John The Baptist A Bruised Reed

What does that mean? "A BRUISED REED shall He not break, and SMOKING FLAX shall He not quench, till He send forth judgment unto victory" (Matt. 12:20). Matthew was quoting from an Old Testament scripture in Isaiah 42:3 referring to our Lord Jesus Christ.

As a clue to find the answer, notice in Matthew 11:7: Jesus said to the crowd concerning John: "What went ye out into the wilderness to see? A REED shaken with the wind?"

Notice that Jesus connected John the Baptist with the symbol of a REED.

Notice that Jesus connected John the Baptist with the symbol of a REED.

Bruised Reed Shall Not Break

Jesus said, "But what went ye out for to see? A man CLOTHED in soft raiment? Behold, they that wear soft CLOTHING are in King's houses."

Jesus said, "But what went ye out for to see? A man CLOTHED in soft raiment? Behold, they that wear soft CLOTHING are in King's houses."

Jesus also connected the symbol of CLOTH or CLOTHING while describing John the Baptist. Linen CLOTH is made from the prepared fibers of FLAX - -"smoking flax shall He not quench."

Notice that Jesus referred to both symbols 1.) a reed and 2.) cloth (flax) -- when referring to His cousin John the Baptist. Also notice that the REED and CLOTH are used as symbols in the scripture "A BRUISED REED shall He not break and SMOKING

FLAX shall He not quench" (Matt. 12:20). It is starting to appear that the mysterious quote symbolically refers to Jesus' relationship with John the Baptist.

Also notice that the story of John the Baptist is within the context of scripture in Matthew Chapters 11 and 12. In other words, the clue of how to decode the mystery of the meaning of a "BRUISED REED and SMOKING FLAX" is in the same chapter and is within the same context of scripture.

Then Jesus said, "But what went ye out for to see? A prophet? Yea, I say unto you, and more than a prophet. For this is he, of whom it is written, behold I send my messenger before thy face, which shall prepare thy way before thee. Verily I say unto you, among them that are born of women there hath not risen a greater than John the Baptist: notwithstanding he that is least in the kingdom of heaven is greater than he" (Matt. 11:8-11).

Did you ever wonder why Jesus did not save John the Baptist and remove him from prison? Jesus knew that John was in prison but He left him there. Jesus never bothered to get John out. He never even went to visit him! But when Peter, the Apostle, was thrown into prison Jesus sent an angel to shake the foundation of the place (Acts 12:11). He even sent an earthquake to get Paul out of jail (Acts 16:26). Yet

Angel Gets Apostles Out Jail

SMOKING FLAX

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Responses

  • Sesto
    What does scripture mean, a bruised reed?
    5 years ago
  • aoife
    What does a bruised reed shall not break mean?
    5 years ago
  • Ralph
    What is a bruised reed and smoking flax?
    11 months ago
  • fre-swera
    What is a smoking flax in the bible?
    2 months ago

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