The Gentle Messiah

Old Testament: Isa 42.2–4

To read the Bible in a year, read Isaiah 41–42 on October 9, In the year of our Lord Christ 2022

By Don Ruhl 

God spoke through Isaiah of the nature of God’s Servant, or the one we more commonly call the Messiah or the Christ: 

“He will not cry out, nor raise His voice,
Nor cause His voice to be heard in the street.
A bruised reed He will not break,
And smoking flax He will not quench;
He will bring forth justice for truth.
He will not fail nor be discouraged,
Till He has established justice in the earth;
And the coastlands shall wait for His law.”

– Isaiah 42.2–4 

This prophecy did not affirm that the Messiah would not teach in public, but it showed that he would not be a loud-mouthed, rebellious hater in the streets, turning people to his cause. 

By gentleness, he would establish justice wherever his message goes. Matthew quoted this prophecy when showing Jesus not wanting the crowds to make him known (Matthew 12.15–21). 


  • How does the gentle nature of Jesus affect you? 
  • Are you trying to imitate his gentleness? 

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Don preaches with the Savage Street Church of Christ in Grants Pass, Oregon. 

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