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The Paths of the Righteous are Old Paths (5 of 5)
Series: The Paths of the Righteous
1. The Other Paths That Are Pondered
a) The Difference in the Paths
b) The Destination of the Paths
2. The Older Paths That Are Promoted
a) Whom Shall We Ask
b) What Shall We Ask
3. The Only Paths That Are Profitable
a) Pleasurable Paths
b) Peaceful Paths
1. Vance Havner has a chapter in his book "Jesus Only" entitled Beware of the Bypass. He writes, "This is the day of the bypass. Great freeways skirt the edges of town after town, detour here and circumvent there. In this madhouse of traffic congestion when we are safer on a battlefield than on a highway, the bypass is a necessity."
2. He continues: "But there are some bypasses that belong to another category. There is a King's Highway from earth to heaven and all along its course the devil has built a clever system of detours. 'The way of the cross leads home' but there is another way 'that seemeth right unto a man.' It bypasses the old familiar landmarks and 'the end thereof are the ways of death.'"
3. In some of the most familiar words in the book of Jeremiah we exhorted to beware of the bypasses of life, or to put it another way, the new paths. Jeremiah proclaims, "Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein."
4. For a few studies we have been thinking about the "paths of the righteous" (cp. Prov. 2:20). We have seen that the paths of the righteous are directed paths (Prov. 3:5-5), taught or learned paths (Psa. 25:4-5), and supported paths (Psa. 17:1-5). In this study I want us to see that the paths of the righteous are old paths.
5. Let's examine the words of Jeremiah and think about the old paths. First, notice from his words:
1. THE OTHER PATHS THAT ARE PONDERED
1. Jeremiah speaks of the "old paths." ...
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