Sibbes - HP S2575 .S5 1825

4 THE. BRUISED l~EED pompous coming, as princes are used te> do ; " llis voice shall not be heard :" His voice indeed was heard, but what ·voice? " Come unto me all ye that are weary and heavy laden, and I -'vill give you rest." He cried, but how? " H.o! every one that thirsteth, come ye to the waters." And as his coming was modest, so it was mild, which is set down in these ''vords, The bruised Reed shall he not break, wherein we may observe these three things. First, The condition ·of those that Christ had to deal with. 1. They were bruised reeds. 2. Smoking Flax. Secondly, Christ's carriage toward them. .He brake not the bruis.ed Reed, nor quenched the smoking Flax : where more is meant than spoken; for he will not only not break the bruised Reeu, nor quench, &c. but he will cherish them. Thirdly, the constancy and progress of this his tender care, until judgment come to victory; that is, till the sanctified frame of grace begun in their hearts be brought to such a perfection, that it prevaileth over all opposite corruptio?·