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May 27, 2021 7:05 am
Trying to earn God's favor is exhausting.
The Greek we come to me. Will the laboring, having been burdened description still working for their salvation.
Knowing nothing of grace only knowing there's more and more and more.
You must do is turn you must achieve God's trying to earn our salvation, our stature before God is exhausting and in fact it's impossible impressing God with our good behaviors, noble gesture represents a gross misunderstanding of his grace, and our role in spiritual redemption. How much better to submit to God's plan today on Insight for living Chuck Swindoll's teaching from Matthew 11 where we read these calling words of Jesus come to me all who are weary and heavy lay and I will give you rest.
Chuck titled today's message get some rest and we began with prayer. Our dear father we come to you today as we would do our own father on this earth. We know you care about us. We know before we ever utter a word you know it completely.
Even before we attempt to spell out our need your aware of it all. The most intimate secrets you know all about it.
The deepest hurt your fully aware. Thank you for the absence of shame for the willingness on your part for us to come just as we are and so our father we come warts and all scars and all failures in all all of the things that have dogged our steps over these years and some of them very current.
We worry over them to keep us awake at night so we come to release the burden and to take the yoke maybe in the process. Our father transfer all the heavy things on our hearts and receive from you. Hope, encouragement, affirmation, strength to go on before I finished.
Lord I I I have to bring before you are nation we are light years away from where you would want us to be in the way were moving. It looks as though we are going farther and farther away.
Only you can stop us.
Only you can turn it around. Only you could bring the leaders we need and the decisions that must be made. Stop the nonsense and bring about purpose and meaning and clarity and redirection that we bring before you are father.
Those who make decisions those who fight for us on the battlefields. Those who serve our country in whatever capacity. Thank you for each one.
We pray that you will protect us from invasion. Guard us from the terrorists attack. Put your arms about us and shield us.
We pray that we do not deserve. We come in your grace our father and we count on you to meet our deepest need.
That's what we turn to you with confidence in the name of Jesus pray everyone said to study the book of Matthew with Chuck Swindoll. Be sure to download his searching the Scriptures inside world.or/studies. Another message from Chuck about get some rest there are in these verses 28, 29, 30 words that invite their words and expose and then there are words that promise followed by words that relieve them among them. Their words even that describes those that speak those words out. One of the inviting words. Look at verse 28, would be one of them. Next verse take that's a word, inviting us to do something take something from them and then learn learn from me see it right here in verse 29 so calm and take and learn would be words that invite words that expose said by this I mean expose our condition. Would they be look again at verse 28 come to me all who are weary and heavy laden, you carry heavy burdens here.
He tells us things about ourselves that we may not have told him we don't need to be already knows it. And certainly those in that crowd were weary, heavy late and some of them because of sin that had not been dealt with through salvation others because they had lived under the thumb of legalistic rabbis who were demanding and severe will get to that little later. These are followed by words that describe look at this statement I am gentle and humble in heart, and in their words, the promise you've already seen them. I will give you rest and later you will find rest, and finally, there are words that relieve my yoke is easy, my burden is light. First are words that invite come.
Verse 28 begins. Jesus said, I don't see him with his arms open.
The gesture of open arms is an inviting gesture,, please observe that we are not obligated, it's an invitation. Some of you have not come many in the crowd had not come so it's a genuine offer a genuine invitation, come to me will become more confident that he'll take us that he'll accept us. So once we have come. Please observe there's something we take and he invites us to do it. Take my yoke upon you. Interesting.
The term was widely used in ancient days as a mentor as a metaphor for submission. When you talk to you. You willingly submitted that fits for with oxen. The yoke was a major part of a harness that was used to pull a heavy cart or plow hard soil. It was essential for the animal to be kept under control and guided correctly. I came across an interesting legend. I'd not read before. It's only a legend may or may not have been true. Legend has it that in ancient Galilee. The best jokes were made by young carpenter in Nazareth went on to say that their hunger sign above the door of his shop.
My yolks fit well in those 30 silent years of Jesus work in the carpenter shop who knows how many yolks he made.
How many oxen he fitted those that fit well would not irritate the animal and you could wear it and as we take his yoke notice it's take my yoke upon you, it's the one outfitting for you were able to pull whatever he asked us to pull or carry whatever were to carry, including across whatever it may be interesting. In ancient days the word slipped in the world of education, a student was often spoken of as being under the yoke of his mentor in ancient Jewish writing, there is this advice, put your neck under the yoke and let your soul receive instruction to kiss yoke. I would even use a colloquialism yoke up, put it on its yours to bear. Don't fight it. When you have come to him. Be ready to be fitted for the yoke that leads me to the third word of invitation and that is learned from me. Don't miss the whole statement. Learn from me, accepting Jesus as invitation to come and then having him fit us with a tailor-made yoke invites us to begin a lifetime of learning from him and growing. I say this without hesitation and in all honesty I know more now than I knew when I was in my 20s and 30s having submitted myself more and more to Christ.
So many things I don't know so many things I'm learning over again, but you could say the same thing. He has many things to teach you and I would add some things only he can teach no one else.
These are ancient words that were true, changing me changing you.
Just one more thought while I'm on the subject. I've learned over the years to stop asking why you learn that it don't answer out loud. I member sitting in the classroom where Dr. Bruce Welty taught he taught Hebrew at Dallas seminary when I was a student there and I'll never forget he would hold the Kindle with what we call the Hebrew Bible like this in his arms like you'd be cradling a baby and he would begin by reading it in Hebrew and I'm trying to figure out how to do that and occasionally he would we. I would often weep for other reasons, but he would we having been so moved by what he was reading on never forget the day he looked up through tears and he said to us at that time it was all man ladies thankfully were brought to the seminary in the 70s but back when I was there. There were not any said men. Men listen to me.
He paused just like I paused.
I have learned that God rarely explains himself.
So stop asking why maybe is the whole reason you came today.
Maybe this only reason the main reason God had you hear these words because you're all quiet questioner and I will tell you it is futile you know not only will you not know you don't need to know what you need to do is learn from him. You will not learn why the answer to that but you will learn much, much more deeply what he is to teach you, and now he knows us so well you notice how he exposes who they were, in the condition they were in when we learn from Jesus, we learn about ourselves. He says all who are weary and heavy laden, those carrying heavy burdens. I think I would first describe those who have never met Christ in their living under the weight of sin, the feeling of being unforgiving. The disappointment in oneself the inability to accomplish what one desires the sense of satisfaction that's never gained and the weight that brings to us. But there's more there.
I think in our case, and certainly in the case of the crowds would be those who had to cut their teeth under teaching that was laborious and demanding. The Greek reads come to me all the laboring, having been burdened come to me all the laboring, having been burdened. It's a perfect description of those still working for their salvation still laboring under the legalistic demands of the wall knowing nothing of grace only knowing there's more and more and more.
You must do.
You must turn you must achieve to win God's favor.
I love the way one man wrote it. Do this and live the law demands but gives me neither feet in her hands, a better word God's grace does bring it bids me fly and gives me wings to all who were overburdened, who are way down. I made a list to you who are broken and bruised outcasts and offensive to all who were failures of the fallen log.
You are ashamed and rejected all who were brutal and bullies all who were victims and offenders get into my yoke submitted to me. My plan obey my instructions follow my lead. Feel the rains across your back as I'm leaving you in the direction I would have. You will walk with me all of you would learn new ways to live and to relate to others, ancient words ever true changing me changing you, then there are words that describe a love these, especially, I am. I am gentle and I am humble in heart, as in a marriage you really need to know about the one you're committing your life to that's why engagement should go on for a period of time that you get to know each other. One of the qualities you look for if you're going to yoke up with another in a marriage is gentleness. Was it mean to be gentle is not wimpy, or weak slots softer easily pushed around does not gentle gentle is strength under control that was used for breaking a Wildhorse bringing it under control. There's no loss of strength in a broken hearts, but he no longer puts you off his back and let you ride is become gentle.
The word includes fair-minded careful thoughtful, considerate, unassuming kind come to me in when you calm, you will find that I'm not demanding I'm not oppressive and don't let any of those who claim to speak for me. Try to convince you of that. I'm gentle. Furthermore, I am humble in heart, we see so little of that.
The word means unpretentious and modest, not self-serving.
I'll tell you if I have to sit through many more debates, and throw something at the television. I have never seen such arrogant. I've never heard such childish behavior if they were children to get a spanking but they're adults. We live in a narcissistic age. Our kids are growing up in a world of culture that's teasing them it's all about you how much you may how significant you are, how important your role is is no humility of heart. I rarely make statements that political bent to them, but I couldn't hold back.
I've been talking about this to Cynthia forever so it's your turn to listen to some that's it. That's that that's enough that's enough but there's heart deep humility in Jesus. I will never be shocked by something arrogant that he would say or do.
There is a negative that there is a debris blush. In fact, he is it's disarming how gracious he was and is one of those people's miles must have been gaping. They've never heard things like this from her teachers real gentleness heart deep humility. Fourth words the promise I give you rest. In fact, interestingly, verse 28.
Rest is a verb it's been added. I will give you, but literally the verse reads, I will rest you know the words. The ability to rest is in him and he will cause that to occur in us will gain an ability to live our lives at rest, not not striving not neurotically connected to the demands of life we can rest through life. It doesn't mean we spend our lives leaning back doing nothing or sitting alone contemplating infinity is not this kind of wrist. It's a rest that is free of worry and tension its synonyms would be to refresh and revive. I will race. I will review my view, Chuck Swindoll is teaching from Matthew chapter 11 titled today's message get some rest and this is in sight for living.
We set aside several minutes to hear some closing comments from Chuck so please stay with us and to learn more about this ministry. Please visit us email@example.com. In light of the complicated issues facing our country and world today, it's possible you come to a place of discouragement. Perhaps fear quite candidly your trust and confidence in God's sovereignty is waning. These are natural responses when the world seems to be spinning out of control. Let me recommend a helpful book. Checks written that will bolster your confidence. It's a tremendous resource for yourself or perhaps someone you love is going through a challenging time. It's a devotional book called perfect trust. If you're ready to let go of the things you can't control. We believe you'll find the biblical insight in this book. Again, change or to find all the details about Chuck's devotional book called perfect firstname.lastname@example.org/offer or if you prefer.
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Chuck Swindoll talked about the important of getting rest tuning for insight for living. The preceding message get some rest was copyrighted in 2016 and 2021 and the sound recording was copyrighted in 2021 by Charles R. Swindoll.
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