grace, Word Wednesday

What’s Weighing You Down?

My yoke is easy

The Bible must be studied considering culture and language.

This does not mean we must all attend seminary and learn Hebrew and Greek. This also does not mean that we can’t glean from the Bible simply taking it at face value. But it does mean that we don’t glean everything God has for us when we don’t dig.

The scripture above is a perfect example of how culture and language affect the meaning.

Jesus said, “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me.”

Is this what you picture when you think of “yoke”?Yoke_of_Oxen_and_Driver

Those yokes look awful! Poor oxen. Do you think Jesus was comparing us to oxen? . . . He does call us sheep.

But look at His words again.

“Take my yoke upon you and learn from me.”

A “yoke” was a rabbinical teaching. The rabbis placed their teachings, yoked their teachings, upon their disciples.

The Pharisees’ yokes were very heavy. They were laden with rules and laws beyond God’s. ujiyklo;o;.edsIt’s no different from our churches and denominations today. Some of their doctrines are heavy.

But Jesus said,”…my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

This is my favorite part. The ancient word translated as easy is Chrestos.

  • Chrestos: from chraomai, to furnish what is needed. Profitable, fit, good for any use; figuratively, good gentle, easy to use or bear. In a moral sense, goodness and kindness. (definition from the Key Word Study Bible)

I just can’t help but incorporating all of those nuances into the meaning of Jesus’ words. I find His teaching all of these things. Don’t you? Read through that definition one more time.

But we read our Bibles with our filters. We read the Bible through our wounds, our blessings, and our gender. Preachers, commentators, bloggers, speakers, and Bible translators read their Bibles, teach the Bible, interpret the Bible through human eyes. Keep this in mind.

The Word of God will always bring freedom.

It may convict, but that conviction will lighten your load, not make it heavy.

Are you tired? Burdened? Weary?

It’s not from Jesus.

You may need to step down from all of the church ministries you’re busy doing. Reevaluate.

You may need to ask God if you’re where He wants you to be.

You may need to stop listening to your prophetic friend.

Jesus’ yoke is easy.

His burden is light.

Has the Truth set you free or burdened you? If you are burdened, I want to pray for you. Leave a comment or email me at

Have you experienced finding freedom in God’s conviction? I would love to hear your testimony. Remember, your testimony encourages others.


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  1. Samantha

    “My yoke is kindness….”
    I love this idea. Our Rabbi’s teaching is kindness and this kindness is fitting for our lives as His disciples. It calls to mind the Proverb, “A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.” Is it possible that the wrath we turn away is more than just our adversary’s? When we, through kindness, lead people into Truth and relationship with Christ, we also are instrumental in turning away the wrath of God from their eternity. What better legacy could we hope to leave?

    1. Wow. . . profound, Samantha! Beautiful words. I think you are right. Thank you so much for sharing!

  2. Thank you Andy, I am struggling with this very thing, I really needed to hear the definition of yoke and easy today!

    1. Yay, Jennifer! I’m sorry you are struggling with this, but so thankful this word was for you. I always post in faith. Praying sweet rest on you this season.

  3. Janice

    So very thankful we can dig in God’s Word! As per Pastor Jeff on Sunday, God’s Word withstands the test of time! Thanking God for placing “the right people in my life when I need it most! Thank you for teaching us “to dig”. !!!!!! See you soon!

    1. Thankful for you too, Janice!

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