A Smoldering Wick He Will not Snuff Out

//A Smoldering Wick He Will not Snuff Out

Friday, July 1

No crushed reed will he break, and no smoldering wick will he extinguish.Isa. 42:3.

The apostle Matthew applied those words of Isaiah to Jesus.  Jesus’ tender heart moved him to speak tenderly to others, especially to the downtrodden. He spoke in a way that lifted the spirits of those who were figuratively like a bruised reed or the wick of an oil lamp about to go out. He preached a message of hope “to bind up the brokenhearted.” He invited those who were “toiling and loaded down” to come to him, reassuring them that they would “find refreshment” for themselves. Jesus assured his followers that God had tender concern for each of His worshippers, including the “little ones”—those who may seem unimportant from the standpoint of the world. How can we imitate Jesus in showing tenderness? Such emotions may not come naturally to us, but the Bible urges us to work at cultivating them. Then, tenderness will move us to want to make a difference in the lives of others, especially those who may be like a bruised reed or a smoldering wick.

COMMENTARY

Many of Jehovah’s Witnesses today are toiling and burdened down. They do not find the weekly congregation meetings refreshing any more. Some become brokenhearted when they discover the extent of Bethel’s hypocritical dealings, such as their secret 10 year partnership with the United Nations or the atrocious way in which victims of JW child abuse are dealt with. Some of Jehovah’s Witnesses are like smoldering wicks —their faith dimmed and about to flicker out. And the burgeoning numbers of ex-Jehovah’s Witnesses testifies to the fact that many are abandoning the organization altogether —convinced that Jehovah could never have anything to do with it.

Instead of addressing the issues and humbly apologizing for the pain, confusion and stumbling that have effected so many, for which the leadership of the organization itself is responsible for inflicting upon the flock under their charge, the Watchtower has doubled-down, as the expression goes, guilting Jehovah’s Witnesses for not being loyal to Jehovah —as if they were guilt free, as if loyalty to Jehovah solely means pledging loyalty to the organization. 

Jehovah, of course, is undoubtedly aware of what is going on. He has kept silent, though. In fact, the very chapter of Isaiah that speaks of the Messiah not extinguishing the smoldering wick quotes God as saying: “I have kept quiet for a long time. I remained silent and restrained myself. Like a woman giving birth, I will groan, pant, and gasp all at once.”

God’s inaction is not due to unconcern. He allows things to develop. He permits abuses to occur. He allows wickedness to prevail. Then BOOM! That’s it! The hammer falls. That is why the preceding verse states: “Jehovah will go out like a mighty man. He will awaken his zeal like a warrior. He will shout, yes, he will let out a war cry; He will show himself mightier than his enemies.”

In the ancient setting Jehovah proved himself mightier than the Babylonian Empire, that held his people captive. But obviously there is a modern antitype connected to the Messiah. What is it? The Watchtower claims that Jehovah liberated the Bible Students from spiritual captivity to Babylon the Great in 1919. But if that were true, in what way did Jehovah awaken zeal and go out like a mighty warrior to crush his enemies? Obviously he didn’t.

The fact that Jehovah’s Witnesses are oblivious to this blatant contradiction is why the 42nd chapter of Isaiah is addressed to the blind and deaf servants of Jehovah. That is why verse 16 begins: “I will lead the blind in a way that they do not know and cause them to tread on unfamiliar paths. I will turn the darkness before them into light and turn the rugged terrain into level land. This is what I will do for them, and I will not abandon them. They will be turned back and will be utterly put to shame, those who trust in carved images, those who say to metal statues: ‘You are our gods.’ Listen, you who are deaf; look and see, you who are blind. Who is blind except my servant, so deaf as the messenger I send? Who is so blind as the one rewarded, so blind as the servant of Jehovah?”

That the prophecy refers to the future coming of Christ and not to the Watchtower’s 1914 Kingdom came hoax is evident in the verse of the day, which reads in context: “No crushed reed will he break, and no smoldering wick will he extinguish. In faithfulness he will bring justice. He will not grow dim or be crushed until he establishes justice in the earth…”

QUESTION: Has Jesus established justice on the earth? No, absolutely not. So, it is at a point in the future when Christ will lead the blind in a way they have not known, something outside the realm of the Watchtower. As it stands now Jehovah’s Witnesses believe God directs them by means of the Watchtower, and indeed he does. But that will not always be the case. That is the point. It is then, after the Watchtower, that Jesus will demonstrate his superlative kindness and merciful dealing to those who are described further on in the 42nd chapter as “a people plundered and pillaged; all of them are trapped in the holes and hidden in the prisons. They have been plundered with no one to rescue them, and pillaged with no one to say: ‘Bring them back!’”

Good reason then to keep the wick glowing!

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2017-03-18T11:32:00+00:00 July 1st, 2016|Commentary|51 Comments
  • Powerful commentary.

  • Beverly kenyon

    In keeping quiet for a long time as brought out in Isaiah, Jehovah has given them a long rope and they’re going to hang themselves.

    • reminds me of Mark 9:42

      • Darren Wilks

        I concur D, I was one of the stumbled for a long time. No longer… I almost feel unstumbleable!! Is that a word?

        • Burt Reynolds

          Probably not, but it sure is a good one. Unstumbleable. It has a ring to it. You could also have for example, an aire of unstumbleableness about you. You could use the affirmative verb, unstumbleation, thus: ‘Roberts article was authoritative, and his unstumbleation under questioning was magnificent.’ You could do one better….unstumbleating, thus: ‘Roberts refutation on the blood issue was unstumbleating to so many brothers, that they were able to carry on within the congregation’. I think unstumbleable should be used more often in this site. We could all be using Robertisation too. ‘The governing body was absolutely Robertised by Roberts article. The had no defence against the evidence and many because of their Robertisation became completely Robertised and reconsidered their position within the organisation.’

          • Darren Wilks

            Hahaha.. Indubitably! I’m feeling extra unstumbleable now due to the Burtrification of Robert’s Robertization. I bid you good day sir!

        • i hope it stays that way for you

          • Darren Wilks

            I hope so too DA.. I made that comment a week ago, but every day comes with new challenges. I pray for faith like Jesus had..

            • i read it a week ago too; just had something to say today 🙂

            • Darren Wilks

              I appreciate it.. its interesting I can feel so strong some days… and weak others.. I just wish I could feel Jehovah’s presence constantly.

      • Beverly kenyon

        Hiya DA, I read that scripture you kindly posted and I feel I can’t comment on it because that very thing I’ve been accused of doing by a key board warrior who feel they’re qualified to counsel me, which I find puzzling on account of the fact that I do not come under their jurisdiction whoever that person. But thank you anyway DA.

        • Sam

          you can’t be to blame for exposing lies. People allowed themselves to be stumbled by what Jesus said. We don’t hold back from exposing false religion so why is it different for our people?in the past God’s people drew attention to the badness of the nation. Its the Watchtower that is stumbling in reality. Of course, we try to be discerning and cautious. I don’t think you are the sort to be going around trying to wreck the faith of others, so don’t worry.

          • Beverly kenyon

            Hiya Sam, thanks for your common sense kind words. Got off the phone after telling my friend about how I got mauled by an attack dog on EWatchman. Lol. My friend was laughing at how ridiculous that accusation was. What I find weird is how that person has waited for a fair few days to launch his/her accusation. But having said that I take on board negative and constructive criticism and I store it in the back of my tiny mind but when I’m not guilty I will stand up for myself. In this life you’ve got to be able to absorb some of the blows aimed at you but not a sermon from someone who’s took it upon themselves that they’re the one to deliver it. He or she need to show their credentials and qualifications for me to take notice of their judgemental words.

            • Beverly kenyon

              Sorry Sam, but I also meant to say that I now feel very uncomfortable that there’s someone watching and going through my comments waiting to pounce. Face to face I can stand my ground ( I’m from a family of 13 ) but not from someone who I feel is stalking me in the shadows waiting for me to trip up. That’s messed up and creepy! I don’t need it!!

            • Sam

              that’s funny lol Nothing in your comment warranted that essay.

        • 1-Corinthians 4:3-4

    • Basavaraj Of North Karnataka

      SUPERB COMMENT!!!!!

    • Howdy Sister Beverly,
      Are you doing okay? You haven’t chimed in a while, are you on holiday? Hope you’re doing well. Sending you my brotherly love.❤??

      • Beverly kenyon

        Hiya Joseph, Thank you for asking after me. That was so kind and thoughtful of you…..it made me smile. Yeah, everything’s good here in wet soggy Manchester….it’s not stopped raining! Arrgh! No, I’m not on holiday……if only! Lol. Just took time out to concentrate on my reading and to digest and meditate on the bible truths I’m constantly learning here on EWatchman. I’ve not broken my routine of coffee and EWatchman first thing in the morning and maybe last thing at night, but without the coffee as I like my sleep! Lol. I’ve also been loving the comments of the usual suspects……yourself, Burt, Bklyn Kevin ( brilliant scriptures, so helpful ), Basavaraj, Sam, DA ( he,s on form ), e.v.g, and that 1914 guy…….I like how he’s down to earth and says it like it is……common sense talking, also Cate who my heart goes out to because of her struggle with trying to give up smoking……apart from the health benefits and saving money from reading her words, she wants to please Jehovah and her intentions are good, Jehovah knows that. I read somewhere that being addicted to smoking is as bad as having a class A drug addiction so it’s hard one to kick especially if you have an addictive personality and you have anxiety…..which if you smoke makes the anxiety worse apparently! It’s a tough one! Once again thank you Joseph….I’m still alive and kicking thank goodness! Lol. Also good to see Patri is still battling on….she’s done well there.

  • Basavaraj Of North Karnataka

    This is an encouraging article to the one who thinks that Jehovah is not doing anything and those who are loosing their faith. This is what had happened to me in 2010 when I was about to leave the organization and turn into an atheist, but this web site came on the way and it was as if Jehovah himself pushed me to this side yes I found the real truth with e-watchman. Great job Robert King!! YOU ARE ACTUALLY AND REALLY HELPING JEHOVAH’S WITNESSES TO STRENGTHEN THEIR FAITH IN JEHOVAH AND JESUS AND I AM ONE SUCH EXAMPLE. SO ANY ONE CALLING ROBERT KING AS AN APOSTATE IS A FOOL. May Jehovah through Jesus BLESS YOU and give YOU a LONG LIFE.

    • Alexandra Bogolin Bautista

      Amen

      • Basavaraj Of North Karnataka

        Oh thanks a lot!!

    • Darren Wilks

      Jehovah is right next to you brother him and Jesus both are.. feel the stillness. They are present with you.

  • Basavaraj Of North Karnataka

    It is then, after the Watchtower, that Jesus will demonstrate his superlative kindness and merciful dealing is the superb sentence of the week.

  • Sam

    Well this came at the right time! Fresh off the heels of day one of the “remain loyal to the [org]” convention. This should get me through day 2 😀

    • Alexandra Bogolin Bautista

      Oh boy. Keep reading this commentary and scriptures throughout your weekend!! (The talk with the animal videos is good though!)

      • Christian Obadiah

        I found the videos with “Brother Sergey” to be quite faith strengthening. I especially appreciated the point: “We must show Jehovah that we love him first.”

        • you see 1993s (secular) The Gospel According to Matthew movie? so weird cause i remember when that movie came out not long ago but watching it now it lookes like it was made in 75 but i guess it was like a Low-Budget film anyway so that explains it. (warning, can make you cry and call in sick from work)

          • Christian Obadiah

            Looks like it’s on YouTube. I’ll check it out.

  • Burt Reynolds

    Robert, please do you have an article on blood fractions and blood transfusions, the bibles correct view. There was one on May 25, but it does not appear in the archive. Thanks.

    • Bklyn Kevin

      Search results for: Transfusion.
      Read more> https://e-watchman.com/?s=Tran

    • Bklyn Kevin

      There Is Only One Who Is Judge. Monday, May 9
      Take the matter of blood transfusions, for example. The Bible makes clear that we ought to abstain from blood. But what if a Christian breaks when they are pressured to take blood? Is it a sin that comes under any of the categories that Paul listed that would warrant removing such a person from the congregation, such as practicers of sexual immorality, homosexuality, drunkenness, thievery, greediness, etc.?
      The answer is no. The Governing Body has gone beyond what is written in God’s law. Instead of allowing Jehovah to be the judge they have inserted themselves as such.

      • Burt Reynolds

        Thank you Kevin, I read the article and your comments. The article is a copy of a newspaper report and though commendable does not give a biblical answer. You note in your comment that the taking of blood does not come into the same category as for eg. Sexual immorality. Please would you show me the biblical reasoning behind this as to why this is the case? Robert suggested in his article to the tune of what is it that you do not understand about the command abstain from blood? I.e., it means just that. Don’t do it. I presume this is a comment on the watchtower dithering over blood fractions and the differing opinion on what constitutes a fraction. If it is permissible, or should I say forgivable to use a transfusion, then on what grounds or understanding would this be the case? … Taking to heart the fact that Jehovah would not let you be tested more than you could bear….though I am not sure I am in context here. The bible says to abstain from blood. There is room, in terms of language, to suggest that abstinence is not an outright ban. I for instance avoid alcohol because it does not help my concentration, but sometimes the effect of alcohol is preferable to the reality of life! So what is the issue here then of abstinence as opposed to immovable refusal in the sight of Jehovah? Thanks.

        • Bklyn Kevin

          Keep abstaining . . . from blood.—Acts 15:29.

          Did God really say that you must not…?.

          Excerpt:

          And that question is rephrased in many ways, such as: is it really so that transfusing blood is the same as ingesting it? Is it really so that the symbol of life is more important than life itself? Is it really so some fractions are okay and others are not? Is it really so you would let your child die? Is it really so…?

          Read more>

          https://e-watchman.com/did-god-really-say-that-you-must-not/

          When Disfellowshipping Is a Sin

          Paul enumerated the types of sinners that warrant disfellowshipping. They are sexually immoral persons, greedy persons, idolaters, revilers, drunkards or extortioners. That’s it.

          However, the Watchtower has added to the list. For example, taking a blood transfusion was a disfellowshipping offense, although in recent years Bethel’s Legal Department has softened that stance due to the growing scrutiny from the secular authorities who see it as coercion, which, of course, it is. Read more> https://e-watchman.com/when-disfellowshipping-is-sin/

          • Burt Reynolds

            Hello Kevin, thank you for your reply. I’m confused, rather than arguing. I’m still trying to get the sense of this question after years of indoctrination and putting it on the back burner. So we as Christians abstain from blood. Fine. I agree with that. I have also had a problem with the fractions issue as it seemed to me to be one big compromise. So why is it then that something that does represent the life giver and the rights that come with it, why is it then that this does not carry with it disfellowshipping for the abuse of that right? Surely more than anything else? As Robert portrayed in his example, some people equate such an act in the same catagory as sexual immorality. I think I am missing a gear here.

            • Bklyn Kevin

              Why is it then that this does not carry with it Disfellowshipping.?

              Answer to your question.
              Because In the new testament / Greek scriptures it does not state specifically that the drinking of blood / blood transfusions warrants excommunication action.

              below Paul mansions several reasons for excommunication however please take note that the drinking of blood / blood transfusion is not mentioned.

              1 Corinthians 5:
              11. But now I am writing you to stop keeping company with anyone “called a brother” who is sexually immoral or a greedy person or an idolater or a reviler or a drunkard or an extortioner , not even eating with such a man.
              13 while God judges those outside? “Remove the wicked person from among yourselves.

              1 Corinthians 6:
              9 Or do you not know that unrighteous people will not inherit God’s Kingdom?
              Do not be misled. Those who are sexually immoral, idolaters, adulterers, men who submit to homosexual acts, men who practice homosexuality,
              10 thieves, greedy people, drunkards, revilers, and extortioners will not inherit God’s Kingdom.

            • Burt Reynolds

              Thank you for your reply Kevin. I have a clearer picture now. Very helpful.

          • Kevin b

            Watchtower likes to play games with the governments and the witnesses themselves. Correct it is no longer a disfellowshipping offense to take blood. It’s an automatic act of disassociation. Which is the exact same announcement, and you are treated the same way. It all started in Bulgaria in the late 1990s.

  • Sam

    Did anyone else think that one video at the convention about not questioning new understanding to be a dig at Robert specifically? Of all the sound bites to use as an example they use that exerpt that Robert mentioned in a bulletin emailed to GB members. “soon, very soon..” in which they state the immenent turning on false religion in which Robert made some very sobering points. It seemed to me like a defence against Roberts message in those articles. Think about it, for what reason would they have to caution against doubting that. What witness doubts the immenent turning on babylon the great. It was Robert however that poked some nice holes in thier expectations. Perhaps i’m looking way too deeply into this lol bear in mind i have cold and headache. Maybe it’s the meds lol i just found it curious thats all

    • wow, not questioning new understanding? no way! really¿ sheezz thats insane Sam

      https://uploads.disquscdn.com/images/641f9b91159116492d778c13a82797b239101d19810345a3587754dd51cc2205.jpg

      • Sam

        “independent thinking” and negative thoughts towards the org were mentioned among other things as acts of disloyalty to Jehovah. Funny since the scriptures tell us to use our “power of reason” or “perceptive powers” …giving advice contrary to the scriptures is surely an act of disloyalty I would’ve thought

        • wow man thats nuts! i need to see this insane video.

          sorry youre not feeling well Sam. maybe sip a bit of wine like Paul said. maybe that will help ^_^

          • Sam

            Thanks DA ;D

        • sally

          Hi Sam, I would really really appreciate it if you knew where those scriptures regarding using our powers of reason or perceptive powers were? It would help me greatly in my bible study.

          • Sam

            hi Sally. Try Hebrews 5:14. Verses 12 and 13 add the context too. Hope all is well

            • sally

              Thank you Sam much appreciated and all is well thank you for asking. And of course I hope that you yourself are bearing up under the strain of it all to.

            • Sam

              I think you have it spot on Sally! Like with so many things that are said from the platform parroted from outlines, just reading the context of the isolated verses they use totally debunks their arguments alot of the time. Since coming on here i’ve noticed it time and again when they quote from the prophets, their knowledge of the prophets is so little thats it’s actually sad. I had an instance in mind from sundays meeting but i just cant remember it lol You are on the right track, studying the way you should, not the superficial way of highlighting answers and parroting the orgs interpretations. Proverbs 2:1-5 is one of my favourite passages about seeking Jehovah’s wisdom… sadly one comment that was made in our talk on sunday was from this scripture (or one that said a similar thing) and it was that we we do this by listening to and applying what we read in the watchtower articles like the one we was about to study. We should be glad that we have a thirst for the real truth from Jehovah, because many of our brothers don’t. Keep it up Sally, and yes i am just about surviving like the rest of em. thank you 😉

    • Bklyn Kevin

      I think your on point.

      Robert in the past had made suggestions such as yours, I don’t know where the articles are right now but I shall look for them.

      PS It’s good to keep in mind that much of the new light that the watchtower supposedly received over the last couple of years has already been brought to our attention and elaborated on by Robert King way before the watchtower got it years ago in his book, “Jehovah himself has become king ” .http://jehovah-is-king.com/
      Perhaps the watchtower tract society got their new light from reading Robert Kings book.

      • Sam

        I really believe that. The instances are too numerous and specific

        • Bklyn Kevin

          I feel the exact same way and I personally believe that the watchtower tract society
          clearly plagiarized Robert Kings work. Like you said there’s just too many coincidences.

        • Bklyn Kevin

          Excerpt from Kingdom Bulletin #7. https://e-watchman.com/bulletins-7/

          In truth, though, the Governing Body’s new understanding is not new for many of Jehovah’s Witnesses. In fact, this “new light” did not even originate with Bethel. In 2005 I published a book entitled: Jehovah Himself Has Become King. In the 4th chapter called, The Judgment, these matters concerning the future appointment of the faithful slave and the coming of the messenger of the covenant were presented. The material has been available online in various formats, including audio, for the past seven years. (A second edition was published in 2010) I also personally mailed the 500-plus-page hard copy to all members of the Governing Body and various departmental heads, branch offices and select congregations in the New York City area, as well as to dozens of kingdom halls in my own Detroit area. Tens of thousands of Jehovah’s Witnesses and interested persons have read it online.

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