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Inviting the Weary

(Matthew 11:25-30)

Lesson 8 -- first quarter 2010
January 24, 2010

by Mark Roth
© Copyright 2010

Introductory questions to chew

Will I be pleased and satisfied with what is good in God's sight?

Am I prone to revel in the Son's revelation of the Father to me?

How do those two questions relate to weariness and rest?

When was the last time I went to Jesus for rest?

Did I learn my meekness and lowliness from Jesus?

What is the connection between Jesus' meekness and lowliness...and my soul's rest?

"My yoke is easy, and my burden is light" (Matthew 11:30) -- Does my experience confirm that?

Three other verses on rest

"Return unto thy rest, O my soul; for the LORD hath dealt bountifully with thee" (Psalm 116:7). That's good advice to address to myself. And those are good memories to review for myself.

"He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters" (Psalm 23:22). The sheep have walked a long way to reach the green pastures. They are so tired, but also so hungry. They want to get busy with the business of eating. But the shepherd knows it is better for them to rest first. Our Shepherd knows when we must slow down, lie down, and rest. If we don't do so on our own, He brings those circumstances which force us to rest.

Even so, some folks -- actually, most folks -- just say no. Because they don't want to follow the Shepherd in the old paths and in the good way. "Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein" (Jeremiah 6:16).

I choose rest.

This concludes my comments based on the passage for the International Bible Study. To read my comments on the alternate lesson developed by Christian Light Publications, click here: The Crisis of Forgiveness.

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