Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. (Matthew 11:29, KJV)
What does he mean... Take my yoke upon you? What is his yoke and how do I take it upon myself?
At that time Jesus answered and said, I thank thee, O Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because thou hast hid these things from the wise and prudent, and hast revealed them unto babes. Even so, Father: for so it seemed good in thy sight. (Matthew 11:25-26, KJV)
Things are hidden from the wise and prudent. The things Jahshuah is referring to are revealed to "babes" (simple-minded people, i.e., common folk). Do not be surprised that modern institutions do not teach what you find here. Know that some things are hidden from the wise and prudent because they are meant to be revealed directly to common folk, thus freeing The People from subservience to any priestly or ruling class (i.e., the wise and prudent). Remember... the Spirit proclaimes liberty, not subservience.
The stories relate that Jahshuah did not deliver his message to the wise and prudent but rather to the multitude: fishermen, carpenters, prostitutes, tax collecters, sinners... in other words, the common folk; The People. Jahshuah did not proclaim freedom via any reigning "authority", religious or otherwise. He took it directly to The People whom he came to set free from those false authorities. Set free how?
Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free. (John 8:31-32, KJV)
Truth makes you free when you know it. This is absolute knowledge. You can read and hear a thousand ways in which banannas are delicious, but until you've actually eaten one... you don't know banannas. This is that kind of knowledge: intimate, personal experience. Jahshuah came to reveal something The People didn't know, because he came to set them free, and he said knowing the truth is what makes one free.
Continuing Matthew 11...
All things are delivered unto me of my Father: and no man knoweth the Son, but the Father; neither knoweth any man the Father, save the Son, and he to whomsoever the Son will reveal him. (Matthew 11:27, KJV)
He's about to reveal what he knows: the Father,. That is, he is about to reveal directly to The People how to know the Father personally, directly, in the same way that he does, but first... why even listen to him? He provides rationale:
Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. (Matthew 11:28, KJV)
- Labor is Kopiao in Greek, meaning to feel fatigue, (by implication) to work hard.
- Heavy laden is Phortizo in Greek, meaning (properly) to load up (a vessel or animal), (figuratively) to overburden with ceremony (or spiritual anxiety).
Do you work hard and feel fatigue? 40, 50, 60+ hours per week? More??
Are you loaded up and overburdened with ceremony (all of the things the external controls of modern life demand of you)?
Do these burdens have you feeling anxious?
If so, he's addressing you and offering absolutely real, tangible, instant rest. No religion required. No need to join any group, club or denomination. No magic words to recite.
How do we enter into his promised rest? Here are JahShua's explicit instructions:
Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. (Matthew 11:29, KJV)
A yoke is a coupling. The word is zugos in Greek, a coupling with the root meaning "to join". Beasts of burden have a yoke. This is the part that fits over the animal's shoulders joining it to whatever is being pulled, and most importantly to the control of animal's master. Via the yoke, the animal yields it's will to the master. In other words, via the yoke the master governs the one yoked to him.
People have yokes too. This is clothing, specifically the part that drapes over the shoulder.
- The part the clothing or apparatus which drapes over the shoulders
- That which controls or governs an individual, yielding one's will to his/her master ("god"; controller)
You may have been told to "Give the steering wheel of your life to Jesus" or something like that as part of a gospel message which is based upon this idea, but Jahshuah is offering the very yoke which governs him to The People to be taken upon themselves in order that it may govern them in the same manner. He is explaining to The People how to know God for themselves, just like him. He explains further...
...and learn of me
This is the purpose: to learn of him. To know him is to know his Father. His yoke is the teacher that reveals the Father to the individual so that the individual knows.
...for I am meek and lowly in heart
This statement, keeping with Jahshuah direct-to-The-People approach, is very revealing. The common folk ("babes" to who the Father reveals things directly) before him would have easily understood.
"lowly in heart..." The identifying mark of a lowly Jew of Jahshuah's time was their outer garment called a Simlah. We also identify people in our own culture by their clothing. We identify police officers, businessmen, janitors, contruction workers, judges, mechanics, clergy, athletes, dancers, clowns, ushers, store clerks, etc. by some part of their clothing from small name tags to full uniforms or costumes.
Jahshuah's Simlah - a simple frock - identified a common lowly Jew. What is special or important about this?
Jahshuah'sSimlah - that which yokes him to his Father and thus governs him, is specifically... Hemp (Cannabis). He instructs us to take this upon ourselves. Why?
...and ye shall find rest unto your souls.
"Rest" is anapausis in Greek, specifically meaning intermission and recreation... in relation to the Hemp he's wearing.
"...unto your souls."
"souls" is psuche in Greek, literally meaning breath. In the Greek it says "of your breath", or in modern English we would say "in your breath".
Jahshuah instructions, paraphrased:
Take what's draped over my shoulders upon you and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart (LOOK: I am wearing and drawing attention to my HEMP): and you will find intermission and recreation in your breath.
To find Hemp's intermission and recreation in your breath... you must breathe it. When you do, you will find intermission and recreation just as Jahshuah promised. It's that simple and that's why he said it. Here's a simple test anyone can perform:
- Ask a friend if they've ever smoked Cannabis or if they know who does so you can ask them.
- Tell them you read an article which described the effects of smoking Marijuana as "intermission and recreation" along with a sense of peace and oneness with God/everything. Ask them if that makes any sense to them and pay attention while they answer...
Regardless of any particular faith, or lack thereof, intermission and recreation is exactly what they find. Your friend will describe this in their own terms according to their own perceptions. Jahshuah speaks to our fundemental need for this specific type of rest which your friend with actual, personal experience (knowledge) will confirm.
As clearly expressed in the bible, Incense is very important to Jah people and the biblical Hebrew word for "incense" means "to inclose" (to join within). This is the spiritual meaning of yoke. Incense is a yoke and the purpose of the bible's sacred incense is to join/yoke one, within one's self, to Jah. It is atonement (at-one-ment, meaning to set at one again). Hemp's meaning of "to join" is via it's incense form. That's why JahShua said we would find it's intermission and recreation specifically in our breath.
Take my yoke...
"Take" is the first word in Jahshuah's instruction. This is what we are to do. But why not "grab", "wear" or "put on"? Why "Take" and why is it important?
Take is translated from the Greek word airo, meaning "to lift up". It is critical to understand that, by Hebraism, this means "to atone for sin".
Jahshuah said "Take (to atone for sin) my yoke upon you..." The yoke he offers is atonement. Aaron gives us understanding of Jewish atonement:
And Aaron took as Moses commanded, and ran into the midst of the congregation; and, behold, the plague was begun among the people: and he put on incense, and made an atonement for the people. And he stood between the dead and the living; and the plague was stayed. (Numbers 16:47-48, KJV)
Aaron didn't recite special words. He didn't prostrate himself with his face buried in the dirt. He didn't make a scene and tear his clothing. He didn't weep and wail and beg and plead to God Almighty for mercy. He most certainly did not ask any external authority what to do.
- There was a plague (disease)
- Aaron took the altar incense and fumigated the people; he made "an atonement" (at-one-ment; joined the people to Jah)
- and the plague was stayed.
Such an effect is generally called "medicinal" in plain English. Plagues (diseases) are stayed (cured or held back) by medicine. In this case, Spirit medicine, i.e., Breath medicine, that is, plant material; incense; communion; at-one-ment.
All of this happened in the midst of the people; Aaron "stood between" the living and the dead thus protecting the living from death. Aaron fumigated the people with altar incense and thus "made an atonement" to protect them from harm. This action united (yoked) the people with Jah and in this way stayed the plague.
- The plague was "stayed" by the incense, meaning "to inclose" (to hold back).
- The meaning of the Hebrew word for "incense" itself is "to inclose"
- In relation to plague, incense holds it back (stay's it). In relation to Jah, incense joins/yokes one to him.
Effect: Disease is incompatible with a people so yoked.
Jahshuah, The Healer, reveals what the priests had hidden from The People: the Old Testament incense and it's purpose: Communion with Jah and resulting health. No need for a priest, doctor, government agent or any other authority whatsoever. Cannabis does it all as Jahshuah concludes:
For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.
Jahshuah's yoke was clearly prophesied by Isaiah:
For unto us a child is born, unto us a son is given: and the government shall be upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called Wonderful, Counsellor, The mighty God, The everlasting Father, The Prince of Peace. (Isaiah 9:6, KJV)
We hear it sung every Christmas via the classic Halleluia Chorus. "...and the gov-ern-ment... the gov-ern-ment... shall be u-u-pon his shoul-der!"
His yoke; that which governs him: Jah's government, is upon his shoulder. This is explained in the preceeding verses:
For thou hast broken the yoke of his burden, and the staff of his shoulder, the rod of his oppressor, as in the day of Midian. For every battle of the warrior is with confused noise, and garments rolled in blood; but this shall be with burning and fuel of fire. (Isaiah 9:4-5, KJV)
The yoke and staff (government) of the oppressors is broken by the raising of Jah's government; the Plant of Renown, which is upon Jahshuah's shoulders.
Looking at the original Hebrew....
"A boot to shoe a soldier for bounding, a Simlah to roll blood"
He is dressed for warfare. What kind of warfare?
"cremation of something eaten by fire"
with double emphasis on fire. This Simlah is incense; an act of worship; an offering made by fire.
That's how Jahshuah's simlah works: Cremation by fire. Hemp cremated by fire is incense. Smoking Hemp is Jahshuah's spiritual battle armor with which Jah's judgement (government) is brought forth. It erradicates Babylon (external confusion) from the mind and heart and replaces it with the law; Jah's law.
A bruised reed shall he not break, and the smoking flax shall he not quench: he shall bring forth judgment unto truth. (Isaiah 42:3, KJV)
The International Standard Bible Dictionary helps clarify the biblical meaning of "Flax". This smoking "flax" (Hemp) will not be quenched (forbidden) and brings forth "judgement unto truth" (Jah's government). It is found upon his shoulder; his Simlah which is to be cremated by fire: smoking hemp.
When we take Hemp (Cannabis) upon ourselves in this way we are yoked to JahShua's Father (Jah) and this is how he brings forth judgement unto truth (enables every individual to know what Jah is saying directly without any need for an intermediary). Anxiety is relieved as the external noise is quieted. Intermission and recreation and judgement unto Truth are found... via our breath. This is how Jah governs man. Yoke yourself so you yourself know... and the external controls, religious and otherwise, are replaced by what you now know as Jah reveals directly to you (babes; common folk) via his yoke. Your anxiety and stress dissolve as you know and are known by Jah. Your life is preserved / health is restored. This is the result of "knowing" Jah:
And Jacob called the name of the place Peniel: for I have seen God face to face, and my life is preserved. (Genesis 32:30, KJV)
"Peniel" is the King James English translation of the Hebrew word Pnuw'el, which is the Pineal eye in the center of your brain. This is where one goes - within (centered; god-facing; seat of the soul) - when the surface mind is quieted; when (mentally) still. This purpose of this eye, Pnuw'el within, is "to face God". It opens when our mind is quieted, and this is how we know (properly see) Jah.
Be still, and know
that I am* God... (Psalms 46:10, KJV)
(* interpolative text not in the Hebrew. This should read "Be still... know God")
"Know" is from the Hebrew word yada'which properly means to ascertain by seeing. This is via the mind's eye; the Third Eye; the name of the place where Jacob saw God: Pnuw'el; the pineal eye.
This activity, in this context, is called meditation. And this is communion. In biblical Hebrew these are not two concepts with two words. They are a singular concept with a singular word: Seach, meaning meditation and communion, which are two English expressions for the same activity.
Meditation = Communion
Cannabis induces a meditative (still) state of mind (often referred to as "stoned")
"Be still and know God" (Psalm 46:10)
And this is exactly what Jahshuah's yoke does: stills the surface (thinking) mind, allowing the intuitive (knowing) mind; the voice and vision within (via the Pineal eye), to guide us directly.
HEMP is Jah's government for the minds of men and his sustainable provision for every need. This is why Jahshuah instructed us to take it upon ourselves. Us... the people; the common folk. He did not instruct a leadership of any sort to manage this for us. He didn't consult the reigning authorities. He understood separation of church and state. It isn't up to any earthly authority. It is mandated by JahShua directly to The People to take his yoke (Hemp) upon themselves and via this sacramental practice find rest in our breath.
Of the increase of his government and peace there shall be no end, upon the throne of David, and upon his kingdom, to order it, and to establish it with judgment and with justice from henceforth even for ever. The zeal of the LORD of hosts will perform this. (Isaiah 9:7, KJV)
Again, this isn't up to Babylon. It is already established by Jah. As long as Jahshuah's yoke remains effectively suppressed (in the minds of The People) Babylon will continue govern The People in confusion ("babylon" means confusion). When Jahshuah's yoke is liberated in the minds of The People (when they understand what is it) they will, in unity, demand... or rather assert liberty. Then Jah, directly via The People, will govern Babylon.
Therefore rejoice, ye heavens, and ye that dwell in them. Woe to the inhabiters of the earth and of the sea! for the devil is come down unto you, having great wrath, because he knoweth that he hath but a short time. (Revelation 12:12, KJV)
...and "he" attempts to usurp the throne of Jah by forbidding his yoke. How are we to relate to this?
Thou shalt have no other gods before me. (Exodus 20:3, KJV)
"gods" means controller or magistrate. No other god, controller or magistrate may override JahShua's instruction as that would not only usurp Jah's authority but also force idolotry upon his disciples rendering hate and a despicable attitude:
No servant can serve two masters: for either he will hate the one, and love the other; or else he will hold to the one, and despise the other. Ye cannot serve God and mammon. (Luke 16:13, KJV)
Even the Vatican confirms that honoring or revering the state before God is idolotry (violates the first commandment).
Most Cannabis activists tend to express strong feelings about oppresive government attitudes toward them. They insist on following their own heart/conscience rather than any external government's misleading opinion which they tend to despise due to tyrannical oppression. Jahshuah's obeservation is absolutely, 100% correct.
Jahshuah instructed / commanded us to take his hempen yoke upon ourselves.
Ye are my friends, if ye do whatsoever I command you. Henceforth I call you not servants; for the servant knoweth not what his lord doeth: but I have called you friends; for all things that I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you. (John 15:14-15, KJV)
His yoke is the means by which he makes things known to us.
When you take his yoke, remember to be thankful for the intermission and recreation you find in your breath exactly as he promised.
If any one or thing opposes JahShua's instruction for you in your land, peacefully remove it. The government is upon JahShua's shoulder, not upon any earthly establishment. We are to take it upon ourselves and remember the first commandment: "Thou shalt have no other gods (controllers or magistrates) before me." None. We are to be guided from within by Jah alone. Other governments are the first commandment's "other gods". The government (Hempen yoke) is upon his shoulders and he instructed The People to take it upon ourselves. The People are to be governed solely from within.
The government - that which takes one within for guidance - is upon his shoulder: Hemp. It's that simple.
He that hath an ear, let him hear what the Spirit saith unto the churches; In order for you to subdue I give to eat of the tree of life, which is in the midst of the paradise of God. (Revelation 2:7, KJV)
Do you want to eat of the Tree Of Life?
This is Jahshuah's instruction/mandate to The People. It is already legislated by the highest authority. (Revelation 2:7; Isaiah 30:33)
Give thanks as his yoke - the prophesied Plant Of Renown - is raised directly by The People in order for us to subdue (rise above) Babylon, being governed (as the First Commandment articulates) solely by the Most High (The Light within), which in the Hebrew language is called JAH.