We who preach and write, do so in a manner different from which the Scriptures have been written. We write while we make progress. We learn something new every day. We speak as we still knock for understanding...If anyone criticizes me when I have said what is right, he does me an injustice. But I would be more angry with the one who praises me and takes what I have written for Gospel truth than I would be with the one who criticizes me unfairly. -Augustine

A Double Yoke, Part 1

A Double Yoke, Part 1

“Come unto me, all ye who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls, for my yoke is easy and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:28-29).

Why would anyone want to put a yoke around their neck when they are already overburdened and weighed down? Jesus says that He is meek and lowly and then offers you this yoke to put on. As if you weren’t carrying enough weight already!

The yoke in Matthew 11 is not a typical yoke. For my urban readers, a yoke is a wooden collar that is placed upon a beast of burden that carries the load of his master. The yoke that Jesus is describing is similar, but with one exception. Jesus’ yoke is a training yoke. It is a double yoke that was used to attach a pulling heifer with a young heifer-in-training. As both animals were yoked together, the young heifer would follow the steps of the pulling heifer, side by side. The pulling heifer pulled most of the weight of the burden; thus, the significance of Jesus’ statement, “Come unto me, all ye that labor and are heavy laden (burdened), and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you.” In other words, “Come alongside of me, and I will carry the weight of your burden.”

If the training heifer had tried to take the lead, however, he would have suffered the burden of all the weight. So it is today with many Christians who take the lead and follow their own path in life. Are you tired and burdened? Are you finding that your laboring leaves you little or no strength? The path that leads to rest is found when we are yoked side by side with Jesus–learning from Him–letting him take the lead.

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