Matthew 12:16-21. “And charged them that they should not make Him known: That it might be fulfilled which was spoken by Esaias the prophet, saying, Behold My Servant, Whom I have chosen; My Beloved, in Whom my soul is well pleased: I will put My Spirit upon Him, and He shall shew judgment to the Gentiles. He shall not strive, nor cry: neither shall any man hear His voice in the streets. A bruised reed shall He not break, and smoking flax shall He not quench, till He send forth judgment unto victory. And in His Name shall the Gentiles trust.”
As Jesus healed and taught the crowds, He told them not to spread word about Him. This was to fulfill Isaiah 42: 1-4, a prophecy of the life and ministry of Jesus. To journey through these verses is truly an amazing thing.
My Servant. . .My Beloved: This passage must have been a great comfort to Jesus, as His own people turned away from Him and accused Him. He knew He was the only Son of the Father, chosen to do a work that no one else could do.
I will put My Spirit upon Him: The spirit of the Father rested upon the Son. It was what gave Him strength, confidence, and utter peace. With the Father’s approval, all was well.
Judgment to the Gentiles: Some other translations state this as He will proclaim justice to the nations. I believe the meaning is clear that salvation will be offered to all, Jew and Gentile alike. His mission would be successful.
He shall not strive nor cry: Jesus would not be a rebel, an anarchist, a rabblerouser. He had no need to fight. He was God’s Son, and He had all power. He was not there to create civil war or an uprising against Rome.
Bruised reed. . .smoking flax: The gentleness of Jesus is so profound. He could have come as a might warrior (and one day He will!) but that was not His mission for that time. He was so gentle that He even a bruised reed of grass would not be harmed by His hand; even smoking flax would not be quenched by His power.
In His Name shall the Gentiles trust: Jesus is the hope of all the world. The prophecy will be fulfilled completely at the Second Coming, but in this passage the Holy Spirit uses it in a different way. Because Israel rejected Him, now the Gentiles would hear of God’s gift of grace.
I heard a message on Sunday morning about how to understand unbelievers. One of the things the preacher stressed was that according to Romans 1: 19-25, all people know at some level that there is indeed a god, some greater being that is worthy of worship. That is why men have, down through the ages, fashioned all sorts of idols. They are satisfying a need to worship One greater than themselves.
Jesus is The One. The only One.