ARE YOU UNACCUSTOMED TO THE YOKE?
Are we taking Messiah's yoke?
Matthew 5:11 “TAKE MY YOKE UPON YOU AND LEARN FROM ME, for I am gentle and humble in heart and you will FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”
Jeremiah 6:16 “Thus says YHWH: ‘Stand by the roads and look ask for the ancient paths where the good way is and WALK IN IT and you will FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS.’ But you said, ‘We will not walk in it.’”
Jeremiah 31 "I have surely heard Ephraim’s moaning: ‘YOU DISCIPLINED ME LIKE AN UNRULY CALF, and I have been disciplined. Restore me and I will return because you are YHWH my Elohim. After I strayed, I repented; after I came to understand I beat my breast. I was ashamed and humiliated because I bore the disgrace of my youth.’ Is not Ephraim my dear son the child in whom I delight? Though I often speak against him, I still remember him. Therefore my heart yearns for him; I have great compassion for him,” declares YHWH. “SET UP ROAD SIGNS; PUT UP GUIDEPOSTS. TAKE NOTE OF THE HIGHWAY, THE ROAD THAT YOU TAKE. RETURN, Virgin Israel, retrun to your towns. How long will you wander, unfaithful daughter Israel? YHWH will create a new thing on earth- the woman will return to the man.”
Today in our modern western Christian culture we think that freedom in Messiah means being free to not follow the Father’s instruction. How deplorable a condition and sickly an ailment!
Paul said in Romans 7 :12 that FREEDOM OF LIFE IS FOUND IN THE LAW!
Remember there are different laws in effect. Messiah delivered us from the law of death and made us alive to the law of liberty and righteousness!
Jeremiah 31 is where the Comforter taught me that we are as unruly calves- unaccustomed to the yoke. Yes, that is us- doing our own thing and thinking that is okay.
Proverbs 14:12; 16:25 "There is a way that seems right to a man, but the end thereof is death."
That great teacher, the Counselor, showed me that I needed to set up guideposts to be on the ancient paths that YHWH shows wherein I would find rest for my soul the same as Messiah admonished that in following Him is the yoke I needed.
YES THERE IS A YOKE TO BEAR!
We want to be obedient, walking in the way,
yoked with Messiah. We don’t want to be without faith- doing our own way.
Are we as an unruly calf? Or are we yoked with Him, walking with Him, working out our salvation, following His example?
Luke 18:8 “And shall not YHWH avenge His own elect..nevertheless when the son of Man comes shall He find faith on the earth? And He spake this parable unto certain which trusted in themselves that they were righteous”
Yet when He returns will He find faith on the earth?
Revelation 12:11 “And they overcame him by the blood of the LAMB and by the Word of their TESTIMONY”
The saved are the ones who are redeemed by His blood and who walk in, guard His Father’s commandments!
2 Corinthians 6:14 “Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers. For what fellowship has righteousness with lawlessness?”
Unbelief is considered lawlessness!