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g o in gt o
p ic k
it up
w ith
Paul and
B arnabas
apart w hen that yoke
ista k e n o n .I f th a t
happens, it is
im p o rta n t fo r
th e
in d iv id u a l to
fo c u s
o n
G o d 's W o r d .
I n
th e
c o m p le te n e s so f His W ord
w e
fin d
p e a c e
o fm in d .
I n
th e
c o m p le te n e s s
o f H is
W ord
w e
fin d
r e s t.
O nce
y o u
o b ta in
th e
w is d o m
th a t c o m e s o n ly
fro m
G o d 's
W o rd ,
th e
w o rld
w ill
w ork
fo r
y o u
r a th e r th a n
y o u
w o rk in g
fo r
th e
w o rld .
T h a t
is
th e
w ay
G od
in \u00ad
te n d e d
th in g s
t o
b e .
T h ro u g h
H is
W o rd ,
G od
te lls
u s
how ,
i fw e
w ill
o n ly
lis te n .
M A T T H E W
1 1 ,2 5 -2 6
A t th a t tim e
J e s u s
a n s w e re d
a n d
s a id ,
"I
th a n k
T h e e ,
0
F a th e r,
L o rd
o f
h e a v e n
a n d
e a rth ,
b e c a u s e
T h o u
h a s t
h id
th e s e
th in g s
fro m
th e
w is e
a n d
p ru d e n t,
a n d
h a s t re v e a le d
th e m
u n to
b a b e s .
2 \u00a7 .
E v e n
s o ,
F a th e r: fo r
s o
it s e e m e d
g o o d
in
T h y
s ig h t.
T he
b a b e s
a re
th e
h u m b le
th a t
lo v e
th e ir
F a th e r.
The Godo fh e a v e n
and earth
s a w
f itto h id e th e d e e p e r
tru th s
fro m
th e
w ise
i n
th e
w ayso f th is
w o rld . T h o s e
th a t
lo v e
o u r
F a th e r
a n d
s tu d y
H is
W ord
h a v e
th e
tru th s
th a t
a llo w
th e m
t o
overcom e
th is
w o rld .
M AT T H E W
1 1:2 7
A llth in g s
a re
d e liv e r e d
u n to
M e
o f
M y
F a th e r:
a n d
n o
m an
k n o w e th
th e
S o n ,
b u t
th e
F a th e r;
n e ith e r
k n o w e th
a n y
m an
th e
F a th e r,
s a v e
th e
S o n ,
a n d
h e
to
w hom soever
th e
S on
w ill r e v e a l H im .
O n ly
th ro u g h
J e s u s
m ay
w e
k n o w
th e
F a th e r.
H as
th e
pow er
o f G od
b e e n
re v e a le d
t o
y o u
th ro u g h
H is
W o rd ?
H e
c a n
o p e n
e y e s
a n d
e a rs .
M AT T H E W
1 1:2 8
C om e
u n to
M e,
a /l y e
th a t
la b o u r
a n d
a re
h e a v y
la d e n .
a n d
I
w ill
g iv e
y o u
re s t,
L e t th is
v e rs e
s o a k
i n
"real good".
A re
y o u
h e a v y
la d e n ?
H is
in s tru c tio n s a re
v e ry
sim p le.
C om e
t o
H im ,
a n d
H e
w ill
g iv e
y o u
r e s t
a n d
p e a c e
o fm in d .
M A T T H E W
1 1 :2 9 -3 0
T a k e
M y
y o k e
u p o n
y o u ,
a n d
le a rn
o f
M e;
fo r
I
a m
m eek
a n d
lo w ly
in
h e a rt:
a n d
y e
s h a ll
fin d
re s t
u n to
y o u r
s o u ls ,
J Q
F o r
M y
y o k e
is
e a s y ,
a n d
M y
b u rd e n
u s
lig h t."
There is a lot m ore to these versesth a n
is n o rm a lly
ta u g h t.
W hat
is
a
y o k e ?
T he
E n g lis h
w ord
y o k e
i n
th e s e
verses is translated
fro m
th e G re e k
w ord
" z u g o s "
( d z o o - g o s ') '.
I t
lite ra lly
m eans
th e
b e a m
o fa
b a la n c e
s u c h
a s
m ay
b e
fo u n d
o n
s c a le s .
F ig u ra tiv e ly , " z u g o s"
m eans
t o
jo in
to g e th e r
in
s e rv itu d e
t o
fo llo w
law s.
J e s u s
is
in s tru c tin g
u s
t o
ta k e
o n
th e
b a la n c e
o f
th e
L iv in g
W o rd .
Y ou
a re
a b le
t o
c a rry
a
m uch
h e a v ie r
lo a d ,i fth e
lo a d
is
b a la n c e d .
J e s u s d o e s n 't s a y
H e
w ill
c a rry
o u r
lo a d
fo r
u s.
W eare
in
th is
w o rld
fo r
a
p u rp o s e .
J e s u s
i s
s a y in g
le a rn
th e
b a la n c e
o f
G o d 's
on the way

to Jerusalem , Thosea t Jerusalem w e re a little d is m a y e d th a t s a lv a tio n h a d b e e n m a d e a v a ila b le e v e n

u n to
th e
g e n tile s .
A C T S
1 5 :4
A nd
w hen
th e y
w e re
com e
to
J e ru s a le m ,
th e y
w e re
re c e iv e d
o f
th e
c h u rc h ,
a n d
o f
th e
a p o s tle s
a n d
e ld e rs ,
a n d
th e y
d e c la re d
a l/
th in g s
th a t
G od
h a d
d o n e
w ith
th e m ,
Paul had
a
lot to
d e c la re ,
J e s u s
s tr u c k
h im
dow n
o n
th e
ro a d
t o
D am ascus
a n d
lin e d
h im
o u t. Y o u
m ight say
C h rist
h e lp e d
P a u l
p u t
th in g s
i n
b a la n c e .
A C T S
1 5 :5 -6
B ut
th e re
ro s e
u p
c e rta in
o f
th e
s e c t
o f
th e
P h a ris e e s
w h ic h
b e lie v e d ,
s a y in g ,
T h a t
it was
n e e d fu l
to
c ir c u m c is e
th e m ,
a n d
to
com m and
th e m
to
k e e p
th e
la w
o f
M oses,
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A nd
th e
a p o s tle s
a n d
e ld e rs
cam e
to \u00ad
g e th e r
fo r
to
c o n s id e r
o f
th is
m a tte r.
T he
P h a ris e e s
w ere
s a y in g ,
"W e
c a n 't
h a v e
a
b u n c h
o f uncircum cised
g e n tile s
i n
h e re ."
A C T S
1 5 :7 -8
A nd
w hen
th e re
h a d
b e e n
m uch
d is p u tin g ,
P e te r
ro s e
u p ,
a n d
s a id
u n to
th e m ,
"M e n
a n d
b re th re n ,
y e
k n o w
h o w
th a t
a
g o o d
w h ile
a g o
G od
m ade
c h o ic e
am ong
u s ,
th a t
th e
G e n tile s
b y
m y
m o u th
s h o u ld
h e a r
th e
w o rd
o f
th e
g o s p e l,
a n d
b e lie v e .
D.
A nd
G od,
W h ic h
k n o w e th
th e
h e a rts ,
b a re
th e m
w itn e s s ,
g iv in g
th e m
th e
H o ly
G h o s t,
e v e n
a s
h e
d id
u n to
u s ;
H earts
s h o u ld
b e
tra n s la te d
m in d s .
H ow
was the
H o ly
S p irit g iv e n
t o
th e m ?
O nth e
d a y
o fP e n te c o s t th e y
s p o k e
in
a
la n g u a g e
th a t
w as
u n d e rs to o d
b y
a ll,
e v e n
dow n
t o
th e
d ia le c t
o fth e
c o u n ty
i n
w h ic h
th e y
w ere
b o rn .
T he
sam e
w as
g iv e n
t o
th e
g e n tile s
a s
a
w itness.
A C T S
1 5 :9 -1 0
A nd
p u t
n o
d iffe re n c e
b e tw e e n
u s
a n d
th e m ,
p u rify in g
th e ir
h e a rts
b y
fa ith .
1 Q
N ow
th e re fo re
w hy
te m p t
y e
G od,
to
p u t
a
y o k e
u p o n
th e
n e c k
o f
th e
d is c ip le s ,
w h ic h
n e ith e r
o u r
fa th e rs
n o r
w e
w e re
a b le
to
b e a r?
P e te r is
s a y in g ,
"W e
n o r o u r fa th e rs
c o u ld
fo llo w
th e
la w
o f M oses to
secure our salvation. W hy
a re
y o u
try in g
t o
s a d d le
th e
la w
o f
M oses
o n
th e
g e n tile s ?
A C T S
1 5 :1 1
B ut
w e
b e lie v e
th a t
th ro u g h
th e
g ra c e
o f
th e
L o rd
J e s u s
C h ris t w e
s h a ll b e
s a v e d ,
e v e n
a s
th e n ."
J e s u s
p a id
th e
p ric e
o n
th e
c ro s s
fo r
o u r
so u ls.
O ur
b e lie f in
H im
is
th e
o n ly
w ay
t o
s a lv a tio n .
N one
o fu s
are ablet o
fo llo w
th e la w
o fM oses perfectly. Jesus provides
th e
b a la n c e
th ro u g h
w h ic h
w e
m ay
jo in
to g e th e r
in
s e r \u00b7
v itu d e
o fth e
la w
w ith
re p e n ta n c e
a n d
fo rg iv e n e s s
a v a il\u00ad
a b le
t o
u sb y
His sacrifice. Let's go
t o
th e O ld T e s ta m e n t
a s
w e
c o n tin u e
o u r
s tu d y
o fth e
y o k e .
IS A IA H
4 0 :9
0
Z io n ,
th a t b rin g e s t g o o d
tid in g s ,
g e t th e e

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