GodReflection: Power Words
That didn’t make me a farmer.
Truth is my farming experience is zilch. I left the farm when I was two years old. Therefore, I know nothing about work animals.
However, I am intrigued with the use of animals in Scripture to illustrate God’s lessons.
It is impossible for me to appreciate the agriculture stories and illustrations as much as someone who found themselves dependent upon the land and their animals for survival.
A strong image used throughout Scripture is the picture of a yoke.
Jesus changes the imagery in the New Testament. The yoke is no longer feared.
The death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus took fear from the yoke.
He lets it be known to all he is willing to shoulder the load. The Lord makes an announcement. It is not so much an announcement as it is an invitation.
“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
This is how I picture the metaphor. I have a choice of two yokes.
I can continue wear a single yoke through life. Under the single yoke, I alone carry the heavy sin load Satan placed on my shoulders. The Devil is not about to lift a finger to help. He is in the business of burden creation. The result is weariness and burden broken.
Jesus invites me to cast aside the single yoke.
He asks me to exchange it for a double yoke that will allow me to work in tandem with him. The neat thing about this arrangement is Jesus has the strength to carry any load that comes my way. I work by his side connected with him in the yoke.
I find my yoke-mate is gentle and humble. My soul rests knowing Jesus leads the way.
As the Power Word cards flash through my mind, it is a reassuring to remember that Jesus is with me in the yoke. I no longer need to carry my burdens alone. Yoke is a strong and significant power word.
Dr. Gary J. Sorrells – A GodReflection on the Power Word Yoke.