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Lesson # Matt. 12:20-21
Study Material - Matt. 12:20-21
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20 A bruised [suntribo] reed [kalamos] shall he [katagnumi] not [ou] break [katagnumi] , and [kai] smoking [tupho] flax [linon] shall he [sbennumi] not [ou] quench [sbennumi] , till [heos] [an] he send forth [ekballo] judgment [krisis] unto [eis] victory [nikos] .
21 And [kai] in [en] his [autos] name [onoma] shall [elpizo] the Gentiles [ethnos] trust [elpizo] . KJV-Interlinear
20 'A battered reed He will not break off, And a smoldering wick He will not put out, Until He leads justice to victory. 21 'And in His name the Gentiles will hope.' NAS
A reed is useful when it is rigid and firm. A shepherd would cut off a reed and make it into a musical instrument. When it became soft, the music ceased and the reed was discarded.
The wick of a candle would burn bright, but as it burned down, the fire, the light would cease. The candle would be discarded and replaced with another candle.
This is where mankind stands in history. Withered reeds therefore no music soothing and pleasant to God and the universe. Smoldering wicks, giving off no more light, no fire. The useless and the worthless is all the world has to offer, and all the world can receive.
God stands in the gap to restore the music through the strengthening of the soul through Bible doctrine. God stands in the gap to rekindle the wick that had gone out, thus bringing back the fire of ones life and the light with which to see life clearly.
Believers can look to God, through Jesus Christ for their hope.
Jesus is also a withered reed, but His destiny is not to be discarded from history, but to win a victory over the useless and the worthless. He refuses to give in. He refuses to be thrown out. He refuses to be discarded.
God has a plan. That plan is based on His omniscient knowledge covering every possibility, every alternative, every potential of history. Sorting through all the posible scenarios of histories, God selected the best scenario, and decided that it would be the one to pursue. Knowing every thought, desire, and actions people woudl take. Hacing full control over who would be born and when, over who would die and when, knowing all the possible weather patterns and when, knowing all the geological events (earthquakes, volcanoes, storms of all types), God selected the best possible life for each person who would ever live. God also left up to each one of us the right to decide whether to follow Him or follow some other plan we might think best for ourselves. Our own plan is based of course on the ultimate of arrogance and stupidity, since we have virtually no control over the world around us, and cannot even see into the future of tomorrow let alone years ahead.
Jesus Christ came to this world in fulfillment of Gods plan which we call the Divine Decrees. He was battered and blown out by the world. But He possessed power far beyond that of the world and short sighted people.
Christ came back, defeating death and sin, was rekindled and restored just as He rekindles and restores each one of us through our learning Bible doctrine. Fully relying on the Holy Spirit as we are to rely today (the concept of fellowship), Jesus Christ set all His divine powers aside and fulfilled the role of the perfect sacrifice for mankind. Mans works were rejected as Gods works are the only acceptable and pleasing works recognized by God.
Man offers restrictions on man, and privilege to those deemed acceptable, for entry into mans kingdom. The Pharisees sought their own panecea, and when they became threatened and began losing power and position, they turned to deceit, plotting, and finally violence in order to regain their power and positions. Such is the pattern of life of liberal or selfish minded people. They hope for the worst of conditions to happen to people in order to have an argument for regaining their positions of authority. They have nothing to offer for improvment to the human condition. They do not wish to offer any improvment. They only seek their own power and control over others, something they lack (in reality) over their own life.
Now is the time to post a prayer.
End Of Lesson
Study to show thyself approved (mature) unto God, a workman that needs not to be ashamed, rightly dividing (studying/discerning), the Word of truth.
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