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Yokes, yoking, and yoked; no joke!

Peaceful Greetings Reader:) Thank You for taking the time to stop by this blog and read/consume it. Time is a precious investment. (In what/who am i making investments??)

“Make” …build/construct a worthwhile day (span of time to accomplish compassion aka invest in compassion) now!:)

Are You a skilled “tekton”?

Christ’s Carpentry…(my highlighted points of interest; excerpted readings)…

carpenter’s son: The Greek word teʹkton, rendered “carpenter,” is a general term that can refer to any artisan or builder. When it refers to a woodworker, it can mean one who works in the building trade, in the construction of furniture, or in the making of other types of wooden objects. Justin Martyr, of the second century C.E., wrote that Jesus worked “as a carpenter when among men, making ploughs and yokes.” Early Bible translations in ancient languages also support the idea of a woodworker. Jesus was known both as “the carpenter’s son” and as “the carpenter.” (Mr 6:3) Evidently, Jesus learned carpentry from his adoptive father, Joseph. Such an apprenticeship would typically have begun when a boy was about 12 to 15 years of age and would stretch over many years. [New World Translation Study Edition, Gems]

From a young age onward…Jesus learned the art of “yokes”…through physical work/labor. (And through spiritual/mental labors.)

To what or to whom am i yoked??

Successful Stress Management…contributes to inward (and outward Peace)/health: spiritually, mentally, emotionally, and physically…here/(inwardly), there(outwardly), everywhere, huh?

Relief from Stress a Practical Remedy w 01…excerpts:
Did you note that in the words quoted from Matthew 11:28, 29, Jesus said: “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me.” Back then, a common man might have felt as though he were working under a yoke. From ancient times, the yoke had been illustrative of slavery or servitude. (Genesis 27:40; Leviticus 26:13; Deuteronomy 28:48) Many of the day laborers whom Jesus met worked with an actual yoke on their shoulders, carrying heavy burdens. Depending on how a yoke was fashioned, it could be easy on the neck and shoulders or it could chafe. As a carpenter, Jesus may have made yokes, and he would have known how to shape one that was “kindly.”Perhaps he lined the contact points with leather or cloth to make the yoke as comfortable as possible.

10 When Jesus said, “Take my yoke upon you,” he could have been likening himself to one who provided well-made yokes that would be “kindly” to a workman’s neck and shoulders. Thus, Jesus added: “My load is light.” This signified that the yoke bar was not unpleasant to use, and the work was not slavish either. Granted, by inviting his listeners to accept his yoke, Jesus was not offering immediate relief from all oppressive conditions then current. Still, the change of viewpoint he presented would bring considerable refreshment. Adjustments in their life-style and way of doing things would relieve them too. More to the point, a clear and solid hope would help them find life less stressful.

Refreshment Can Be Yours

11. Why was Jesus not simply suggesting a trading of yokes?

11 Please note, Jesus was not saying that people would trade one yoke for another. Rome would still be in control of the land, just as today’s governments are in control where Christians live. First-century Roman taxation would not go away. Health and economic problems would remain. Imperfection and sin would continue to affect people. Still, refreshment could be theirs by adopting Jesus’ teaching, as it can be ours today.

12, 13. What did Jesus highlight that would bring refreshment, and how did some respond?

12 A key application of Jesus’ illustration of the yoke became apparent regarding the disciple-making work. There is no doubt that Jesus’ main activity was that of teaching others, with the emphasis being on God’s Kingdom. (Matthew 4:23) So when he said, “Take my yoke upon you,” that would certainly have involved following after him in that same activity. The Gospel record shows that Jesus moved sincere men to change their occupation, a major concern in the life of many. Remember his call to Peter, Andrew, James, and John: “Come after me, and I shall cause you to become fishers of men.” (Mark 1:16-20) He demonstrated to those fishermen how satisfying it would be if they did the work that he was putting first in his life, doing so under his guidance and with his help.

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that there is a difference between agreeing with Jesus’ teachings and actively embracing them, thus reducing stress. If you truly want to overcome the effect of too much stress in your life, what is going to help? How can you be affected for the better if you increase your attention to spiritual matters, letting such occupy more of your thoughts? Is there some concern in your life that you need to attach less importance to, allowing for greater attention to spiritual issues? If you do so, it will add to your happiness now.

An observation from my own life experiences…equal/balanced amounts of challenging physical labor and challenging mental/spiritual labor…aka body/mind work or mind/body work…is healthy for me!:) The teachings of the Sermon on the Mount… such as “treat others the way you want to be treated” “freely forgive” “live a simple life and putting spiritual interests first instead of being anxiously consumed by materialism”…”be self-sacrificing vs. self-indulgent”…”love your neighbor as yourself” “Pay Caesar’s things to Caesar and God’s Things to God” “those who take up the sword, perish by the sword” (as well as his example of political neutrality) contribute greatly to joy and peace!! Jesus courageously taught TRUTH!…by living it!! What he taught/lived…healed Others physically, mentally, emotionally, and spiritually…leading them to a multi-faceted wellness.

I encourage all Readers:) do “Your” own investigative-research on the AMAZING teachings of the Sage of Compassion, Jesus Christ…a great teacher! It’s interesting to note, from my studies, those who knew him well/best, his closest followers…viewed/respected him as a “teacher” vs. a carpenter and as “God’s Son” and NOT as God Almighty/Yahweh/Creator.

What a Great Man and Miracle Worker/Positive Teacher…who selflessly labored/worked tirelessly from youth onward on behalf of Others!!…Healing/helping both bodies and minds by compassionately changing dead-weight burdens to bear into transparent-bijoux to wear with dignity!:)

Positive Transformation, Peace & Transparent-Bijoux to You Reader!!:)

 

3/4/18 @ 2:20 p.m.

 

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“Palingenesia”

A Greek word…

“Re-Creation” Or “regeneration; renewal.” The Greek word pa·lin·ge·ne·siʹa is composed of elements that mean “again; anew; once more” and “birth; origin.” The ancient Jewish writer Philo used the term with reference to the renewal of the world after the Flood; Jewish historian Josephus used it regarding the reestablishment of Israel after the exile. Here in Matthew’s account, it refers to the time when the rule of Christ and his corulers will bring to the earth a renewal of the perfect conditions enjoyed by the first humans before they sinned. [excerpted New World Translation Study Edition, Gems]

Matthew 19:28: “Jesus said to them: “Truly I say to you, in the re-creation, when the Son of man sits down on his glorious throne, you who have followed me will sit on 12 thrones, judging the 12 tribes of Israel.”

Those “called to be holy ones” are said to judge, not themselves, but “the world.” (1 Co 1:1,2; 6:2 “Or do you not know that the holy ones will judge the world? And if the world is to be judged by you, are you not competent to try very trivial matters?”) Those reigning with Christ form a kingdom of priests. (1 Peter 2:9 “But you are “a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for special possession, that you should declare abroad the excellencies” of the One who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.” Revelation 5:10 “and you made them to be a kingdom and priests to our God, and they are to rule as kings over the earth.”) Consequently, “the twelve tribes of Israel” mentioned at Matthew 19:28 and Luke 22:30 “so that you may eat and drink at my table in my Kingdom, and sit on thrones to judge the 12 tribes of Israel” evidently represent “the world” of mankind who are outside that royal priestly class and whom those sitting on heavenly thrones will judge.​—Revelation 20:4 “And I saw thrones, and those who sat on them were given authority to judge. Yes, I saw the souls of those executed for the witness they gave about Jesus and for speaking about God, and those who had not worshipped the wild beast or its image and had not received the mark on their forehead and on their hand. And they came to life and ruled as kings with the Christ for 1,000 years.” [excerpted reading: “Tribe” Insight, Vol. 2]

A comparative study of Bible translations is useful; particularly for those of us not fluent/proficient enough in Hebrew, Aramaic, Koine, Old English, Middle English, Early-Modern English. New World Translation Revised Version 2013  is my favorite for many reasons… as well as the study edition! I’ve found it to be trustworthy

I like this word “palingenesia”…find it to be hopeful. The human family and our home/Earth need renewal/healing…compassionate justice.:)

Let’s humbly & courageously face the facts people aka acknowledge our human historical record FULL of undeniable evidence of human’s inability to unselfishly rule other humans successfully long-term and sans violence and destruction and ruination of the planet… every form of human self-government has been a failure!!…(including democracy)…true theocracy is our only hope for compassionate justice!!

 

3/4/18 @ 2:12 a.m.

 

 

 

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Unprecedented Events

Is it just me? or have You Reader noticed how many “UNPRECEDENTED” events to effect/shake/quake/hurt or kill the human family recently (i.e., patterns/frequency of:  wacky weather; extreme violence, e.g., mass massacres; frequent devastating earth quakes; frequent various social upheavals/controversies including, e.g., gender issues; biological male/sperm + biological female/egg = life/family under attack; and seemingly unrelenting natural/unnatural disasters of one tragic-type after another and etc.)!!!

My heart & thoughts and heart-felt prayers are with my fellow-fragile-life suffering in one way or another in one place after another!!:(

Seriously consider: Could these unprecedented events be an index finger pointing to… the cusp of Great Tribulation… about to rock the human family globally…

The great tribulation will bring the greatest time of trouble ever to come upon mankind. According to Bible prophecy, it will occur during “the last days,” or “the end time.” (2 Timothy 3:1 “But know this, that in the last days critical times hard to deal with will be here.” Daniel 12:4 “As for you, Daniel, keep the words secret, and seal up the book until the time of the end. Many will rove about, and the true knowledge will become abundant.”, New American Bible) It will be “a tribulation such as has not occurred from the beginning of the creation that God created until that time, and will not occur again.”— Mark 13:19, Daniel 12:1 “During that time Miʹcha·el will stand up, the great prince who is standing in behalf of your people. And there will occur a time of distress such as has not occurred since there came to be a nation until that time. And during that time your people will escape, everyone who is found written down in the book.” (excerpted article reading: What is The Great Tribulation?)   

“for then there will be great tribulation such as has not occurred since the world’s beginning until now, no, nor will occur again. 22 In fact, unless those days were cut short, no flesh would be saved; but on account of the chosen ones those days will be cut short.” (Matthew 24:21, 22)

 

3/03/18 @ 10:03p.m.

Stay Safe & Spiritually Awake Reader!

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