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The Bruised Reed [Kindle Edition]

Richard Sibbes
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Richard Sibbes (or Sibbs) (1577–1635) was an English theologian. He is known as a Biblical exegete, and as a representative, with William Perkins and John Preston, of what has been called "main-line" Puritanism.

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There is no better introduction to the Puritans than the writings of Richard Sibbes, who is, in many ways, a typical Puritan. `Sibbes never wastes the student's time,' `he scatters pearls and diamonds with both hands.' (C. H. Spurgeon) Richard Sibbes was known in London in the early 17th century as "the Heavenly Doctor Sibbes." He is known as a Biblical exegete, and as a representative, with William Perkins and John Preston, of what has been called "main-line" Puritanism. He was the author of several devotional works expressing intense religious feeling The Saint's Cordial (1629), The Bruised Reed and Smoking Flax (1631, exegesis of Isaiah 42:3), The Soules Conflict (1635), etc. A volume of sermons appeared in 1630, dedicated to Horace Vere, 1st Baron Vere of Tilbury and his wife Lady Mare. Most of the other works were first published by Thomas Goodwin and Philip Nye, after Sibbes died. The content belied the mainly moderate and conforming attitudes for which Sibbes was known in his lifetime. Beames of Divine Light, A Description of Christ in Three Sermons and Bowels Opened appeared in 1639, as did The Returning Backslider, sermons on the Book of Hosea. A complete edition was published 1862-4 in Edinburgh, in seven volumes, by James Nichol, with a biographical memoir by Alexander Grosart. His works were much read in New England. Thomas Hooker, prominent there from 1633, was directly influenced by Sibbes, and his "espousal theology", using marriage as a religious metaphor, draws on The Bruised Reed and Bowels Opened. The poet George Herbert was a contemporary, and there are suggestions on parallels. Where Herbert speaks in The Church Militant about the westward movement of the propagation of the gospel, Christopher Hill comments that this may have come from The Bruised Reed.[ Other examples have been proposed by Doerksen. Sibbes was cited by the Methodist John Wesley. The Baptist preacher Charles Spurgeon studied his craft in Sibbes, Perkins and Thomas Manton. The evangelical Martyn Lloyd-Jones wrote in the highest terms of his own encounter with the work of Sibbes.

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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars See how amazing grace really is! February 1, 2012
By Anna
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At a time in my life when satan had me convinced that the Lord no longer loved me, that I was beyond His offers of grace to forgive...along came this book! It has revived me and set me on a high place and resored my faith. I first found the free audiobook version here [...]
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4.0 out of 5 stars genev March 17, 2012
By genev
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Another Kindle e-book worth the money and time to study. Three quotes from the book will provide the flavor of its contents.

"Truth is truth, and error, error, and that which is unlawful is unlawful, whether men think so or not."

"What some say of rooted faith, fides radicata, that it continues, while weak faith may come to nothing, seems to be contradicted by this Scripture [Hebrews 12:2]; for, as the strongest faith may be shaken, so the weakest, where truth is, is so far rooted that it will prevail. Weakness with watchfulness will stand, when strength with too much confidence fails. Weakness, with acknowledgement of it, is the fittest seat and subject for God to perfect his strength in; for consciousness of our infirmities drives us out of ourselves to him in whom our strength lies.
From this it follows that weakness may be consistent with the assurance of salvation. The disciples, notwithstanding all their weaknesses, are bidden to rejoice that their names are written in heaven (Luke 10:20). Failings, with conflict, in sanctification should not weaken the peace of our justification and assurance of salvation. It matters not so much what ill is in us, as what good; not what corruptions, but how we regard them; not what our particular failings are so much as what the thread and tenor of our lives are, for Christ's dislike of that which is amiss in us turns not to the hatred of our persons but to the victorious subduing of all our infirmities. Some have, after conflict, wondered at the goodness of God that so little and such trembling faith should have upheld them in so great combats, when Satan had almost caught them.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Beautifully written April 14, 2013
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This is a well-written Puritan book that deals extensively with Isaiah 42 and the Spirit of Christ towards his people. Sibbes does a terrific job on elaborating on what it means to be a bruised reed. It is not just a reed, which has little enough value in itself, but a bruised one, making it all the more useless. That is us, yet we find mercy with Christ.

I heard Paul Washer speak of this once, saying that children along the Nile would cut a reed, make it into a flute, and then discard it when it got damaged. But not so with Christ. He seeks out the bad ones and repairs them. He takes the rotten fruit and makes it whole.

Sibbes spends a lot of time also discussing the "smoking flax". It has little enough life in itself, but with Christ, it can be fanned to flame.

I also like how he makes sure that the backslider doesn't find comfort in his backsliding. That is not his aim at all. Rather he seeks to comfort the struggling, genuine believer who seeks to please his Lord. There's a massive difference between these two groups.
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5.0 out of 5 stars A favorite July 30, 2013
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This book speaks the the cry of a soul that has been beaten down by the cares of life. Buy it. Read it. Now
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