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)