Return to the Ancient Paths – Part 1 | Jeremiah 6:16

Return to the Ancient Paths – Part 1 | Jeremiah 6:16

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Jeremiah 6:16 ESV  Thus says the LORD: “Stand by the roads, and look, and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way is; and walk in it, and find rest for your souls. But they said, ‘We will not walk in it.’

Deuteronomy 32:7 ESV  Remember the days of old; consider the years of many generations; ask your father, and he will show you, your elders, and they will tell you.

You May Be Seated

  • This past week, Deacons Jared and Elizabeth, as well as brother Michael Hall, Pastor Amanda and I, all went down to Sioux City for Homecoming at Cornerstone World Outreach.
    • Now if you forget who Cornerstone World outreach is, remember that they are the ones who gave us $25,000 for our building fund…
    • These are people who passionately love God and passionately love His Word… in fact, while we were there this week they even gave another $21,000 to another churches building fund! Because they believe the God’s Word ought to still be preached, and they support any church that loves God and His Word.
  • I tell you this because I want you to know why we go to homecoming every year, and because I hope to encourage you to go next year!
    • We go because we love being surrounded by people who passionately love God and His Word, and because the teaching and worship is so rich that it is life changing every time we go.
  • This year the conference centered around Jeremiah 6:16 and was called “Return to the Ancient Paths.
    • And God did such a work in Pastor Amanda and I that we came back this week knowing that we need to make some changes in the church for the Glory of God and the goodness of His Kingdom.
  • How many of y’all know that CLC is not a stagnate church, but we are a moving and maturing church doing everything we can to strive towards holiness, to be more Christ like, to go from glory to glory.
    • So when the Lord grabs a hold of me and says “Here is a better way, walk in it” then I am going to come back to the church and help guide us in that better way for the glory of God, amen?!
  • So we are going to take a little break from Luke and we are going to talk about returning to the ancient paths..

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  • Would you join me in praying? Close your eyes and take a moment to pray silently about what we are about to receive, and then in a humble and contrite spirit I want you to listen to the prayer that I pray and decide in your heart if you agree with this prayer.
    • Because if you don’t agree with a prayer then don’t you dare say Amen, because Amen means “I agree”. So let’s pray, firs silently, then I will pray and I ask you to listen and agree.
Text of Avinu Malkeinu, recieted first before the Ark of the Covenant
ah-vee-noo mahl-kay-noo chah-tah-noo lih-fah-neh-chah ah-vee-noo mahl-kay-noo s’lach oo-m’chahl lih-chole ah-voh-no-tay-noo ah-vee-noo mahl-kay-noo mih-chay vih-ha-ah-vair pih-shah-ay-noo vih-chah-toe-tay-noo mee-neh-gehd ay-neh-chah ah-vee-noo mahl-kay-noo zach-ray-noo lih-pahr-nah-sah vih-kahl-kah-lah Amen  Our Father, our King! we have sinned before You. Our Father, Our King! forgive and pardon all our iniquities. Our Father, Our King! blot out and remove our transgressions and sins from before Your eyes. Our Father, Our King! Maintain us and give us our sustenance. Amen
  • The prayer that I just prayed, first in Hebrew then in English is part of an ancient Hebrew prayer called the ah-vee-noo mahl-kay-noo (Avinu Malkeinu) which literally means “Our Father, Our King” it was first recited in by a priest in front of the Ark of the Covenant, thousands of years before Jesus would walk the earth.
    • This prayer is considered the oldest and most important prayer in Jewish history, and is still recited by Jews around the world.

Our Father, our King!
we have sinned before You.
Our Father, Our King!
forgive and pardon all our iniquities.
Our Father, Our King!
blot out and remove our transgressions and sins from before Your eyes.
Our Father, Our King!
Maintain us and give us our sustenance.

  • I hope these words and phrases sound familiar to you… what prayer do they resemble? THE LORD’S PRAYER

Matthew 6:9-13 ESV  Pray then like this: “Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.  (10)  Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.  (11)  Give us this day our daily bread,  (12)  and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.  (13)  And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.

Luke 11:2-4 ESV  And he said to them, “When you pray, say: “Father, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come.  (3)  Give us each day our daily bread,  (4)  and forgive us our sins, for we ourselves forgive everyone who is indebted to us. And lead us not into temptation.”

  • You see, Jesus understood the importance of something we have lost in the church today… He understood the importance of the Ancient paths.
    • Therefore when Jesus tells us how to pray and what to Pray he prays according to the ancient prayer that EVERY Jew who heard would have understood.
  • Listen, this prayer, the ah-vee-noo mahl-kay-noo, is still alive and well and recited in Jewish tradition.
    • Dr. Scott Stewart, when presenting this at Homecoming this year, told us a story about a friend he has.
      • This friend was born and raised Jewish, but when she was young her parents died and she was put in a Catholic orphanage.
      • Every morning in the orphanage they started the day by reciting the Lord’s prayer.
      • Years later this young woman, now an adult, get’s saved and begins studying her Bible… she was SHOCKED to find the ah-vee-noo mahl-kay-noo being recited by Jesus… she latter would tell Dr. Stewart “I thought they prayed that prayer every morning just for me, I thought they knew I was Jewish and wanted me to feel comfortable… so they prayed it… I had no idea it was called The Lords Prayer or that Jesus prayed it!”
    • Y’all this is a recent story!
  • JESUS WAS NOT PRAYING A NEW PRAYER, HE WAS PRAYING AN ANCIENT PRAYER! WHY?! BECAUSE THE ANCIENT PATHS LEAD TO JESUS!

Point One: The Ancient Paths Lead to Jesus

Jeremiah 6:16 ESV  Thus says the LORD: “Stand by the roads, and look, and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way is; and walk in it, and find rest for your souls. But they said, ‘We will not walk in it.’

Matthew 11:28-29 ESV  Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  (29)  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.

  • Did you catch that… because I missed it the first time… look at these two verses side by side…

(AV PERSON! Show these two verses on single slide and bold the parts I bolded, thanks!)
 Jeremiah 6:16 ESV
  Thus says the LORD: “Stand by the roads, and look, and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way is; and walk in it, and find rest for your souls. But they said, ‘We will not walk in it.’
Matthew 11:28-29 ESV  Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  (29)  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.

  • Now in Jerimiah God tells us to walk in the ancient paths and we will find rest for our souls…
    • And in Matthew, Jesus says come to me and you will find rest for your souls…
  • WHY Because the ancient paths lead to Jesus! When you go down the ancient paths you are actually coming to Jesus.

Galatians 3:24 KJV  Wherefore the law was our schoolmaster to bring us unto Christ, that we might be justified by faith.

  • The Law, that is “The Old Testament”, that is “The Ancient Paths”… the Law BRINGS US TO CHRIST!
    • That’s what Scripture says, that the Law, the Ancient Paths, the Old Testament literally leads us to Christ.
  • Jesus speaking to unrepentant Jewish scholars of His time says this in John 5:39

John 5:39 ESV  You search the Scriptures because you think that in them you have eternal life; and it is they that bear witness about me,

  • Jesus says “You study the scriptures”. What Scriptures? Well not the New Testament because that wasn’t a thing when this was written…
    • No, He says “You search the scriptures” I.E. “You Study the Old Testament… Don’t you know that those Scriptures are ABOUT ME?! THEY TESTIFY ABOUT ME! THEY BEAR WITNESS ABOUT ME!”
  • The Old Testament, the Law, the Ancient Paths, they all lead to Christ…
    • Yet there is a tragedy church, that has been happening since the time of emperor constant some 250 years after Christ, this tragedy? The idea that as Christians we should have nothing to do with the Old Testament or the Ancient Paths.
  • Even today we are being taught that we need to “Unhook ourselves” from the Old Testament.
    • It’s spreading like wildfire right now… Just ignore everything before Matthew…
    • I was talking to someone, a believer, who told me “As believers we should have nothing to do with the law” so I asked her, remember she is a church going Bible studying believer, I asked her “Well then which one of the 10 commandments should we not follow” and she replied “I don’t think we should follow any of them! All we need to do is Love God and Love our neighbor”
      • And I am thinking to myself… how are you supposed to love your neighbor if you are sleeping with his wife (Breaking the 7th commandment) or stealing from him (Breaking the 8th commandment) or murdering Him (Breaking the 6th commandment)…
      • and how are you supposed to be loving God when you blaspheme His name (Breaking the 3rd commandment) or worshiping other false Gods (Breaking the 1st and 2nd commandment)?
      • It’s almost as if these two great commandments are commandments which all of the law hangs…

Matthew 22:36-40 ESV  “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the Law?”  (37)  And he said to him, “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.  (38)  This is the great and first commandment.  (39)  And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.  (40)  On these two commandments depend all the Law and the Prophets.”

  • It is not that these two great commandments abolish the Law… it is that they affirm the Law, and the law affirms them.
    • It is not that these two great commandments replace the law, it is that they ARE the law, the law is completely contained in them.
      • Therefore to deny the Law is to deny these two commandments and to deny these two commandments is to deny Christ.
      • Further, to deny either is Heresy and can ultimately be described as a denial of Christ.

1 John 2:4-6 ESV  Whoever says “I know him” but does not keep his commandments is a liar, and the truth is not in him,  (5)  but whoever keeps his word, in him truly the love of God is perfected. By this we may know that we are in him:  (6)  whoever says he abides in him ought to walk in the same way in which he walked.

  • Well which way did he walk? He walked in the Ancient Paths!
    • He taught in the Synagogues.
    • He was called Rabi
    • Every scripture he quoted, and there was a lot, every scripture he quoted was from the OLD Testament…
      • Now it seems silly to have to say “Jesus only quoted the Old Testament”… because there was no New Testament when Jesus walked the earth… but people seem to forget it… the Law was Jesus’ source material!
    • He prayed Jewish prayers, taught Jewish concepts, followed Jewish feasts, and was even called the KING OF THE JEWS!
  • If we are to walk in the way of Jesus then we must walk in the ancient paths!
    • Now praise God we know have the complete Scripture, the Old and New Testaments… so we are not going to only read the Old Testament or anything like that… but we certainly are not going to ignore it either… we are not going to unhook it from the rest of Scripture, amen?!

Conclusion

  • So to conclude I want to briefly talk about what this means for us as a church, and we are going to talk more in depth about these concepts over the next two weeks, so don’t roll your eyes or check out just this yet…
    • But what this means is we are going to introduce some ancient prayers into our services… not Martin Luther ancient… not Pope St whatever ancient… because when the Bible says “Return to the Ancient Paths” it said that thousands of years before any pope prayed, any pastor preached, or any Christian book was written.
    • No I am talking about ancient Biblical Scriptures… two in particular…
      • The Lords prayer, and the Aaronic Blessing.
  • The Lord’s prayer because Jesus literally says “When you pray, say this:”
  • We will pray the Lord’s prayer before the sermon.
  • Now the Aaronic Blessing or the Aaronic Benediction is a blessing specifically prayed by Aaron over the priests of the temple. Threrefore we know it is a good prayer for Christians because the Bible calls all of us Preists!

1 Peter 2:5 ESV  you yourselves like living stones are being built up as a spiritual house, to be a holy priesthood, to offer spiritual sacrifices acceptable to God through Jesus Christ.

1 Peter 2:9 ESV  But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.

Therefore we know that this prayer of for the priesthood is a prayer for us because we are the royal priesthood amen?!

  • Now if you don’t know what the Aaronic blessing is, it comes from Numbers 6:22-27

Numbers 6:22-27 ESV  The LORD spoke to Moses, saying,  (23)  “Speak to Aaron and his sons, saying, Thus you shall bless the people of Israel: you shall say to them,  (24)  The LORD bless you and keep you;  (25)  the LORD make his face to shine upon you and be gracious to you;  (26)  the LORD lift up his countenance upon you and give you peace.  (27)  “So shall they put my name upon the people of Israel, and I will bless them.”

  • But Pastor! If we pray these prayers every week isn’t that going to be vain repetition?
    • I HOPE NOT! I PRAY NOT!
  • And y’all we have been reciting things since the beging of the church and no one has complained… don’t believe me? Watch:
  • GOD IS GOOD… And All the Time…
  • How about this one… You are dismissed from this place but…
  • Now if we can say those MODERN things weekly and they not be vain, then can we not pray these ancient prayers, the same ones that Jesus prayed… without them being vain?
    • Of course we can! It will take intentionality… but it will lead to a multitude of good for our Church and God’s kingdom through us… we will talk more the next two weeks about these things… but for now let us recite the Lords Prayer then I will bless you with the Aaronic Blessing.

Our Father which art in heaven, Hallowed be thy name. 
Thy kingdom come. Thy will be done
in earth, as it is in heaven. 
Give us this day our daily bread. 
And forgive us our debts, as we forgive our debtors. 
And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil:
For thine is the kingdom, and the power, and the glory, forever.
Amen. 

  • We will talk more about this prayer in the following weeks,
  • Gospel presentation
  • , let me close by blessing you first in Hebrew then in English

ALL ON ONE SLIDE

יברכך יהוה וישמרך
יאר יהוה פניו אליך ויחנך
ישא יהוה פניו אליך וישם לך שׁלום

“May the LORD bless you and keep you;
May the LORD shine his face upon you and be gracious to you;
May the LORD lift up his face upon you and give you his peace.”

You are dismissed from this place but not from His Presence

ye·va·re’·khe·kha’ · Adonai · ve·yeesh’·me·re’·kha

ya·eir · Adonai · pa·nav · e·ley’·kha · vee·khoon·ne’·kah

ees·sa · Adonai · pa·nav · e·ley’·kha · ve·ya·seim · le·kha · sha·lom


“May the LORD bless you and keep you;
May the LORD shine his face upon you and be gracious to you;
May the LORD lift up his face upon you and give you his peace.”

You are dismissed from this place but not from His Presence

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