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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
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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