I love the teaching of Dwight Pryor. I’m a member of his “Haverim” community and have access to downloadable audio. Here’s bit of the seminar from November. You’ll get a glimpse into the incredible insight he has.
It’s based on Matthew 11:28-30
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.Â
This passage resonates with me on a deep level, always bringing peace. But I never really thought of this as being an incredibly radical, potentially inflammatory, comment from a revolutionary leader.
Dwight uses this passage to show a form of ancient Jewish hyperlinking, a rabbinic form of biblical interpretation known as “stringing pearls.” Check out the passages Jesus is connecting with:
- “Come to me you who are weary and burdened and I will give you rest”Â is a direct quote of God speaking in Ex 33:14.Â Jesus is speaking as God!
- “Take my yolkÂ upon you and learn from me” is about God being the shepherd ofÂ His people inÂ Ezekiel 34.
- “and you will find rest for your souls” is once again God speaking! Read Jeremiah 6:16.
Jesus is not only speaking on behalf of God but as one with the Father!
This isn’t just a nice Near Eastern, illiterate, peasant teaching peace. This is the well educated Jewish rabbi that knows He is the One prophesied since the beginning.
No wonder Jesus’ life–from conception to ressurrection–scared the temple leaders and shook the very foundations of their existence!
Jesus isn’t just one of God’s lackeys saying, “C’mon guys, knock it off. Play nice.” Jesus is God Himself come to clean up Creation!