if you want to experience what he meant
saying- 90; a mild teaching for repose.
Come unto me, for my yoke is easy
and my lordship is mild,
and you will find repose for yourselves.
Jesus likely paraphrases a proverb of Jesus Ben Sirach (51:23-27; Quispel, 2004; Davies, 2006):
it is divine wisdom herself who proclaims this invitation. In Davies’ view Thomas links
Jesus with the Wisdom of God in this way, whereas Quispel mentions that Jesus is
speaking here as the personification of Divine Wisdom. The conspicuous chiasm in the
phrasing reminds of the Isiah text 14:25 (Quispel, 2004). Jesus obvious knew "his classics"!
Vermes (2012) remarks that Jesus scarcely quotes from the OT texts, but
Scott (1990) finds many allusions, although not quotations, to the OT from Jesus' parables.
Especially Mack (1996, 2006) and Crossan (1998) relate the practice of OT quotation to the
process of Christian mythmaking linking the present to the past, thereby justifying actual
interpretation of Jesus' significance at a certain time in history in this case. As mythmaking
can be seen as a process of creating group-identity, the paucity of OT quotations by
Jesus in these sayings may hint at the sayings' origination close to the historical Jesus,
before the time of any group formation had taken place. Where the historical Jesus
quotes from the OT, it is in paraphrase rather than to stress the significance of his words
by linking them to OT writings, and neither by illustrating the outcome of
OT prophetic predictions in the person Jesus.
However, the Master could well be applying the principle of "using expedient
means" again by initially appealing to a generally known saying to create the required mind
set in his hearers. Such means resembles judo technique: gently, gradually but surely the
hearers' attention is directed away from what looks familiar towards the direction the speakers
wants his hearers' ears to be to get his message across, a message not easily understood nor
Understood in this way, Jesus might have been the only one not eulogizing himself in contrast
to those who, with a biased mind, cannot see him otherwise. Therefore, the saying should not
be taken as Jesus emphasizing his own importance.
The easy yoke may refer to the sheer absence of ritual obligations (Hedrick, 2010) as were part
in the regular Hebrew tradition under the Torah, whereas the mild lordship may mean that
practically no one acted as a group leader among those around Jesus. Scott (1990) refers
here to the Torah as" the yoke of commandments".
The yoke and my lordship refer to his teachings which have the goal of finding repose as
the final state for the kingdom seeker (see saying-2).
And I'm trying to get some rest,
that's all I'm trying to get some rest.
Simon & Garfunkel; American tune.