The Great Invitation (A Study of Matthew 11:28-30) Part 8

05 Aug

Friends: I consider it a great privilege to work on my blog every day. And for the next few posts I’ll be examining one of my favorite passages, Matthew 11:28-30. This is a text worthy of memorization (which I’m very bad at). I want to slowly go through these verses with you and see as much as we can, with the Holy Spirit’s help. Let’s look at that famous text once again:

 We’ve seen the context of this incredible invitation, noticing some of the Koiné Greek and its implications. We began to outline the passage, observing that Jesus’ invitation is a qualified one: He invites not all, but all who are weary and burdened.

I. The Great Invitation (v. 28): “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened . . .”

We then noticed the second major truth in this text: Jesus’ promise!

II. The Great Promise (v. 28): “and I will give you rest.”

We then saw Christ’s great command in verse 29.

III. The Great Command (v. 29): “Take my yoke upon you and learn from me.”

A. We are to WORK!

As God’s fellow workers, we are yoked together with Christ. And there is work to be done! Let’s move on today and notice —

Jesus is described as πραΰς.  The term praus means “mild, gentle” and is used four times in the New Testament. We learn that “blessed are the gentle” in Matthew 5:5. Matthew 21:5 tells us that the Savior would be “gentle and riding on a donkey” in the Triumphal Entry. In I Peter 3:4 we read about the godly woman that her beauty “ . . . should be that of your inner self, the unfading beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which is of great worth in God’s sight.” When I think of the gentleness of the Lord Jesus, I can’t help but think of Matthew’s quote of Isaiah 42:3 which says of the Messiah: “A bruised reed he will not break, and a smoldering wick he will not snuff out, till he has brought justice through to victory” (Matt. 12:20). I imagine that a light touch or a simple pinch would be enough to completely break that reed or completely extinguish that smoldering wick. But that’s not the character or the conduct of the Savior.

He is also described as ταπεινὸς τῇ καρδίᾳ. The word tapeinos is used 8 times in the New Testament and is translated “lowly” in the KJV (Mt. 11:29), “them of low degree” in Luke 1:52, “men of low estate” in Romans 12:16. We learn that the Lord comforts “the depressed” in 2 Corinthians 7:6. Paul speaks of himself as “meek” in 2 Corinthians 10:1. James tells the brother of “humble circumstances” that he is to glory in his high position (1:9). We learn that God gives grace “to the humble” (James 4:6; see also I Peter 5:5). The term can mean brought low with grief, lowly in spirit, deferring servilely to others.

This is our Savior. This is the One who calls us to Himself.

Today’s Challenge: While there seems to be evidence that our text is a gospel-type text, those of us who have known Him for a while are also to come! Praise God today for your gentle and humble Savior!

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