A bruised reed shall He not break, and smoking flax shall He not quench, till He send forth judgment unto victory.-Matthew 12:20
It says He will not quench-He will not break. But there is more under cover than we see at first sight. When Jesus says He will not break, He means more than that; He means, “I will take that poor bruised reed; I will plant it hard by the rivers of waters, and (miracle of miracles) I will make it grow into a tree whose leaf shall not wither; I will water it every moment; I will watch it; there shall be heavenly fruits upon it; I will keep the birds of prey from it; but the birds of heaven, the sweet songsters of paradise shall make their dwellings in the branches.” When He says that He will not break the bruised reed, He means more; He means that He will nourish, that He will help, and strengthen, and support and glorify-that He will execute His commission on it, and make it glorious for ever.
And when He says to the backslider that He will not quench him, He means more than that-He means that He will fan him up to a flame. Some of you, I dare say, have gone home from chapel and found that your fire had gone nearly out; I know how you deal with it; you blow gently at the single spark, if there is one, and lest you should blow too hard, you hold your finger before it; and if you were alone and had but one match, or one spark in the tinder, how gently would you blow it. So, backslider, Jesus Christ deals with thee; He does not put thee out; He blows gently; He says, “I will not quench thee;” He means, “I will be very tender, very cautious, very careful;” He will put on dry material, so that by-and-by a little spark shall come to a flame, and blaze up towards heaven, and great shall be the fire thereof.~ C.H. Spurgeon