A commentator referred us to this link The Yoke and Burden of Messiah, and Moses | The Jerusalem Council, and I think it reasonable to see what they have to say.
In response to Acts 15.10, they say
Contrary to popular opinion, the “yoke” that neither we nor our “fathers” could bear refers not to the halacha itself (that is, the way of walking out the Torah), but rather is the responsibility for deciding and learning and knowing halacha for oneself, and learning and teaching the Torah for oneself…alone, as an outsider, with no one to help you.
Fine, but we must first go to Matthew 11.
Come to me, all 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.” (Matthew 11:28-30 RSVA)
Yeshua offers himself (at the time then, and even with us now), to come alongside us and teach us halacha, and to teach us Torah (and in that order too!). Yet even then we are not called to be alone, as Moses himself shared the burden of deciding halacha and the teaching of Torah, with others.
So what is Yeshua’s (Jesus’s) burden? The same as Moses! To decide halacha (way of walking out Torah), and to teach the Torah to the people! This burden that he shares with us through his yoke, is the same burden as expected for everyone else to share! We are to know halacha and know the Torah with others (who meet the Torah’s qualifications for who we should be yoked with)! The burden is to know how to walk out the Torah, and teach others how to do the same! If this is Yeshua’s burden, then what is his yoke? The act of helping you walk with him, helping you stay obedient to the Torah, helping you to know halacha so that you may do it.
It seems to me that they miss the entire meaning of ‘yoke’ and of Christ. A yoke was the Rabbinical school of thought. Remember, each of the Gospels appeal to a different community, and Matthew is the most Jewish of them all. In the words of Christ, we find an echo of another Rabbi, three centuries removed,
Draw near to me, you who are untaught, and lodge in my school. Why do you say you are lacking in these things, and why are your souls very thirsty? I opened my mouth and said, Get these things for yourselves without money. Put your neck under the yoke, and let your souls receive instruction; it is to be found close by. (Sirach 51:23-26 RSVA)
What the author of the piece is attempting to do is to demand that the Torah be taught, properly, but in this he creates problems,
After making a disciple, if one refuses to teach people how to keep the Torah, one effectively places a burden on the disciple to learn Torah for himself and to determine the burden of halacha on his own. This is wrong!!! In fact, according to the Torah, and to Jesus, and to Peter in Acts 15, one truly is not able to bear this responsibility alone. One truly is not able to decide halacha, and teach himself Torah alone. That is the point of knowing what the burden is, and why we need a yoke and why we need to be yoked to someone who will help!
Returning to a previously mentioned point – Christ was not to relay the Law or to create a new halacha, but to give Himself for our sins. It would seem that this discussion of the Torah has clouded their minds to this. What the burden of Christ really the teaching of the Law? Or was it Calvary. When you return to Judaism, as Hebrews warns us, you must give up Christ. The writer of the above piece is well on his way.
This post is meant only as a start of a discussion, not a rebuttal of their mistakes. Christ did not come to reteach the Torah, but to fulfill it and watch it pass away. A yoke is school of thought concerning the Torah, but Christ says that His school (The Church) is the easy way, the right way.
It seems to me, just from several readings of this, that they are attempting to make Christ to be a mere teacher, equal with Moses, yet Christ gave the Law to Moses. It was all the additions, yokes, that helped to destroy it.
Now, do we bare the understanding of Scripture alone?
No, which is why we have Pastors and Teachers, and why God has given us His Spirit, as promised by Christ.
Again, this is not meant to be a full rebuttal, but a start of a discussion.