Read verses 28-30
Q: Granted this is one of the most famous and oft-quoted Scriptures in the Bible, but read it carefully, considering each sentence. To begin with, is Jesus talking to everybody? What’s the significance?
A: According to v.28, He is speaking specifically to “all who are weary and heavy-laden”. It speaks to the condition of each individual heart, whether it is seeking something beyond their self. It’s not necessarily speaking to those whose pride is so thick and established that they don’t believe they really need a Savior. This is the chief difference between those who see and hear Christ and accept or reject Him: The condition of their heart.
Q: What is the first action we’re to undertake according to v.29? What does it mean?
A: To take off the current yoke under which we’re living and put on Jesus’ yoke. The classic example of a yoke is a wooden device that’s not just around one oxen’s neck to allow it to pull a load, but which PAIRS of oxen are yoked together. Jesus is not just referring to the weight of the burden being pulled, but that we will be yoked side-by-side with HIM, Who assists in toting the burden and is always present beside us.
Q: What is to be our second action according to v.29?
A: “…and learn from Me…” It’s not a one-time event but a process by which we change the course of all behavior, decisions and attitude going forward for the rest of our life. He is with us, side-by-side, guiding and encouraging and educating all the way.
Q: According to v.29, what is the end result of our taking Christ’s yoke?
A: “…rest for your souls.” It’s amazing how content and peaceful one’s life becomes – even while pulling life’s loads and facing life’s roads – in the knowledge that you are never alone, never pulling the load alone, always being guided and cared for.
Q: How is the statement in v.30 true – “For My yoke is easy and My burden is light” – when compared to the examples of the individuals and groups mentioned in this chapter that reject Him?
- They have only task masters who never share the load, but actually increase it.
- The hardness of their hearts precludes learning anything that will ease the burden or address the issues of their life.
- If their master is not Jesus it is Satan, who is anything but “gentle and humble in heart”.
Application: It is actually a question of “which” yoke:
- The world’s yoke have only task masters who never share the load but actually increase it.
- Hardness of heart precludes learning anything that will ease the burden.
- If one’s master is not Jesus it is Satan who is anything but “gentle and humble in heart”.