Don't Destroy This Yoke
An ignorant man always adores what he can not understand. When we say that by the anointing yokes shall be destroyed. It is worthy to ask ourselves what yokes? There are many terms in the bible that we need to educate ourselves with so as to retain their original meanings. The meaning of ‘born again’, for example, is fast eroding this generation of Christians whose hearts are fixed on the earthly things and are not mindful of the heavenly things.
What exactly is a yoke? To an ancient farmer, this is an object used to enforce an animal to carry out a desire task. It is common in those days to yoke oxen so as to use them for plowing a field. The vivid picture of an animal under yoke makes it easier for them in those days to communicate spiritual matters that relate to affliction and burden.
Spiritually, a yoke enforce its victim to carry out a desire task under compulsion. Without removing the yoke, the victim can not do away with the burdens. Hence, the bible talks about destroying yokes and removing burdens as a permanent measure of liberty. It is the yoke that must be destroyed; to remove the burden is the least of the matter. However, it is the burden that adds weight to the affliction, not the yoke! Many tend to remove the burden and presume freedom – No, it is like cutting the branches of a tree and presuming the tree is dead. Spiritually, yokes must be destroyed and then burdens could be removed.
The types of yokes we are facing in our walks as believers are 4: It is interesting to know right from the Scriptures that the anointing would not destroy all yokes.
Type of yokes Ownership Perceived
Assyrian Satanic yoke Most Hated
Egyptian Worldly Most Common
Unbelievers Multitudes Most Hidden
Jesus’ Jesus Most Gentle
From the above, it is only the Assyrian yoke that God prescribed Anointing:
“And it shall come to pass in that day, that his burden shall be taken away from off your shoulder, and his yoke from off your neck, and the yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing.’ – Isaiah 10:27
For the Egyptian’s yoke, God told Moses thus:
‘Therefore say unto the children of Israel, I am the LORD, and I will bring you out from the burden of the Egyptians, and I will deliver you out of their bondage, and I will redeem you with an Outstretched arm, and with great judgment.’
- Exodus 6:6
Up till this day, people come to know God by Signs, Miracles and Wonders.
Interestingly, separation is recommended to destroy the 3rd yoke. The mixed multitudes caused Israel to sin in the wilderness; they are at it again, bringing worldliness into the House of God. The bible says,
‘Therefore come out from among them, and be you separate, says the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you.’ – II Corinthians 6:17
No matter how much anointing oil you pour on your head or body, for this type of yoke, separation is the answer. ‘Bad company corrupt good character’ – I Corinthians 15:33
Having said all, the 4th type of yoke is a yoke that no one should destroy, although it is the most gentle of them all. This is not enforced on anybody, this is the only voluntary among all yokes – it speaks of self – denial. Paul was a yoked servant of Jesus and many others like him, who would not take liberty to sin.
Conclusion: The sons God have come to realized that to improve self is carnal, but to die to self is spiritual. Hence they carry their cross and follow Jesus daily.
If there is ever a yoke that should not be destroyed, it is definitely the yoke of Jesus. Jesus said Himself that, ‘My yoke is easy and my burden is light’ – Matthew 11:30
If you have Jesus’ yoke on you, keep it there, don’t destroy this one!