As I begin. Let me start by saying the following. If the wrong yoke is on you at present. Then in fact the joke is on you. And its not funny. In fact this jokes punch line has both dire and deadly consequences. In case you are unfamiliar with what a yoke actually is. What we are talking about is a large wooden object. Which has been carved or cut out of wood. And its shape lends itself to being placed over the neck and shoulder area of large beasts such as oxen. It is by design used to keep two beasts of burden joined or yoked together for the purpose of performing a task. Generally plowing or pulling a wagon or cart.
Now a farmers yoke is very heavy if you or I were to attempt to lift it alone. But for a large animal and especially a pair of large animals…they bare the weight evenly… and for them it is no great shake. Any farmer worth his salt will tell you that as the selection process begins for what beast will be yoked to whatever other beast. He is looking for two animals that are preferably the same size and temperament. This will hopefully insure them working together relatively well. So why all of this talk about yokes and oxen Mr. Pundit? Well its funny that you should ask. Because the bible has a considerable amount to say about yokes of a variety of types. And the ways in which they can and do affect us in our lives as Christians or not.
Within the context of this blog I will be exposing two very different types of yokes. This first is a gift from God that we receive by choice. And the second is a gift from your father the devil that you have chosen by choice. That is to say of course if you are not serving Christ. And may I say without any hint of hesitation dear reader. You will and are serving something or someone whether you like my saying so or not. And if you are whole heartedly following Jesus Christ you are a servant of God . If you are half stepping or following any other entity or religion or philosophy…you are whole heartedly serving Satan. Just like the branding that occurs on a cattle ranch that says these cattle are the Big A ranches. You have a big spiritual pentagram slapped above your brow that says I have denied Christ and belong to Satan. It may be tough to swallow but its better that you know upfront while there is still opportunity to change.
So, lets move along and look into the yokes of the bible. Matthew 11 verses 29 and 30…This is Jesus speaking….Come to me all of you who labor and are heavily laden…and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me. For I am meek and lowly of heart. And you shall find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light. Now there are many things that I profess willingly no knowledge about whatsoever. But you would have to be the south bound end of a northbound horse…if you cant see that this is nothing like the yoke on a pair of oxen. He just said his yoke is easy and the burden is light. What happened to the cart and plow? This doesn’t sound like work to me. And not only that he speaks of giving us rest. Doesn’t he know that I haven’t done anything yet?
Well of course he does dummy. The yoke he is speaking about is teaming up with him. Sure there is going to be work. But it will be fair and equitable. It will be without fear of harm. There will be joy and peace. And at night you will lay your head down with a clear mind and conscience on your pillow. Knowing that you are a servant of the most high God and that your reward will be great. You may have noticed in my bio. that I used the term sojourner. Which is the long form for the word sojourn. This simply means a temporary stay or place. This world is not my home. I am just passing through. Gods yoke, Gods burden, Gods work is nothing next to that which you have been through already or will go through. And the reward for you and I in the end will be insane. Let me drop a spiritual bomb on you from the book of John chapter 14 and verses 2 and 3…And by the way pull your pants up you jerk. Your butt and shorts are hanging out…This is Jesus speaking to his disciples….In my Fathers house there are many mansions. If it was not so I would have told you that. I am going to prepare a place for you. And if I go to prepare a place for you, I will come back again and receive you to myself. So that where I am you may be also. Now listen up Einstein! If you believe that God created the heavens and the earth in six days and rested on the seventh. Which I do. Just what kind of place do you think is in store for us Christians that has been two thousand years in the making?
Has it ever dawned on you, all of the testimonies alone from those who have died and see Jesus? Nobodyyyyyyy! Sees a stinking Buddha. Nobody sees Jehovah. Nobody sees Krishna. They all see Jesus or they were in hell. Why I even heard testimony from a man who died in a hotel room in France. He was being dragged into a pitch black abyss. With what he said were creatures whispering and talking to him. Creatures who then started biting him and tearing at his flesh. And as he was screaming he remembered the name Jesus and started crying out. And a large white glowing hand reached into the darkness and pulled him out. Talk about the mercy of God. Even at that seemingly far gone state he was saved from doom.
I know of a young woman who is dating a non-Christian man and she was raised Catholic Christian. Now it doesn’t matter to me who you are. But I will tell you that I am secure with who I am. Now this couple is setting themselves up for the fall. Either one or the other will prevail in one way shape or form. And neither will make heaven their home for they’re beginning aside from everything else is founded in fornication. Which is sex out of wedlock. To strong for you? Well that’s too bad because it gets even better.
Second Corinthians 6 verse 14 says this…And do not be unequally yoked together with non believers. For what fellowship does righteousness have with in righteousness? And what communion does light have with darkness? And what relationship does Christ have with the devil? Or what part does he that believes have with an infidel? And what agreement does the temple of God have with idols? For you are the temple of the living God. As God has said I will dwell with them and walk with them and they shall be my people and I will be their God. therefore come out from among them says the Lord. And be separate. And do not touch unclean things. And I will receive you. And I will be a Father to you. And you shall be my sons and daughters says the Lord God Almighty. If you are in business with the unsaved or if you are dating the unsaved. No matter what you do with them you will have to give the devil his due. He owns you and your thieving,conniving sales business. He owns your hooker looking girlfriend and your stud muffin boy toy. So enjoy it while you can braniac, because things are certainly warming up for your future…Repent or else….To be continued