Jesus wasn’t just yoking around about farm animals

Come Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light. Matt 11:28-30

In addition to the obvious reference to farm animals and productivity, “yoke” was understood as a metaphor for oppression. Ancient Romans made conquered enemies walk under a yoke as a symbolic act of subjugation. We may feel herded under some oppressive, controlling, life-sucking yokes in 21st century culture, too. Jesus offers rest down to our very souls, gentle instruction, and a submission experience that is not imposed on us by force or oppression, but by our own choosing.

Lord, I choose to be yoked to Your gentle, humble heart.