Matthew 11: 25- 30: “At that time Jesus answered and said,

I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou

hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast

revealed them unto babes. Even so Father: for so it seemed

good in thy sight. All things are delivered unto me of my

Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father;

neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son,

and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him.

Come unto me all ye that labour and are heavy

laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon

you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart:

and ye shall find rest unto your souls. For my yoke is

easy, and my burden is light.”

No one knows the Father but the Son, and he to whom

the Son will reveal Him. Wretched ignorance that in

its pride rejects Him! He came for this purpose. He

did it according to His own wisdom. He submitted

to painful humiliation of being rejected by His own

people, as the final test of their, of man’s state.

He reveals the Father to whomsoever He will. He alone

can reveal Him –He to whom the Father, the Lord of

heaven and earth, has delivered the only source

of blessing and revealer of the Father, He calls

all those who are weary and heavy laden.

The love of the Father, which in grace, in the person

of the Son, sought out the wretched would bestow

rest (not merely alleviation or sympathy, but rest)

on every one that came to Jesus. Peace with God.

They had but to come to Christ: He understood

all and gave rest. There is more than peace through

the knowledge of the Father in Jesus. [I]t is a question

of submission or of self-will. Christ had just manifested

the most entire submission to His Father and had found

perfect rest to His soul.

To this He calls all that heard Him, all that felt the need

of rest to their own souls. “Take my yoke upon you

and learn of me,” that is to say, the yoke of entire

submission to His Father’s will, learning of Him how

to meet the troubles of life; for He was “meek and lowly

in heart,” content to be in the lowest place at the will

of His God. In fact, nothing can overthrow one who is

there. It is the place of perfect rest to the heart.

(J.N. Darby, Matthew, Synopsis of the Books of the Bible).

“Even so Father.” As the dependent Man on earth, he was

wholly resigned to that which the Father had foreseen.

“A yoke is designed to curb the will and bring one under

control. He who exchanges sin’s heavy burden for

the glorious yoke of subjection to the Lord finds it

blessed indeed to serve so good a Master.

“My yoke is easy, my burden is light.” Many shrink from

submitting to His yoke, fearing it may involve greater

sacrifices than they are ready to make. But all who

acknowledge His authority and blend their will with

His find they enter a rest such as the weary of this

world never know. Adverse circumstances may rise

up to alarm and fill the heart with fear and anxiety

but he who takes Christ’s yoke and learns of Him

is able to be calm in the midst of the storm.

Rest of the soul is the same as that peace of God

which passeth all understanding (Phil.4:6-7) and

is enjoyed by all who learn to commit everything

to the Lord. (H.A. Ironside, Matthew commentary)

“From the wise and prudent, the self-sufficient

religionists, the Pharisees and speculating Sadducees

these things were hid, but revealed unto babes.

They had refused Him, the wisdom of God; being wise

in their own conceits and blindness was the dreadful


Babes instead received the revelation of Himself. Only

he who owns his nothingness, who takes his place in

weakness at His feet, and is like a babe, can receive

these things. Never does the Lord entrust His secrets

and His councils to the wise and prudent. Would we

know more of Him, of His word, His purposes and His

thoughts? There is only one way – be a babe, own

yourself as such and as a babe walk and live before

the Lord of heaven and earth.

The yoke is not the law, but His own yoke, His loving

restraint; and two belong into the yoke; we are

yoked together with Him. And having Him, the

One meek and lowly in heart, ever before the soul,

rest for the soul is the blessed fruit. It is the whole

Epistle to the Philippians in a nutshell.

“Let this mind be in you which was in Christ Jesus.”

Coming to Him we have rest – living in Him we find

rest for our souls.

(The Gospel of Matthew, Arno C. Gaebelein)


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