Wow. Wow. Wow. I now know the answer to this question! This Throw Back Series has really shown me a lot about the faithfulness of Christ and His Family. This was posted January 16, 2009. I hope you enjoy and are encouraged!
I was cruising around looking for some cool little verse about surrender. I told one of my friends, “Complete surrender is the most comfortable tension God has created.” I wanted to back that up with Scripture.
I got to Deuteronomy 20. That was the first reference it had. Guess what it’s about…”When you approach a city to attack it, offer its people a peaceful way to surrender.”
Context for me…wasn’t sure. I’ll get there later. However, I continued to read Deuteronomy 20. It’s about Rules of Engagement in War. That was pretty cool, so I read on into Deuteronomy 21. It talks about what a people group should do if a murderer can’t be found and it speaks of laws about marriage and family. Then there were various laws chapter 21 had. So I continued to read into chapter 22…
And that’s where I was confronted with this all-familiar passage that is referred to in the New Testament. Here it is:
vs. 10 –
Never plow with an ox and a donkey harnessed together.
Don’t be unequally yoked, right? 2 Corinthians 6:14 – Do not be yoked together with unbelievers.
Don’t hook up with a non-believer when you are dating and when you get married. That is what the New Testament was getting across…maybe.
But back to Deuteronomy. “Never plow with an ox and a donkey harnessed together.”
Does this mean that we shouldn’t get married to someone who we can’t match up with?
I have a question that I would like to propose to us for thought…
What is your donkey?
Could it be that the writer of Deuteronomy would be telling us that as we plow, to unyoke our flesh from our spirit? Having a donkey hold you back does not help you plow to what you’re called to. Giving full power to the ox will allow the plowing to be accomplished.
The application is that if I feed my donkey, I won’t get anywhere. If I feed my ox, I will plow. If I feed both, I will be battling the donkey the entire time as I plow with my ox.
If we feed our flesh, we will not be who God has called us to be. If we feed our spirit, we will be everything God has called us to be! If we feed both, we will have a miserable time serving. We will be going in circles because of our stubborn flesh. We will have to continue to “confess” and “repent” of our donkey…
because we keep feeding it!!
STARVE YOUR DONKEY!
FEED YOUR OX!!
“Never plow with an ox and a donkey harnessed together.”