Wednesday, May 22, 2013

Jesus, A bruised reed, he will not break

א  הֵן עַבְדִּי אֶתְמָךְ-בּוֹ, בְּחִירִי רָצְתָה נַפְשִׁי; נָתַתִּי רוּחִי עָלָיו, מִשְׁפָּט לַגּוֹיִם יוֹצִיא.
ב  לֹא יִצְעַק, וְלֹא יִשָּׂא; וְלֹא-יַשְׁמִיעַ בַּחוּץ, קוֹלוֹ.
ג  קָנֶה רָצוּץ לֹא יִשְׁבּוֹר, וּפִשְׁתָּה כֵהָה לֹא יְכַבֶּנָּה; לֶאֱמֶת, יוֹצִיא מִשְׁפָּט.

He didn't shout or raise his voice in public.  He did not crush a bruised reed nor put out a smoldering wick.  -Isaiah 42:2-3

Jesus is tender, gentle, compassionate.  I was gripped by this passage lately and have a few words of encouragement.

1. A bruised reed- I think fragile here.  A bruised reed, with the lightest tug, can break and be ruined.  Jesus treated other with gentleness and care.  He didn't come on the scene harsh & destructive, though he could have.  He deals with wounded people gently.

2. A smoldering wick- it is out but still capable, still heated.  Some people are burnt out in their faith, possibly due to the harshness of others.  There is a lady we know in Bremen who, for whatever reason, has been hurt by the judging of others.  She has heat, potential, but the flame has been extinguished.  Jesus was not a snuffer of wicks.  He was one who encouraged others and freed others to live for God.  He was patient with those who needed time to develop in their faith (Peter & the 11, you and me).

3. He didn't shout- He could have come as a violent revolutionary, like the zealots.  But he came gently, like a sheep to the slaughter.  His kingdom is growing, at an astounding rate today.  Like a tidal wave building in the see...but not through force or violence.  But make no mistake, it is growing.

To summarize, we are frail.  Jesus knows how to handle frail, broken people like us. People who have been hurt.  Do you trust Him? 
Also, may we treat people with the same care as he treats others.  May we not become harsh and critical snuffers.

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