Guest post by Jeanette Andrade
October 31 Scripture Selection: Jeremiah 27-28
Food for Thought: Jer. 27:1-12; 28:1-17
The mental picture of a yoke is one of a heavy burden that causes the bearer to toil, implying servitude, which is precisely the image that the Lord wanted the people of Jeremiah’s day to grasp. He wanted them to understand what was ahead for them because of their sin. That yoke was, indeed, one of weighty oppression.
Sin itself is a very heavy yoke of bondage that comes with a very harsh task master from which Christ desires that you break free (Rom. 8:2). However, there is yet another type of yoke, that of living by the religious Law in expectation that it will make you just and clean. In an attempt to make yourself righteous, you can toil your whole life meticulously trying to adhere to the Law given in the Old Testament (which was really given to the Jews) –or any other man-made law—and you will only achieve exhaustion and perhaps false piety. In Galatians 5, the apostle Paul addresses this and urges people to not get caught up once again in this kind of yoke of bondage, but to receive the righteousness that Jesus gave us freely through faith in Him.
Contrasting His way to the old one, Jesus said to the people, and still does, “Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For My yoke is easy and My burden is light (Mat. 11:28-30).” His yoke is weightless and gives rest! It is only called a yoke in that it joins us to Him by our faith and His love. No more toiling in sin or because of it. No more exerting great effort to earn salvation. Just exchange the old way for His, and be united with Him in the Spirit, for “where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty (II Cor. 3:17).”
Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):
Getting Personal (What has God shown you in today’s reading?):
Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):
Important Events on This Day (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.):