I’ve had a tiny bit of what I know expanded. Last Sunday my pastor preached a sermon that included the passage about “a bruised reed and a smoking flax.”
Now I don’t know where I got my ideas of what this meant but I always thought the bruised reed was just a reed that had been stepped on or something that caused it to be bruised. The pastor said it really referred to a type of flute or horn that the shepherds of that time played.
The smoking flax reminded me of the flax I had seen growing when I traveled in New Zealand. Not knowing anything about its cultivation, I assumed that at some point the flax would be burned off as part of its normal growth cycle. Turns out that flax in the Scripture means a wick in an oil lamp.
It’s always nice to learn something new.