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Mild Moses

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Moses was a waterboy and a player; simultaneously…and (m is for) meek. (i suppose You already know Your consonants and vowels, huh? DUH!😉)

“Seek Jehovah, all you meek ones of the earth . . . Seek meekness.”​—ZEPH. 2:3.

THE Bible describes Moses as being “by far the meekest of all the men on the face of the earth.” (Num. 12:3) Does this mean that he was weak, indecisive, and afraid of confrontations? That is how some might describe a meek person. But such an idea is far from the truth. Moses was a strong, decisive, and courageous servant of God. With Jehovah’s help, he confronted the mighty ruler of Egypt, led perhaps 3,000,000 people through a desert, and helped the nation of Israel conquer their enemies.

We do not face the challenges that Moses overcame, but each day we must deal with people or situations that make it difficult to be meek. However, we have a powerful incentive to develop this quality. Jehovah promises that “the meek will possess the earth.” (Ps. 37:11) Would you describe yourself as being meek? Would others describe you that way? Before we can answer those important questions, we need to know what it means to be meek.

Am i meek and mild?!…
EXPRESSIONS EXPLAINED: Meekness. People who are meek are gentle when dealing with others and remain mild-tempered even when provoked. Humility. People who are humble are free of pride or arrogance; they view others as being superior to them. When referring to Jehovah, humility means that he deals with those who are inferior to him in a loving and merciful manner.

Meekness is like a beautiful painting. In what way? Just as an artist combines a number of appealing colors to produce a painting, we must combine a number of appealing qualities to be meek. Prominent among those qualities are humility, submissiveness, mildness, and inner strength. Why do we need those particular qualities if we want to please Jehovah?

Only humble people will submit to God’s will. Part of God’s will is that we be mild. (Matt. 5:5; Gal. 5:23) When we do God’s will, we make Satan furious. So even though we are humble and mild, many people who are part of Satan’s world hate us. (John 15:18, 19) As a result, we need inner strength to resist Satan.

The opposite of a meek person is someone who is haughty, shows uncontrolled anger, and does not obey Jehovah. That describes Satan perfectly. No wonder he hates meek people! They expose the flaws in his personality. And even worse for Satan, they prove that he is a liar. Why? Because no matter what he says or does, he cannot stop meek people from serving Jehovah!​—Job 2:3-5.

It takes a LOT of inner strength to be meek, mild and humble in today’s (look at me/listen to me/do what i want immediately: cause i’m so great, right, important, angrily-aggressive) world!…

How did Moses respond when he was treated without respect?

When given authority: It can be a challenge for those who have authority to remain meek, especially when someone they oversee treats them disrespectfully or questions their judgment. Has that ever happened to you? What if a family member acted that way? How would you respond? Consider how Moses dealt with that situation.

Jehovah appointed Moses as leader of Israel and allowed him to record the laws that governed that nation. There was no doubt that Jehovah was backing Moses. Even so, Moses’ own sister and brother, Miriam and Aaron, spoke against him and questioned his judgment in choosing his wife. Some men in Moses’ position might have become angry and vengeful​—but not Moses. He did not become offended easily. He even pleaded with Jehovah to end the punishment of Miriam. (Num. 12:1-13) Why did Moses react that way?

Moses had allowed himself to be trained by Jehovah. Some 40 years earlier, when he was a member of the Egyptian royal family, Moses was not meek. In fact, he had been so quick-tempered that he killed a man who he judged was acting unfairly. Moses assumed that Jehovah would agree with his actions. Jehovah spent 40 years helping Moses to understand that he needed more than courage to lead the Israelites; he needed to be meek. And to be meek, he also needed to be humble, submissive, and mild. He learned that lesson well and became an excellent overseer.​—Ex. 2:11, 12; Acts 7:21-30, 36.

When treated disrespectfully, do not become easily offended. Humbly acknowledge any faults you have. (Eccl. 7:9, 20) Submissively follow Jehovah’s direction on how to handle problems. And always answer mildly. (Prov. 15:1) Family heads and overseers who respond that way please Jehovah, promote peace, and set an example of how to be meek.

Excellent example of 3 Hebrew boys/ Young men: aka by Babylonian names:  Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego.​—Dan. 1:7

Consider the example that three Hebrew exiles​—Hananiah, Mishael, and Azariah—​set for us. The king of Babylon commanded them to bow down to a large image of gold. Mildly, they explained to the king why they would not worship the image. They remained submissive to God despite the king’s threat to burn them in a blazing furnace. Jehovah chose to save those men immediately, but they did not presume that he would do that for them. Rather, they were willing to accept whatever outcome Jehovah would permit. (Dan. 3:1, 8-28) They proved that meek people are truly courageous​—no king, no threat, and no punishment can break our resolve to give Jehovah our “exclusive devotion.”​—Ex. 20:4, 5.

13 When our loyalty to God is tested, how can we imitate the three Hebrews? We humbly trust that Jehovah will care for us. (Ps. 118:6, 7) We answer those who accuse us of wrongdoing in a mild, respectful manner. (1 Pet. 3:15) And we absolutely refuse to compromise our friendship with our loving Father.

Stressed out? (and the Greater Moses)…

When dealing with stress: All of us feel stress for a variety of reasons. We may have felt it before taking a test at school or performing a particular task at work. Or we become stressed just thinking about a medical procedure we might need. When we are under stress, it is difficult to be meek. Incidents that normally do not trouble us might begin to irritate us. Our words may become harsh and our tone cold. If you have ever felt stressed, consider the example of Jesus.

15 During the final months of his life on earth, Jesus was under intense stress. He knew that he would be executed and that he would suffer terribly. (John 3:14, 15; Gal. 3:13) Some months before his death, he said that he was distressed. (Luke 12:50) And just days before his death, Jesus said: “I am troubled.” We can sense his humility and his submissiveness to God as he poured out his feelings in prayer: “Father, save me out of this hour. Nevertheless, this is why I have come to this hour. Father, glorify your name.” (John 12:27, 28) When the time came, Jesus courageously handed himself over to God’s enemies, who executed him in the most agonizing and humiliating way possible. Despite the stress, despite the suffering, Jesus meekly did God’s will. Without a doubt, we can say that Jesus is the most outstanding example of someone showing meekness under stress!​—Read Isaiah 53:7, 10

[excerpted readings: Seek Meekness and Please Jehovah w February 2019]

Strong, Courageous, “Real” Leaders/Real Men…(e.g., Moses) & in particular: Jesus…self-controlled mild & meek under extreme stress and distress!
4/16/19 @ 10:07 p.m.
{a p.s. just in case: to tie in the dance clip a bit:…in tap: the triple time step, etc. is difficult to master…(where are my old tap shoes?…i miss tap/dancing)…not that i could manage now with my healing boo-boo leg;)…a tricky step…takes practice, precision, discipline, etc…same with certain leadership qualities…in the dance of life, etc.}
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As a female individual, a firm believer in Truth and True God Yahweh…

An observation: inaccuracies seem to spectrum shallow and SUPERFLUOUS.

I LOVE🙂 this excerpted reading…(partially because simplicity, to me, is an elegant-efficient-organization; a hallmark of humble/true/pure worship/religion v. arrogant/fake/contaminated religion).

(my highlights of readings…lessons from a Great Teacher!🙂)

During his earthly ministry, Jesus was known for teaching important truths in a way that was simple, clear, and easy to understand. (Matt. 7:28, 29-When Jesus finished these sayings, the effect was that the crowds were astounded at his way of teaching,+29 for he was teaching them as a person having authority,+ and not as their scribes.) In the same way, he provided us with a simple yet meaningful way to commemorate*(To commemorate means to do something special in order to remember and honor an important event or person.) his death. Let us consider closely this Memorial meal and some of the things Jesus said and did. We will appreciate even more just how humble, courageous, and loving Jesus really is, and we will learn how we can imitate him more closely.

Jesus introduced the Memorial of his death in the presence of his 11 faithful apostles. He took what was at hand from the Passover meal and made this simple commemoration. (Read Matthew 26:26-28.) He used only the unleavened bread and the wine that were already on hand. Jesus told his apostles that those two basic items symbolized his perfect body and blood, which he would soon offer up in their behalf. The apostles may not have been surprised at the simplicity of this important new meal. Why not?

4. How does the advice that Jesus gave earlier to Martha help us to understand why Jesus kept the Memorial meal simple?

Consider what happened months earlier, during the third year of Jesus’ ministry, when he visited the home of his close friends​—Lazarus, Martha, and Mary. In that relaxed setting, Jesus began teaching. Martha was present, but she was distracted with preparing a large meal for her honored guest. Observing this, Jesus kindly corrected Martha, helping her to see that an elaborate meal was not always necessary. (Luke 10:40-42) Later, with just hours remaining before his sacrificial death, Jesus applied his own counsel. He kept the Memorial meal simple. What does this tell us about Jesus?

5. What does the simplicity of this meal show about Jesus, and how does this harmonize with Philippians 2:5-8?

5In everything that Jesus said and did, he was humble.So it is not surprising that he showed great humility on that last night of his life on earth. (Matt. 11:29) He knew that he was about to offer the greatest sacrifice in human history and that Jehovah would resurrect him to a glorious position in heaven. Even so, he did not draw undue attention to himself by requiring an elaborate observance of his death. Instead, he told his disciples that once a year they should remember him by means of this simple meal. (John 13:15;1 Cor. 11:23-25) The simple but appropriate meal shows that Jesus was not a proud person. We can be happy that humility is one of the outstanding qualities of our heavenly King.​—Read Philippians 2:5-8.

6. How can we imitate Jesus’ humility when we face trials?

How can we imitate Jesus’ humility? By putting the interests of others ahead of our own. (Phil. 2:3, 4) Think back to the final night of Jesus’ earthly life. Jesus knew that he would soon experience a painful death; yet, he was deeply concerned about his faithful apostles, who would soon be grieving for him. So he spent the last night instructing, encouraging, and reassuring them. (John 14:25-31) Jesus humbly showed more concern for the welfare of others than for himself. What an excellent example he set for us!


7. How did Jesus show great courage just after he introduced the Lord’s Evening Meal?

Just after Jesus introduced the Lord’s Evening Meal, he demonstrated tremendous courage. How so? Jesus accepted his Father’s will for him, even though he knew that doing so meant that he would be executed for the shameful crime of blasphemy. (Matt. 26:65, 66; Luke 22:41, 42) Jesus maintained perfect integrity so as to honor Jehovah’s name, uphold God’s sovereignty, and open the way to endless life for repentant humans. At the same time, Jesus prepared his followers for what they would soon face.

Down to modern times, true Christians have sought to commemorate Jesus’ death. They followed the procedure for the Lord’s Evening Meal as best they could, sometimes under difficult conditions. Note the following examples. While in solitary confinement in a Chinese prison, Brother Harold King had to be innovative. He discreetly prepared the Memorial emblems, using what he had on hand. He also calculated the date for the Memorial as carefully as he could. When the time came for the commemoration, he​—alone in his cell—​sang, prayed, and gave a Scriptural talk.

16 Here is another example. A group of sisters imprisoned in a concentration camp during World War II risked their lives to commemorate the Lord’s Evening Meal. However, because of the meal’s simple nature, they were able to observe the Memorial discreetly. They reported: “We stood close together in a circle, in the midst a footstool with a white cloth bearing the emblems. A candle lit the room, as electric light might have betrayed us. . . . We expressed anew our fervent vows to our Father to use all our strength for the vindication of His holy name.” What outstanding faith they showed! And what love Jesus displayed when he made it possible for us to observe the Memorial even under difficult circumstances!

17. What questions might we ask ourselves?

17 As the Memorial approaches, we do well to ask ourselves the following questions: ‘How can I imitate Jesus more closely in showing love? Do I think more about the needs of my fellow[…]than about my own? Do I expect more from […] than they can give, or am I aware of their limitations?’ May we always imitate Jesus and show “fellow feeling.”​—1 Pet. 3:8.

i’ve found: Secular/religious ceremonies…Over-the-top POMP and circumstance and elaborate-showy-fan-fare, super-fancy garb, and overly-complicated-pompous-rituals…YELL “FAKE” to me!!

(Elaborate Lies/Intricate Webs.)

It’s not easy to be a spiritually-minded person…it takes time, research, comparative study of True science and True Spirituality, etc…willingness to be mocked and maltreated; worse. To be individually different and rejected by majority.

Why do a growing number of people consider themselves to be nonreligious? (*the term nonreligious refers to people who either do not belong to an organized religion or do not believe in God.)

Some may be distracted by pleasures or anxieties. (Luke 8:14) Some have become atheists. Others believe in God but think that religion is old-fashioned, irrelevant, and incompatible with science and logical thinking. They may hear friends, teachers, or media personalities say that life evolved, but they rarely hear logical reasons for believing in God. Others are repelled by clergy who are greedy for money and power. In some places, governments officially limit religious activity. [excerpted w July 2019, Reaching the Hearts of Non-Religious People]

i’ve found ‘Truth’  (and genuine displays of love)…demonstrate an elegant simplicity, humility, and sublime beauty…(nature attests to this).

i don’t know of any so-called ‘great’ leaders: religious or secular:  recent past or present: pope or president: on bended knee willingly washing dirty feet (silly joanie;) unrealistic expectation? wash feet when they cannot keep their own hands clean?!), or riding to meet followers on donkey.;) (Do arrogant jack-***** ride…posh, eh?)

18 The requirement to observe the Memorial of Christ’s death will not last much longer. When Jesus “comes” during the great tribulation, he will gather his remaining “chosen ones” to heaven, and the Memorial will cease to be commemorated.​—1 Cor. 11:26; Matt. 24:31. [excerpted reading: What a Simple Meal Teaches Us about a Heavenly King w January 2019]

Whether we are spiritually-minded, religious or non…Jesus ‘simply’ taught the supreme value of courage, love, and humility…worth cultivating.🙂


8:06 p.m. 4/6/19

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i cannot do what i… would like to do…

i must do what i have to do!

(yeah, woeisme…poor baby;)).

that is life of any/all conscience prisoners…we all find ourselves facing struggles/challenges (newer and older) reaching out for the…real  life.


i am  s       t           r            e           t         c             “h    i”             n       g

out as far as abel


the moment.


may be?? You just don’t understand/get it? (That’s okay.)



for sure is not my motivator knot/or holder backer.

teary! Wow! just had an inspiring card given to me now/today while composing this (hope it will encourage You:) too)

4/03/19 @ 5:02 p.m.

the fine fight (of the faith, etc) and for the real life:)

Sharing my ‘Get Well Soon’ balloon…cause all of us, all of us fellow-suffering-team-of-humanity, we need to Get Well! (Spiritually, mentally, emotionally, physically) and permanently stay there!💚🙂

1:11 a.m. 4/4/19

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