24 Days of Advent Scripture Devotionals

Day 18 – A Bruised Reed He Will Not Break

A Study of Reeds – Claude Monet

He will not cry out, nor raise His voice, nor cause His voice to be heard in the street. A bruised reed He will not break, and smoking flax He will not quench. – Isaiah 42:3

I love this description of the Messiah. Everybody may give up on you. You may give up on yourself. But he will see in you the smallest bit of faith and turn it into something great. As this passage in Isaiah says, he came “to open blind eyes, to bring out prisoners from the prison, those who sit in darkness from the prison house.”

Isaiah 42:1-9

“Behold! My Servant whom I uphold,
My Elect One in whom My soul delights!
I have put My Spirit upon Him;
He will bring forth justice to the Gentiles.

He will not cry out, nor raise His voice,
Nor cause His voice to be heard in the street.
A bruised reed He will not break,
And smoking flax He will not quench;

He will bring forth justice for truth.
He will not fail nor be discouraged,
Till He has established justice in the earth;
And the coastlands shall wait for His law.”

Thus says God the Lord,
Who created the heavens and stretched them out,
Who spread forth the earth and that which comes from it,
Who gives breath to the people on it,
And spirit to those who walk on it:

“I, the Lord, have called You in righteousness,
And will hold Your hand;
I will keep You and give You as a covenant to the people,
As a light to the Gentiles,
To open blind eyes,
To bring out prisoners from the prison,
Those who sit in darkness from the prison house.

I am the Lord, that is My name;
And My glory I will not give to another,
Nor My praise to carved images.
Behold, the former things have come to pass,
And new things I declare;
Before they spring forth I tell you of them.”

Paul wrote that Jesus “became for us wisdom from God” (1 Corinthians 1:30). Wisdom is knowledge combined with judgment for a particular situation. Wisdom applies the truth to accomplish justice. As the passage above states: “He will bring forth justice for truth. He will not fail nor be discouraged, till He has established justice in the earth.”

Perfect Love. Perfect Justice. Perfect Wisdom. Thank you Lord, that you show mercy to all who will humble themselves and ask for it. Thank you that you will also bring justice on the earth. There is none like you!

Hymn: Let All Mortal Flesh Keep Silence

The words of this hymn come from the Liturgy of St. James from the 4th Century, set to A French Carol Melody by Picardy.

Let all mortal flesh keep silence,
And with fear and trembling stand;
Ponder nothing earthly minded,
For with blessing in His hand,
Christ our God to earth descendeth,
Our full homage to demand.

King of kings, yet born of Mary,
As of old on earth He stood,
Lord of Lords, in human vesture,
In the body and the blood;
He will give to all the faithful
His own self for heavenly food.

Rank on rank the host of heaven
Spreads its vanguard on the way,
As the Light of light descendeth
From the realms of endless day,
That the powers of hell may vanish
As the darkness clears away.

At His feet the six winged seraph,
Cherubim with sleepless eye,
Veil their faces to His presence,
As with ceaseless voice they cry:
Alleluia, Alleluia
Alleluia, Lord Most High!

I love this arrangement by Fernando Ortega.

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