Other than in the children’s hymn does the Bible mention anything about Jesus being gentle?
Isaiah prophesied of him –
A bruised reed he will not break,
and a faintly burning wick he will not quench;
he will faithfully bring forth justice.
Isa 42:3 (ESV)
The Lord is near to the brokenhearted
and saves the crushed in spirit.
Ps 34: 18 (ESV)
These suggest someone considerate of those who are hurt, damaged, and/or ‘broken.’
According to dictionary.com an obsolete meaning of ‘meek’ is gentle, kind. Nowadays it is sometimes seen as synonymous with ‘weak’.
Strong’s 4239 says the Greek word from which the English translation is derived is ‘praus’
HELPS Word-studies says this… “This difficult-to-translate root (pra-) means more than “meek.” Biblical meekness is not weakness but rather refers to exercising God’s strength under His control – i.e. demonstrating power without undue harshness.
[The English term “meek” often lacks this blend – i.e. of gentleness (reserve) and strength.]”
I remember when in Bible college this subject was discussed the lecturer explaining it was ‘power under control’ – that was a long time ago and I might not have quoted it as he did, but that is the general idea. Jesus had the power, He chose not to exercise it.
One of the synonyms of meek is ‘docile’ – which means ‘easily managed or tractable – easily shaped.’
Perhaps that is why some encourage us to see the helpless Babe in a manager.
You will not find Him there.
Nor will you find Him in the Christmas tree. (That is pagan anyway.)
Some of His comments were far from gentle
Jesus says, “Do not think that I have come to bring peace to the earth. I have not come to bring peace, but a sword. For I have come to set a man against his father, and a daughter against her mother, and a daughter-in-law against her mother-in-law.”
Some of His actions were far from gentle
Two times He ‘cleansed’ the Temple
Jesus’ first cleansing of the temple is described in John 2:11–12 as having occurred just after Jesus’ first miracle, the turning of water into wine at the wedding in Cana. John makes it clear that it was “after this” that He went to Capernaum, where He “stayed for a few days.” Then in the next verse (verse 13), John tells us that the “Passover of the Jews was at hand” (NKJV). These verses trace Jesus’ movements over a short period of time from Cana in Galilee to Capernaum and eventually to Jerusalem for the Passover. This is the first of the two times Jesus cleansed the temple.
The second cleansing of the temple occurred just after Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem the last week of His life. This second cleansing is recorded in Matthew, Mark, and Luke but not in John. There are differences in the two events, aside from their being nearly three years apart. In the first cleansing, temple officials confronted Jesus immediately (John 2:18), whereas in the second cleansing, the chief priests and scribes confronted Him the following day (Matthew 21:17–23). In the first event, Jesus made a whip of cords with which to drive out the sellers, but there is no mention of a whip in the second cleansing. So there are two recorded occasions when Jesus cleansed the temple—the first time at the beginning of His public ministry, and the second time just after His triumphal entry into Jerusalem shortly before He was crucified.
This is not the only place these instances are mentioned, but it is much simpler than the sources I used some years back when researching for Hold the Faith.
Jesus in the Gospels is the Jesus of Revelation
And one of the elders said to me, “Weep no more; behold, the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the Root of David, has conquered, so that he can open the scroll and its seven seals.”
Revelation 5: 5
And with the opening of the scroll comes the ‘plagues’ (bowls), then the trumpets, and ultimately the woes.
Jesus is the Lion of the tribe of Judah, the One who unleashes all these things on the world.
Jesus is straight, true and faithful. Yes, he punishes… those who have had many ‘chances’ and not chosen His way. But Jesus is also the One who said…
But Jesus said, Suffer little children, and forbid them not, to come unto me…
Matt 19: 14 (ESV)