About a week ago we began a new series that has a connection to the previous series, ‘fruit,’ in its metaphorical manifestation. It consists of the qualities noted in Galatians 5:22-23 as the fruits of the Spirit. If you missed the Hebrew Word from the Lord titled ‘the fruit of the Spirit,’ we recommend that you read it now. You can find it in a previous email from about two weeks ago. The eighth fruit of the Spirit is humility: ‘a•na•va.’
Meek or modest is ‘a•nav’ in Hebrew. Find out at the end of this discussion how many people were characterized as such in the Bible.
There is an identical teaching for the virtue ‘a•na•va’ in both the Old Testament where it is mentioned seven times, and the New Testament where it appears twice as many times. This is a simple-to-understand attribute and quite difficult to follow.
The Book of Proverbs is teaching us where it belongs:
“The fear of the Lord is instruction in wisdom; and humility is before honor”
The word ‘fear’ here is not the same ‘fear’ that comes to mind nowadays. Rather, it indicated a deep devotion to follow His words to the letter. The fear is the fear of failing to do this.
Humility is the way to be among other people:
“Remind them to be in subjection to rulers and to authorities, to be obedient, to be ready for every good work, to speak evil of no one, not to be contentious, to be gentle, showing all humility toward all men”
Of the entire Bible only one person, Moses, was characterized as a•nav, meek, humble:
“And the man Moses was very humble, more than any other men which were upon the face of the earth”