If an ox accidentally trampled on a bundle of reeds it would bruise many of them. We get a little pugnacious sometimes, and seek religious controversy; but our Saviour did not strive, nor cry, nor cause his voice to be heard in the streets; a bruised reed he did not break, and a smoking flax he did not quench. Think what a bruised reed like William Booth achieved by the grace of God and mercy of Jesus. and why art thou disquieted within me?” and yet he was a man after God’s own heart. Stead wrote about the Hallelujah lasses: Ridicule as we may the doggerel hymns, the incoherent prayers, the wild harangues, the violent gesticulations and all the rude sensations of a country fair imported into public worship, the fact remains that the Salvation Army has saved for the time being, numbers of the very lowest of the community from vice and crime. Roy Hattersley writes of William Booth: The church of England denounced him. But as you cannot do that, you are like the smoking flax: there is a little good, but that good is not great enough to make you very useful. Be comforted, but not self-satisfied; rest, but do not loiter. The word "flax" here rather means what we call tow, that is, the refuse of the hemp, or of the flax. Every single one of us is a bruised reed in one way or another. And where there's doubt, true faith in You. NATHANAEL was by nature a man free from cunning and deceit. We do not wonder that it should be so. What state does this represent? Isaiah 42:3 "The LORD is near to the brokenheartedand saves the crushed in spirit" (Psalm 34:18). The Lord bless you, for Jesus’ sake. (1) Conditions under which a wick smokes. Till he send forth judgment unto victory - "Judgment" here means truth - the truth of God, the gospel. “The smoking flax shall he not quench,” is a text for you timorous, desponding, feeble-minded, and yet true-hearted believers, and you may appropriate it to yourselves. Come along, you little ones,— you trembling ones! It is a comfort to know that Jesus does not snuff out the smouldering wick. The weakest saint upon his knees.”. He will blow upon you with the soft breath of his love till the little spark will rise into a flame. Perhaps we have neglected prayer, Bible reading and Sunday worship and our spiritual life begins to suffer. On arrival William Booth virtually took over the management of the household. Some were broken and curled around the others. (4) It is wonderful what Jesus accomplishes with a bruised reed. You have successfully subscribed to Chaim Bentorah's Free Daily Word Study! It does them no good - neither boys nor canes! There she befriended a lady who had been professor of music at Dresden Conservatory. If any of the notes played it would be a miracle. So he took possession of the rose room .... . If the Shepherd has a special attachment to you, He will restore you so you can once again make beautiful music for Him. If Jesus only accepted into his service those with such qualities there would be no place for me. More than likely his musical experience developed through a common practice among many shepherds who spent considerable time in solitude. In talking of it, at this time, I shall first enquire, WHAT STATE THIS METAPHOR REPRESENTS. The Believer Sinking in the Mire Christians are in the church because Jesus accepts sinful men. No, you would believe her because she was true; and I must have you believe Jesus Christ.” She said, “Sir, do pray for me.” “No,” I said, “I am not inclined to do that. the bruised reed and the smoking flax of the hypocrite, the Pharisee, the formalist, the legalist, and every other opponent. Sometimes the wick smokes when worldliness has damped it. He will not quench you, first, by pronouncing legal judgment upon you. Scripture: If a crooked stick is before you, you need not explain how crooked it is: lay a straight one down by the side of it, and the work is well done. Instead, God will simply refill the lamp with oil and relight us. But Jesus accepts and works with and through the weak, the worthless and the offensive - and that includes me. Eventually I had an altercation with old Jack of whom I wrote above. I know a teacher who although good with the children was abrupt, brusque, touchy and vehement.
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