Fence sitting Christians are in trouble for they are weak in faith. But, Jesus is merciful. Fence sitters remain neutral or uncommitted about the way to live. They know they are to live as followers of Messiah Jesus but being weak in faith, succumb to many of the ways of the world.
Messiah Jesus says:
“Come to me, all you who labor and are heavily burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart; and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:28-30
Messiah Jesus calls us to help fence sitters.
Messiah is our example of the love and care fence sitters need. Following his encouragement in Matthew 11, in Matthew 12 we see he won’t break a bruised reed or quench a smoking flax, until he leads justice to victory. We are to follow his example in word and deed; nurture fence sitters, helping them renew their hope in Messiah in this dark world. Encourage them. Speak forth blessings to them that the eyes of their hearts would be enlightened by the Holy Spirit. Call them to repentance gently for they are fragile.
14 But the Pharisees went out and conspired against him, how they might destroy him.
15 Yeshua, perceiving that, withdrew from there. Great multitudes followed him; and he healed them all, 16 and commanded them that they should not make him known, 17 that it might be fulfilled which was spoken through Isaiah the prophet, saying,
- Behold, my servant whom I have chosen,
- my beloved in whom my soul is well pleased.
- I will put my Spirit on him.
- He will proclaim justice to the nations.
- He will not strive, nor shout,
- neither will anyone hear his voice in the streets.
- He won’t break a bruised reed.
- He won’t quench a smoking flax,
- until he leads justice to victory.
- In his name, the nations will hope.” Matthew 12:14-21 (Is 42:1-4)
Messiah Jesus is gentle, sympathetic, and kind. Fence sitters are weak in faith. Yet, even when their faith is at the point of extinction, they can depend upon His help. He carefully binds up the bruised reed until the it is healed. The smoking flax, the wick of a lamp when the oil is exhausted, is not quenched. Thus, Messiah Jesus leads justice to victory over all the forces of Satan and man’s pride.
Messiah declares the way, the truth and the life.
“12 If I told you earthly things and you don’t believe, how will you believe if I tell you heavenly things? 13 No one has ascended into heaven but he who descended out of heaven, the Son of Man, who is in heaven. 14 As Moses lifted up the serpent in the wilderness, even so must the Son of Man be lifted up, 15 that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life. 16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only born‡ Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish, but have eternal life. 17 For God didn’t send his Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world should be saved through him. 18 He who believes in him is not judged. He who doesn’t believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only born Son of God. 19 This is the judgment, that the light has come into the world, and men loved the darkness rather than the light, for their works were evil. 20 For everyone who does evil hates the light and doesn’t come to the light, lest his works would be exposed. 21 But he who does the truth comes to the light, that his works may be revealed, that they have been done in God.” John 3:12-21
My little children.
This is the apostle’s favorite form of address, that of an affectionate father to children whom he tenderly loves. He reminds them of the necessity of showing their new spiritual nature in resisting sin.
1 My little children, I write these things to you so that you may not sin. If anyone sins, we have a Counselor* with the Father, Yeshua the Messiah, the righteous. 2 And he is the atoning sacrifice† for our sins, and not for ours only, but also for the whole world. 3 This is how we know that we know him: if we keep his commandments. 4 One who says, “I know him,” and doesn’t keep his commandments, is a liar, and the truth isn’t in him. 5 But God’s love has most certainly been perfected in whoever keeps his word. This is how we know that we are in him: 6 he who says he remains in him ought himself also to walk just like he walked. 1 John 2:1-6
*2:1 Counselor, Helper, Intercessor, Advocate, and Comforter. †2:2 “atoning sacrifice”, an appeasing, propitiating, or the means of appeasement or propitiation—the sacrifice that turns away God’s wrath because of our sin.
All of God’s Word quoted above is from the World Messianic Bible.
Encouragement from Paul, Silvanus, and Timothy.
1:2 Grace to you, and peace, from God our Father, and the Lord Jesus Christ!
1:3 We ought to give thanks to God always for you, brethren, as it is meet, because increase greatly doth your faith, and abound doth the love of each one of you all, to one another; 1:4 so that we ourselves do glory in you in the assemblies of God, for your endurance and faith in all your persecutions and tribulations that ye bear; 1:5 a token of the righteous judgment of God, for your being counted worthy of the reign of God, for which also ye suffer, 1:6 since [it is] a righteous thing with God to give back to those troubling you—trouble, 1:7 and to you who are troubled—rest with us in the revelation of the Lord Jesus from heaven, with messengers of his power, 1:8 in flaming fire, giving vengeance to those not knowing God, and to those not obeying the good news of our Lord Jesus Christ; 1:9 who shall suffer justice—destruction age-during—from the face of the Lord, and from the glory of his strength, 1:10 when He may come to be glorified in his saints, and to be wondered at in all those believing—because our testimony was believed among you—in that day;
1:11 for which also we do pray always for you, that our God may count you worthy of the calling, and may fulfill all the good pleasure of goodness, and the work of the faith in power, 1:12 that the name of our Lord Jesus Christ may be glorified in you, and ye in him, according to the grace of our God and Lord Jesus Christ. 2 Thessalonians 1:12 YLT
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