Saturday 10/4/21
Title: “A bruised reed He will not break, And smoking flax He will not quench.”
Author: Pastor Johnson Chong
Translator: Margaret Ong

Matthew 12:20 ” A bruised reed He will not break, and smoking flax He will not quench, till He sends forth justice to victory;”

The Jews often used the reed as a flute. When the reed was bruised and couldn’t make a sound, they broke it and discarded it. They also used hemp as a torch, poured oil in it, and lit it up when walking. When the oil stopped burning, there would be smoke, and no light would be emitted, so people simply blew out the dying flame. Those who are weak are the objects of Lord Jesus’ salvation, and He treats them with gentleness, just like how he treats people with heavy burdens. (Matthew 11:28~30) “28 Come to me all you who labor and are heavy laden , and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”. Not only does He not make them break and extinguish, but He also leads them to victory, because in Him they will find justice.

In the same way, when the shepherd is struck, the sheep shall scatter, and when they are scattered, they become food for all wild animals. The Lord’s sheep are scattered among the mountains, on the high hills, and scattered all over the earth. No one is trying to find them, no one is looking for them. Some shepherds only know to shepherd themselves but not the flocks, so that the sheep become thin, sick, wounded, expelled, and some are lost. How painful is the heart of Lord, because they are distressed and displaced, like sheep without a shepherd.

Today, I don’t know how many such sheep are dying spiritually. They are like bruised reeds and smoking flax. They are crushed by sin, the environment, sorrow, diseases and various burdens. They were discouraged, they couldn’t lift their heads, and their waists couldn’t straighten up. (Luke 13:11, “ and there was a woman who had a spirit of infirmity eighteen years, and was bent over and could in no way raise herself up.) What should we do with this group of people? These weak, failed, discouraged, frightened, and those who dare not stand up in front of people and identify with the Lord, just like Peter, should they be despised? be broken? be discarded? No!The Lord said that instead of breaking them, He would lift them up; Instead of discarding them, He would heal them. When our Lord was alive, He did not despise or break the guilty woman, but sought to save the lost. He especially appeared to Peter to restore him. What should we do?

Some believers are really like dying lights, and there is almost no oil in them. The heart is extremely dried up, has lost the touch of the Holy Spirit, not enlightened by the Bible, no flicker of peace and joy in them, and there is no good testimony. It seems that it is not there to shine, but to appear as smoke, lethargic and stumbling. Shake off the pretense— it is better to put it out completely, so as to not humiliate the name of the Lord. But the Lord didn’t mean to blow it out. He didn’t want a lamb to be lost, a small piece of money to be lost, and a prodigal son to die. He wanted to add oil to them one day, and then they could shine again. But usually at some point in time, it was either blown out by the people nearby, through a severe rebuke, an expression of disgust, and an act of unforgiveness. O, watch out! Our work is not to break and blow out, but to support and refuel, imitating our Lord. Even though He disciplines us because of our weakness, He does not condemn us. Because of a bruised reed, He will not break ; And smoking flax He will not quench.

Prayer: Dear Abba Father, we want to thank you and praise you. For the pioneer and perfecter of my faith, we are looking unto You with all our heart, trust in You, and obey You. When we encounter trials and weak faith, may your words continue to comfort us, strengthen us, and make us strong. Holy Spirit, may you fill us and moisturize our thirsty hearts. Pray in the holy name of the Lord Jesus Christ, Amen!

每日灵粮
题目:“压伤的芦苇祂不折断,将残的灯火祂不吹灭。”
作者:张胜牧师

马太福音 12:20 “压伤的芦苇祂不折断,将残的灯火祂不吹灭。等他施行公理,叫公理得胜。”

犹太人常用芦苇作笛子,当芦苇被压伤了,吹不出声音,就把它折断丢弃。他们也用麻作火把,浇上油点火发光,作走路时照明之用。当油烧尽时,就会冒烟,发不出亮光,人们便索性吹熄。软弱的人是主耶稣救赎的对象,祂用全部的柔和来对待他们,就像对待担重担的人一样。(马太福音11:28~30) “28凡劳苦担重担的人,可以到我这里来,我就使你们得安息。29我心里柔和谦卑,你们当负我的轭,学我的样式,这样,你们心里就必得享安息。30因为我的轭是容易的,我的担子是轻省的。“。祂非但不叫他们折断、熄灭,还要引领他们得胜,因为在祂里面,他们将找到公理。

同样的,当牧人被击打的时候,羊就分散了,既分散就作成了一切野兽的食物。主的羊在诸山间,在各高岗上流离,在全地上分散,无人去寻,无人去找。有的牧人只知道牧养自己,却不牧养群羊,以致羊都变成瘦弱的、有病的、有受伤的、有被逐的、也有些是失丧的,主的心是何等伤痛,因为他们困苦流离,如同羊没有牧人一般。

今天不知有多少这样的羊,正在灵命垂危之际,犹如压伤的芦苇和将残的灯火,他们被罪恶压伤了,被环境压伤了,被愁苦压伤了,被疾病压伤了,被各种的重担压伤了。他们的心灰了,头抬不起来了,腰也直不起来了。(路加福音13:11有一个女人,被鬼附着病了十八年。腰弯得一点直不起来。)对於这样的人应当怎样呢?这些软弱的、失败的、灰心的、丧胆的、不敢在人面前站起来承认主的,像彼得一样,应当对他们藐视吗?折断吗?丢弃吗?不!主说,祂不折断,反而要加以扶起,祂不丢弃,反而要医治。我们的主祂当时在世时,祂不曾轻看、祂也不折断有罪的女人,反而寻找拯救失丧者。祂特别向彼得显现将他挽回过来,我们应当如何呢?

有的信徒真像将残的灯火,他里面几乎完全没有油了。心里极为枯乾,失去了圣灵的感动,没有圣经的亮光,在他们身上找不到平安喜乐的影子,更没有甚麽好的见证,似乎不是在那里发光,乃是在那里冒烟,或者昏昏沉沉、摇摇幌幌、真不如完全熄灭好,免得羞辱主的名。但主的意思,并不是要吹灭,祂不愿意一只小羊失丧,一块小钱丢掉,一个浪子死亡。祂愿意有一天他们里面能再加上油,再能重新发光。可是多少时候,却被旁边的人一口吹灭,一句厉害的责备,一种厌恶的表情,一次不肯饶恕的举动。啊!当心哪!我们的工作不是折断和吹灭,乃是扶助和加油,效法我们的主。即使祂因我们软弱而管教我们,却不责难我们。因为压伤的芦苇,祂不会将它折断;将残的灯火,衪也不吹灭。

祷告:
亲爱的阿爸天父,我们要感谢和赞美祢。为我的信心创始成终的主啊,我们要专心仰望祢、信靠祢、顺服祢。当我们遇见试炼和信心软弱时,愿祢的话语继续安慰我们、坚固我们、刚强我们。圣灵啊,愿祢来充满我们、滋润我们干渴的心。奉主耶稣基督的圣名祷告,阿门!