The Bible has very many significant quotes where a yoke is mentioned, both in the old Testament or the new Testament.
For example, in Jeremiah 27, God uses the yoke to symbolize the reign of King Nebuchadnezzar of Babylon over the countries, to enslave them. Here we see the yoke as a symbol of slavery and bondage.
I have always been told by my christian friends not be yoked with unbelievers. The bible also says not to create alliance with an unbeliever. Well, I guess many at times I felt convicted whenever I found myself in a relationship with an unbeliever. As I mature in the word, I have had to check on what the word of God actually says about being yoked with an unbeliever.
Truth be told
As a christian I cannot avoid hanging around unbelievers. Heck, Jesus was around them most of the time. The difference between Jesus Christ and the christian of today is that they interpret that verse in 2 Corinthians 6:14 (AMP) 14 Do not be unequally yoked with unbelievers [do not make mismatched alliances with them or come under a different yoke with them, inconsistent with your faith]. For what partnership have right living and right standing with God with iniquity and lawlessness? Or how can light have fellowship with darkness? as alienating themselves completely hence eventually earning the tag hypocritical Christians.
Jesus did not enter any alliance with unbelievers but instead hang around with them and taught them the gospel in a language they understood; liberating them from the laws that had them bound and enforced by the teachers of the laws (Pharisees and Sadducees). He did not shun sinners as seen when he dined with them (Zacchaeus the tax collector in Luke 19:1-10 and also allowed the sinful woman to wipe her tears that fell on Jesus feet with her hair. … She wiped His feet with the hair of her head, kissing them and anointing them with the fragrant oil in Luke 7:36-50). He embraced them then taught them the gospel.
What we see in the church is that of ‘exclusive rights’ to God the father!
This is seen in John 8:1-11 when the Pharisees were quick to condemn the adulteress to be stoned. This is exactly what happens today, where we are quick to condemn others when they slip and in complete regard for our own sinful nature. Jesus Christ calls the teachers of the law, “whitewashed tombs” in Matthew 23:27 since they look beautiful on the outside but are dead inside. He even goes on to caution believers against looking at others faults as bigger than yours in Matthew 7:3 where he says, “”Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye?(NIV)”
I have heard songs that are marketed as christian songs (gospel) and yet they leave you more secular (yearning for SMD i.e. Sex, Money and Drugs) than in praise to the most high. Our God is a jealous God and shares His glory with NONE. When Paul tells us not to be yoked with a non-believer it spurns across the board. There is no grey area!!
I am at pains whenever I listen to my favorite gospel artistes collaborating with secular artistes and say “before you judge listen to the song”. I do not think when Jesus was hanging around unsaved people, he meant getting into an alliance with them. Or where you see a minister of the gospel (bishop) calling upon an evidently unbeliever to share the pulpit with the man of God and talk about everything BUT God. I believe God should be at the center of it all.
I see Christians getting into a relationship with non-Christians in their business or in the lifetime partnership (marriage) and I shudder and wonder how they are going to do missionary while already bound to them. Being yoked together means you will go together everywhere whenever and whenever, as long as that yoke is on your shoulders binding you two. The most desirable scenario is before you are yoked together pray to God that the alliance may not form and that God will provide another partner who is born-again. If you are in a situation where you find yourself already yoked, well Jesus Christ came to break the yoke that has bound us. Matthew 11:28, Jesus tells us that ” Come to me all you who labour and are heavy laden and I will give you rest.” Are you in a relationship with an unbeliever and you feel in chains? Jesus is your answer.
Breaking the yoke starts with you getting out of that alliance before it forges and if it has already been forged and there are many people involved, pray to God and He will provide an answer. He sent us His Holy Spirit to guide us and convict us of any wrongdoing. If it doesn’t feel right then it is not. Obey that still small voice that you call instinct (which is the spirit of God).
Be yoked with someone of the same end goal as you and of the same faith lest you be convinced otherwise and slack from your faith in Jesus Christ as the only way to God the father. Reference – Luke 10:14 “Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.”
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