As one of the many descriptions of the Messiah foretold in Isaiah, this passage focuses on Jesus’ service to humanity - especially individuals who were fragile or broken. And the 2 images that are used to describe these individuals are that of a bruised reed and a smoking wick.
1) THE REED: This Hebrew word is for a reed that grew up to 15 feet tall and had several uses once cut - maybe as a measuring rod or as a walking staff. But the fact that they were hollow showed the limitations of even a good strong reed. It would splinter instead of bend if too much was asked of it. If it was already bruised - damaged in some way - it was regarded as useless. It would be intentionally broken and might be thrown on your burn or compost pile.
But the bruised reed is an image for people here.Read More