Most of us have heard of an “egg yolk”, right?
That’s not what we’re talking about here for #slowitdownSunday, though 🙂
The Bible makes several references that our Pastor talked about today at church.
First of all, exactly what is the yoke that the Bible is referencing?
Here’s a definition from Google:
And here’s what Wikipedia has to say:
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
For other uses, see Yoke (disambiguation).
Not to be confused with Egg yolk.
A yoke is a wooden beam normally used between a pair of oxen or other animals to enable them to pull together on a load when working in pairs, as oxen usually do; some yokes are fitted to individual animals. There are several types of yoke, used in different cultures, and for different types of oxen. A pair of oxen may be called a yoke of oxen, and yoke is also a verb, as in “to yoke a pair of oxen”. Other animals that may be yoked include horses, mules, donkeys, and water buffalo.
Now that we all have an understanding of the yoke, here’s what really stood out for me:
28 Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
29 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.
30 For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
God’s yoke. He wants us to take it on – and then we will find rest. He tells us that His yoke is easy and that His burden is light.
Our Pastor also referenced this verse from Ezekiel in the Old Testament. This verse is part of a covenant that God made with His chosen people, the Israelites. He still wants to make these same promises with His children today.
Ezekiel 34: 27
The trees will yield their fruit and the ground will yield its crops; the people will be secure in their land. They will know that I am the LORD, when I break the bars of their yoke and rescue them from the hands of those who enslaved them.
God promises to break the bars of the yokes that aren’t from Him. The enemy is constantly trying to force his own yoke upon us – a yoke of slavery and bondage. God says that we will know that He is the LORD when He breaks those yokes.
The cool part? That freedom is available to all of us that have joined the family of God – and God keeps His promises!!
I pray that we all #slowitdownSunday, choose the yoke of God and find rest for our souls. Amen!
Encouragement for the Day:
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