What Is A “MeekRaker?”
What on earth is a MeekRaker?
This word can be broken down into two parts “Meek” and “Raker.” Capital letters were used in order to minimize any mispronunciations such as Mee- kraker; but the “etymology” is actually the fusion of these two words.
What is meek? And who in their right mind would ever want to be meek? Courage, strength, and bravery are characteristics that are generally considered desirable; but meek? No thanks. Unfortunately, the meaning of this word has been distorted over time to include things such as timidity, or shyness; weakness, or cowardice, but this is not; or rather should not be so.
Chambers states: “meek adj. Probably before 1200 meok gentle, humble, in Ancrene Riwle; later mec (probably about 1200, in the The Ormlum ); borrowed from a Scandanavian source (Compare Old Icelandic mjukr soft pliant gentle….”AT-1
These origins seem to be adjectival in nature, and describe a condition of humility or softness. Thus a meek person, by these definitions would indicate a humble or soft person. The opposite of this would then be a person who is prideful or hard.
Humble vs. prideful is an easy one. Who would want to be prideful? The Bible is replete with warnings about pride; and it was pride that started all of the messes to begin with. Pride may make one “feel good” for a short period of time, but as previously referenced; the Bible is quite clear that on that path there lies destruction.
But what does the Bible actually have to say about being a meek person? It tells us that the meek shall (not will or might) inherit the earth.AT-2 It further tells us that the meek will be guided in judgment will be taught His way.AT-3 The meek will be lifted up by the Lord, and He will cast the wicked down to the ground.AT-4 He will save all the meek of the earth.AT-5
And what about the Bible’s statements regarding being “hard?” “For their heart was hardened.”AT-6 “Have ye your heart yet hardened?”AT-7 “… their eyes and hardened their heart.”AT-8 “But they and our fathers dealt proudly, and hardened their necks, and hearkened not to thy commandments, and refused to obey, neither were mindful of thy wonders that thou didst among them; but hardened their necks, and in their rebellion…”AT-9 “Happy is the man that feareth always: But he that hardeneth his heart shall fall into mischief.”AT-10 “He that being often reproved hardeneth his neck, shall suddenly be destroyed, and that without remedy.”AT-11
The actual word in all of these citations which is translated as hard is: “4456 poroo (a kind of stone); to petrify, i.e. (fig.) to indurate (render stupid or callous): – blind, harden.AT-12
With respect to hard, there is a clear Scriptural relationship between the same and disobedience; not being mindful of God performing wonders in one’s life, rebellious, falling into mischief, and being destroyed without remedy. In addition, by the very definition of the original word, one who is “hard” is also stupid callous and blind. (If a physical heart were actually to turn into stone, you are just dead; so surely that definition does not apply in this context or usage.)
Thus, meek or soft; that being the opposite of hard; would tend to be obedient, be mindful of God performing wonders, not rebellious, not falling into mischief, and not destroyed. Furthermore, one would not be stupid, callous or blind.
The use of the term meek as soft, also implies teachable.
Hardhead: will not change mind. Hardhearted: will not change heart. Hard necked: junction between head and heart is hard, and will not permit mental change to be transmitted to change the heart.
If it is firmly established that the term “revelation” has the prerequisite of being the truth; when confronted with potential revelation; it has been the authors’ experiences that hard persons; specifically those of the head, neck, and heart variety; will generally behave according to the “Three A’s:”
A1 is anger. This is the first response. This anger is not so much because there is a remote chance that they may be wrong, but rather when it is somewhat clear that they are wrong. This would be best illustrated as a line on a graph rising from left to right; with the level of anger represented by the vertical axis, and time represented by the horizontal axis.
A2 is argument. This generally begins with emotionally (anger) driven arguments. As the arguments begin to fail, the level and usually the slope of A1 will increase. When all possible arguments, logical, relevant or otherwise have been proffered, the original arguments will then return. This would be best illustrated as a circle under the rising anger line referenced above. Often, what is just under the skin, (which is generally the reason for the pride and subsequent anger) will pop its “head” out; revealing things previously unknown about this individual.
A3 is absconding. When all of the arguments and the repetition thereof have unquestionably failed, the hard person will generally abscond; or run away. This may be represented by actual physical separation, changing the subject or in some other manner. This could be perceived as the disappearance of the anger line, but is only subjective; as the true level of anger then becomes somewhat hidden.
Contrarily, the meek will weigh the value of any purported revelation; and then decide precisely what it is that merits their belief. Sincere questioning and even some arguments will be presented; but here not with the primary purpose of proving that they, the inquirer, is correct; but rather to understand precisely what it is that this revelation represents; knowing that if it in fact does represent revelation, then this will be to their benefit. A logical decision will then be made with respect to what constitutes the truth.
The primary basis for the actions of a “hard-head,” is emotional in nature. The primary basis for the actions of the meek; although perhaps including some emotional factors; (i.e. passion), is largely intellectual.
In a sense, the purpose of a rake is to separate the soft from the hard. The Bible refers to separating the wheat from the chaff, the silver from the dross; hence the title.
The authors neither ask nor expect readers to believe everything contained herein. Meek or hard is not so much determined by what one believes; but rather by the process involved in making these determinations.
—” MeekRaker Beginnings… ” pp. 249-252 Copyright © 2016 Quadrakoff Publications Group, LLC All rights reserved.
AT1 Chambers Dictionary of Etymology. Copyright © 1988 The H. W. Wilson Company, New York, NY p.648
AT2 www.kingjamesbibleonline.org (KJV) (Matt.5:5) retrieved June 2011
AT3 www.kingjamesbibleonline.org (KJV) (Ps. 25:9) retrieved June 2011
AT4 www.kingjamesbibleonline.org (KJV) (Ps. 147:6) retrieved June 2011
AT5 www.kingjamesbibleonline.org (KJV) (Ps. 76:9) retrieved June 2011
AT6 www.kingjamesbibleonline.org (KJV) (Mark 6:52) retrieved June 2011
AT7 www.kingjamesbibleonline.org (KJV) (Mark 8:17) retrieved June 2011
AT8 www.kingjamesbibleonline.org (KJV) (John 12:40) retrieved June 2011
AT9 www.kingjamesbibleonline.org (KJV) (Neh. 9:16) retrieved June 2011
AT10 www.kingjamesbibleonline.org (KJV) (Prov. 28:14) retrieved June 2011
AT11 www.kingjamesbibleonline.org (KJV) (Prov. 29:1) retrieved June 2011
AT12 Strong, James. Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance of the Bible. © 1890 James Strong, Madison, NJ p. 63 (Greek)