July 5, 2020 ~ Yoked to Christ

Readings for Sunday, July 5, 2020

Genesis 22:34-38, 42-49, 58-67; Psalm 45:10-17; Romans 7:15-25a; Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30

Yoked to Christ:

“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 ret for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light” (Matthew 11:28-30).

          In the Bible, the word yoke is usually a metaphor for subjection and tyranny. King Solomon made the people’s yoke heavy; his son added to the yoke of dictatorship (1 Kings 12: 4, 11). The prophet Isaiah talked about the yoke of injustice and oppression (58:6, 9) and Jeremiah warned his people that they would fall under the yoke of King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon (27:2, 6–7).

Jesus characterized the yoke, not as a symbol of subjection, but as a symbol of partnership. He is referring to a relationship in which two companions walk side by side in tandem—covering the same ground, overcoming the same obstacles, and traveling at the same speed. By inviting us to submit to his yoke, Jesus invites us to come alongside him in partnership.

Source: Feasting on the Word Curriculum, July 5, 2020

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