saying-90; a mild teaching for repose.

 

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if you want to experience what he meant

saying- 90; a mild teaching for repose.

 

 

 

 

 

Jesus says,

Come unto me, for my yoke is easy

and my lordship is mild,

and you will find repose for yourselves.

 

 

Comments:

 

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

accepted otherwise.

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).

 

 

Also in:

Matthew 11:28.

 

 

And I'm trying to get some rest,

that's all I'm trying to get some rest.

Simon & Garfunkel; American tune.