Hi, this is Noel. Today Denise is going to talk about Jesus' statement "My yoke is easy and my burden is light" and I will help you practice 4-Step Bible study with the 7th example. Here's Denise.
(You can either read the Lesson or watch the video. To take notes either print out the Lesson, follow along in the book, or use a separate piece of paper to write out the answers to the questions below.)
My Yoke is Easy and My Burden is Light
When you walk toward God, you are agreeing to put His yoke on, as it says in Matthew 11:28-30, so you won't have to carry the whole burden.
Matthew 11:28-30 "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." (NIV)
A yoke is a harness that helps two animals distribute the load between them. You will notice when God tells you to put His yoke on, you are still carrying some of the burden. You are in the yoke. But now you have help. You are not supposed to throw your burdens on God and try to forget them. You work as a team with God. Our burdens are not meant to be carried alone.
Jesus walked toward the task before Him. He was not bucking around. He wanted God to be glorified. Being fruitful implies carrying a burden. Picture a beautiful tree full of luscious fruit. It is carrying the burden of fruit it was meant to carry. It can feed and refresh many. But we can't bear fruit until we stop fighting and accept God's yoke.
God can redeem anything we give Him. He works all things together for good to those who love Him. (Romans 8:28) This is not a blank check. He is not promising to work all things together for good to those who hate Him and work against Him.
But, for those who love Him, He wants us to give Him our ugliest parts to fix. We have to be willing like the man in Mark 3:1-6.
Mark 3:1-6 Another time he went into the synagogue, and a man with a shriveled hand was there. Some of them were looking for a reason to accuse Jesus, so they watched him closely to see if he would heal him on the Sabbath. Jesus said to the man with the shriveled hand, "Stand up in front of everyone." Then Jesus asked them, "Which is lawful on the Sabbath: to do good or to do evil, to save life or to kill?" But they remained silent. He looked around at them in anger and, deeply distressed at their stubborn hearts, said to the man, "Stretch out your hand." He stretched it out, and his hand was completely restored. Then the Pharisees went out and began to plot with the Herodians how they might kill Jesus. (NIV)
Can you imagine the man in Mark 3:1-6 with the shriveled hand, being asked to stand in front of everyone and stretch out his most shameful part? This was a tough, judgemental crowd. But he was willing to do it and God redeemed his hand.
God can redeem whatever we give Him--even if the ugliness is of our own doing. It might take some time, but God can redeem it.
Don't clutch your independence. Be like a kernel of wheat and be willing to die to your own agenda. Walk toward God, by getting to know Him, so His love can compel you and your life can produce a harvest of seeds.
Skill Time: 4-Step Bible Study (example 7)
People are sometimes concerned they might be interpreting the Bible inappropriately. Let me say another word about that.
There is a time when it will be important to be precise about your understanding of God through His word. But that time is not now. Until you build up your confidence that you can feed yourself from the Bible, worries about precision can easily paralyze and keep you from feeding yourself.
Rather, now is the time when you rely on the self-correcting nature of Bible study. If you start to head off in the wrong direction studying one passage, as you study other passages God will bring you back to a proper understanding. All you have to do is remain teachable and continue to listen for what God is teaching you.
Here is the 7th example of 4-Step Bible study. Give it a shot.
John 6:32 Jesus then said to them, "Truly, truly, I say to you, it is not Moses who has given you the bread out of heaven, but it is My Father who gives you the true bread out of heaven.
John 6:33 "For the bread of God is that which comes down out of heaven, and gives life to the world."
John 6:34 Then they said to Him, "Lord, always give us this bread."
John 6:35 Jesus said to them, "I am the bread of life; he who comes to Me will not hunger, and he who believes in Me will never thirst. (NASB)
Step 1: Facts ~ What do you see in the passage?
Step 2: Lessons ~ What can you learn from the passage?
Step 3: Challenges ~ Restate each Lesson as a question that challenges you
Step 4: Response ~ Write out how you respond to what God is saying to you
Watch the video or check the answers below to compare your answers with what we came up with.
Next time, Denise will go over the 3rd Desire Killer, Taking Offense, and I will go over the 8th example of 4-Step Bible study.
If you are stuck, reply to this email and ask a question.
Skill Time: Bible Passage (Your list can be different and shorter. More are presented here to help you get the idea.)
Jesus is talking about where the bread out of heaven comes from
He is saying it didn't come from Moses, it came from His Father
He is making a reference to bread in the Old Testament that kept them alive
God the Father gives the true bread out of heaven
He is talking about the bread of God
The bread of God comes down out of heaven
The bread of heaven gives life to the world
Bread out of heaven gives life to a broad group of people "to the world"
They want this bread
Jesus says He's the bread of life
He is talking about what happens to somebody that comes to Jesus
The person that comes to Jesus will not hunger
The person who believes in Jesus will never thirst
When I come to Jesus I have life
Do I see that my connection to God gives me life?
I thank you I can come to You for the food that makes me live forever. I thank you that
Jesus is the food that makes me live forever.