Ask For The Ancient Path
Jeremiah 6:16: This is what the LORD says: “Stand at the crossroads and look; ask for the ancient paths, ask where the good way is, and walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls. But you said, ‘We will not walk in it. The context of this text “Ask for the ancient path?” is driven from the whole Book of Jeremiah. For God to come to verse six and said thou said the Lord, stand ye in the way and ask for the ancient means something has deviated. You cannot hear of an old path until something has make it obsolete. There is nothing old in God way of doing things. God word is never obsolete because his word is ever fresh.
The reason why God said look for the ancient
The reason why God said look for the ancient is because people have deviated from his path. The world system presents the path of the lord as an all fashion, obsolete and not relevant. It is in this context that God is saying look for the ancient path. the kind of message that men are hearing and preaching today is not the type that change men. When the word of God said, say on to the wicked it shall not be well with you, others are telling them it is well with you. A man can have a God Christian name but his character denied the power of God. what are you doing that has make the Christian value as old? What are you doing that has make people to look at the way of the Lord as obsolete? Look for the ancient path.
Something has happened that has made the biblical way of doing things as irrelevant. We are in a generation where righteousness has been discarded and unrighteousness is place on the horse.
The call of Jeremiah
The call of Jeremiah was a call to confront the recklessness, the misbehavior and the departure of Gods people from the right path. the context in which Jeremiah was called was to confront the people of God to listen to God. In Jeremiah 1:7, The Lord said unto Jeremiah, Say not, I am a child: for thou shalt go to all that I shall send thee, and whatsoever I command thee thou shalt speak. The very reason why corruption is rampart is because men who are call to confront sin are scarce.
If Christianity is not going to wash away and turn to a mere social gathering, then we need to be confrontational. We don’t have to wait until we become the majority to change the world. those who change their generation in history pass were not in the majority. Negotiation is not the answer to change, it is confrontation. Confrontation that does not mind persecution, confrontation that is not afraid of excommunication. The Lord told Jeremiah; do not say I am only a child. Whatever I command you to speak thou shall speak. Are you a child or a young man, don’t say you are a child? be confrontational.
Thus saith the Lord, Stand ye in the way and ask for the ancient path
Jeremiah 6:16a Thus saith the Lord, Stand ye in the ways. The authority of this message is from the lord. The lord whose word can never fail. Heaven and earth will pass away but his word will never pass away. If you are not aware if who is speaking, you may take it for granted. The person who is speak is God himself. It was not an advice; it was a command. The Lord has not left any lack of instruction and warning. He has marked out for them the way of salvation in the history of the ancient times. It is to this reference is made when they, in ignorance of the way to walk in, are called to ask after the everlasting paths.
look and inquire, Where is The ancient path
God had commanded them to stand in the ways, to look and to inquire. A traveler is going to a particular city; he comes to a place where the road divides into several paths, he is afraid of going astray; he stops short, -endeavors to find out the right path: he cannot fix his choice. At last he sees another traveler; he inquires of him, gets proper directions-proceeds on his journey-arrives at the desired place-and reposes after his fatigue. they are to step forth upon the ways, to place themselves where several ways diverge from one another, and inquire as to the everlasting paths, so as to discover which is the right way, and then on this they are to walk.
crossroadThe current stage of every man on the surface of the earth is a crossroad. It is only when you ask that you will find the ancient path. the confusion of the world system is because the world itself is at a crossroad. The only way we can find solution the confusion of the world is that we ask the Lord of the ancient path. Ask for the old paths, the paths prescribed by the law of God, the written word, that true standard of antiquity. Ask for the paths that the patriarchs travelled in before you, Abraham, and Isaac, and Jacob; and, as you hope to inherit the promises made to them, tread in their steps. , when we ask for the old paths, it is only in order to find out the good way, the highway of the upright. Note, the saints in all ages have walked in.
Where is the ancient path?
Jesus said I am the way. The way of life, way of ministry, the way of governance and politics, way of transforming men. Mathew 11 said that the good way is Jesus. Many come to church but have not come to Jesus. They come to Christianity but have not come to Christ. Many come to activities but they have not come to Him.
The answer to the world in in Jesus. He said take my yolk upon you and learn from me. The curriculum, methodology and content of the ancient path is Jesus, it is only as we turn to Jesus that we will get correct men of integrity. With no apology, the solution the problem of the world is Jesus and only Him. Whenever a child of God compromises and follow the system of this word, He/she receives a warm handshake from Satan. But when you walk in the ancient path, you face persecution. Learn from Jesus is the answer. Any other methodology outside Jesus is unprofitable.