This saying of Yeshua describes one who has been bruised, and broken. Yeshua does not break him off, quench him, or reject him. Because justice is not victorious in our day and age – whereby sins which hurt people, and the people who oppress and make victims, are brought to justice – many are bruised and broken. All of us, probably, are bruised and broken, just in different areas.
An addict starts out trying to make his bruised and broken pain feel better. Then he becomes ensnared. Most bruised and broken people, who become ensnared into sin, do so by trying to mitigate their brokenness. Yeshua does not reject them or dismiss them. He understands that if left to themselves, without the enemy laying traps, speaking lies, and manipulating their brokenness, they would never have gone down the path they find themselves on.
Here is something for the body of Messiah to ponder. All have sinned and fallen short of the glory of God (Rom 3:23). All, even those in the body of Messiah. We tend to rank sin in a hierarchy, looking lightly on someone stealing paperclips from their employer, but horrified by LGBTQ for example. Both have transgressed God’s Law, and God does not rank sin in a hierarchy.
For whoever shall keep the whole law, and yet stumble in one point, he is guilty of all. Jam 2:10
He who breaks one command is as he who breaks every command. The one who steals paperclips from his employer is just as guilty as the one who lives an LGBTQ lifestyle, and both – all of us – need the redeeming blood of Messiah Yeshua to cleanse us from all unrighteousness (Col 1:13-14, 1 Joh 1:9). Therefore, as Torah-observant believers and disciples of Yeshua, we do not condemn anyone who is ensnared by anything, because “But for the grace of God, go I.”
To be continued …