Take my Yoke Upon You Matthew 11
Posted by adventbiblestudy on December 15, 2010
KJV Matthew 11:28. Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. 29. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. 30. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
We labor on this earth under heavy burdens. Jesus offers us rest. He invites us to share His yoke and learn from Him. The stronger bull under the yoke is usually the leader. In this case Jesus promises, He is meek and lowly in heart, a condition of His leadership, leading to rest for our souls. His yoke is easy, and His burden is light.
To gain a deeper spiritual meaning a few of the key words will be compared with other texts.
Labour not to be rich: cease from thine own wisdom. Except the LORD build the house, they labour in vain that build it: Yea, I hated all my labour which I had taken under the sun: because I should leave it unto the man that shall be after me. What profit hath a man of all his labour which he taketh under the sun? Then I looked on all the works that my hands had wrought, and on the labour that I had laboured to do: and, behold, all was vanity and vexation of spirit, and there was no profit under the sun. For what hath man of all his labour, and of the vexation of his heart, wherein he hath laboured under the sun? All the labour of man is for his mouth, and yet the appetite is not filled. Wherefore do ye spend money for that which is not bread? and your labour for that which satisfieth not? hearken diligently unto me, and eat ye that which is good, and let your soul delight itself in fatness. For there is a man whose labour is in wisdom, and in knowledge, and in equity; yet to a man that hath not laboured therein shall he leave it for his portion. This also is vanity and a great evil. Our necks are under persecution: we labour, and have no rest. The labour of the righteous tendeth to life: the fruit of the wicked to sin. Proverbs 23:4, Psalms 127:1, Ecclesiastes 2:18, Ecclesiastes 1:3, Ecclesiastes 2:11, Ecclesiastes 2:22, Ecclesiastes 6:7, Isaiah 55:2, Ecclesiastes 2:21, Lamentations 5:5, Proverbs 10:16.
Labour not for the meat which perisheth, but for that meat which endureth unto everlasting life, which the Son of man shall give unto you: for him hath God the Father sealed. I sent you to reap that whereon ye bestowed no labour: other men laboured, and ye are entered into their labours. I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive. For we are labourers together with God: ye are God’s husbandry, ye are God’s building. Remembering without ceasing your work of faith, and labour of love, and patience of hope in our Lord Jesus Christ, in the sight of God and our Father; For therefore we both labour and suffer reproach, because we trust in the living God, who is the Saviour of all men, specially of those that believe. Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief. And I heard a voice from heaven saying unto me, Write, Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: Yea, saith the Spirit, that they may rest from their labours; and their works do follow them. John 4:38, John 6:27, Acts 20:35, 1 Corinthians 3:9, 1 Thessalonians 1:3, 1 Timothy 4:10, Hebrews 4:11, Revelation 14:13
And it shall come to pass in the day that the LORD shall give thee rest from thy sorrow, and from thy fear, and from the hard bondage wherein thou wast made to serve, Rest in the LORD, and wait patiently for him: fret not thyself because of him who prospereth in his way, because of the man who bringeth wicked devices to pass. And in that day there shall be a root of Jesse, which shall stand for an ensign of the people; to it shall the Gentiles seek: and his rest shall be glorious. For in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, the sea, and all that in them is, and rested the seventh day: wherefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day, and hallowed it. It is a sign between me and the children of Israel for ever: for in six days the LORD made heaven and earth, and on the seventh day he rested, and was refreshed. Let us labour therefore to enter into that rest, lest any man fall after the same example of unbelief. And the spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him, the spirit of wisdom and understanding, the spirit of counsel and might, the spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the LORD; Isaiah 14:3, Psalms 37:7, Isaiah 11:10, Exodus 20:11, Exodus 31:17, Hebrews 4:11, Isaiah 11:2
But the seventh year thou shalt let it rest and lie still; that the poor of thy people may eat: and what they leave the beasts of the field shall eat. In like manner thou shalt deal with thy vineyard, and with thy oliveyard. The LORD thy God in the midst of thee is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over thee with joy; he will rest in his love, he will joy over thee with singing. Exodus 23:11, Zephaniah 3:17.
A wise man will hear, and will increase learning; and a man of understanding shall attain unto wise counsels: Give instruction to a
wise man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a just man, and he will increase in learning. And it shall be with him, and he shall read therein all the days of his life: that he may learn to fear the LORD his God, to keep all the words of this law and these statutes, to do them: I will praise thee with uprightness of heart, when I shall have learned thy righteous judgments. Thy hands have made me and fashioned me: give me understanding, that I may learn thy commandments. The Lord GOD hath given me the tongue of the learned, that I should know how to speak a word in season to him that is weary: he wakeneth morning by morning, he wakeneth mine ear to hear as the learned. Proverbs 1:5, Proverbs 9:9, Deuteronomy 17:19, Psalms 119:7, Psalms 119:73, Isaiah 50:4.
They also that erred in spirit shall come to understanding, and they that murmured shall learn doctrine. It is good for me that I have been afflicted; that I might learn thy statutes. This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith? For whatsoever things were written aforetime were written for our learning, that we through patience and comfort of the scriptures might have hope. Learn to do well; seek judgment, relieve the oppressed, judge the fatherless, plead for the widow. Isaiah 29:24, Psalms 119:71, Galatians 3:2, Romans 15:4, Isaiah 1:17.