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Take My Yoke Upon You

A yoke of Oxen
Photo by Yann from Wikimedia Commons

“Come unto Me all you who are weary and heavy laden and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn of Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart; and you shall find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my load is light.”  ~ Mt 11:29

The theme of last week’s Oregon conference was slavery — our enslavement to the flesh and the world; our Lord’s becoming a slave to die for our sins so we may be reconciled to God; and our slavery to Him once we believe in Him and receive Eternal Life.  He’s bought us by paying a very dear price. He owns us; He is our new master (and a far better one that our former master, the flesh)

In the course of the teachings Pastor Farley brought up the yoke and this verse and pointed out that a yoke involves two oxen. When we take our Lord’s yoke upon ourselves, we are then yoked to Him.

I’d never thought of this verse in that way. I always thought of Him giving me a yoke and me pulling alone, while He held the plow or sat on the wagon with the reins.

But a yoke has two slots and is for two pullers.

So when we’re yoked to Him, we get to walk alongside Him, protected, guided, comforted, and most important, He does all the work, because He is strong and we are weak. That’s why it says his yoke is easy and his load light.

If only we would just believe that and live in it.

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Can You Bind the Pleiades?

Then the Lord Answered Job out of the whirlwind and said,
Who is this that darkens counsel
By words without knowledge.
Now gird up your loins like a man,
And I will ask you, and you instruct Me!

Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth!
Tell Me if you have understanding,
Who set its measurements, since you know?

 

Or who streteched the line on it?
On what were its bases sunk?
Or who laid its cornerstone,
When all the morning stars sang together,
And all the sons of God shouted for joy?

Can you bind the chains of the Pleiades,
Or loose the cords of Orion?

Can you lead forth a constellation in its season.
And guide the Bear with her satellites?


Do you know the ordinances of the heavens or fix their rule over
the earth?

Job 38:1-7; 31-33

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Enter His Gates With Thanksgiving

Shout joyfully to the LORD, all the earth.
Serve the LORD with gladness;
Come before Him with joyful singing.
Know that the LORD Himself is God;
It is He who has made us and not we ourselves.
We are His people and the sheep of His pasture.
Enter His gates with thanksgiving,
And His courts with praise.
Give thanks to Him; bless His name.
For the Lord is good;
His lovingkindness is everlasting,
And His faithfulness to all generations.
~Psalm 100

Happy Thanksgiving!

(I’ll be back next week with Part 3 of my Journal Entry series)

Long Day

Well, I was 5 hours at the cancer center today while my mother got her chemo treatment. I was ready for a long haul and even got a pair of pants mended while we waited. But I came home TIRED. Too tired to marshall enough words for a blog post so how about a few verses the Lord has recently brought to my attention that lately?

The Old Testament scriptures were written for our instruction says, , the Jews representing the soul of the church age believer. All their battles which were external and physical are analogous to the challenges and invisible struggles we face as Church age believers.

From Isaiah chapter 2, where the house of Jacob has been abandoned by the Lord …

…because they are filled with influences from the east…their land has also been filled with idols; They worship the work of their hands, That which their fingers have made…

The Lord of the Armies will have a day of reckoning against everyone who is proud and lofty, and against everyone who is lifted up …

And the Lord alone will be exalted in that day. But the idols will completely vanish. And men will go into caves of rocks, and into holes of the ground before the terror of the Lord, and before the splendor of His majesty, when He arises to make the earth tremble…

Stop regarding man, whose breath of life is in his nostrils; For why should he be esteemed?”

From Isaiah Ch 30

“Woe to the rebellious children,” declares the Lord, “Who execute a plan, but not Mine, and make an alliance, but not of My Spirit… Who proceed down to Egypt (a type of the world), without consulting Me, to take refuge in the safety of Pharoah and to seek shelter in the shadow of Egypt…”

They carry their riches on the backs of young donkeys and their treasures on camels’ humps, to a people who cannot profit them; Even Egypt, whose help is vain and empty…for this is a rebellious people (the Jews), false sons who refuse to listen to the instruction of the Lord. Who say to the seers, “You must not see visions, (OT communication of doctrine);” And to the prophets, “You must not prophesy to us what is right (ie, what the Lord is actually saying), (but) speak to us in pleasant words, prophesy illusions.  Get out of the way, turn aside from the path. Let us hear no more about the Holy One of Israel.”

Therefore, thus says the Holy One of Israel, “Since you have rejected this word, and have put your trust in oppression and guile, and have relied on them, therefore this iniquity will be to you like a breach about to fall, a bulge in a high wall whose collapse comes suddenly in an instant. And whose collapse is like the smashing of a potter’s jar; so ruthlessly shattered that a sherd will not be found among its pieces to take fire from a hearth or to scoop water from a cistern.”

For thus the Lord God, the Holy One of Israel has said, “In repentance (change your thinking; return) and rest you shall be delivered, in quietness and trust is your strength.”

But you were not willing. And you said, “No, for we will flee on horses.” (We have our own plans and schemes by which we’ll solve the problem!)

Therefore you shall flee!

“And we will ride on swift horses,”

Therefore those who pursue you shall be swift.  One thousand (of you) shall flee at the threat of one man… until you are left as a flagpole on a mountain top, and as a signal (of your stupidity) on a hill (for all to see).

Therefore the Lord longs to be gracious to you, and therefore He waits on high to have compassion on you (if only you’d change your mind and pay attention to His word)

For the Lord is a God of justice; how happy are all those who long for Him.


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