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December 14, 2005

Taking on the Yoke – Why name my site this?

Well every blog needs a name; to distinguish it from another. Itís also helpful to pick something that tells the reader a little about yourself or the subject and purpose for the blog. In my case, I wanted something that the reader would identify with being Christian.

Itís taken from the book of Matthew 11:28–30 in the new testament.

"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 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."
Matthew 11:28–30 NIV

One thing you quickly learn with reading the bible is that the meaning of scripture can appear superficially to mean one thing and then on closer inspection mean something quite different. For me this is one such piece of scripture. In it Jesus uses the analogy of using a Yoke. I first read this to be a Yoke like the type used when carrying water, a singular Yoke. I later realized that he meant it to be a double a yoke, like the ones used with oxen for plowing. Looking at the scripture again I realized that Jesus wants us to walk with him at the same pace, so that we can learn from him, not just carry his burden as I had misread it previously. I now find the message far more comforting and easy to digest.


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