REPROACHED FOR BEARING HIS YOKE -- Lamentations 3:27-30


"It is good for a man to bear the yoke in his youth. Let him sit alone and keep silent, because God has laid it on him; let him put his mouth in the dust, there may yet be hope. Let him give his cheek to the one who strikes him, and be full of reproach."


The Word says, "it is good..to bear the yoke...there may yet be hope." What hope? It is the hope of knowing Christ personally in the fellowship of His sorrow and His joy.


Proverbs 14:10 "The heart knows its own bitterness, and a stranger does not share in his joy." If we are strangers to His reproach then we can never truly share in His Joy.


To be reproached means to be attacked. (have stones thrown at you!) To be shamed on account of where you stand, or in this case, WHO you stand with! It means to be under strong disapproval or disappointment of those around you. Usually reproach is accompanied by separation, rejection and even extreme slander or persecution.


Christ Himself suffered reproach because He was of a different order, not earthly but a heavenly order. Yoked to His Heavenly Father, Christ was free of man's religious camp.


"Jesus..that He might sanctify the people with His own blood, suffered without the gate. Let us go forth unto Him without the camp, bearing His reproach." Hebrews 13:12-13


THE REPROACH OF CHRIST IS AN UNSEEN SPIRITUAL REALITY.

You may not recognize it or understand all the whys about it, but nevertheless, if you are bearing the Lord's Yoke, you will experience a certain antagonism of satan. There will be a provoking, an unseen pressure to move you from your stance of faith in 

Christ.


You will be reproached because you are not under man's yoke of bondage, not inside man's religious camp. You will be reproached for the freedom you have in Christ Jesus.


Galatians 2:4 speaks "of false brethren secretly brought in who came by stealth to spy out our freedom which we have in Christ Jesus, that they might bring us into bondage."


IT IS A GREAT HONOR TO BE REPROACHED FOR BEING YOKED WITH CHRIST.


It is written about Moses "choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin, esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt; for he looked to the reward." Hebrews 11:25-26


1 PETER 4:14 says, "If you are reproached for the name of Christ, blessed are you, for the Spirit of glory and of God rests upon you. On their part He is blasphemed, but on your part He is glorified."


Beloved of God in this last hour, take this to heart,
~we will either
bear His reproach or we will be a reproach to our Lord Jesus Christ.~