In ancient times and even today on smaller farms, a yoke is used to bind two cattle together to pull a cart or plow. Usually the cattle are paired in a way where the older steer is "yoked" to a younger one so he can teach him how to pull the cart.
In the Bible Jesus uses this metaphor to help his disciples understand how easy it is to follow Him. Referring to the depiction above, Jesus is the older steer who is doing most of the work and training us in the way we must go to be like Him. I don't believe many Bible students understand this. The yoke in farming is meant for two cattle. Jesus is the Teacher and we are the student.
Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 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.”
Jesus invites us to take on His yoke, not our own. On the farm, the yoke is a burden to the cattle as it implies work and servitude in pulling something. In this world, we have to work and are in servitude to our own lusts and desires. Our own yoke is very burdensome. But Jesus invites us to take upon His yoke which is not burdensome as He is doing most of the work.
To put this into practice, we must connect with Jesus everyday and lean on Him throughout the day to have Him help us with our daily burdens. I know I have experienced this when something I am doing just easily works itself out. It could be something small like a parking space opening up close to where I need to go or an email from someone reminding me of something I need to do.
Jesus is still here through the Holy Spirit working on our hearts and helping us to attain victory over this world and preparing us for the next. Please accept Jesus invitation to take on His yoke. You will be glad you did.
And that is the Whole Truth!
Have a wonderful rest of the week and may God bless you in your ongoing walk with Him.
And remember, once again..
God always answers His kneemail.