First, let’s look at what a “yoke” represents; it’s a type of bar made of wood or iron that was and is used by both human bearers and animals; on a human, it is placed upon the shoulders, and from its use in this fashion, each side of the yoke was used to suspend and carry loads. On an animal, the wooden bar is made in a frame-like fashion and is placed over the necks of usually cattle, but around the globe other beasts of burden are used in this way to haul things. The Word makes reference to the use of yokes:
Numbers 19:2 “This is the legal statute that the LORD has commanded: Instruct the Israelites to bring you an unblemished red cow that has no defect and has never been yoked.”
Deuteronomy 21:3 “The elders of the city nearest to the victim are to get a cow that has not been yoked or used for work.”
1 Samuel 6:7 “”Now then, prepare one new cart and two milk cows that have never been yoked. Hitch the cows to the cart, but take their calves away and pen them up.”
Now that we have a foundation of what the yoke is and what it’s used for, let’s look at the figurative use of it in the Word.
In that some humans were used as yoked bearers in Biblical times, being slaves of burdensome loads, the “yoke” correctly represented their enslavement to another person; or, simply being in subjection to someone else. In Scriptural reference, Joshua 9:23 “Therefore you are cursed and will always be slaves—woodcutters and water carriers for the house of my God.”
1 Timothy 6:1 “Honoring Masters” “All who are under the yoke as slaves must regard their own masters to be worthy of all respect, so that God’s name and His teaching will not be blasphemed.”
That means, that as servants of Yahweh and Christ, we must show respect for both of their positions; and in doing so, Father who is Christ’s benefactor of the promised Kingdom will not have Her name looked upon in a bad light, and Her teachings that we pass on to others will not be “blasphemed” as a reflection of ill conduct on our own parts; conducting ourselves in an appropriate manner that reflects the true essence of who Father really is, and how Christ plays an important part in Father’s Divine Plan.
Esau’s subjection to Jacob, or that of being in subjection to any nation and it’s rulers, depending on the rulership, it could be considered oppression and suffering; this is borne out in these Scriptures:
Genesis 27:40 “You will live by your sword, and you will serve your brother. But when you rebel, you will break his yoke from your neck.”
This was in reference to Esau. 1 Kings 12:4-14 “Your father made our yoke harsh. You, therefore, lighten your father’s harsh service and the heavy yoke he put on us, and we will serve you.”Rehoboam replied, “Go home for three days and then return to me.” So the people left. 6 Then King Rehoboam consulted with the elders who had served his father Solomon when he was alive, asking, “How do you advise me to respond to these people?” They replied, “Today if you will be a servant to these people and serve them, and if you respond to them by speaking kind words to them, they will be your servants forever.”But he rejected the advice of the elders who had advised him and consulted with the young men who had grown up with him and served him. He asked them, “What message do you advise that we send back to these people who said to me, ‘Lighten the yoke your father put on us’?” Then the young men who had grown up with him told him, “This is what you should say to these people who said to you, ‘Your father made our yoke heavy, but you, make it lighter on us!’ This is what you should tell them: ‘My little finger is thicker than my father’s loins! Although my father burdened you with a heavy yoke, I will add to your yoke; my father disciplined you with whips, but I will discipline you with barbed whips. ‘ So Jeroboam and all the people came to Rehoboam on the third day, as the king had ordered: “Return to me on the third day. Then the king answered the people harshly. He rejected the advice the elders had given him and spoke to them according to the young men’s advice: “My father made your yoke heavy, but I will add to your yoke; my father disciplined you with whips, but I will discipline you with barbed whips.”
2 Chronicles 10:4-14 sheds more light on this yoke of oppressive rulership: “Your father made our yoke harsh. Therefore, lighten your father’s harsh service and the heavy yoke he put on us, and we will serve you.” Rehoboam replied, “Return to me in three days.” So the people left. Then King Rehoboam consulted with the elders who had served his father Solomon when he was alive, asking, “How do you advise me to respond to this people?” They replied, “If you will be kind to these people and please them by speaking kind words to them, they will be your servants forever.” But he rejected the advice of the elders who had advised him and consulted with the young men who had grown up with him, the ones serving him. He asked them, “What message do you advise we send back to this people who said to me, ‘Lighten the yoke your father put on us’?” Then the young men who had grown up with him told him, “This is what you should say to the people who said to you, ‘Your father made our yoke heavy, but you, make it lighter on us!’ This is what you should say to them: ‘My little finger is thicker than my father’s loins. Now therefore, my father burdened you with a heavy yoke, but I will add to your yoke; my father disciplined you with whips, but I, with barbed whips.'” So Jeroboam and all the people came to Rehoboam on the third day, just as the king had ordered, saying, “Return to me on the third day.” Then the king answered them harshly. King Rehoboam rejected the elders’ advice and spoke to them according to the young men’s advice, saying, “My father made your yoke heavy, but I will add to it; my father disciplined you with whips, but I, with barbed whips.”
So we see – oppression and suffering can be caused from a yoke if it is used by a ruler to inflict pain to gain obedience.
Isaiah 58:6-10 “Isn’t the fast I choose: To break the chains of wickedness, to untie the ropes of the yoke, to set the oppressed free, and to tear off every yoke? Is it not to share your bread with the hungry, to bring the poor and homeless into your house, to clothe the naked when you see him, and to not ignore your own flesh [and blood]? Then your light will appear like the dawn, and your recovery will come quickly. Your righteousness will go before you, and the LORD’s glory will be your rear guard. At that time, when you call, the LORD will answer; when you cry out, He will say: Here I am. If you get rid of the yoke from those around you, the finger-pointing and malicious speaking, and if you offer yourself to the hungry, and satisfy the afflicted one, then your light will shine in the darkness, and your night will be like noonday.”
How does Yahweh view those yoked in Christ Jesus?
Lamentations 3:25-30 “The LORD is good to those who wait for Him, to the person who seeks Him. It is good to wait quietly for deliverance from the LORD. It is good for a man to bear the yoke while he is [still] young. Let him sit alone and be silent, for God has disciplined him. Let him put his mouth in the dust — perhaps there is [still] hope. Let him offer [his] cheek to the one who would strike him; let him be filled with shame.”
To wait quietly, is to wait without complaining; this Lamentation also figuratively refers to those who are young in spirit (not yet fully matured in the complete Truth of Yahweh’s Word.)
When Father brings us out from under the yoke of oppression:
Isaiah 9:4 “For You have shattered their burdensome yoke and the rod on their shoulders, the staff of their oppressor, just as [You did] on the day of Midian.”
Where rulers and individuals have dealt oppressively with people, Father has never placed a hurtful yoke upon any of Her faithful servants; Father reminded Israel of Her merciful treatment in regards to them:
Hosea 11:4 “I led them with human cords, with ropes of kindness. To them I was like one who eases the yoke from their jaws; I bent down to give them food.”
The Law that was given to Israel was a yoke, for in knowing the Law, just like Dawn knew the Law, it placed them under obligations, and under responsibilities to Yahweh. Just like the yoke placed upon the heavenly hosts; they know their obligations and their responsibilities in the spirit realm that entail their duties to Father; to remain under Law, which is under the beneficial Will of Father, one must be LOYAL to the One that they LOVE and APPRECIATE for their continued existence within Her family. To be out of Father’s family is to be LAWLESS – without Father’s love, and without an eternal hope for continued existence, as was the case of the rebels Adam and Eve, and that of Dawn and his angels he gained in their rebellion from Father’s Law.
2 Thessalonians 2:7, 8 “For the mystery of lawlessness is already at work; but the one now restraining will do so until he is out of the way, and then the lawless one will be revealed. The Lord Jesus will destroy him with the breath of His mouth and will bring him to nothing with the brightness of His coming.”
Those that are not following Father’s Way are lawless in Father’s eyes, just the same as Dawn and his disobedient angels.
2 Thessalonians 2:9 “The coming [of the lawless one] is based on Satan’s working, with all kinds of false miracles, signs, and wonders,”
Dawn’s works are works of lawlessness. Those that killed Jesus Christ were also lawless in Father’s eyes:
Acts 2:23 “Though He was delivered up according to God’s determined plan and foreknowledge, you used lawless people to nail Him to a cross and kill Him.”
But if Dawn and his confederates are lawless, then what is meant by this Scripture?
1 Timothy 1:9 “We know that the law is not meant for a righteous person, but for the lawless and rebellious, for the ungodly and sinful, for the unholy and irreverent, for those who kill their fathers and mothers, for murderers,”
A righteous person is doing Father’s Will, but without Law, there is no standard to recognize an evil heart; Dawn was once a righteous perfect angelic host with no need to fear the Law; but, when he rebelled he became lawless; at that time, the Law was MEANT for his ungodly actions at the Sacred Garden, because not only did he tell a lie and deceive Eve, but he also broke Law by disguising himself as a member of Father’s animal kingdom; stepping down from his exalted position as a Holy Angelic Covering Cherub, to that of a lower intelligent creation. When Dawn did that, he used a camouflage to hide who he really was, just like he uses people to speak in place of him on this planet, but, it’s his thoughts because they speak according to Dawn’s disposition – Deceit is sin; so Dawn sinned even before he spoke through the serpent. When he spoke, he simply manifest the rest of his plan for rebellion by the use of his lying tongue. That added to his sin of being a liar; then when Eve ate the fruit, Dawn became a murderer, because indirectly his words that caused her to sin also caused her loss of any hope of eternal life. Eve then was Lawless; she to shared in being a murderer, because she tempted Adam and he ate the fruit also; in addition, Adam committed suicide by that act, and did so knowingly; but that did not relieve Eve of being guilty of helping him do so. If someone were about to jump off a skyscraper, and you yelled “JUMP!!” and then that person followed through, you would be charged with aiding a suicide by the police; but Dawn, Eve, and Adam all three became lawless in Father’s eyes, and in doing so, they were out from under the yoke of Father’s guidance. A bad place to be. Christ spoke and said:
Matthew 11:30 “For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”
But, he also said: Matthew 19:24 “Again I tell you, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.”
If Father’s yoke is easy and Her burden is light, then what was meant by what he said at the last quoted verse?
If you are wealthy in this world of Dawn’s making, how hard would it be to leave it all behind? When Christ made reference to the camel, he did so in an illustrative way; he noted it would be easier for a camel to go through a needle’s eye than for a rich man to get into his Kingdom; this was recorded at two other passages in both Mark and Luke’s writings:
Mark 10:25 “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.”
Luke 18:25 “For it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.”
By use of the camel and the needle, Christ was pointing out that just as it is impossible for a camel to go through the eye of a literal needle, it would be less likely for a rich person to enter into his Kingdom. But in olden Biblical times, the gates leading into some of the cities had a small area shaped like the eye of a needle that a camel could squeeze through; in light of this fact, Christ was not ruling out the possibility that a wealthy person could abandon his or her wealth and manage to squeeze through, but it was less likely they would abandon their prized wealth if that was what motivates their heart; to take on the yoke of Father, one must be willing to give up all that one possesses for the prize of entering the Kingdom.
What if you had as much wealth as Bill Gates, the Microsoft tycoon? Would you be willing to leave it all behind at the Rapture, and start from scratch in the Kingdom? Hopefully you would leave it; but if you chose to remain behind, what happens when you die a physical death?
Job 27:19 “He lies down wealthy, but will do so no more; when he opens his eyes, it is gone.”
After transition, where is the wealth? You can’t take it with you.
Micah 6:12 “For the wealthy of the city are full of violence, and its residents speak lies; the tongues in their mouths are deceitful.”
What is the violence they are full of in a spiritual sense?
violence >noun 1 behavior involving physical force intended to hurt, damage, or kill. 2 strength of emotion or an unpleasant or destructive natural force.
Have you ever heard the saying that becoming wealthy changes some people? They get an attitude that they are BETTER and ABOVE everyone else that lacks their amount of wealth. Like Dawn, when his behavior changed after becoming the Covering Cherub; speaking lies; being deceitful; causing violence to become his emotional makeup; being hurtful towards Father and Her creation. And what did Dawn become from swelling up with all that pride from the wisdom and beauty of his wares Father gave him? Dawn was rich in Father’s favor; in Father’s Way, and in his craftsmanship; so rich it made him drunk with envy to be like Father, because Dawn wanted what many rich people want – POWER. Let’s read about the once rich Dawn Lucifer:
Ezekiel 28:12-15 “”Son of man, lament for the king of Tyre and say to him: This is what the Lord GOD says: You were the seal of perfection,” – Meaning he had Father’s approval and blessing.
“full of wisdom and perfect in beauty.” – Dawn was knowledgeable in all of Father’s Laws – Her Way. And he was given much beauty during his creation in the furnace.
“You were in Eden, the garden of God.” – Dawn knew the Sacred Garden belonged to Father, and that he only represented Father as Her appointed Cherub over the Earth and the humans.
“Every kind of precious stone covered you:” – Believe me, Dawn was and remains a work of beauty on the external part, though he soured on the internal.
“carnelian, topaz, and diamond, beryl, onyx, and jasper, sapphire, turquoise and emerald. Your mountings and settings were crafted in gold; they were prepared on the day you were created.” – We’re talking literally in those gems of the spirit realm; even today, Dawn is awe inspiring to look at; he simply threw it all away for the love of his own self; sad but true.
“You were an anointed guardian cherub,” – You could compare Dawn’s position to that of a Governor
“for I had appointed you.” – Yahweh gave Dawn his position.
“You were on the holy mountain of God;” – He had been at Father’s Mount Zion where he received his appointment as Earth’s Governor.
“you walked among the fiery stones.” – In Heaven at Mount Zion, the Law of Father is written upon the fiery stones, just like the Law was written on stones in Moses time:
Deuteronomy 27:1 “[ The Law Written on Stones ] Moses and the elders of Israel commanded the people, “Keep every command I am giving you today.”
The things on this planet that represent Father’s creations of the visible, are but a copy of what is in Heaven. So, Dawn walked in the Law at one time.
“From the day you were created you were blameless in your ways until wickedness was found in you.”
The wickedness came from Dawn’s own heart; but it was the WEALTH he possessed that brought the impure thoughts to his mind, and the DESIRE that cultivated from his heart that caused him to sin; all sin stems back to Dawn’s own compounded sinful actions; and that’s why Father said Dawn thinks the thoughts of Man, because he is Man’s benefactor in this world he helped create. Man and Dawn go hand in hand; and that’s why you must put on a new personality to end that relationship.
Revelation 3:17 “Because you say, ‘I’m rich; I have become wealthy, and need nothing,’ and you don’t know that you are wretched, pitiful, poor, blind, and naked,”
Revelation 18:3 “For all the nations have drunk the wine of her sexual immorality, which brings wrath. The kings of the earth have committed sexual immorality with her, and the merchants of the earth have grown wealthy from her excessive luxury.”
There’s no conflict or mystery to this; you are either willing to leave everything behind, or you remain with what is here, just like Lot’s wife that longed for her possessions, and was lost with all she had desired. As her example pointed out, you can physically walk away from it all, but in your heart, you’d better not turn back longing for it. A wealthy person can get into the Kingdom, but without the worldly wealth.
1 Samuel 2:8 “He raises the poor from the dust and lifts the needy from the garbage pile. He seats them with noblemen and gives them a throne of honor. For the foundations of the earth are the LORD’s; He has set the world on them.”
Isaiah 24:4 “The earth mourns and withers; the world wastes away and withers; the exalted people of the earth waste away.”
1 John 2:15-18 “A Warning about the World” “Do not love the world or the things that belong to the world. If anyone loves the world, love for the Father is not in him. Because everything that belongs to the world— the lust of the flesh, the lust of the eyes, and the pride in one’s lifestyle—is not from the Father, but is from the world. And the world with its lust is passing away, but the one who does God’s will remains forever.”