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The Fast Lane or the Right Path?

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September 6, 2021 8:00 am

The Fast Lane or the Right Path?

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September 6, 2021 8:00 am

According to God’s Word, our lives are all headed down one of two, distinct paths. And the one we’re on not only determines our final destination, but also the quality of our journey. Today on The Bible Study Hour we begin a journey through the Psalms, as Dr. Boice teaches from chapter 1 to unpack this powerful analogy and to remind us that the path we choose will truly make all the difference.

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According to God's word.

Our lives are all headed down one of two distinct pads in the lumber on only determines our final destination but also the quality of our journey as we walk. Thanks for tuning in for the Bible study our today is Dr. James Boyce teaches from Psalms chapter 1 to unpack this powerful analogy and remind us that the path we choose will truly make all the difference and welcome to the Bible study our radio and Internet broadcast with Dr. James Boyce preparing you to think and act biblically as we listen in today will learn something new about Hebrew poetry and discover what it really means to delight in God's law.

It's been a number of years now since I first thought of doing a series of studies on the Psalms, but I put it off and I put an offer very good reason. Islamists are the deepest, most profound, most penetrating, most insightful portion of all the word of God. They speak of a part of the struggles the aspirations trials rewards the duties of the Christian man or woman, I reasoned, I think rightly but in order to treat them well. You need to have experience in the Christian life and some maturity.

I trust as I begin this that you will be praying for me and pray for God's blessing as we turned this important portion of his word right to begin with Psalm one and Psalm one is unique and that it is the chief biblical expression of the doctrine of the two ways were well aware of that from literature, especially if we are well read it all. Most Americans would know that Robert Frost is the idea that what is probably is best known: the Road not taken, Frost says, at the very end of that poem after having developed the ideas for the road, walking the fact that he took one fork rather than the other two roads diverged in a wood, and I I took the one less traveled by, and that has made all the difference. That same idea is in that great classic of the Middle Ages. The Divine comedy written by Dante and those in the literature well know how that begins begins with the idea of the two ways Dante began by saying that in midlife. He is having a midlife crisis. He came to his senses and a dark will.

It's a metaphorical introduction of the Inferno, the first portion of the Divine comedy and recognized the true I was lost here is the way it is translated by Dorothy Sayers and her version midway this way of life were bound up on my woke to find myself in a dark wood where right road was wholly lost and gone biblical examples may now I'm sure you do that. Toward the end of the sermon on the mount.

The Lord Jesus Christ himself develop that idea, having explained his way, and the bulk of the sermon when it gets to the end. He has a number of choices that he puts before people there two gates in two roads or two trees. Two types of fruit are two houses to foundations and then he says this enter through the narrow gate. For wide is the gate and broad is the road that leads to destruction, and many enter through it.

But small is the gate and narrow the road that leads to life and only a few find it. Well as I said a moment ago. The first song is the first rate and full expression of this idea of the two ways in Bible backup a minute look at it another way, Psalms generally in the hands of commentators are divided into different types of yonder's made by them up in different ways. Frequently they talk about fiber, seven or nine different types. One of these types is what is called a wisdom salt. Not a whole lot of them.

But this is one stands significantly at the very beginning of the solar dancers. The question, who is the wise man who was the wise woman. The answer is the wise person is one who delights in the law of God and does not go in the way of the wicked.

This is been called a preface song.

That's what St. Jerome quality call it the preface of the Holy Spirit to the Psalter Charles Haddon Spurgeon, who has done a masterful study of the Psalms called the treasury of David called it the same thing no doubt because he read Jerome E.

Colditz at preface song is what he sent. It is this almost desire to teach us the way to blessedness and to warn us of the sure destruction of sinners is then a matter of the first Psalm, which may be look upon. In some respects as the text upon which the whole of the Psalms make up a divine sermon by the way of looking at it is to say the Psalm answer?

Puts the two ways before us and asked us each one as we read at what way, whereupon we on the fast road that leads to destruction way he describes first. Are we walking in God's way. I path leads under eternal life? That is asked, here is the same question Ward is asking in the sermon on the mound and therefore obviously it's a basic question all the word of God. Now it's in that way you look at it. I'm pleased when I turned to a settlement obviously talks about the two ways that the very first word of the Psalm is the word blessed. Certainly no accident. When the first Psalm begins with the word blessed, and therefore the entire book of Psalm 150 of them begin with that word that's a way of saying that God has given us the Psalms to blessedness. In other words, God means good for us where incidentally get away from matter when things are going exactly the way we think they should we take a different approach to things which I will surely God doesn't want the best for me. If God wanted me to be happy. God would do something so he can give me this and I want to hear the very beginning of the songs you see, God says, blessed is the man what he does. Harrison away before us, which if we walking that will lead to happiness. Blessedness means the less of satisfaction or happiness, not just in the world sense but in the deepest sense.

And so the Psalm says look, if that's what you desire one way or another. That is what we desire. Well then, here's a way to go. Now, it is surprising isn't having begun that by having begun by saying blessed is the man he does not belong to talk about the way a blessedness contrary does it in a negative way saying blessed is the man who does not do the following when he talks about in the first verse as a way of the wicked, puzzling, as I say, at first glance, but as soon as you reflect on it a little bit.

It's evident that it's actually a very brilliant way of introducing his theme. For one thing on the knee accomplishes my aunt is he starts where we are, say where we are, naturally, is not up on the way of righteousness, the way a blessedness begin in sin.

And so when he says slick counsel of the wicked way of sinners in the seat of the lockers.

That's where we start out from the others get into the other whites by the grace of God by beginning here.

It's a way of saying what God knows who we already knows what is happened to us because of our sin, and so he starts right there. Cycling accomplishes by starting that way is to introduce the doctrine of the two ways from the very beginning going to say it later when he gets the verse four is going to say not so the wicked the first time by way of explicit contrast, the wicked are brought into the picture to see if the very beginning in verse one already to laser before and she says blessed is the man who doesn't do so and so and immediately the questions that arise in our mind. Well then what is the way that is blessed and so he knows that there's 1/3 reason why the Psalm begins this way, third reason is the great thing accomplishes that is it helps to define the way of the righteous by way of negation, and I'm sure that if your to have a good definition for anything, you have to be able to say not only what it is what it isn't.

Something is this that the other thing and for thing to do and you end up saying thing you're trying to define is virtually everything you said nothing about it at all. Definition involves distinction. So when the psalmist begins to outline the way of godliness. The first thing he does is show what it's not in order to say that a is B have that mean something you have to be able to say a is not see that that's what he does is way of blessed man a happy man is marked away describes now it's really wonderful how he doesn't know one of the characteristics of the Psalms and of Hebrew poetry in general is what is called parallelism in English. Our chief idea of poetry is that it rhymes.

Or, failing that, at least it has to have meter after flow along with a certain pump and dump the bumper variation all that you know Rob variations of that kind of meter in English poetry.

But above all it has to run neither of those characteristics is necessarily present in Hebrew verse scholars have struggled a great deal with trying to get meter out of the Psalms that even yet I haven't quite agreed. They more or less given up on that is fortunate for us is in it and I must say, also an indication of the wisdom of Almighty God. Because if the poetry of the Bible required rhyme and fix meter there would be no way to convey that easily. In other languages. The words that rhyme in one languages don't whine when translated into another language, but Hebrew poetry is like that its chief characteristic. As I said a moment ago was parallelism that means that an idea set in one line and then in the line following a similar idea virtually the same thing but expressed in different words and sent sometimes there is perfect parallelism, a positive statement is followed by a positive statement. The same word.

Sometimes there's a negative parallelism, positive statement is followed by a negation of it in the next words sometimes the order is reversed.

Elites to be the believes that follows from that sometimes done like that, but that's the way it's done.

It's a very sophisticated device. It is interesting that here in the very first verse of the very first Psalm of the smaller the parallelism is not just double, which is what you would expect the triple and as a matter of fact, the triple set of triples 33 blessed as a manager does not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of Walker's notice sense. First of all, the verbs walk, stand, sit next to nouns counsel way seat and the people that are involved.

The third set wicked sinners markers that really is very sophisticated writing, saying some other commentators look at this to my quite emphatically that this is suggesting any progression in the wickedness for any rapid decline in the sin I respect them there. The scholars I'm not a scholar of Hebrew verse, but I can't help but think as I look at that that it actually is saying that you get on this fast track of send track all of us are autonomous by the grace of God were taken out of it the way it really is downhill. First you see person is walking in the counsel of the wicked.

That is just standing around. Next he actually stands with stops in the enters into their conversation and company and finally he sitting in their seat is a progression of counsel way seat.

There's a progression from wicked sinners, markers, Spurgeon is generally wise when he writes about these things and he thinks it's a progression in the evil peers way puts it when men are living in sin. They go from bad to worse categories is true enough. Firstly, merely walk in the counsel of the carelessly ungodly or forget God. Evil is rather practical and habitual. But after that they become habituated evil and they stand in the way of open sinners who willfully violate God's commandments that it let alone he says they go one step further and they become themselves pestilence. Teachers in temperatures of others unless they sit in the seat of the scornful. When people sat in the gate of the city. They were the owners. They were respected people who taught others. That's what Spurgeon is talking about. He says that characteristic Spurgeon turn of phrase they have taken their degree in place and is true.

Doctors of damnation are installed in the University. Now that I believe to some extent, is what the psalmist says it's not a novel idea, of course, that's the sort of thing we find throughout the word of God. Many other places. I generally talk about three different sections of the Bible. When I develop that idea. It's there in Hosea story of his relation to his wife Gomer. She ran away.

It's a symbol of Israel departing from the Lord and when she ran away the progress of her life was downhill at the follows president and not as a source of every good gift. All good things come from him.

If you turn away from God while you're turning your back on the good in all you have is the downhill path, and so she slipped down further and further the social scale of the city of the day until finally about because Adachi was sold in slavery on the auction block in the city of Samaria. Jonah is another example. Jonah ran away from God because of the renewal God God told him to do something you didn't want to do is send them to gospel to the people of Nineveh. They were the enemies of his people and Jonah was a bigoted man. He didn't want to do anything that might in any way by the grace of God actually end up blessing his enemies he ran away from the point at which he decided to run away from God. Path was downhill just went down down down I like the King James Bible at that point because four times over in the first chapter and into chapter 2 that were down actually occurs. Jonah went down to Joppa. The ship went down in the ship and when he was on board the ship and the stormy went down and the inside of the ship. Emily threw them overboard said he sank down the mountain.

The bottom of the earth that is bottom of the sea, so the fish swallowed them the new international version ruin that for me because their translation of the word down is dropped out twice, but I don't have a fourfold progression anymore, but that progression was there in the life and Jonah and he kept going downhill until God finally turned around and brought it back. The great statement of the downhill path is Romans one where it says is you know three times over in that chapter versus 24, 26 and 28 because they didn't want God and wouldn't follow him.

God gave them up and it begins to describe the downhill path fall into all sorts of vice and perversity until, at the very end. They reached the point where they call the good evil and evil good true falsehood and falsehood. True now that is what is suggested here. People don't want to believe that. Of course I don't want to acknowledge that the way of sinners, downhill, because that way of sin is made attractive to us and the world promises the office of the world says all if you go this way you although I am our values.

If you seek what we have.

Well be greatly blessed in the path of the uphill, but actually it isn't. We get further and further away from God and how it was back in the garden of Eden. Satan came to the woman who had known only way of the righteous, and he set the other way before her. He said the way to that tree, God told you not to eat from.

You will be like God's, knowing good and evil. There is the two ways before that she only knew one way to do the way of a good note evil Satan or the evil God knew both good and evil, but the women only knew the good and adamantly knew the good, but now suddenly the two ways were there limited know what to do. Satan tempted to reset look at God says you can't eat from that tree. Well, he must not be a good God, there's something you can't have autism. Good ever heard somebody say that that's when I mentioned a moment ago and I was referring to the word blessed. We have something in our lives.

We want to do and it's against the law of God. We say will.

God must not be good escaping from me.

The one thing that's going to make me happy about that way God keeps it from you because it won't make you happy sets the way of righteousness before you that's a way to fulfillment to see Satan said to the woman off you go this way way I know you'll be happy. God doesn't want you to be happy that he denied the word of God. God said we need to visualize things that you will not die so there was a choice.

The first choice was, which is the way of happiness. God's way way that looked good to me. Now it's the word of God. What is true is the word of God are as of the word of Satan woman didn't know the hell out another temptation he said look you either that tree. You're going to be like God, knowing good and evil. She didn't become like God, knowing good and evil. She became like Satan, knowing good and evil.

She found out that the two ways were all right. By practicing the bad to say that's the way that double got to her and that is the world way the world speaks to us today holds out that path says look you go on that path way to be happy that path. That's a way to think for yourself.

Along that path will begin to become divine people are saying that literally today. That's the message of the New Age movement follow the voice of Satan and you will be like God and irony of distorting leisure Cedar man and the woman were like God before they sent got a made in his image. It says it three times over in chapter 1, when they sinned, they didn't become like God, knowing good and evil.

He became like Satan what they needed was to be rescued.

All that one way or another suggested here in verse one. Now this still begins to talk in positive terms about the way of the righteous way the godly man we would think you say after having had the way of the wicked introduced in verse one in terms of relationships, the wicked walk in the counsel of the wicked and stand in the way of sinners, and sit in the seat of markers that now widen the way of the godly is described. It's going to describe it in terms of relationships to think that it would say the godly are going to hang around with the godly leader to go to church all the time. I do, you can have only Christian friends. Actually, that's not the way the psalmist puts it with the psalmist says instead is the mark of the godly man is that he delights in God's law.

Now you know. I'm sure that when that word was used especially in the Old Testament refers to the whole of God's revelation can be used in different ways. It can refer to the strict law, the 10 Commandments and referred to the first five books the tour after dividing up the Old Testament and the parts were also refers to the whole of the divine revelation actually really needs to be taken here we see that we run into this kind of problem. CS Lewis in his reflection on the songs speaks of this idea of delighting in the law of God, and he admits there when he first came across. It was a real puzzle to them, but because she didn't understand what it was saying that because he didn't see how it could really be done delight in the law could understand how you might admire law as being a good law.

You might even recognize its utilitarian value. The laws restraining some great outcropping of sin and that sin should respect it and he said you can even recognize how you have an obligation to obey all that is true but not delight in the light of God, yes. Course delight in his attributes delight in his love, and so forth. But how do you delight in his law he began to reflect on that and the first thing he came to see is a sense in which you really can delight in it is a body of material he said, for example, we know people who get very high on a particular academic discipline and we would say people like that.

Well, there really into the history of the Middle Ages, they really love it or we would say there in the English literature. They read that stuff all the time they hardly get by day they don't put a book in their hand and read through the little that they they certainly love their subject is a sense in which you say when the psalmist says here is going to say it later in the in the book that he delights in the law Hundred 19 psalmist say that again and again, scores of times just the one song he saying is to meditate upon the law of God to study the Scriptures really is a great delight begins to see something of the relationships in the application how it all ties together and what it means for him and more he reads it, the more excited he gets about really is a blessed thing you and I certainly know that in Bible study. We can fall in love with Scriptures yellow ascendancy worked on this that it did seem to him that it said something else as well just loving the Bible is an academic book 02 love it that way is not wrong. The Bible is not merely an academic book, the Bible is a revelation.

This revelation from the heart of God. When you read the Bible. What you really find is God speaking in it. To know God, you find who God is, how he thinks and what he wants of you, how it relates to you is by studying the Scriptures so the Scriptures so they could be an end in themselves are not an end in themselves when they're properly study the result of this, you say is that to love the Bible delight in the law of God is actually to come to know God and both love and delight in him as a possible. How can you and I come to delight in God and ourselves. We don't actually do that. I said a moment ago. The place we start is in verse one left to ourselves thing that we find delightful is the counsel of the wicked or the way of sinners of the seat of markers. The only way we ever come to delight in and what God is by regeneration of the new birth. I'm well aware that in the Old Testament. That's not a highly developed doctrine you have to read carefully find in there, but I do remember that when Nicodemus ruler of the Jews.

A man burst in the Old Testament Scriptures came to see Jesus want to talk about spiritual things. Jesus said to him, he can't understand spiritual things, unless you're born again. Dimas didn't understand anything when you been born again you mean I have to go back in our mother's womb and be born all over again. Are you talking about a physical birth. Jesus said no I'm writing about a spiritual birth. That's what happens when the Holy Spirit comes upon a person and then he challenged in this way, he said, are you a leader in Israel and don't you wonder stand the state is Jesus way of saying this great ruler of the Jews.

If you really understood your Old Testament, you would know the only way you can ever become God's man, and grow in holiness is by the new birth. That's interesting is because if you understand it in its fullness. That way, then here at the very beginning of this very great book of the Old Testament were asked the question, are we born again are you born again you have the life of God within you. Do you delight in God's law knowing that law reveals God of all glory your mind, your heart and your soul are not born again, this is an meaningless message you're going to say well I guess I could make it my duty to study the word of God. I can apply myself to it as an academic discipline, but I certainly am not going to love it. But if the nature of the God was given. The revelation is within you is Holy Spirit is within you that as you read these things the spirit within will bear witness to say yes.

Not only is that fascinating, interesting is true. It is profoundly true is what I need. This is where I'm going to find nourishment for my soul become to next having describe two ways in Psalm. The psalmist now begins to talk about the results of the choices that lead to these two ways versus three and four do that he doesn't by way of images uses an image for a righteous man says he's like a tree planted by the streams of water, and then uses an image for the wicked. He says the wicked are like chaff that the wind drives away state that image of a tree planted by rivers of water first. Here's a reference to something that people in arid lands would understand very well when we are in the well watered area of the country as our area generally is trees growing everywhere. Doesn't seem particularly remarkable thoughts to have a flourishing trade in a very barren land tree is flourishing is because it's getting water somewhere tree planted by rivers of water, whether it's on its banks, whether it's drawing that water from deep underground spring is a tree that is nourished and fruitful and psalmist says you see that's what righteous man is like, we might say, when we come to this, you see that when he talks about these two ways in the results of the two ways what is going to say something like this is going the way of the wicked God. You know, in the way of the righteous, God will reward you courses true in one sense, but certainly does reward godliness and God certainly does punish wickedness. The final judgment is an expression of the latter idea what psalmist is saying is talking about what God does in that sense is talking about the root of the two ways of life. He says if you going God's way, your wife will blossom and will blossom even in the driest of times.

That's one reason why we go through dry times you say is not contradictory, you're saying that if we following God's way. God's going to bless us and I you're talking about dry times all yes we think it's contradictory because we think only of a certain type of blessing our ideal blessedness is not to have dry time. God ascended into our lives and people go through them with the Lord testify that it is in times like that God really reveals himself in the most pleasant way.

I think one example about the last missionary family to get out of China at the time of the communist takeover with the Matthews. They missed their opportunity to leave they were laced under house arrest. Given just one very small room to live in the two of them in their young daughter Lila. I didn't have any furniture in the room and all just a stool all their funds from home and been cut off, except for the smallest trickle maybe them to buy little bits of rice live on. I didn't have any fuel to heat their house.

It was Coldplay had a timing little stove that they only did it once a day and I was to boil the rice for supper and even that fuel was gathered by art Matthews from the animal refuse around the streets, is what they burned running the table talk to their Christian friends in the beginning Christian friends tried to keep in touch with them, but the pressure was so great that by the end of the two-year period of house arrest by work virtually cut off from everyone. You would think in times like that dry times of the dry times that the Matthews would have dried up spiritually and yet their testimony is exactly the opposite day of the book about it. Send their book is called Greenleaf and drop time and it's a reference to what we have here in Psalm one testimony was that the dryer circumstances more God in which there was water and they grew undoubtedly in those two years more than most of us grow in a lifetime. Now that's a blessing of God. God does not always operate that way that first tells us that is the way he will operate when we find times hard worth reading that again. A man who doesn't walk in the way of the wicked will be like a tree planted by streams of water which yields its fruit in season and whose leaf does not wither and whatever he does prospers want to be like that you want to be like that within.

Here's how you going God's way you turn a deaf ear to the solicitations of the enemy and second image is that of chaff wicked and I like that they're not like a tree planted by rivers of water there nodding like a tree only art is like traffic to the wind drives away now very vivid image in view here know that when they thresh grain in those days they didn't have threshing machines to do and they simply cut down the grain by hand. They hauled it to a threshing or which is generally placed upon the higher area of ground at the highest possible elevation there threshing floors in the holy land that I and there on the threshing floor of Stoner very tightly packed earth floor drain was dumped and animals were driven around the top of it to break up larger threshing sled was used. Sometimes the animals pulled threshing lab and then grain it all been broken up like powder all the little pieces and farmers would comment you something like a pitchfork shovel in order to throw the grain up in the it was on a high place the ground was at the wind would be blowing, and the wind would blow the chaff like chaff away while the grade fell back down rushing to get that up long enough, eventually grain would be scattered.

That's the image here. Psalmist says that's what the wicked are like they don't think that there like that.

And if you're standing in the way of sinners sitting in the ceiling markers you don't think that in yourself either, but God says that nevertheless is what you are like you are like the chaff that the wind blows away. Two things about chaff. First of all it's worthless what he wants it just blows away. Secondly, you do anything with it you burn it and that's a symbol of the judgment. No, I once heard RC scroll talking about the word useless and he said that is the one word he never wanted have spoken about himself say all sorts of things about them and say that he makes mistakes. Three sentences are gets off the tractor he wastes his time were bikes at windmills or anything like that but the one anybody to say of him that he was useless because that's a way of saying that you just don't count. You see, that is what's being said here the way of the wicked everything they produce from our hope to achieve in dream for is really useless, and in the end is going all blown away a Christian has a perspective how could you possibly have that perspective, unless you see time in the light of eternity. You don't know the God of eternity. You don't have an eternal perspective. All you see is time so you say to yourself, well I want to build things up here is what you do because that's all you got, don't get it. Now I never going to get it so world around us builds bills is everything it can to create these great structures which sinners were gone simply blow away the figures, governments, and the last in this ration was talking about what happens when you have to drop out, will you be Miss somebody asked them in the and I think who it served in the cabinet said you know how long it takes for the water to fill up the whole where your thumb has been once you pull the thumb out. That's the way it happens. See if you care about your life being useless being like chaff going out having to blow away, maybe even in your lifetime. And certainly when you're gone being forgotten as people rush madly on to do their thing and get their fame and their money.

Well then go in the world's way is the way of the world that by the grace of God. You can see time in the light of eternity. Recognize that what seems to count now is not necessarily what counts for the duration recognize of the Bible to speaking sober truth when it says the things that are seen pass away that which is unseen is eternal and you build a different kind of structure and you'll do what Jesus was talking about when he talked about building on a firm foundation means build on him to look for him, serve him make his goals. Your goals certainly that's what the Psalm tells us now very end of the Psalm. Verses five and six. It tells of the two ends. You see, first of all, the two ways in the fruit of the two ways of life the product of our choices. Finally, the two destinies. The wicked will not stand in the judgment sinners in the assembly of the righteous. They'll be swept away, judgment will come but Lord watches over the way of the righteous here at the final judgment as well way. The wicked will perish.

One of the great mistakes.

It has been made in talking about the Psalms is to read too much of New Testament theology into them. Probably the greatest offender in that respect, although you have to be careful how you say this to St. Augustine. He was merely reflecting the approach to the Psalms in his time and if you read his magnificent exposition of the Psalm you find that he read Christian theology.

Specifically, New Testament theology into virtually every line. I think that's a mistake. Psalms were not written in the New Testament. They embody Old Testament ideas. Nevertheless is from time to time prophecy in the Psalms and that the psalmist had in mind are not the ultimate fulfillment of them is nevertheless always in the Lord Jesus Christ tell a story as I close, and that's the preface to it. I don't want to suggest that when the psalmist wrote this all means thinking of Jesus, I don't think he was nevertheless the Psalm is fulfilled in Jesus. And that's the point story makes Harry Ironside tells of the concerns that man his name is Joseph laxer when to Palestine years ago before its recent history.

He was invited because he was a professor to speak to a group of mixed Jewish and Arab people who were living together at the time learned in themselves. And he chose as his text first saw me lectured on got to the end of the ask the question, he said now I finish talking about the song and I want to ask you who is the man the blessed man of whom psalmist speaks is a man who not walk in the counsel of the wicked or stand in the way of sinners or sit in the seat of markers as the light was constantly in the law of the Lord.

He was a perfectly sinless man who wasn't silent so wax began to press points like that he said was that our father Abraham on the man was sitting there said no it cannot been Abraham because Abraham was not like that, he compromised his wife's honor. On two occasions in order to save his skin while a triplex that can't be Abraham, Moses the lawgiver could've been him and somebody else said no it couldn't been Moses because Moses killed a man and his body in the sand and furthermore the waters of Malabar. He struck the rock in anger.

He was not a perfect man lacks that Roulac is true as well. Wasn't David wasn't David. Everyone knows Davidson named a number of other possibilities and then there was silence. And finally, interestingly enough, an elderly Jewish man got up and he said this, my brothers, I have a little book here. It's called the New Testament.

I've been reading it and if I could believe this book if I could be sure that it is true I would say that the man of the first Psalm was Jesus of Nazareth seduces that man may not be the case that the psalmist was specifically thinking of them as he wrote it. But Jesus is the one who did not walk in the counsel of the wicked who delighted in the law of the Lord and who was like a tree planted by streams of water, and all that he did and does prospers. What I'm saying by that you see is that Jesus himself. The author of the book stands here at the portal of the songs is to be our guide, through it. You say to yourself I must admit, as I look at my heart that I am far more like the man in verse one. I am a godly man who is described further on. Well or Jesus Christ stands there to lead you in the way that I am the way, I am the truth I am the life. If you follow me will find a way you will know the truth and you will have abundance of life.

Only now throughout eternity or Jesus Christ invite you to follow to spray our father, we thank you for the wonders of this book to matter where we turn we definitely Old Testament or the new find ourselves being directed to Jesus Christ away that he himself was, in which, by grace, he sets before us whether that's what we want to be. If we know him as our Savior. We want to go in this way we need his power and strength, and he would need his wisdom because we don't even know the way unless he shows it to us, our father, we know that's exactly what you desire, office of why the song was written was grace to follow in his footsteps for Jesus. A thank you for listening to this message from the Bible study our listener supported ministry of the alliance of confessing Evangelicals. The alliance is a coalition of pastors, scholars and churchmen who hold to the historic creeds and confessions of the reformed faith and who proclaim biblical doctrine in order to foster a reformed awakening in today's church. To learn more about the alliance visit alliance and while you're there, visit our online store reformed resources. You can find messages and books from Dr. Boyce and other outstanding teachers and theologians, or ask for a free reformed resources catalog by calling 1-800-488-1888. Please take the time to write to us and share how the Bible study our has impacted you.

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