The Yoke

Ox-yoke

It's one of my favorite sections of scripture.  At the end of Matthew 11, Jesus says, ""Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light." (Matthew 11:28-30)

How many times have we heard this verse from the pulpit of the church?

All through my growing up, I thought the 'yoke' was like this picture of the oxen.  It was supposed to be a link between me and God. Or, it was supposed to be someway that I'm chained to God.  But, if you just think about it logically, there's no way Jesus is saying, "Come to me all you who are weary, because I'll put a yoke on you and work you in the field until we plow up for the new harvest?"  REALLY?

I've done some pretty extensive research on the subject of the 'yoke', and I found that it really means 'teaching style.'  

So the Rabbi of the day would take a few disciples under his wing, and begin teaching the disciples the way they interpret scripture.  It was a way that every nuance of the Old Testament had a way of being vetted out.  

This idea of taking on Jesus' yoke, is that we need to take on His teaching.
We need to emulate His life.
We need to assume His teaching, and THEN we'll have a true understanding of how life is supposed to work.

May we be a people who take on Jesus' teaching.
May we take it serious, and not merely a suggestion
May Jesus' yoke bring relief to you today.

3 Comments

  1. The Yoke of Jesus Christ is one that we all need to really follow Him. the inspiration i am getting here is the yoke Jesus is refers to the Person of the Holy Spirit. Take My Yoke upon you and learn from me> rember HE said he will send the holy Spirit to teach us all things. A yoke sybolis who is in control of ones life and direction. the Holy Spirit is the seal of the beliver, the guide, we know we belong to Christ through the withness of the Spirit “as many as are lead by the Spirit of God they are Sons of God… the yoke is easy and light because it enpowers us rather than burndens us. you will recive power when the Spirit comes (upon you). rember take my yoke (Upon YOu!) be lead by the spirit not the world or self or the evil one. Live by the Spirit and you will not gratify the desires of the sinful nature. this was the Promise Jesus wanted to present to the diciples this was the yoke He meant. Kharbal james kaltho

  2. Hi, I wanted to request permission to use the image of the ox with the yoke that is on your website.
    Would like to use this for a sermon that I am preaching. Thanks for the consideration.
    J Thomas

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