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Rest For The Weary. Mt.11:28-30. Characters in Mt.11. John (11:2-15 ): more than a prophet Generation (11:16-19 ): immature children Cities (11:20-24 ): disobedient, doomed Disciples (11:25-30 ): blessed Jesus (11:20-30 ): world’s only hope. I. Context (Mt.11:20-27). Pride: 20-24.

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characters in mt 11
Characters in Mt.11

John (11:2-15): more than a prophet

Generation(11:16-19): immature children

Cities(11:20-24): disobedient, doomed

Disciples(11:25-30): blessed

Jesus(11:20-30): world’s only hope

pride 20 24
Pride: 20-24

Cities contrast with John

Cities clash with John and Jesus

Principles: 25-27

Not important people, but babies

Accepted, not because they are clever, but by revelation

For babies, yet available to all

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I. Context (Mt.11:20-27)

II.Conditions(Mt.11:28-30)

to receive the rest
To receive the rest . . .
  • Discover (acknowledge need)
  • Decide (no one can come for us)
  • Detest (detours, Ps.119:104)
  • Destination (one right way, 7:13-14)
  • Depart (leave present location)
  • Drawnear (Mt.15:8; Hb.7:19)
  • Descend (Jesus is lowly…)
  • Discipleship (1learn; 2follow)
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I. Context (11:20-27)

II. Conditions (11:28-30)

III.Complications

come to me
“Come to Me”

1. “But He is not here” [Mt.28:20]

2. “We cannot come; God draws us – Jn.6:44” [40; 45; Jer.6:16; 30:3-4]

3.“I’ll meet Him halfway” [Lk.6:46; 14:26]

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I. Context (11:20-27)

II. Conditions (11:28-30)

III. Complications (11:28)

IV.Call (28-30)

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“Come” (22:4)

“Me” (11:27. Who else?)

He is gentle and lowly (5:3-5)

Revealed God’s will (27; Jn.1:18)

Lightburden (unlike Jews)

Symbol of OT: yoke of God’s kingdom

Jews learned from Law; now “Me”

Sabbath – Jews; Jesus, rest for soul

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Sin

Sickness

Sorrow

Death

Doubt

Defeat

“Come” (22:4)

“Me” (11:27)

All (25-26)

Weary, heavy laden (23:4)

  • Roman oppression
  • High taxes
  • Poverty
  • Religious leaders
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“Come” (22:4)

“Me” (11:27)

All (25-26)

Weary, heavy laden (23:4)

I will give you rest

  • Gn.8
  • Lit.: ‘rest up’: refresh, revive, regain strength
  • Not rest from toil, but in toil
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“Come” (22:4)

“Me” (11:27)

All (25-26)

Weary, heavy laden (23:4)

I will give you rest

Take yoke… (not license)

Learn of Me (1 Pt.2:21-23)

I am meek (yet, 21:5)

I am lowly (Ph.2:7-8; Mt.23:8, 6)

the promise rest for souls
The Promise: rest for souls

My yoke is easy. Hb.8:10 (2 Co.3:2)

My burden is light. Mt.5:20

Jews: Scriptures were not enough

Mishna: elaborate restatement of Law

Midrash: volumes of details . . .

Talmud: formulation of Law into doc.

Rabbinical comments, legal decisions

the promise rest for souls1
The Promise: rest for souls

“Learn of Me”

Mt.11:28

Salvation

“Learn Christ”

Ep.4:20

Sanctification

My yoke is easy. Hb.8:10 (2 Co.3:2)

My burden is light. Mt.5:20

Christ’s promise affects:

Conscience. Hb.9:9…14; 10:22

Peace. Jesus saves → instructs

the promise rest for souls2
The Promise: rest for souls

“What can be lighter than a burden which unburdens us and a yoke which bears its bearer?”

TheContrastNot working for cruel slave-driver but for Someone we love,for oursalvation.

My yoke is easy. Hb.8:10 (2 Co.3:2)

My burden is light. Mt.5:20

Christ’s promise affects:

Conscience. Hb.9:9…14

Peace. Jesus saves → instructs

Hope. 2 Co.4:17

Love. 1 Jn.5:3