Wednesday, September 14, 2016

BROKEN BUT NOT DESTROYED

And whosoever shall fall on this stone shall be broken: but on whomsoever it shall fall, it will grind him to powder. (Mat 21:44)



The word BROKEN appears 186x in the KJV in 179 verses. The word that is most often translated is “shabar” which appears 152x in 145 verses in the Old Testament. The word “broken” appears 25 times in the NT.

It is most often used with the idea of being broken so that it can no longer be used, such as a pot or some other vessel. Obviously, it means “to destroy”—
But thus shall ye deal with them; ye shall destroy their altars, and break down their images, and cut down their groves, and burn their graven images with fire. (Deut. 7:5) (emphasis added to highlight the word under consideration)
This same thought is contained in the word translated “broken” in Matt. 21:44.

And this is to be applied to believers? We are to be broken? Destroyed?

Yes.
Yes.
And yes.
Destroyed.
But not in the manner one would ordinarily think.

Let’s use the analogy of breaking a horse.

A horse is wild by nature. Horses born in captivity—domestic—will return to being wild (feral) if left alone without human intervention.

If one tries to capture a wild or feral horse for domestic use, it must first be broken of its wildness.

This breaking is for the purpose of making the horse useful.

The process of breaking is painful for both the horse and the trainer, but the result is a thing of beauty. Both master and mastered work in harmony for the accomplishment of a desired end.

This is a beautiful illustration of the “breaking” that is required of believers if they are to be “vessel fit for the Master’s use.” (2 Tim. 2:21) They are not destroyed completely, but changed from what they were to something better. (2 Cor. 5:17)

This fits perfectly with the “law of conservation of mass”—matter can neither be created nor destroyed; it can only be changed.

Hopefully, you are beginning to get the picture of what it is the Lord is after in your life.

He wants you to be fully fit for His use as He desires.

In order for this to become a reality, there must first be a breaking of your will.

That is, a breaking of
  • your will 
  • your desires 
  • your ambitions 
  • your dreams 
  • your pleasures 
  • all that you are
so that you can be molded into His perfect plan for your life.


Bill Britton wrote a classic piece entitled The Harness of the Lord, which I published for your consideration recently.

Could this same idea be present in Jesus’ words

Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. (Mat 11:29)


A yoke inextricably links the two animals together. When the breaking to the yoke is done using an experienced animal, the untrained one soon learns to not “kick against the pricks.” (Acts 9:5)

When you are linked with the Lord, you will learn from Him. You no longer have the ability to go your own way.

It is a breaking of your will. It is a breaking of who you are.

This is not a popular concept in today’s Christian circles with our emphasis on identity, which as far as I can tell, is at least unscriptural if not outright anti-scriptural.

If we are to learn from the One who is “meek and lowly in heart,” may I suggest that it is those qualities that He intends for us to learn when yoked with Him?
Let this mind be in you, which was also in Christ Jesus: Who, being in the form of God, thought it not robbery to be equal with God: But made himself of no reputation, and took upon him the form of a servant, and was made in the likeness of men: And being found in fashion as a man, he humbled himself, and became obedient unto death, even the death of the cross. (Phil 2:5-8)
Notice that Jesus made Himself of no reputation.

Is that what we do? Do you go out of your way to make yourself unnoticeable? Or, have you ‘fought’ to protect your reputation?

Coming to Jesus for salvation will not guarantee a complete brokenness, as is evident from just looking around you at church.

Of course, it takes a ‘breaking’ for you to admit of your need for salvation; but there is a process that must take place over a period of time for the breaking to be complete.


There is still much to say about this, but I will close this with
The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise. (Psa 51:17)

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