Here Is My Servant.

Here is my servant…. He will not break a bruised reed or quench a smoldering wick. Matthew 12:18-20; Isaiah 42:1-4.

 Matthew talks of Jesus’s healing and then ordering the healed to  be quiet about who he healed as evidence of Jesus fulfilling the Servant prophecy of Isaiah. Commentators almost universally believe that the bruised reed and smoldering wick refer to persons weak in body and weak in faith, respectively. The idea is that Jesus is tender and loving, not harsh toward human weakness.

 Isaiah’s prophecy does not highlight the strength or power of God’s servant, but instead highlights tenderness and restraint from causing harm. This servant, who pleases God’s soul, is praised for his gentleness not his might. The word servant itself does not bring forth the image of a ruler who orders certain conduct from his people, but of one whose purpose is to help and serve.

 I certainly have been “bruised” in my life, and I certainly have at times believed my flame was all but burnt out. I suspect we all have felt this way and for many, still do. During those times, I needed comfort not judgment. I needed forgiveness and mercy, not a figure of majesty and power. I found then, as I find every day, that gentle spirit was there whenever I was in need.  

 Isaiah and Matthew both highlight the servant. Perhaps, they are also sending us a signal. The signal — We are called to be servants, as well. We are called to not break bruised reeds or quench smoldering wicks. And, if we become servants of God then we too have the chance to hear said, “my beloved, with whom my soul is well pleased.” Matthew 12:18.

About the author

Webb Hubbell, former Associate Attorney General of The United States, is an author and speaker. His novels, When Men Betray, Ginger Snaps, A Game of Inches, The Eighteenth Green, and The East End are published by Beaufort Books and are available online or at your local bookstore. When Men Betray won one of the IndieFab awards for best novel in 2014. Ginger Snaps and The Eighteenth Green won the IPPY Awards Gold Medal for best suspense/thriller.

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