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Matthew 12:14-21

The Pharisees went out and conspired against Jesus, how to destroy him. When Jesus became aware of this, he departed. Many crowds followed him, and he cured all of them, and he ordered them not to make him known. This was to fulfil what had been spoken through the prophet Isaiah: "Here is my servant, whom I have chosen, my beloved, with whom my soul is well pleased. I will put my Spirit upon him, and he will proclaim justice to the Gentiles. He will not wrangle or cry aloud, nor will anyone hear his voice in the streets. He will not break a bruised reed or quench a smouldering wick until he brings justice to victory. And in his name the Gentiles will hope."

Matthew 12:14-21
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    • The Pharisees used the Scripture as a code of law, always looking outwards to see how well it was observed. For Jesus, the Scripture was a communication with God, heart to heart. I pray this text from Isaiah as Jesus did, reassured as I notice how God’s promise calls me to hope and promises me life.
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    • Jesus experienced constant opposition and even hostility. In spite of this, he does not suspend his ministry of healing, forgiving and spreading the Good News. In him, we also find the courage and strength to persevere in times of difficulty and suffering. Do I give up too easily?
    • By referring to the great prophet, Isaiah, Matthew identifies Jesus with the Suffering Servant of the Old Testament. This Servant is filled with God’s spirit. In spite of the aggression of his opponents, Jesus mirrors the Suffering Servant, who is full of gentleness and compassion. ‘The Lord is merciful and gracious, slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love’ (Psalm 103:8). Am I a bit like him?
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    • Powerful people were out to destroy Jesus from the beginning, as when Herod tried to kill him as a baby? Why is this? Because Jesus poses a threat to all who put themselves in the place of God, by living as they please, and despising and dominating others. I pray for the powerful who destroy the loving relationships which are meant to hold our fragile world together.
    • Let me make the words of Isaiah my own! ‘Lord, I am here as your servant. You chose me: I am your beloved and you are well pleased with me. Put your Spirit in me so that I may lovingly bring justice to victory.’
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    • Jesus values even what is fragile or bruised; I bring the hopes I cherish before him and ask for blessing and hope. I acknowledge my hopes for myself, my relationships and I consider how I might work with God to bring them to life.
    • The voice of Jesus is not shrill or contentious: the spirit of God speaks to our hearts in a gentle and undramatic way. I pray that I may hear the voice of the Lord.
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    • /Until he brings justice to victory./ There is a crucial choice facing the enemies of injustice all over the world: to go the way of violence or non-violence? Che Guevara chose the former, Gandhi the latter. Both paid a heavy price. Jesus' way is gentle, not crying aloud or breaking the bruised reed. We need his assurance that he will patiently bring justice to victory.
    • Jesus is on the side of the weak. His message, demanding thought it may be, does not crush people. Justice comes through compassion - like care for the bruised reed - not through the exercise of power and violence. In this way Jesus is pleasing to his Father. Prayer strengthens the soul and personality, making us ever-more pleasing to God.
    • Jesus will always intervene on behalf of the weak, and do so in a way which is sensitive to them, and takes the limelight off himself. Justice is a major concern of Jesus, and this concern with justice will bring hope to all people. In prayer we often find the conviction and strength to do the work of justice.
    • Jesus values even what is fragile or bruised; I bring the hopes I cherish before him and ask for blessing and hope. I acknowledge my hopes for myself, my relationships and I consider how I might work with God to bring them to life.
    • The voice of Jesus is not shrill or contentious: the spirit of God speaks to our hearts in a gentle and undramatic way. I pray that I may hear the voice of the Lord.
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    • /Until he brings justice to victory./ There is a crucial choice facing the enemies of injustice all over the world: to go the way of violence or non-violence? Che Guevara chose the former, Gandhi the latter. Both paid a heavy price. Jesus' way is gentle, not crying aloud or breaking the bruised reed. We need his assurance that he will patiently bring justice to victory.
    • Jesus is on the side of the weak. His message, demanding thought it may be, does not crush people. Justice comes through compassion - like care for the bruised reed - not through the exercise of power and violence. In this way Jesus is pleasing to his Father. Prayer strengthens the soul and personality, making us ever-more pleasing to God.
    • Jesus will always intervene on behalf of the weak, and do so in a way which is sensitive to them, and takes the limelight off himself. Justice is a major concern of Jesus, and this concern with justice will bring hope to all people. In prayer we often find the conviction and strength to do the work of justice.
    • Jesus values even what is fragile or bruised; I bring the hopes I cherish before him and ask for blessing and hope. I acknowledge my hopes for myself, my relationships and I consider how I might work with God to bring them to life.
    • The voice of Jesus is not shrill or contentious: the spirit of God speaks to our hearts in a gentle and undramatic way. I pray that I may hear the voice of the Lord.
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    • /Until he brings justice to victory./ There is a crucial choice facing the enemies of injustice all over the world: to go the way of violence or non-violence? Che Guevara chose the former, Gandhi the latter. Both paid a heavy price. Jesus' way is gentle, not crying aloud or breaking the bruised reed. We need his assurance that he will patiently bring justice to victory.
    • Jesus is on the side of the weak. His message, demanding thought it may be, does not crush people. Justice comes through compassion - like care for the bruised reed - not through the exercise of power and violence. In this way Jesus is pleasing to his Father. Prayer strengthens the soul and personality, making us ever-more pleasing to God.
    • Jesus will always intervene on behalf of the weak, and do so in a way which is sensitive to them, and takes the limelight off himself. Justice is a major concern of Jesus, and this concern with justice will bring hope to all people. In prayer we often find the conviction and strength to do the work of justice.
    • Jesus values even what is fragile or bruised; I bring the hopes I cherish before him and ask for blessing and hope. I acknowledge my hopes for myself, my relationships and I consider how I might work with God to bring them to life.
    • The voice of Jesus is not shrill or contentious: the spirit of God speaks to our hearts in a gentle and undramatic way. I pray that I may hear the voice of the Lord.
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    • /Until he brings justice to victory./ There is a crucial choice facing the enemies of injustice all over the world: to go the way of violence or non-violence? Che Guevara chose the former, Gandhi the latter. Both paid a heavy price. Jesus' way is gentle, not crying aloud or breaking the bruised reed. We need his assurance that he will patiently bring justice to victory.
    • Jesus is on the side of the weak. His message, demanding thought it may be, does not crush people. Justice comes through compassion - like care for the bruised reed - not through the exercise of power and violence. In this way Jesus is pleasing to his Father. Prayer strengthens the soul and personality, making us ever-more pleasing to God.
    • Jesus will always intervene on behalf of the weak, and do so in a way which is sensitive to them, and takes the limelight off himself. Justice is a major concern of Jesus, and this concern with justice will bring hope to all people. In prayer we often find the conviction and strength to do the work of justice.
    • Jesus values even what is fragile or bruised; I bring the hopes I cherish before him and ask for blessing and hope. I acknowledge my hopes for myself, my relationships and I consider how I might work with God to bring them to life.
    • The voice of Jesus is not shrill or contentious: the spirit of God speaks to our hearts in a gentle and undramatic way. I pray that I may hear the voice of the Lord.