If possible, read the whole chapter to see the full picture of what is happening here.
Then focus on the following section:
15Aware of this, Jesus withdrew from that place. Many followed him, and he healed
all their sick, 16warning them not to tell who he was. 17This was to fulfill what was
spoken through the prophet Isaiah:
18”Here is my servant whom I have chosen, the one I love, in whom I delight;
I will put my Spirit on him, and he will proclaim justice to the nations.
19He will not quarrel or cry out; no one will hear his voice in the streets.
20A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out,
till he leads justice to victory.
21In his name the nations will put their hope.”
1. Jesus didn’t have a smooth ministry. In fact, he met a lot of opposition. Jesus
responded to the hostility by simply asking those healed “not to tell who he
was” and leaving the area. Why?
2. Matthew explained by quoting a passage from one of Isaiah’s “servant songs” (Is
41:1-9). Messiah “will not quarrel or cry out”. He will be so gentle that He will
not even snap a worthless reed flute, or discard a soot-filled candle wick.
3. Continue to concentrate on your Lord Saviour and get to know him deeper by
reflecting on the characteristics listed in the passage. Praise and thank him for
his humility and gentleness and also the wonderful work he’s done in your life.
Prayer & Journaling:
On your prayer journal, as you listen to God, write down a few thoughts, questions,
words, names, drawings, or anything that has come to your mind during this time.
Proverbs for Today: Prov 2:16-19
Spend some time making a portrait of Jesus using this passage and Isaiah 41:1-9
as background information. What do you find most striking about this Jesus?
Is he different from your idea of him before? Why? Let everyone talk about it.