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by Wayne Blank
"For my yoke is easy and my burden is light"
A yoke is defined as "stable gear that joins two draft animals at the neck so they can work together as a team." It was from that definition that the apostle Paul (see Paul's Ministry) used the analogy to refer to those who worked with him, male and female (see Philippians 4:2-9 below) in preaching the Gospel as a "true yokefellow" (again, see below).
Paul well-understood the danger of being "yoked together with unbelievers" (note how Paul's quoting of The Lord's own words from Old Testament Holy Scriptures from Leviticus, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Isaiah and 2 Samuel within 2 Corinthians 6:14-18 below gave his appointed apostolic writings the authority to themselves become the New Testament Holy Scriptures - Paul taught The Word of God, not the word of Paul; see also The First Christian Bible):
"Be ye not unequally yoked together with unbelievers: for what fellowship hath righteousness with unrighteousness? and what communion hath light with darkness? And what concord hath Christ with Belial? [see also Sons and Daughters of Belial] or what part hath he that believeth with an infidel? And what agreement hath the temple of God with idols?"
Paul "laboured in the gospel" with those who were headed in the same direction, the Way to Life:
"Therefore, my brethren, dearly beloved and longed for, my joy and crown, so stand fast in the Lord, my dearly beloved. I beseech Euodias, and beseech Syntyche, that they be of the same mind in the Lord. And I entreat thee also, true yokefellow, help those women which laboured with me in the gospel, with Clement also, and with other my fellowlabourers, whose names are in the book of life."
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