29Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.
Take My yoke upon you
Jesus now turned from salvation to rest for the soul in ministry. Finding rest in ministry requires submission to His will. When we do this, we will learn what we need for life. A yoke is a neck harness for two, a wooden frame fitting over the shoulders of oxen so they could pull together. Jesus puts Himself into one side of the yoke and the believer can put his neck in the other.
and learn from Me,
The word for “learn” is disciple. This is the word from which we get the English “mathematics.” Jesus’ exclusive access to resources from the Father makes Him the source of extraordinary information—exact and precise knowledge about God.
for I am gentle and lowly in heart,
No one needs to be apprehensive about ministering with Jesus because He is a person of grace.
and you will find rest for your souls.
Jesus’ call was to yoke with Him in ministry. By doing this, we will find rest for doing ministry. His yoke will give rest to souls while doing ministry.
For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”
Jesus’ yoke does not irritate the soul; it fits well. His burden is not light in the sense that ministry will be free from problems. The idea is that by being yoked together with Jesus He will bear problems of ministry with us.
It is a good fit to have ministry with Christ.
Jesus promises His presence with us in ministry. His “burden is light” in ministry because of this. Ministry is difficult, but it is a different ball game with Him in the game.
Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never [Greek = never, ever, ever, ever, ever] leave you nor forsake you.” Heb 13:5