Bruised Reed

The Old Testament describes the symbol of the bruised reed in a similar way. "Now behold, thou trusted upon the staff of this BRUISED REED, even upon Egypt, on which if a man lean, it will go into his hand, and pierce it: so is Pharaoh King of Egypt unto all that trust on him" (II Kings 18:21).

The Assyrian-Hebrew ancients used the BRUISED REED to symbolize one who formerly possessed power, honor and might but who was later deposed and made powerless. Those who thought vainly they would trust in that BRUISED REED (formerly mighty, but presently splintered) would find that rather than helping them, the reed would actually bring injury, pain, sorrow and defeat by cutting into their hand as they lean on it. In other words the day of the Pharaoh (BRUISED REED) was over and likewise the day of leaning on the Old Testament law is over now.


John the Baptist was a BRUISED REED and as such his day was over. John's time was up. The day of the Old Testament was over That is why Jesus said, "Whosoever heareth these sayings of MINE (not Moses), and doeth them I will liken him unto a wise man, which built his house on a rock" (Matt. 7:24).

The time was just starting for the New Testament, which is Jesus' new commandment to love one another.

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