A Braided Rope

Matthew 11:28-30 NIV is a familiar passage to most of us. “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

Look how the meaning becomes more precise when you read it in the Message Translation:

“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.” – Matthew 11:28 MSG

Furthermore, Isaiah 40:31 KJV, says “But they that wait upon the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings as eagles; they shall run, and not be weary; and they shall walk, and not faint.” Here we see one more dimension of what it means to abide with Christ.

The term “wait upon” is translated from the Greek word qavah which has the deeper meaning of “bind together” or “twisted together like a rope or braid

Did the light bulb just go on for you? It did for me 💡! Abiding doesn’t mean just hanging out with Christ, it means to be so intertwined with Him that when people look at You, Christ shines through!

#BGBG2 #BIBLEGATEWAYPARTNER #IMM #INSPIREMEMONDAY #TELLHISSTORY

10 comments

  1. Your enjoyable post reminded me of this proverb in Ecclesiastes 4:12 – “And if one prevail against him, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken.” I take this as an exhortation not to go it alone, and a reminder that with another, we both need to be braided together with God; who is triune Himself.

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  2. Thanks for sharing your lightbulb moment with us! “Abiding doesn’t mean just hanging out with Christ, it means to be so intertwined with Him that when people look at You, Christ shines through!” Amen.

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