and made useful to its owner

 If you are committed to something, it will affect your will, which in turn will affect your emotions." (Drawing Near- Daily Readings for a Deeper Faith)

As noted above the Greeks characterized meekness as power under control and in the case of the Spirit filled believer this means that he or she is under the control of God's Spirit. From a practical standpoint, the individual who is "praus" exhibits a freedom from malice, bitterness, or any desire for revenge.

William Barclay
 The man who is praus is the man who is always angry at the right time and never angry at the wrong time. ....

In the sight of God - The Greek word enopion (from en = in + ops = face or eye) is literally in the face of, in the presence of and thus before. This picture makes her manifestation of a gentle and quiet spirit virtually a sacrificial act of worship! 


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