THE YOKE

DID YOU KNOW that there is a yoke we should desire with all our hearts?

THE TORAH: Matthew 11:28-30, “Come to Me, all those laboring and being burdened, and I will give you rest. Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, because I am meek and lowly in heart, and you will find rest to your souls (Ref. Jeremiah 6:16) for My yoke (is) easy, and My burden is light.”

Y’hoshua = the Word (the Torah) made flesh. The Yoke = the Written Word (the Torah). When we make the decision to accept the sacrifice of Y’hoshua and become obedient to what the Word says, we will become joined to -- yoked with -- the Messiah Y’hoshua through the written Word; then line upon line and precept upon precept, we will learn to walk in the Messiah’s footsteps, keeping the commandments of YHVH just as He did. That is the place where we find rest for our souls.

Jeremiah 6:16, So says YHVH, ‘Stand by the ways and see, and ask for the old paths, where the good way (is), and walk in it; and you shall find rest for your souls. . .’”

THE WAY = The pathway that YHVH laid out to give life -- His Torah -- written by the hand of Moses. .

1 John 5:1-3, “Everyone believing that Y’hoshua is the Messiah (the Anointed) has been generated from Elohim (YHVH). And everyone loving the (One) generating also loves the (one) having been generated of Him. By this we know that we love the children of YHVH: when we love YHVH and keep His commandments. For this is the love of YHVH, that we keep His commandments, and His commandments are not heavy.”

You cannot claim to know and love YHVH if you do not study and obey His instructions, for one will be obedient to him whom he trusts and respects.

2 John 1:6, And this is love, that we should walk according to His commandments. This is the commandment, even as you heard from (the) beginning, that you should walk in it.” For clarification, please read verse 4 of this same passage: I rejoiced greatly because I found your children walking in truth as we received command from the Father.”

John was rejoicing that the elect lady’s children were walking in the pathway of YHVH, keeping the commandments written in the Torah. Would he rejoice if he could see the pathways we and our children have chosen as our way of life?

THE TRUTH: Psalm 138, A Psalm of David, verse 2, I will worship toward Your holy temple and give thanks to Your name for Your mercy, and for Your truth; for You have magnified Your Word above all Your name.”

Note: As important as it is to revere the name of YHVH, He has magnified His Word even above His name!

Psalm 119:142, “Your righteousness is forever, and Your Law (Your Torah) is truth.” John 17:6, in the Messiah’s prayer to the Father: “I revealed Your name to the men whom You gave to Me out of the world. They were Yours, and You gave them to Me; and they have kept Your Word.” Continuing, in John 17:17, "Sanctify them in Your Truth; Your Word is Truth.”

Most people today are yoked together by the traditions of men, not yoked together with the Torah made flesh -- the Word of Truth. Y’hoshua the Messiah said, “. . .blessed are those hearing the Word of Elohim (YHVH), and keeping it.” Luke 11:28b.

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