Sermonette: Wild Horses

Fruit of the Spirit

Given 19-Jun-21; 19 minutes

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Because translating from New Testament Greek to English involves substantive idiomatic and cultural differences, God's people may find it difficult to understand the meanings of some of the nine Beatitudes (Matthew 5:3-10) and the nine Fruits of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22), particularly the statements regarding being poor in spirit or being meek. Consequently, many have equated meekness and gentleness with weakness and passivity. The Greek author and soldier Xenophon, in his work The Art of Horsemanship, dispels the mistaken notion that meekness is weakness by describing how soldiers of his day selected war horses from the wildest of the stock but ones which were "broken" such that a rider could reliably exploit their strength, courage and agility in even the most dangerous situation. The Greek terms praus or prautes describes a state in which powerful strength is "meeked" or brought under control for a noble purpose. God's people are to yield their strength to their Heavenly Father's noble and divine purpose for them.