2018 – THURSDAY 22 MARCH
LIFTING THE BURDEN
1. THE BURDEN OF THE PHARISEES
For they bind heavy burdens, hard to bear, and lay them on men’s shoulders; but they themselves will not move them with one of their fingers.
THE PHARISEE BURDENS
They made phylacteries.
These were scrolls of paper or parchment, wherein were written four paragraphs of the law, to be worn on their foreheads and left arms,
Ex 13:2-10; 13:11-16; Deut 6:4-9; 11:13-21.
They made these phylacteries broad, that they might be thought more zealous for the law than others.
God appointed the Jews to make fringes upon their garments, Numbers 15:38, to remind them of their being a peculiar people; but the Pharisees made them larger than common, as if they were thereby more religious than others.
2. THE BURDEN OF CHRIST
Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will
give you rest.
Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”
3. THE BURDEN OF PAUL
2 Thessalonians 3:7
For you yourselves know how you ought to follow us, for we were not disorderly among you; nor did we eat anyone’s bread free of charge, but worked with labor and toil night and day, that we might not be a burden to any of you, not because we do not have authority, but to make ourselves an example of how you should follow us.
1. WE WERE ACCESSIBLE
2. WE GAVE LEADERSHIP
3. WE LIVED ORDERED LIVES
4. WE DID NOT SPONGE OFF ANYONE
5. WE WORKED WITH LABOR AND TOIL
6. WE SERVED 24 /7
7. WE DID NOT WANT TO PUT A BURDEN ON ANYONE
8. WE DID NOT ABUSE OUR AUTHORITY
9. WE CREATED A TEMPLATE
10. WE LIVED TO BE IMITATED
Christians are called to lift the burden from others – not lay heavy burdens upon them.