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The Council at Jerusalem

Then certain individuals came down from Judea and were teaching the brothers, “Unless you are circumcised according to the custom of Moses, you cannot be saved.” And after Paul and Barnabas had no small dissension and debate with them, Paul and Barnabas and some of the others were appointed to go up to Jerusalem to discuss this question with the apostles and the elders. So they were sent on their way by the church, and as they passed through both Phoenicia and Samaria, they reported the conversion of the Gentiles, and brought great joy to all the believers. When they came to Jerusalem, they were welcomed by the church and the apostles and the elders, and they reported all that God had done with them. But some believers who belonged to the sect of the Pharisees stood up and said, “It is necessary for them to be circumcised and ordered to keep the law of Moses.” The apostles and the elders met together to consider this matter. After there had been much debate, Peter stood up and said to them, “My brothers, you know that in the early days God made a choice among you, that I should be the one through whom the Gentiles would hear the message of the good news and become believers. And God, who knows the human heart, testified to them by giving them the Holy Spirit, just as he did to us; and in cleansing their hearts by faith he has made no distinction between them and us. Now therefore why are you putting God to the test by placing on the neck of the disciples a yoke that neither our ancestors nor we have been able to bear? On the contrary, we believe that we will be saved through the grace of the Lord Jesus, just as they will.” (Acts 15:1-11, NRSV)

Did you hear what Paul said about the Law of Moses? He told the leaders of the church in Jerusalem that is was a yoke that they or their ancestors were unable to bear. That means that none of us have kept this so why are we expecting these Greek who know nothing of our past to do that?

Why do we place standards on people when God has accepted them as they are?

You see we want new believers to know what we know and act like we do. We have a hard time accepting that God has brought them as God brought us, as we are. Change happens instantly but also takes time. You see God changes the heart when the new believer realizes that God loves them, but their life may not change completely as quick as their heart did. That takes time, and to place the burdens of a life they have not lived on them at the very onset and a life that not even believers followed! Grace is what saves us, not doing the right things at the right time.

Don’t place a yoke on someone you yourself do not bear and bear it rightly.

 

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Easy

“But to what will I compare this generation? It is like children sitting in the marketplaces and calling to one another, ‘We played the flute for you, and you did not dance; we wailed, and you did not mourn.’ For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, ‘He has a demon’; the Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, ‘Look, a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!’ Yet wisdom is vindicated by her deeds.” At that time Jesus said, “I thank you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and the intelligent and have revealed them to infants; 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 you that are weary and are carrying heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me; for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.” (Matthew 11:16-19, 25-30, NRSV)

What does society want?

If one doesn’t drink or spend time with anyone they give him a hard time. If they drink a little and spend time with people they get a hard time. Neither is what they want…

But are we to do what society wants us to or what God is leading us to do?

Because society would say that Jesus doesn’t give rest to the weary. Becuase Jesus doesn’t make everything magically easy for every believer. And when society hears rest they think easy. But here is the thing with this, Jesus says I will give you rest not take away your concerns or make everything easy.

Take my yoke upon you…

What is a yoke?

Not an egg center!

It is a way to distribute the weight of an item.

It is a way to give some of your stress and concerns to Jesus so you aren’t pulling them on your own.

So Jesus doesn’t make your life easy, but He walks with you to help you carry the load.

So take His yoke and know He is helping you through life!

 

 

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gift or burden?

170317Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ has been born of God, and everyone who loves the parent loves the child. By this we know that we love the children of God, when we love God and obey his commandments. For the love of God is this, that we obey his commandments. And his commandments are not burdensome, for whatever is born of God conquers the world. And this is the victory that conquers the world, our faith. Who is it that conquers the world but the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God? This is the one who came by water and blood, Jesus Christ, not with the water only but with the water and the blood. And the Spirit is the one that testifies, for the Spirit is the truth. There are three that testify: the Spirit and the water and the blood, and these three agree. If we receive human testimony, the testimony of God is greater; for this is the testimony of God that he has testified to his Son. Those who believe in the Son of God have the testimony in their hearts. Those who do not believe in God have made him a liar by not believing in the testimony that God has given concerning his Son. And this is the testimony: God gave us eternal life, and this life is in his Son. Whoever has the Son has life; whoever does not have the Son of God does not have life. (1 John 5:1-12, NRSV)

Why did God give the people His laws?

As a burden to over come?

Rules to win His love?

Remember that God gave the Laws to the people after He said they were His chosen poeple. The Law is not a way to win God’s favor. It is a guide to help us live as His chosen people.

The Law and the way He guides us is a gift to help us live the life He has prepared for us, not to hold us back or to give us something to overcome.

Live in the life He gave you as freedom not as burden.

 

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bear one another’s…

170309My friends, if anyone is detected in a transgression, you who have received the Spirit should restore such a one in a spirit of gentleness. Take care that you yourselves are not tempted. Bear one another’s burdens, and in this way you will fulfill the law of Christ. For if those who are nothing think they are something, they deceive themselves. All must test their own work; then that work, rather than their neighbor’s work, will become a cause for pride. For all must carry their own loads. Those who are taught the word must share in all good things with their teacher. Do not be deceived; God is not mocked, for you reap whatever you sow. If you sow to your own flesh, you will reap corruption from the flesh; but if you sow to the Spirit, you will reap eternal life from the Spirit. So let us not grow weary in doing what is right, for we will reap at harvest-time, if we do not give up. So then, whenever we have an opportunity, let us work for the good of all, and especially for those of the family of faith. (Galatians 6:1-10, NRSV)

We are to bear one another’s burdens and restore those who have fallen away in the Spirit of gentleness with which we were brought into the relationship with God.

We need to look on our own works as well and judge not others by what we do, or take credit for things they have done, but lifting each other up and holding fast the family of faith. All good things work through the Body of Christ, the family of faith. So uphold one another as Christ upholds you.

 

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