Good Yokes

At that time Jesus declared, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, that you have hidden these things from the wise and understanding and revealed them to little children; yes, Father, for such was your gracious will. All things have been handed over to me by my Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father except the Son and anyone to whom the Son chooses to reveal him. Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.

Matthew 11:25-30, English Standard Version

God truth is a burden and a yoke.

And Christians should know this.

But it is not a burden merely to harm us, but to strengthen us.

And the Word of Christ is not a yoke to drag us down, but to make us fruitful, to bring life and blessing to the world around us.

The quote below is from Rushdoony, Seventh Commandment: The Family as Trustee

…the two great area of the family authority and function are on the one hand children, and on the other property. The family is the custodian of children and property. Its role with respect to children includes education and religion. Thus when the family is functioning properly, and is strong and the state has not entered into its area, the state is not in the business of education. This is a function of the family. Similarly, the family gives the child the basic religious education, not the state schools.

Thus children and property are the two great social function of the family, and today socialism claims both areas.

As a result the family is weakened. The family as I indicated has these two social functions. This means therefore that the family is a working body. A working entity. When the family is struck by the forces of socialism, the family is no longer seen as a working body, a working partnership. Then romance is seen as the function of marriage, to fulfill the romantic urge in man. And so a great deal is said about romance and love, and marital bliss, and all this nonsense. And if you lose that feeling of bliss, then you break up the marriage.

The state, having struck at the function of the family replaces it with an emotional fulfillment. An emotional fulfillment when not felt means the dissolution of the marriage. Because the Bible very clearly sees, property and children as the social function of the family, it sees marriage with tenderness, but not romantically. The Bible describes marriage very realistically. Saint Paul in 2 Corinthians 6:14 described it as a yoke. YOKE. A yoke. Now a yoke, perhaps has to be explained in this day when most people are city born, but a yoke is a tie which binds two creatures together, two oxen or two horses, or two mules, as they pull a burden, to enable them to pull it together. The Bible speaks of marriage as a yoke.

Husband and wife are yoked together in order to pull a common burden, so it does involve a burden. Again Saint Paul describes it as trouble in the flesh, in 2st Corinthians 7:28, or as Moffat renders it, as outward trouble. Marriage in other words means assuming certain responsibilities, and having a life of continuing trouble, because responsibilities always bring with them problems, troubles.

Is it any wonder that marriages are in trouble today, when people brought up on the romantic conception of marriage find as they marry that there are burdens attached to it, and troubles attached to it, and somehow this isn’t what marriage is supposed to be they say. But in terms of the Biblical perspective, the yoke and the troubles are important. It is a partnership in dealing with the burden and the troubles, and the joy comes in doing this together, in meeting the responsibilities as a working partnership in the service of God, exercising dominion in an appointed sphere.

To gain dominion, we must accept our yoke, and put it to work.

And it is easier for two to put that yoke to work – and to gain the fruits of the yoke – than for one.

Romanticism and sentimentality is no substitute for a husband and wife who are serious about keeping their marriage oaths, in honouring and supporting each other, and in using their sexual identity (not only sexual activity, but their manliness and womanhood) to forge a small but potent Christian civilization within their home.

Honour God and His Commandments, and He will bring honour onto you. And most likely in this life, as well as the afterlife!

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