April 24, 2020: SOAP #3795:   1Samuel 28,29; Psalm 109; Matthew 11 Scripture:  Matthew (NIV) 11:28 “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for […]

April 24, 2020: SOAP #3795:   1Samuel 28,29; Psalm 109; Matthew 11

Scripture:  Matthew (NIV) 11:28 “Come to me, all youwho are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take my yoke upon youand learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find restfor your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

Observation:  Ayoke is a wooden collar designed to hold two oxen to work side by side.  In my limited perspective, I can see twopurposes for a yoke.  One is to join thepower of the two as one.  The second isto train younger ox.  The younger ox hasno choice but to obey the master's commands as the older and stronger ox doesit's master's will. 

'Take' and 'learn' Jesus said.  The purposeof my being yoked to Jesus is not because He is lacking the strength toaccomplish His mission.  It is for mybenefit.  It for my training. 

Application:   When Iaccepted Jesus as LORD, I took His yoke upon me.  In making Jesus my Lord, I accept His plansfor the day, His attitudes, His direction. I allow Him to change my direction. It is not that the older ox goes where the younger ox is inclined to go"itis that the younger ox learns to go the way of the older, stronger ox.    

Prayer:  Lord, as I am yoked to you, I want you tofind me easily trainable.  I want to be apleasant yokemate with you.  May youenjoy that I am yoked to you.  Amen

Pastor Leon
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