Passage: Mat 12 (NIV & AMP)
20 A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out, till he has brought justice through to victory. 21 In his name the nations will put their hope.” (Mat 12, NIV ) – emphasis added
3 A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out. In faithfulness he will bring forth justice; 4 he will not falter or be discouraged till he establishes justice on earth. In his teaching the islands will put their hope.”(Isaiah 42, NIV)
The above passage about Jesus, from Isaiah is quoted again in Mathew 12
Jesus was full of the Holy Spirit, the opposite of the spirit that is in most people around us
The normal tendency of any person who see a smoldering wick of a lamp or a candle, is to quench it immediately.
Here, it is mentioned about people who are weak/dying because of various situations. Jesus would handle such a person-who has lost all hope of living, in a different manner.
He will try to revive that person back to life, with His love!
That lamp was giving light to many, until it somehow got put-off by a situation or by someone!
It is very easy to blow a lamp off, than to light one!
Hospitals treat seriously ill persons in different ways. Some treat them to death, whereas some try every possible way to revive them
Church is to be the kind of “hospital” that gives the best treatment ot every person so that even the one with the least hope can survive!
Do you see “smoldering wicks” snuffed out by a church/people within?
That shows a dis-connection with Jesus.
The best candidate for Jesus is someone who is doing very bad or weak!
Next, we see that a bruised reed He will not break!
A bruised reed is not good for anything, as it is; but it can be straightened with a little support!
Everyone likes a reed when it is not bruised; it was very strong and cute: it was used for many purposes, such as a “support” for something or like that.
But once bruised, it is thrown away or thrown into fire
There may be someone who was smart, good looking, efficient, loved by all
But when they get “crushed” by some illness or some situation or even by some people, they may be looked/treated very badly!
There are so many “smoldering wicks” and “bruised reeds” around us; handle them as Jesus would! There could be one living with you!
Jesus put them with you at home/work/church so that you will handle them right; otherwise He would have put them with some one else!
People who lost peace because of a lost job or broken relationships; people who struggle because of disobedient children or illness or because of other people
How would we treat them? Join with evrybody else and ignore them?
Jesus wouldn’t! He would go near such a person and revive/encourage them!
God bless you, as you take a decision not to ignore a weak/dying person
Have a blessed day!
Prayer: Lord Jesus, thank you for speaking to me. I have ignored “smoldering wicks” and “bruised reeds” often because that was what everybody else was doing. But today, I make a decision to treat them as you would. So help me God; Amen
We can’t treat someone as Jesus would, unless we have the spirit of Jesus in us!