Big ox and little ox: being equally yoked with The Lord

Perhaps that is why there is the expression ‘Dumb as an Ox’
Applicable to us as the baby Ox but not Jesus, one of whose faces is the Ox.

We continue not to listen to His Counsel when we know it is perfect. We kick back against the goads as He urges us on.

Apostle Paul received his first comment from The Lord in the form of a gentle chiding or perhaps an admonition.
Act 26:14
14 We all fell to the ground, and I heard a voice saying to me in Aramaic, ‘Saul, Saul, why do you persecute me? It is hard for you to kick against the goads.’ (NIV)

He is the Door of Peace not restlessness.
We can release all concerns if we so choose.
When we feel weak, we can allow His power to come through us.

Psa 55:22
Cast your cares on the Lord and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous be shaken.

We need to Trust and take refuge in Him.

Psa 125:1
Those who trust in the Lord are like Mount Zion, which cannot be shaken but endures forever.

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One thought on “Big ox and little ox: being equally yoked with The Lord

  1. Just read this….Chuck Swindoll Apparently, “to kick against the goads” was a common expression found in both Greek and Latin literature—a rural image, which rose from the practice of farmers goading their oxen in the fields. Though unfamiliar to us, everyone in that day understood its meaning.

    Goads were typically made from slender pieces of timber, blunt on one end and pointed on the other. Farmers used the pointed end to urge a stubborn ox into motion. Occasionally, the beast would kick at the goad. The more the ox kicked, the more likely the goad would stab into the flesh of its leg, causing greater pain.

    Saul’s conversion could appear to us as having been a sudden encounter with Christ. But based on the Lord’s expression regarding his kicking back, I believe He’d been working on him for years, prodding and goading him.

    I believe the words and works of Jesus haunted the zealous Pharisee. Quite likely, Saul had heard Jesus teach and preach in public places. Similar in age, they would have been contemporaries in a city Saul knew well and Jesus frequently visited.

    Imagine Saul (the name Paul means “small,” suggesting he may have been shorter than average), standing on tiptoe, straining to watch Jesus, all the while grudgingly wondering how this false prophet could be gaining popularity. Nonsense. He has to be of Satan! Pharisees loved to think that. Nevertheless, Jesus’s ministry stuck in Saul’s mind. The more it goaded him, the more he resisted God’s proddings.

    Once you’ve seriously encountered Jesus, as Saul did, there’s no escaping Him. His words and works follow you deep within your conscience. That’s why I encourage people who are intensifying their efforts to resist the Gospels’ claims to study the life of Christ—to examine carefully His captivating words. Most people who sincerely pursue them can’t leave Him without at least reevaluating their lives.

    Taken from “God’s Goads” from Thomas Nelson, inc. (used by permission).

    Sent from my iPad

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