Matthew 12:14-21; Hope! Print

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Matthew 12:14-21: Hope!

 

Hope is a key ingredient to life. When we have hope we can endure the greatest challenges. Without hope the greatest fortune can be like the greatest curse. The main propositions in Matthew 12:14-21 is that Jesus is the One of Whom the prophecies foretold. This passage links Jesus to the fulfillment of Isaiah 42. But the application of this passage  provides the foundation to the answer of the question: Where do we find hope for today?

 

14 But the Pharisees went out and conspired against Him, as to how they might destroy Him15 But Jesus, aware of this, withdrew from there. Many followed Him, and He healed them all,  16 and warned them not to tell who He was.  17 This was to fulfill what was spoken through Isaiah the prophet:  18 "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 PROCLAIM JUSTICE TO THE GENTILES.  19 "HE WILL NOT QUARREL, NOR CRY OUT; NOR WILL ANYONE HEAR HIS VOICE IN THE STREETS.  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." 

 

In verse 14 we see that the Pharisees of the day grew in their hatred of Jesus. So much so that they were now conspiring to destroy Christ. Jesus responded by leaving the area, healing those who followed Him and instructing them to not tell others Who He was. These actions fulfilled an OT prophecy found in Isaiah 42.

 

From this prophecy we find three pillars of our hope.

 

1. He is chosen and loved by God the Father (vs 18), God the Father and God the Son are united. It also adds validity to all that Jesus said and did. For example, His claim to sole access to God, His claim to deity and His claim to be able to forgive sins. He is the right Person to go to.

 

2. He is humble (vs 19,20 & Matt 11:29) and will not promote Himself. Verse 19 refers to not inciting others to riot for his purpose and cause. He is not going to make a lot of "noise." He is not arrogant nor self promoting. This translates into that He is approachable and not oppressive.

 

 NAU Matthew 11:29"Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and YOU WILL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS."

 

3. He will bring justice to all, even the Gentiles, and as a result they will hope in Him. Justice implies God's recognized rule or just order under God for the oppressed (vs 18,20,21). Justice is synonymous with that which is right and that which is best. A battered reed and smoldering wick are both deemed damaged and/or worthless. Those deemed discards of society will not be discarded. There will be justice for all, not for a select few. The oppression by evil people will come to an end for even those who are deemed the outcast or broken, or cast offs of society.

He will bring about justice or the best.

 

Is our hope in Christ? Are we trusting that Christ is working in our circumstances in bringing about the best. Hope is such a vital part of life. With hope we can conquer mountains and persevere through the worst trials. But without it we basically die. Are we trusting that Christ is at work every moment of our lives transforming us to be more like Jesus? Is our hope Christ? The challenge is that sometimes we need to wait for the future to see the blessings of today. 

 

 

 

"Scripture taken from the NEW AMERICAN STANDARD BIBLE (R), Copyright (c) 1960, 1962, 1963, 1968, 1971, 1972, 1973, 1975, 1977, 1995 by the Lockman Foundation. Used by permission. www.Lockman.org"

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