By Bruce Chilton
When they arrived on the position which God had indicated to him, Abraham built
an altar there, and organized the wooden. Then he sure his son and placed him on
the altar on best of the wooden. Abraham stretched out his hand and took the
knife to kill his son . . .” —The ebook of Genesis
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To wheel him in, sit next to him, and take him home. To hold his fork when he ate, to wipe his mouth when he drooled. I don’t remember feeling very loving. I do remember the day we studied Philippians 2:3: “In humility consider others better than yourselves” (NIV). After the teacher read the passage, he asked this question: “Think about the person to your left. ” I looked to my left. Guess who I saw? Harold. His head had fallen forward, mouth open. Harold more important than me? I had the health, the glib tongue, the (ahem) hours of graduate work.
He walked alongside the more mature ox, but his burden was light. In this verse Jesus is saying, “I walk alongside you. We are yoked together. ” I wonder, how many burdens is Jesus carrying for us that we know nothing about? We’re aware of some. He carries our sin. He carries our shame. He carries our eternal debt. But are there others? Has he lifted fears before we felt them? Has he carried our confusion so we wouldn’t have to? Those times when we have been surprised by our own sense of peace?
All of a sudden everything changed. Patience replaced impatience. Why? Because patience always hitches a ride with understanding. The wise man says, “A man of understanding holds his tongue” (Prov. 11:12 NIV). He also says, “A man of understanding is even-tempered” (Prov. 17:27 NIV). Don’t miss the connection between understanding and patience. Before you blow up, listen up. Before you strike out, tune in. “It takes wisdom to have a good family, and it takes understanding to make it strong” (Prov.