Yoke / by daniel hamlin

 I trusted the sign and took the long way around.

I trusted the sign and took the long way around.

“My yoke is easy and My burden is light”—Jesus, Matthew 11:30

These days everyone seems to be in frenzy, dissatisfied, searching for something of substance. There’s unrest everywhere. So what are we to do about it? Believe it or not, the current problems facing humanity are not unique to our times. And the truths that Jesus spoke two thousand years ago still remain and prove just as essential to our reality as they did to His listeners back then.

The concept of a yoke was quite significant in Jesus’ day. A yoke was not only an agricultural tool, but when it came to religious matters a yoke was a Rabbi’s interpretation of the Scriptures. Israel had various Rabbis’ and they usually came out of two schools of thought. The Rabbi’s of the day burdened the people with laws and regulations and condemnation. What Jesus was telling His listeners was that if they believed in Him they would actually find rest for their souls instead of more weight because His yoke was easy and His burden light. Jesus interpreted Scripture through the nature of God; we will get a different perspective and find out that peace and rest are actually attainable if we will follow Jesus. Scripture was intended to lift the burden and bring life and rest to the soul.