Isaiah 42:1-4 NASB
“Behold my servant, whom I uphold, my chosen, in whom my soul delights; I have put my Spirit upon him; he will bring forth justice to the nations. 2 He will not cry aloud or lift up his voice, or make it heard in the street; 3 a bruised reed he will not break, and a faintly burning wick he will not quench; he will faithfully bring forth justice. 4 He will not grow faint or be discouraged[a] till he has established justice in the earth; and the coastlands wait for his law.
The servant in the above texts is likened to a reed,but reeds are portrayed as pricks,backbiters and untrustworthy in some texts
2 Kings 18:21 ESV
21 Behold, you are trusting now in Egypt, that broken reed of a staff, which will pierce the hand of any man who leans on it. Such is Pharaoh king of Egypt to all who trust in him.
Ezekiel 29:6 ESV
Then all the inhabitants of Egypt shall know that I am the Lord. “Because you[a] have been a staff of reed to the house of Israel,
Isaiah 36:6 ESV
6 Behold, you are trusting in Egypt, that broken reed of a staff, which will pierce the hand of any man who leans on it. Such is Pharaoh king of Egypt to all who trust in him.
Even Christ further reiterates that reeds are unstable always tossed back and forth by the wind
Matthew 11:7 ESV
As they went away, Jesus began to speak to the crowds concerning John: “What did you go out into the wilderness to see? A reed shaken by the wind?
All the other following attributes mentioned about the servant seem contrary to the behavior of the reed
- Will bring justice to the nations
- Will not lift up his voice
- Will not cry out loud
- Will not grow faint
- Will not be discouraged
- Will not quench
Out of all these positive attributes why is the servant also likened to a reed which is unreliable?