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An Easy Yoke

October 10, 2011

I went to Living History Farms the other day with my son’s class.  We traveled in time from farm to farm and saw how technology had changed farm life.  We were at the 1850’s farm where the kids were introduced to what a yoke was.  The man described the yoke as being about 65-75 pounds, none of the kids could lift that kind of weight and he said.  What I found amazing was the man describing it said that this yoke is light to the oxen because they can pull up to 2000 pounds.  Sixty five pounds was a drop in the bucket to the oxen who could pull over 30 times that weight.  The cattle used as oxen don’t become oxen until they are trained, it takes about 4 years of training to have a cow become an ox.

My mind immediately went to Matthew 11:29-30 “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.”  What a sweet thought we have in Christ.  Jesus asks us to come and take His yoke on us.  His yoke of grace is easier than the old rusty yoke of the law.   The idea of a yoke does carry the idea of a burden, but if the ox must move forward, then the yoke helps.  The yoke keeps the ox combined with the other to maintain power and direction while plowing.

Christ’s yoke is a yoke of grace.  It’s a burden of love, we are yoked together for service, for fellowship, for life.  All the dealings of men require grace.  Especially when you are leading.  His yoke keeps us combined with Him to maintain power and direction while working the soil.  Is it hard work, absolutely, but the yoke is grace!

Lead with Love,


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