JESUS' CALL TO ALL (3)
We come to the third part of this statement by Jesus in
verses 29-30. There are five key words in these two verses:
(1) my yoke,
(2) learn of me,
(3) find rest,
(4) unto your souls, and
(5) my burden is light.
Jesus' yoke is picturesque. It is "easy" whereas the Jewish
religious fanatics had laid "heavy burdens" on them, Matthew 23:4;
so much so that they were "heavy laden", Matthew 11:28.
One sees basis for relief of the "heavy burdens" by "learning
of me "- - - meaning Jesus. He is not a harsh taskmaster, but you
must simply: "learn of me", He said. The process of this 'learning'
involves several factors. For us now, it means we must have an
accurate and reliable record of Him and His works; and His words.
We call that record the Bible. Bible comes from the greek word
"Holy" since it is a book made Holy by it's contents and it's
value to us. Learning is a process by which one, void of truth, is
acquainted with truth. Jesus is the hero of heroes in the Book of
Learning is not generally easy; nor is it always a speedy
process. Isaiah 28:9-10 gives us a good description. Verse 9 tells
of teaching and making to understand knowledge and doctrine. The
second thing Verse 9 states is that it is for maturing ones, not the
Verse 10 shows that the method of teaching and learning is
by repetition. This matter is explained more fully in vs.13:
(a) we are talking about teaching the Word of the LORD.
(b) it is by "precept upon precept",
(c) and repeated again, "precept upon precept". (precept means
something established, like the commandments of God).
You see, we are ever directed to the Word of God. We absorb
it by reading and study; hearing, teaching, and preaching by those
qualified and appointed to teach and preach. You'll usually find
them in a church patterned after the New Testament models. DDH.
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