The yoke

The yoke

Acts 15:10

Now then, why do you try to test God by putting on the necks of Gentiles a yoke that neither we nor our ancestors have been able to bear?

A strange sight to see a harness put around the neck of a person then asking that person to pull farm equipment. A picture we do not see and if we saw it we would call it slavery. It is wrong.

Peter uses the picture for the numerous rituals, regulations and observances like circumcision that are placed on new believers which are just incapable to be carried.

The yoke of Jesus is easy and light, the yoke of man is difficult and heavy.

What the Judaisers did to the Church was repeated throughout the generations, by the Church. We created new commandments from this verse and that verse. Biblical principles became Church commandments that if kept brought you in and if lapsed kept you out.

Many have left us because the yoke was too heavy. We don’t insist on circumcision but we insist on other things. The irony is that not one person in the Church has been able to accomplish its demands.

In the bustle of all this performance we have lost or killed grace, but we have kept the yoke, but the yoke doesn’t bring life.

When will we learn?

Why do we do this?

 

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