(Note: During the Lenten Season City Church will be blogging about Lent and our journey to Holy Week [April 16]. I will be linking to the blog posts here on my blog page but you can find each blog post on our City Church website. Our hope is that each of these blog/articles will be an encouragement to you as you journey through the Lenten season as well.)
Lent Day 7: A Bruised Reed by Dave Lescalleet
In the Old Testament, we have a prophet by the name of Isaiah who wrote the following about the promised Messiah: 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.”
In verse 3, Isaiah writes about a ‘bruised reed.’ The English word ‘bruised’ does not get across what the Isaiah is trying to teach us. Richard Sibbes in his book The Bruised Reed, points out that the word ‘bruise’ is a weak word because we experience bruises all the time. But in the Hebrew language, the word we translate as bruise, is a word that means crushed. A crushed reed he (the promised Messiah) will not break. It implies a deep contusion. Not a break in the skin externally but rather a break internally that has injured or destroyed a vital internal organ. Isaiah is talking about maybe something you don’t see on the surface. But on the inside you are so crushed, you are dying. For Isaiah it is the reed that is crushed. A reed is a stalk of grain that is broken (crushed) at such an angle it will never produce grain. But this servant that Isaiah is writing about is able to do something that no one can do. He can heal it and heal it so it can produce grain again. So what are we being taught here? We are being taught about Christ.
Today’s Scripture Reading: Matthew 7 (Focus on 7:15-23)