Sunday, November 16, 2014

A Bruised Reed He Will Not Break

For the next few weeks I want to look at few of the passages that some of you shared two weeks ago to encourage our friend.  The first is from Isaiah 42, especially verse 3:

1“Here is my servant, whom I uphold,
my chosen one in whom I delight;
I will put my Spirit on him,
and he will bring justice to the nations.
2He will not shout or cry out,
or raise his voice in the streets.
3A bruised reed he will not break,
and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out.
In faithfulness he will bring forth justice…

These words, written by Isaiah hundreds of years before Jesus, refer to the suffering servant who will come as the Jewish messiah. The language of verse 3 is intriguing and surprising. The promised king will, in fact, bring victory, but not at all as expected. He is not so much strong in battle as he is tender and gentle with the weak. “A bruised reed he will not break.”

In the biblical world, though they were fragile, reeds were used for many purposes, but a bruised reed was of a little value. Once they were banged up, they were usually cast aside. At times in our lives, some of us may feel like damaged reeds and smoldering wicks, and wonder if we have any real value. We wonder if our failures, our physical weakness or our emotional fragility have rendered us useless.

But the King who is promised in Isaiah 42  and who has come according to Matthew 12, does not cast us aside. The more we are aware of our need, the more we find strength in his kindness and in his gentle touch. “Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the Kingdom…”


  1. This was well needed this morning for me after a weekend of dealing with physical limits and still feeling this way. I'm so grateful for having a Savior and Friend I can go to for my strength to do the daily things I need to do. Praise our Lord. Thanks for sharing Tom.

  2. This was definitely a spark in the darkness for me today. Thanks Tom. I am very self accused and when I am weak in spirit or body it is so easy to think he will move on and not help. I know what I will be studying in quiet times now. Shoring up my hope that he won't break what is bent. Thank you.

  3. It is always so wonderful to be reminded of the gentleness and kindness of our God. He is so big and yet He is mindful of all my frailty and flaws. I will never completely understand my God, but I pray to always be grateful and stand in awe of Him! Thank you for sharing.