An early morning note…

   (so consider the time and circumstances…)


   Jesus says, “Take my yoke upon you, and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart; and YOU SHALL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS¹. For My yoke is easy, and My load is light.” –Mt. 11:29-30 NASB.

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   Several observations from this statement seeming to come from early days of His ministry:

   (1)  The message is to those who trust in Him.

   (2)  The “soul” here seems to being the identifying part of the person, the part that feels, thinks, and decides. (Implication: When all of the molecules of the body have been dissipated, the unique, weightless, invisible soul remains.)

   (3)  Compare this to Mt. 10:28. “And do not fear those who kill the body, but are unable to kill the soul; but fear Him² who is able to destroy both body and soul in hell.” Soul here is contrasted with body (with its brain).

   (4)  Note that a “soul” (11:29) values “rest.” There is an emotive factor here. A soul can–as a bottom line–welcome rest or be “restless.”

   (5)  Implied: An active believer is busy “at work,” but God enables the load to be light. (That’s, of course, in the grand scheme of what matters.)


   ¹ CAPITAL letters here are part of the New American Standard Bible text.

   ² Notice the contrast here between “those,” the bad ones, and “Him,” the good one, referring to God. The italics in this item are ours.