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!
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。”