His Yoke

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Back when I was working on Serendipity Bible studies, someone pointed me to this passage from Velvet Elvis once:

Different rabbis had different sets of rules, which were really different lists of what they forbade and what they permitted. A rabbi’s set of rules and lists, which was really that rabbit’s interpretation of how to live the Torah, was called that rabbi’s yoke. When you followed a certain rabbi, you were following him because you believed that rabbi’s set of interpretations were closest to what God intended through the Scriptures. And when you followed that rabbi, you were taking up that rabbi’s yoke.

One rabbi even said his yoke was easy.

–Rob Bell, Velvet Elvis, p. 47

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Every time I hear these verses from Matthew 11, my mind wanders to Bell’s words and I am so grateful I am almost brought to tears.

“Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Matthew 11:29-30, ESV

Being a follower of Jesus is not an insane list of rules and regulations. It is loving Him and wanting to live in His love and His will. It is freedom.

I am so blessed that His burden is light.

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3 thoughts on “His Yoke

  1. That is one of my favorite Bible verses. So many people run from Christianity because they believe religions are a bunch of rules and regulations. Thankfully, our Christianity is not a religion, but a relationship, and our Lord is there with us every step of the way.

  2. One of my favorite verses as well. I love that He says "you will find rest for your souls." I desperately crave that rest, and I continue to walk with our Lord in hopes that it will come soon. Thanks so much Jessie!

  3. You know, reading this post I am reminded of just how freeing it is to be a follower of Jesus. To throw off the weight of the world's expectations truly is to lighten your burden. So many people miss that. Specifically, I remember a season of grief in my life, when the true meaning of taking on His yoke and casting off my own gave me such relief as is described in the verse. It was impossible for me to remain in that dark place when I had such lightness of hope in my soul.
    Thank you so much for this profound and inspiring post!

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