JESUS' CALL TO ALL (2)
As I stated before, [in Jesus' Call (1)], I urge you to read the
text. One needs to be saturated with the words of Jesus. The portion of
His Word as revealed by Matthew is: ". . . all ye that labour and are
heavy laden, . . .", 11:28
First, we must determine that this is not weariness from secular
labour. This labour is from striving to please God by ceremonies of
various types. The people of that time were either renegades as to
the extent of the law, or renegades of the truth by the inventions of
their own devised laws of conduct. Sin is a cruel task master. It leads
These self imposed rules were:
(1) supposed to please God,
(2) purify the labourer,
(3) let them earn their own salvation.
The extent of this overloading is seen in Jesus' words: "heavy
laden". One expresses it as meaning a ship with cargos over the
limit - - - over laden.
The extent of this overloading is evident by Jesus' words about
the Pharisees and Scribes, Matt. 23:1-4. He is speaking of the copiers
of the Scripture scrolls - - - they were called scribes. They should
have known what the Lord said - - - yet they, like the Pharisees had
gone to seed on certain things. Their philosophy was 'do as I say,
and not as I do'. They were men pleasers, vss.5-6. Notice that Jesus
said ". . . they bind heavy burdens . . . on men's shoulders, . . ." vs.4.
They reversed God's order. In the new birth you are made a
"new creature", 2 Corinthians 5:17 ; and , ". . . created . . . unto
good works," according to God's Word, Ephesian 2:10. Then when the
saved one goes forth they are told to "Let your light so shine before
men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father
which is in heaven.", Matthew 5:16.
Rituals burden down men with little or no benefit; while Jesus
liberates us to do His good works outlined in His Book. DDH.
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