Broken, But Not Beyond Repair!



Isaiah 42:1-3

42 Behold my servant, whom I uphold; mine elect, in whom my soul delighteth; I have put my spirit upon him: he shall bring forth judgment to the Gentiles.

He shall not cry, nor lift up, nor cause his voice to be heard in the street.

A bruised reed shall he not break, and the smoking flax shall he not quench: he shall bring forth judgment unto truth.

Matthew 12:14-21

14 Then the Pharisees went out, and held a council against him, how they might destroy him.

15 But when Jesus knew it, he withdrew himself from thence: and great multitudes followed him, and he healed them all;

16 And charged them that they should not make him known:

17 That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying,

18 Behold my servant, whom I have chosen; my beloved, in whom my soul is well pleased: I will put my spirit upon him, and he shall shew judgment to the Gentiles.

19 He shall not strive, nor cry; neither shall any man hear his voice in the streets.

20 A bruised reed shall he not break, and smoking flax shall he not quench, till he send forth judgment unto victory.

21 And in his name shall the Gentiles trust.

If we look closely we’ll see a beautiful word picture is found within our text…

The great prophet Isaiah had been out gathering the thin reeds, which grew so plentifully in the Jordan valley… The reeds were used as writing instruments for the scribes, because they did not have number 2 pencils, and ink pens like we have today…

As the great prophet sat at his table, with his reeds tied in a nice neat bundle, he began to make use of them by dipping them in his ink well to write…

As the reeds became saturated with ink the tips of them would eventually break down and they would have to be thrown away… At this point Isaiah drew a new reed from his bundle and continued the writing process, only to find that something was terribly wrong…

His new reed was damaged, and as he applied pressure on it to write, it buckled under his hand… He was about to throw it away when suddenly, a still small voice spoke to him and said, “When the Messiah comes, a bruised reed shall He not brake, and the smoking flax He will not quench”.

As we seen in Matthew some seven centuries later Matthew saw this prophesy fulfilled with Jesus…

Where Isaiah saw broken reeds, Matthew saw broken men…

Yes they were broken, but with Jesus they were not beyond repair… (Amen)

I want to give you a few things to think about this morning in regards to our text:


I. First we see the Great Tragedy Associated with the broken…

Matthew 12:20

20 A bruised reed shall he not break, and smoking flax shall he not quench, till he send forth judgment unto victory.

Without any doubt whatsoever, both the bruised reed, and the smoking flax represent to us a serious problem… and tis problem can be addressed to two specific groups of people… They are:

A. First, The Sinner…

Represented by “A bruised reed…”

The bruised reed is very descriptive with regards to the sinner… The sinner is a broken or bruised individual… (Expound)

Romans 3:9-18

What then? are we better than they? No, in no wise: for we have before proved both Jews and Gentiles, that they are all under sin;

10 As it is written, There is none righteous, no, not one:

11 There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God.

12 They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.

13 Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips:

14 Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness:

15 Their feet are swift to shed blood:

16 Destruction and misery are in their ways:

17 And the way of peace have they not known:

18 There is no fear of God before their eyes.

Simply put… The sinner is an individual who has been damaged by the fall… Everything about his, or her nature has been bruised… (Expound)

B. Secondly, The Saint…

Represented by “…the smoking flax…”

Just as the bruised reed represents the sinner, the smoking flax represents the saint…

No doubt in the life of the saint there was a time when the flame burned brightly… (Expound on the Joy of salvation)

But as of late it seems that something has gone terribly wrong with the candlestick… The wick has just about burned out and it is about to die…

As a result, the only sign of the flame is the faint, white, thin wisps of smoke that are arising from it…

Beloved… does this not describe the child of God who started out with much zeal, on fire for the Glory of God, but somewhere, and somehow he or she has gotten themselves side tracked and backslidden on God… (Expound)

II. Second we see the Gracious Tenderness Administered to the broken…

Matthew 12:20

20 A bruised reed shall he not break, and smoking flax shall he not quench, till he send forth judgment unto victory.

Oh my… how gracious and tender our wonderful Savior is in dealing with the fallen children of men… (Amen)

Consider with me how gracious He is with sinner and saint alike:

A. Consider first His Pity toward the Sinner…

What does the Bible say… “A bruised reed shall he not break…”

Oh sinner, do you realize that the only reason you are not in hell right now is because of God’s great mercy toward you?

Every day that you continue to exist is a day given to you by God… and the only reason your still here is because of Gods Great Mercy… and the fact that God has not yet chosen to break the bruised reed…

But be ye warned… Gods Mercy  want last forever… one day it will end and when it does  you will be destroyed if there’s not a change made in your heart toward God…

B. Secondly, Consider His Patience toward the Saint…

For the Bible also says, “…the smoking flax shall he not quench…”

Child of God look up here a minute… do you realize how patient God is being with you in your backslidden state?

There was a time when you burned brightly for God… What happened to make the flame die down to nothing more than a wisp of smoke?

Human nature says, “Pinch out the wick and light another candle”.

But the Savior in His patience replies, “ No. I will gently breathe upon it, and possibly renew the flame”. (Amen)

Do you realize that every time you feel your heart strings tugged by the Holy Ghost of God to return unto the Father, that God in His great patience is gently blowing across the wick of your candle?

How long will He suffer with you before He snuffs out your candle and lights another in someone else?

III. Third we see the Glorious Tribute Acknowledged by the broken…

Matthew 12:21

21 And in his name shall the Gentiles trust.

How great is the tribute to our wonderful Lord… He is hailed as the only Savior for all of mankind… both Jew and Gentile… (Amen)

A. Notice the Person of the tribute…
What does the scripture say? “And in his name…” Whose name? Jesus’ name! (Amen)

WHY!!!! - For there is none other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved (Acts 4:12).

Beloved… He’s the only one we can give a tribute of praise to for our salvation… there is none other… (Amen)

Oh how lovely is His name! For He is the Savior of fallen man…

B. Also Notice the People of the tribute…

And in His name; “…shall the Gentiles trust.”

No doubt Matthew watched the massive, crowd of people that came to Jesus for healing that day… and no doubt he saw that no man was denied access to God…

Jew and Gentile, rich or poor; all were welcomed, and all were healed (Matthew 12:15 “…and he healed them all…”).

All men find a place in the affections of the Savior…But… like the people in our passage, you must make the choice to come… it’s up to you…


Seven centuries divided Isaiah and Matthew…

Isaiah looked forward; Matthew looked back; and their vision met in the man Christ Jesus…

Isaiah thought of his reed; Matthew thought of men; and probably both were glad to say, “And in His name…shall we all trust”.

Have you trusted Him today? In the eyes of the world you may be broken, however; in the eyes of Jesus you are not beyond repair… will you choose to come?

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