September 26 Encounter

Keith Schubert
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Jesus promised us He would never leave us (Matt. 28:19-20).  That means He is present with you now.  Is your heart prepared to hear from Him?  Take a moment to prepare your heart to hear from Him then read the passage below. 



“Take my yoke upon you…” - Matthew 11:29


Today we see Jesus talk about being yoked.  What does Jesus mean when He says, “take my yoke”?  A yoke is a heavy wooden harness that fits over the shoulders of an ox or oxen.  The purpose of the yoke was to steer and guide the team and to share the load of the work. But the word “yoke” also has another meaning. 


The people of Jesus’ day who followed a specific teacher (rabbi in this context) were said to “carry his yoke” which meant to live by their teachings.  They were living by their way of doing things.  So when Jesus says, “I want you to take my yoke,” He’s saying, “I want you to do life the way I show you.  I want you to carry the things I give you.”  Just like the oxen are guided by the yoke, Jesus wants to guide us by His yoke, or teachings.  


As you look at your life right now, who’s yoke are you carrying?  What do you sense your Heavenly Father speaking to you?  How is He calling you to respond?

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