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Yo-Yo Yoking

Joan Winifred

With what or with whom are You yoked?! (All humans are in/under a yoke of one kind or another. For now/this modern-era of existence 2015…”yoke” is the common human plight. All of us are subject to something or someone..or face some form of oppression: whether it’s from an illness, circumstance beyond control, work-related, war-related, etc., etc., etc.) Depending on our particular circumstance..yoke…could choke! (so sorry–couldn’t resist rhyme;)

“Yoke” On-line Etymology Dictionary: Old English geoc “contrivance for fastening a pair of draft animals,” earlier geoht “pair of draft animals” (especially oxen), from Proto-Germanic *yukam (cognates: Old Saxon juk, Old Norse ok, Danish aag, Middle Dutch joc, Dutch juk, Old High German joh, German joch, Gothic juk “yoke”), from PIE root *yeug- “to join” (see jugular). Figurative sense of “heavy burden, oppression, servitude” was in Old English.

Origin of YOKE (on-line dictionary description)

Middle English yok, from Old English geoc; akin to Old High German joh yoke, Latin jugum, Greek zygon, Sanskrit yuga, Latin jungere to join

First Known Use: before 12th century

Yoke–what a “dark” joke of existence!

zy·gos, zeuʹgos […] convey the idea of a yoke are drawn from the word zeuʹgny·mi, which means “yoke; couple; join; bind; unite together.” Usually two animals were yoked together, so the Greek word zeuʹgos can denote a “pair” or “yoke” of animals, such as a “pair of turtledoves.” (Lu 2:24; 14:19) The Hebrew term tseʹmedh somewhat corresponds to the Greek word zeuʹgos and can designate a “couple” (Jg 19:3, 10), a “pair” (1Sa 11:7), a “span” (1Ki 19:19, 21), or an “acre,” the measure of land that a span of bulls can plow in a day (1Sa 14:14; Isa 5:10). An entirely different Hebrew word (ʽol or ʽohl), however, refers to the instrument used for yoking or uniting things together.

The Greek word zy·gosʹ, besides designating a yoke, can apply to various objects that unite two or more things. For example, the beam of a pair of scales ‘yokes’ two pans together; thus, zy·gosʹ is rendered “pair of scales” at Revelation 6:5. Like the Hebrew ʽol (Ge 27:40; Isa 9:4), zy·gosʹ could also describe the yoke bar used by an individual for carrying loads, equally distributed on either side of the bar.

Figurative Use. Slaves often had to carry burdens (compare Jos 9:23; 1Ti 6:1), and for this reason the yoke appropriately represented enslavement or subjection to another person, such as Esau’s subjection to Jacob (Ge 27:40), or subjection to a ruler or nation (1Ki 12:4-14; 2Ch 10:4-14; Eze 34:27), as well as oppression and suffering. (Isa 58:6-9) An iron yoke denoted severer bondage than a wooden yoke. (De 28:48; Jer 28:10-14) And removing or breaking the yoke signified liberation from bondage, oppression, and exploitation.—Le 26:13; Isa 10:27; 14:25; Jer 2:20; 28:2, 4; 30:8; Eze 30:18.

Since marriage binds husband and wife together, it is like a yoke. (Mt 19:6) Hence, for a Christian to marry an unbeliever would result in an ‘unequal yoking’ (2Co 6:14), making unity in thought and action very difficult. (Yoke, Insight Vol. 2)

i LOVE this verse…

“With the ropes of earthling man I kept drawing them, with the cords of love, so that I became to them as those lifting off a yoke on their jaws, and gently I brought food to each one.” (Ho 11:4)

Basically, this verse is saying that individuals and nations have dealt oppressively…yet, the God of love (aka in Hebrew as “Yahweh”, in English as  “Jehovah”) is compassionate and not oppressive/exacting/demanding/rigid/harsh/cruel…the complete opposite of how some religions paint God to be…

So in Jehovah’s treatment of the Israelites, he acted as one who lifted off or pushed back a yoke far enough to enable an animal to eat comfortably. It was only when they broke their yoke of submission to God (Jer 5:5) that they came under the oppressive yoke of enemy nations.—Compare De 28:48; Jer 5:6-19; 28:14. (Yoke, Insight Vol. 2)

Most of humanity is chafing under some oppressive yoke…that’s why, for me, it’s liberating to be politically neutral and also, not be a part of or belong to any affiliations, associations, organizations, religions, businesses, etc. that do not practice compassion!

When choosing to practice and live all aspects of life–including any associations…i’ve found compassion is the most comfortable yoke yet!:)

(published 5/8/15@7:37 a.m.)

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