Isaiah 42:3 A bruised reed shall he not break, and the smoking flax shall he not quench: he shall bring forth judgment unto truth.
What exactly is a Bruised Reed?
Reeds are found in the middle east and they grow 3 to 5 feet tall. They’re hollow in the middle and are related to sugar cane, (even though sugar cane has a solid core.)
Egyptians considered reeds to be a symbol of grace. During mid-afternoon when the temperatures climb, they slump over and as the day cools off, they raise back up. I’ve read that it's pleasant to sit and watch this in the afternoons.
This type of hollow reed makes a good flute, flutes that lasted for generations. A shepherd boy could have a flute made by his grandfather and passed down to him, it was cherished. Sometimes a reed would get dropped to the ground and possibly broken.
This was called a Bruised Reed.
You can almost visualize a young Shepherd boy breaking his flute, and bringing it home to his mother and asking her to fix it. The mother would in no-wise cast it out. She would fix it with a string and some wax, maybe it would sound a little different, have a different tone, but it could still play, maybe it could even sound better.
Times come in life when we have been beat down by circumstances, the enemy will constantly try and tell you that you are a failure, remind you of all your past mistakes.
John 6:37 All that the Father giveth me shall come to me; and him that cometh to me I will in no wise cast out.
At this point you can start to feel burned out, just like a smoking flax, a candle wick that is smoldering:
and the smoking flax shall he not quench:
The breath of Life, sometimes we just need Jesus to breathe the 'Breath of Life' back into us, and re-light the fire from within.
…he shall bring forth judgment unto truth.
Judgment means: a favorable or unfavorable verdict on our behalf
Truth comes from the Hebrew word emeth’ which means certainty, assured, faithful and true.
Psalm 30:5 For his anger endureth but a moment; in his favour is life: weeping may endure for a night, but joy cometh in the morning.
Believe me, God knows all the circumstances.
He is: Yahweh Channum
God of Grace