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Cast Your Cares


I Peter 5:7 “Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.”

The Greek word for casting is: epiripto. It’s a compound of the words “epi” and “ripto”.   Epi means “upon”, as on top of something.   The word “ripto” means to hurl, to throw, or to cast, and often means to violently throw or to fling something with great force.

     The ONLY other place this word is used in the entire New Testament is found in Luke 19:35…(verses 29-36).  This Scripture in Luke correctly portrays and communicates the idea of the word “epiripto”, which in secular literature is often pictured as the flinging of a garment, bag, or excess weight off the shoulders of a traveler and onto the back of some other beast, such as a donkey, camel, or horse.

     Luke 19 ...What was cast upon the donkey was for the purpose of carrying a precious load...our Lord Jesus!  In I Peter we are told to cast…(fling our cares upon the back of Jesus...so to speak...so He can carry them for us... for he careth for us...we are precious in His sight!

      We simply were not created or designed by God to carry the burden of worry, anxiety or fretting. This load is simply too much for the human physical body and central nervous system to carry or tolerate for too long.

     We may be able to endure it for a while before there begins to be a break down. But eventually the physical body and the mind under too much pressure for too long, begins to wear and tear to the point of breaking down and manifesting in some way.

     Matthew 11:28-30 says, “Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  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.  For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

     Briefly, this  Scripture tells us there is labor to be done. Though we are not saved by works, we also know that throughout Scripture we are told to work in the Kingdom.  So there is much for us to do...But God gives us rest, He expects us to take a breather.  The Greek word used here for the word “yoke” speaks of a double yoke.  One that connects a “pair” so they work as “one”.  God never intends  us to do it alone. Not even as we are busy about out Father’s business, we are never to do it alone!  As we yoke with HIM, we will find rest for our souls because His yoke is easy and His burden is light. 

     One more small point...Notice the Scripture says rest for your souls. That’s our mind, will and emotions.  The body can receive rest with a good eight hours sleep, but rest for our mind, will and emotions...our inner self, comes by yoking up with Jesus and allowing Him to help us as we go about our busy life and work in His Kingdom. Yet NEVER are we to carry worry, anxiety, fretting, fear, or any such behavior.  These we are to “CAST” upon the Lord and let Him carry the load that can cause such detriment.

     Just something to think about as you go about your busy week/life!

                                                                                                                               Pastor Vana

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