When Jesus said, “learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart,..” He was describing Father’s heart for us.
Father’s heart is gentle, humble, meek and mild, base, cast down, humble, of low degree (estate), and lowly. In fact His heart has an attitude of one who has been humiliated, and depressed! He does not think more highly of Himself than others. In other words – He- GOD- thinks and believes others are better than Himself. He takes the low position as a servant to serve your needs and to love you. He is mild and easy to be with, no chafing, no expectations felt coming from Him….no judging, no criticism, no scathing looks and downgrading remarks.
Jesus is the full manifestation of Father’s heart and He plainly destroys what Christianity has taught about the Father for two thousand years with this statement above from Matthew 11:29.
The Father is not over bearing. Not judging you. Not laying a heavy burden on you. Not putting expectations on you. Not forcing you to serve Him. Not demanding your obedience.
A brother shared recently how Hollywood and popular culture have this saying about God.
The character in the story is behaving very arrogantly and proudly, trampling over the feelings and rights of others–When one reacts by quipping “He thinks he is God!!”…Or …Similarly–“Who do you think you are, God?!” As if God is like the character in the movie, arrogant, proud, boastful, uncaring, pigheaded, harsh….a dictator.
When we consider that when Jesus said I AM meek and lowly in heart He was showing us Father’s heart….a heart whose disposition is humiliated, one who has been brought low….very, very, lowwwwwwww. Say it…slowly…God’s heart is LOWWWWW.
God’s heart is humble.
The danger I sense in me,
is that when I realise that God’s heart is so lowly, then I am tempted to trample all over Him.
Why are you so lowly God!!?? Rise up and hit me back, retaliate God, show me your true self, hurt me, judge me, destroy me like the imagined satanic god Christianity has taught me would do.
But He never does, He remains faithful, he remains Himself, humble, broken, humiliated for me, sharing my pain, yoked to my sickened heart, carrying me despite my blasphemous hate towards the ‘fake news god’ I have believed was Him. You see, my biological dad wanted to abort me, and I never met him…and my step dad was aloof from me and died when I was 19. Though I thank God for both men, I was never really fathered by anyone. Coming to Jesus at 28 years of age on April 20th, 1989 brought me into contact with “fathers”(pastors) who modeled the arrogant showman god who demanded we all serve his vision and his dream to make him great. I fled that scene when I recognised myself in them….but that didn’t change anything, just allowed me to stop seeing myself in that way so openly displayed each Sunday.
All things have been delivered to Me by My Father, and no one knows the Son except the Father. Nor does anyone know the Father except the Son, and the one to whom the Son wills to reveal Him.
Come to Me, all you who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.
Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”
Oh that I might KNOW MY FATHER’S HEART!!! A cry so deep within my heart! OH MY FATHER..MY FATHER…the chariots of Israel!!