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CHRIST THE BREAKER (Part 1)

March 24, 2014

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CHRIST THE BREAKER (Part 1) – Have you ever heard our Lord Jesus Christ referred to as “The Breaker (Heb = happores)?” Spurgeon said “He who has many crowns, has many titles. Jesus, the King of kings (Rev 19:16note), has many Names, each of them fraught with meaning, and full of sweetness.” The glorious Names of Jesus are like windows through which we see His attributes and character and in which we experience His power and presence, for the Name of Jehovah is forever and ever a Strong Tower for the righteous who run into it and make it their safe haven (lifted up above the fray) (Pr 18:10note). The more we grow in the grace and knowledge of the great Names of Jesus (2Pe 3:18note), the Name above every name (Php 2:9note), the more we will gladly place our trust in His sufficiency to meet our every need (2Cor 9:8John MacDuff’s note), for as David learned through manifold trials “Those who know (experientially know, not just head knowledge but heart change) God’s Name, will put their trust in Him” (Ps 9:10note). As Spurgeon said “Ignorance is worst when it amounts to ignorance of God, and knowledge is best when it exercises itself upon the Name of God. This most excellent knowledge leads to the most excellent grace of faith (Ro 10:17note). Knowing His Name means an experiential acquaintance with the attributes of God, which serve as anchors to hold our soul from drifting (Heb 2:1noteHeb 6:19note).” I know not what trial you may be experiencing today (or are about to experience) dear child of the Living God, but I know that while He may bend us, “a bruised and battered reed” the Breaker will not break off (Isa 42:3,Mt 12:20Spurgeon sermon) So “May the LORD answer you in your day of trouble! May the Name of the God of Jacob (THE BREAKER) protect and defend you and keep you safe from all harm!” (Ps 20:1note) And may His Spirit enable you to “Proclaim aloud the Saviour’s fame, Who bears the BREAKER’S wond’rous Name; Sweet Name, and it becomes Him well; Who BREAKS DOWN earth, sin, death, and hell.” Amen

CHRIST THE BREAKER is found only once in Scripture in Micah 2:13note in the midst of a description of divine discipline (Micah 2:1-11note). Robert Hawker invites us “Pause, my soul, over this precious scripture, for it is indeed most precious.” Spurgeon reminds us “Judgment is God’s strange work, and He rejoices even in the midst of threatening to turn aside and utter gracious words to obedient souls. Surely the brightest and most silvery drops of love that have ever distilled upon men have fallen in close connection with storms of divine justice.” And so against this dreary backdrop “Micah proclaims this bright and brilliant vision of deliverance (C Roll),”  promising “I will surely assemble all of you, Jacob, I will surely gather the (believing) remnant of Israel. I will put them together like sheep in the fold; like a flock in the midst of its pasture. They will be so numerous that they will make a lot of noise (Listen). THE BREAKER (ESV = He who opens the breach) goes up before them. They break out, pass through the gate, and go out by it. So their King goes on before them, and Jehovah is at their head.” (Micah 2:12-13note). Most conservative writers agree that while Micah’s prophecy may have a partial fulfillment in Judah’s return from Babylonian exile, the final fulfillment awaits Christ’s Second Coming, when He rescues Israel (the believing remnant) from otherwise certain annihilation at the end of this age (Ro 11:25-27note, cf Jer 32:37-39Ezek 37:21-22note).

CHRIST THE BREAKER’S MANY TITLES – Notice that in Micah 2:12-13 Jesus is depicted as our BREAKER, our GOOD SHEPHERD (sheep…flock) leading us out of bondage (cf Ps 23:1-3noteHeb 13:20note), our victorious KING leading us in triumph (cf Rev 19:11,16,14note), our Great “I AM” (JEHOVAH) Himself the Covenant Who assures our eternal redemption (Isa 42:649:8Mal 3:1note) and our HEAD (Leader), our example, in Whose footsteps we are to follow (1Pe 2:21note). Spurgeon adds that Christ “marches in front of His sheep, the GOOD SHEPHERD clearing the way; the PIONEER of the heavenly army (Heb 2:10NETnote); the BREAKER, breaking through every difficulty; the KING, overcoming all foes.” Indeed, “THE BREAKER is gone forth in love, With power and skill divine, Descending from the realms above, To quell His foes and ours.” Amen

CHRIST THE BREAKER GOES BEFORE US – Micah says our Breaker “goes up before us” so wherever your path leads today, you can rest assured that your Breaker has already tread that path. Let us fix our eyes on His lovely Face (Heb 12:1note) and our ears on His winsome Voice (Jn 10:5), remembering that Christ never drives His sheep, but always leads them, clearing their way (Jn 10:3-4note). He is our BREAKER Who has broken all barriers and impediments that obstruct our way to God. The “Goliaths” among men cannot stand before Him or his weakest servant who is strong in His grace (2Ti 2:1note). Let this assurance be a source of comfort and confidence to your soul today. “He as the BREAKER has made the way POSSIBLE and PASSABLE.” (Paisley) Let us follow Him as we ponder His precious Name, THE BREAKER, looking especially at what transpired when our BREAKER was “BROKEN AND SPILLED OUT, Just for love of me, Jesus, God’s most precious Treasure, Lavished on me” (Gloria Gaither-see link below) on Calvary’s Tree.

OUR BREAKER BREAKS OUR STONY HEART – When the Lord created Adam, He gave man his life (Ge 2:7note). When He redeemed man, He gave His own life. (Mt 20:28). In the movie, the Last Emperor, the boy emperor of China was asked “What happens when you do wrong?” to which he replied “When I do wrong, someone else is punished,” and proceeded to break a costly vase, causing one of his servants to be beaten! God so loved the world, that Jesus reversed the roles. The first Adam broke the law of God (Ge 3:6-7note). The Last Adam (1Cor 15:45) kept the law of God, that on the Cross He might be BROKEN for our BROKENNESS and “crushed for our iniquities” (Isa 53:510Spurgeon2Cor 5:21noteHeb 10:10note1Pe 3:18note). Christ the BREAKER became “the REPAIRER of the breach (break)” (Isa 58:12) which sin had made between God and Adam (and all men – Ro 5:12note). The BREAKER Himself was BROKEN “once at the consummation of the ages!” (Heb 9:26note), that we might not suffer a BROKEN relationship with God now and “in the ages to come” (Eph 2:7note, cf Heb 7:25note2Th 1:8-9note) Christ our BREAKER cleared our way to heaven when He broke our “heart of stone and gave us a tender heart”  (Ezek 11:19note) In fact, one of the few things improved by breaking is the hard heart of an unconverted sinner. “At the conversion of every sinner, Christ breaks open the everlasting doors of our hearts and enters in. He breaks our rocky hearts in pieces and then binds up what He has broken.” (John Gill)  Indeed, when the BREAKER “forgives sin, He purges the RECORD, erases the REMEMBRANCE and empowers the RECIPIENT.” (Bosch) “He breaks His children’s hearts in twain, And brings proud nature down; The hearts He breaks He heals again, And on them puts a crown.”

OUR BREAKER BREAKS THE BARRIER BETWEEN GOD & MAN – What a breakthrough our Breaker made for us when He died on the Cross, for when He cried out and “yielded up His spirit,” the barrier between God and man was removed, the Gospel writers all recording that “the veil of the Temple (separating the Holy Place from God’s glorious presence) was torn in two.” (Mt 27:51noteMk 15:38Lk 23:45). The writer of Hebrews interprets the rent veil declaring “brethren, we have confidence to enter the Holy of Holies by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He inaugurated for us through the veil, that is His (broken) flesh.” (Heb 10:19-20note) As Spurgeon says “Jesus Christ’s humanity was a veil which somewhat concealed the glory of His Deity; but the flesh of Christ having been crucified (broken), the veil has been rent, and now we may come right up to the Throne of God without trembling; nay, we may come even with holy boldness and familiarity, and speak to God without alarm. Having such a privilege as this, LET US NOT NEGLECT IT” for “through Him we both have our access in one Spirit to the Father.” (Eph 2:18note) “Let us therefore draw near with confidence to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and may find grace to help in time of need (in the nick of time).” (Heb 4:16note). “When darkness seems to hide His face, I rest on His unchanging grace. In every high and stormy gale, My anchor holds within the veil.” (From Christ the Solid Rock by E Mote)

OUR BREAKER BREAKS THE BARRIER BETWEEN MEN – On the Cross, Christ was both Binder and Breaker, Paul writing that “in Christ Jesus you who formerly were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ, for He Himself is our peace (peace in Greek literally pictures BINDING together that which was BROKEN), and made both Jew and Gentile into one, having BROKEN DOWN the BARRIER of the dividing wall.” (Eph 2:13-14note) As Spurgeon says our BREAKER “has swept out of the way all the ordinances which divide us and we are now one in Him. The distance was infinite, but now the nearness is intimate. The blood of Jesus works marvels, annihilating distance, breaking down partition walls and transforming aliens into sons! May it come to pass that (because of the Breaker’s finished work on Calvary) all middle walls of division between men become as useless as the great Wall of China!” “The Breaker broke the barrier down, Which law and sin had made; He did fulfil all righteousness, And full redemption paid.”

Beloved, the precious Name CHRIST THE BREAKER is too rich to expound in one post for as the hymn writer said “Could we with ink the ocean fill, And were the skies of parchment made, Were every stalk on earth a quill, And every man a scribe by trade, To write the love of God above, Would drain the ocean dry.” (F Lehman)

Christ the Breaker (Part 2) – To Follow

Play Steve Green – Broken and Spilled Out

See In Depth Commentary on Micah 2:12-13

Alexander Maclaren’s classic sermon “Christ the Breaker”

From → The Names of God

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