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.