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Gospel Doctrine Lesson Ten

Take my yoke upon you
and learn of me

Purpose: To help
class members e
take the Savior’s
yoke upon us and do
his will,, we will find
the peace and joy
that he has
promised.

Matthew 11:28-30, “Come unto me…” Three little words that are so easy to say
but so hard to achieve. I know you’ve been there. That place where you’re
convinced that you’ve tried everything and gotten nothing in return. I can
hear you now, “ I’ve read my scriptures”, I’ve attended the temple. I’ve been
at all of my meetings. Nothing seems to make a difference.” Could it be that
you went to church but didn’t go to Christ? Could it be that you turned to
religion instead of turning to God?
What sorts of daily burdens bring the most weariness to your soul?

When have you experienced genuine rest of the soul? To what do you attribute
this?

“I am convinced that none of us can appreciate how
deeply it wounds the loving heart of the Savior…when
he finds that his people do not feel confident in his
care or secure in his hands”
Elder Jeffery R Holland

“And he said unto
them, The Sabbath
was made for man,
and not man for
the Sabbath”
Mark 2:27

Even a cursory study of the life
of the Savior demonstrates his
habit of spending quiet time
alone in prayer, in scripture
study and in seeking the will of
his Father in Heaven (Mark 1:35;
Luke 5:16). Let me ask the
obvious. If Jesus, the Son of
God, thought it worthwhile to
clear his calendar to pray,
wouldn’t we be wise to do the
same? How can Jesus’ example
inspire you to change how you
deal with the pressures in your
life? What are some benefits of
extended times of prayer?

Throughout Jesus’ ministry he was
criticized for breaking the Jewish laws
regarding the Sabbath (See Matthew
12:1-13 and Luke 13:10-17). What was
Jesus’ response to these criticisms in
Matthew 12:7?

What does it mean that Jesus said, “I will
have mercy and not sacrifice?”

How can we apply this teaching to our
own lives and use it to guide our Sabbath
day activities?

“Never let a
problem to be
solved become
more important
than a person
to be loved”
Thomas S Monson

The 7:47 Principle By Max Lucado
Read Luke 7:40-47,

Could any two people be more different?
He makes a living promoting standards. She’s made a living breaking them.
He’s hosting the party. She’s crashing it.
Ask the other residents of Capernaum to point out the more pious of the two, and they’ll
pick Simon. Why, after all, he’s a student of theology, a man of the cloth. Anyone would
pick him. Anyone, that is, except Jesus.
Jesus knew them both. And Jesus would pick the woman. Jesus does pick the woman. And,
what’s more, He tells Simon why.
Not that Simon wants to know. His mind is elsewhere. How did this whore get in my
house? He doesn’t know whom to yell at first, the woman or the servant who let her in.
Simon is angry. Just look at her — groveling at Jesus’ feet. Kissing them, no less! Why, if
Jesus were who he says he is, he would have nothing to do with this woman.
One of the lessons Simon learned that day was this: Don’t think thoughts you don’t want
Jesus to hear. For Jesus heard them, and when He did, He chose to share a few of His own.
“Simon,” he said to the Pharisee, “I have a question for you.” Then Jesus told him this
story: “A man loaned money to two people — five hundred pieces of silver to one and fifty
pieces to the other. But neither of them could repay him, so he kindly forgave them both,
canceling their debts. Who do you suppose loved him more after that?”
Simon answered, “I suppose the one for whom he canceled the larger debt.”
“That’s right,” Jesus said.
When Jesus entered into Simon’s home he treated him like an unwanted stepchild. No
customary courtesies. No kiss of greeting, no washing his feet. No oil for his head. Or, to
make this more relatable to modern times, no one opened the door for him, took his coat, or
shook his hand. Simon did nothing to make Jesus feel welcome. The woman, however, does
everything that Simon didn’t.
Her every move is measured and meaningful. Each gesture extravagant. She puts her
cheek to His feet, still dusty from the path. She has no water, but she has tears. She has
no towel, but she has her hair. She uses both to bathe the feet of Christ. She opens a vial
of perfume, perhaps her only possession of worth, and massages it into His skin. The
aroma is as inescapable as the irony.
You’d think Simon of all people would show such love. Is he not the reverend of the church,
the student of Scripture? But he is harsh, distant.
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You’d think the woman would avoid Jesus. Is she not the woman of the night? A
woman without morals? But she can’t resist Him
Simon’s “love” is calibrated and stingy. The woman’s love, on the other hand, is
extravagant and risky.
What one thing does the woman have that Simon doesn’t? Simple. An understanding
of God’s love. We don’t know when she received it. We aren’t told how she heard about
it Did she overhear Jesus’ teachings? Was she nearby when Jesus had compassion on
the widow of Nain? Did someone tell her how Jesus touched lepers and turned tax
collectors into disciples? We don’tknow. But we do know this. She understood God’s love
and our Savior’s grace.
People like Simon don’t need grace; they analyze it. They don’t request mercy; they
debate and prorate it. It wasn’t that Simon couldn’t be forgiven; he just never asks
to be. So, while the woman who was a sinner has ample love to give, Simon has no love
to offer.
Why? The 7:47 Principle.
Read Luke 7:47 again: “Wherefore I say unto thee, Her sins, which are many, are
forgiven; for she loved much: but to whom little is forgiven, the same loveth little..”

Thought Questions:
1.  What principle did Jesus want Simon to learn from this encounter?

(We can’t give what we’ve never received. We can’t love if we’ve never been loved)
2. How does God show his love for you? What does God’s love look like?

3. How can you more fully begin to accept this love on a day to day basis?

4. Once you have received God’s love, how can you begin to more fully love others?
Write down three specific things you can do this week to manifest your love to the
people in your life.