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Destroying the Yoke of Bondage

Isaiah 10: 27 reads “And it shall come to pass in that day, that his burden shall be taken away from off thy shoulder, and his yoke from off thy neck, and the yoke shall be destroyed because of the anointing.”

The burden in the passage refers to that placed by the King of Assyria, a tyrannical oppressor. Christians love to say, based on this verse, that “…The anointing destroys the yoke…” referring to an outpouring of the Holy Spirit. In Bible times oil was used to “anoint” heads, feet and other parts of the body, to honor, comfort and bless. It was also placed on wounds to support the healing process. Oil often represents the Holy Spirit in the Bible.

“The anointing destroys the yoke” means that when the Holy Spirit is poured out bondage and oppression break off. That’s a great thought, and I believe it is so.

But the actual Hebrew is better translated “…The yoke is destroyed through fatness…” The New American Standard Bible translates the verse that way.

“The yoke is destroyed through fatness”. I have thought about what that means, and how the yoke would be broken. Fatness would break a yoke because the neck on which the yoke rested became too big. The yoke would become strained and snap.

How do we become free? God gives us increase. We grow. We grow so much that the system holding us captive and forcing our conformity can no longer contain us. The yoke breaks.

Are you ready to become so big you can no longer be contained by the bondages contrived for you?

Lord, help us to increase in wisdom, faith and love so bondage can no longer contain us!

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