Exogetical Essay on Matthew 11:25-30


This passage opens up with the phrase, "I praise you, Father, Lord of
heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned,
and revealed them to little children. This speaks of two kinds of people in his
prayer: the "wise" - arrogant in their own knowledge - and the "little
children" - humbly open to receive the truth of God\'s Word. Are we wise in our
own eyes, or do we seek the truth in childlike faith, realizing that only God
hold all the answers? God wants us to be open at all times. When we become too
"informed" and "wise" we can sometimes become to sure of our own knowledge, and
possibly miss what God is really telling us.
The next passage says, "All things have been committed to me by my
Father. No one knows the Son except the Father, and no one knows the Father
except the Son and those to whom the Son chooses to reveal him." According to
my Life Application Study Guide, in the Old Testament, "know" means more than
knowledge. It implies an intimate relationship. The communion between God the
Father and God the Son is the core of their relationship. For anyone else to
know God, God must reveal himself to that person, by the Son\'s choice. How
fortunate we are that Jesus has clearly revealed to us God, his truth, and how
we can know him.
The last major section of this passage reads, "Come to me, all you who
are weary and burdened, 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." A yoke is a heavy
wooden harness that fits over the shoulders of an ox or oxen. It is attached to
a piece of equipment the oxen are to pull. A person may be carrying heavy
burdens of (1) sin, (2) excessive demands of religious leaders, (3) oppression
and persecution, (4) weariness in the search for God, or any number of other
problems we may face day to day. The beautiful thing is that Jesus frees people
from all these burdens. The rest that Jesus promises is love, healing, and
peace with God, not the end of all labor. A relationship with God changes
meaningless, wearisome toil into spiritual productivity and purpose. How
wonderful God is, that he will do all these things for us. So many religions
and faiths portray God as a spiteful, vengeful God who is constantly needing to
be appeased. How thankful I am that I serve a God who cares about me and wants
to nurture me and wants to watch me grow into my relationship with him.

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