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Bible Study "Bruised reed" and "smoldering wick".

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Matthew 12:20
"A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out, till he has brought justice through to victory."

Albert Barnes on Matthew 12:20
"A bruised reed ... - The reed is an emblem of feebleness, as well as of fickleness or want of stability, Matthew 11:7. A bruised, broken reed is an emblem of the poor and oppressed. It means that he would not oppress the feeble and poor, as victorious warriors and conquerors did. It is also an expressive emblem of the soul broken and contrite on account of sin; weeping and mourning for transgression. He will not break it; that is, he will not be severe, unforgiving, and cruel. He will heal it, pardon it, and give it strength.

Smoking flax - This refers to the wick of a lamp when the oil is exhausted - the dying, flickering flame and smoke that hang over it. It is an emblem, also, of feebleness and infirmity. He would not further oppress those who had a little strength; he would not put out hope and life when it seemed to be almost extinct. He would not be like the Pharisees, proud and overbearing, and trampling down the poor. It is expressive, also, of the languishing graces of the people of God. He will not treat them harshly or unkindly, but will cherish the feeble flame, minister the "oil" of grace, and kindle it into a blaze.

Till he send forth judgment unto victory - "Judgment" here means truth - the truth of God, the gospel. It shall be victorious - it shall not be vanquished. Though the Messiah is not "such" a conqueror as the Jews expected, yet he "shall" conquer. Though mild and retiring, yet he will be victorious."
http://biblehub.com/commentaries/barnes/matthew/12.htm


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The Lord Jesus will have Mercy and Grace on His weaker sheep and give them strength and hope.
Some of we Christians seem to need more Mercy and more Grace than others. Its a comforting
thought to read that the Lord Jesus will extend that Mercy and Grace to the weaker Christians
within His Christian Church.
 

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Albert Barnes on Matthew 12:20
"A bruised reed ... - The reed is an emblem of feebleness, as well as of fickleness or want of stability, Matthew 11:7. A bruised, broken reed is an emblem of the poor and oppressed. It means that he would not oppress the feeble and poor, as victorious warriors and conquerors did. It is also an expressive emblem of the soul broken and contrite on account of sin; weeping and mourning for transgression. He will not break it; that is, he will not be severe, unforgiving, and cruel. He will heal it, pardon it, and give it strength.

I understand the thinking of this dear man, alot of truth in his ideas.
The world in general would speak on different terms right now.
This is a good topic IMO to understand what God is doing in lives on a personal level.
I have shared a few things about my understanding of the world as being a schoolhouse, seems if you don't get into the debauchery of what people are living, it just does not have the same impact.
We are visual, it seems we need to see ravaged lives before the understanding can fit in, good post.
 
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