“Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek
and lowly in heart; and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” Matthew
A beautiful rest is promised to us in this scripture in coming
to know the Lord. Yet this promise is conditional, in that
we must also take His yoke upon us for He is “meek and
lowly in heart.” One would think that merely learning
of Him would bring rest to our souls, but this strategically
placed phrase, “for I am meek and lowly in heart,”
has great significance concerning our being “equally
yoked” with the Lord and resting under His light burden.
How impossible it would be for two oxen yoked together to
bear a burden successfully when one was docile and quiet and
the other was full of spunk and snorting! The “rest”
which the Lord speaks of here lies in the meekness and lowliness
of our own souls within the yoke of learning as we walk along
When we grow in knowledge of any sort, there seems to enter
in different types of danger. Our souls are still mightily
tempted to lean toward the tree of the knowledge of good and
evil instead of the tree of life. Although we may be aware
of the right and wrong of a situation and want to “call
fire down from heaven” to remedy it, the Lord may have
to rebuke us for knowing not “What spirit we are of.”
Even knowledge of the truth when once tainted with wrong attitudes
or a condemning heart becomes a damaging factor in the Body
instead of an edifying one. Knowledge of good an evil standing
alone without the character or love of God is empty and lifeless.
If we are truly eating of the tree of life as we learn of
the Lord, we should progressively be growing into His likeness—in
His meekness and lowliness.
“ . . We know that we all have knowledge. Knowledge
puffeth up but charity edifieth. And if a man think he knoweth
anything, he knoweth nothing yet as he ought to know”
(I Corinthians 8:1, 2).
Pride is certainly a persistent snare to our souls when we
feel we know something or have a revelation from the Lord.
In his epistle to the Corinthians, Paul had to write, “Through
thy knowledge shall thy weak brother perish for whom Christ
died?” Even today we see the results of “unyoked”
knowledge where pride has caused variance (discord, disagreement),
emulation (ambition, rivalry), wrath and strife in the Body—all
of which are classified as works of the flesh (Ephesians 5:20),
and many weaker brethren have stumbled and fallen away because
of doctrinal divisions and strife in the church.
What will bring us into this rest which the Lord speaks of
as we learn of Him? In James 3:13, we find “meekness
of wisdom” as the positive outworking of the knowledge
we have been given.
“Who is a wise man and endued with knowledge among
you? Let him show out of good conversation his works with
meekness of wisdom.”
Where our knowledge only consists of the scope of our understanding
and information, wisdom far excels in that it shows a depth
of understanding and discernment, and sound judgment proceeds
of it. It is no coincidence that meekness and wisdom are coupled
together in this scripture, for the following verses describing
this wisdom also depict the very nature of the Lord Himself.
“The wisdom from above is first pure” –free
of strife in proving who is right or wrong or the subtlety
of defending one’s pride, “then peaceable”
–not proceeding out of heated arguments and discord,
“gentle, easy to be entreated, full of mercy and good
fruits, without partiality, without hypocrisy” (James
This is the wisdom we can obtain under the yoke of the Lord.
If we will avoid the tree of knowledge and eat from the tree
of life, keeping a wary eye on our pride seeking to infiltrate
each bit of revelation the Lord may give us, we will be able
to share these truths with others and see the resulting fruits
of righteousness that have been sown in peace (James 3:18).
“If any of you lack wisdom, let him ask of God, that
giveth to all liberally and upbraideth not, and it shall be
given him” (James 1:5).