The Bruised Reed (Puritan Paperbacks)
Richard Sibbes was known in London in the early 17th century as "the Heavenly Doctor Sibbes"
The Bruised Reed and Smoking Flax; is a masterful exposition of Matthew 12:20. In this the author explains what the reed refers to, then he explains what is to be "a bruised reed."
Beginning with this verse in reference to its fulfillment in Christ, Richard Sibbes, in classic Puritan fashion, seeks to extract the essence by exploring the whole of Scriptural teaching on the subject.
Sibbes defines the "bruised reed" as one who "is sensible of sin and misery, even unto bruising; and, seeing no help in himself, is carried with re ...more
There are many reasons why we may feel like t ...more
The book is based on Isaiah 42: 1 - 3
Isa 42:1 Behold my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen, in whom my soul delights; I have put my Spirit upon him; he will bring forth justice to the nations.
Isa 42:2 He will not cry aloud or li ...more
Except me, apparently.
Honestly, I found it rather underwhelming. Maybe I've just heard it talked up too much; maybe my expectations were unreasonably high. Whatever the reason, this book was kind of a letdown for ...more
"His love to us moves him to frame us to be like himself, and our love to him stirs us up to be such as he may take delight in."
"So, though sin cleaves to what we do, yet let us do it, since we have to deal with so good a Lord, an ...more
Lloyd-Jones said:I shall never cease to be grateful to Richard Sibbes who was balm to my soul at a period in my life when I was overworked and badly overtired, and therefore subject in an unusual manner to the onsalughts of the devil. I found at that time that Richard Sibbes, who was known in London in the early seventeenth century as "The Heavely Doctor Sib ...more
Perhaps my favorite part, surprisingly, was Sibbes' enc ...more
The book is a commentary on Isaiah 42:1-3 and centres on the prophesy of Jesus that "a bruised reed shall not he break, and the smoking flax shall he not quench."
For all the modernising, Sibbes language is stil ...more
This book served me in two primary ways: it caused me to want to be more like Jesus. Jesus shows himself to be one who deals tenderly with bruised reeds. I want to grow in my own efforts to comfort and encourage those who are "bruised." Second, bruised reeds are all those who realize their own sinfulness and need for grace. I am a bruised reed and ...more
"O beloved, it is a comfortable thing to conceive of Christ aright, to know what love, mercy and strength we have laid up for us in the breast of Christ. A good opinion of the physician, we say, is half the cure. Let us make use of this mercy and power of his every day i ...more
One of their foremost influences was on literature. Duri ...more
I did find interesting in the last chapter that Sibbes says:
Satan will object, 'You are a great sinner.' We may answer, 'Christ is a strong Saviour.'
I had always heard that quote/idea "I am a great si ...more
Believer... "What a comfort this is in our conflicts with our unruly hearts, that it shall not always be so! Let us strive a little while, and we shall be happy forever." Richard Sibbes
hmm, it's not so much that I think the points he's making are wrong, it's just I'm not sure they really are necessarily so definitely related to the Isaiah bruised reed passage. He kind of just takes that image and runs with it, making all sorts of connections I'm not sure are there with respect to the bruised reed passage. But I'm not a scholar, so maybe they're there....
while I technically finished, I really didn't pay clos ...more
I'm surprised I've never heard of this before, because Richard Sibbes writes words of comfort and, more importantly, truth. Even though the writing sometimes has difficult wordings, he makes the truth of God very clear and simple. I wou ...more