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Find A Way
by way of The Way

Scripture Reading & Intro
God created the Heavens and earth and animals and man
God had set man in the Garden of Eden with one explicit command
Not to eat of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil

The Tree of Life
There was another Tree present in the Garden,
Man was able to eat of the Tree of Life and live forever
As we all know man did not keep the single command of God
He did eat of the Tree of Knowledge of Good and Evil

Gen 3:22 "And the LORD God said, Behold, the man is become as one of us, to know good and evil: and now, lest he put forth his hand, and take also of the tree of life, and eat, and live for ever:"

It would be horrible
for man having once entered into sin and knowing sin to live forever in sin
God in His great mercy did the following … in verse 23

Gen 3:23 "Therefore the LORD God sent him forth from the garden of Eden, to till the ground from whence he was taken."
Gen 3:24 "So he drove out the man; and he placed at the east of the garden of Eden Cherubims, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life."

Man is now driven from the Tree of Life
where when he would eat he would live forever

Man is driven away from the Tree of Life
so that he might some day die and rid himself of the sin that is in this world in his body in his heart

It took great courage and foreknowledge of God
to drive man from the Garden of Eden
to drive man from the Tree of Life
to drive man into a world
where he must one day die

But God’s plan included a Way for man
To come back to God by placing all his trust in the One to Come
The Lamb of God that taketh away the sin of the world, Jesus Christ
Then man would one day be rid of the sin in his body and soul and be back where God had intended him to be all along

Text

Gen 3:24 "… a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the way of the tree of life."

The Way to real life
was blocked and man had to Find a Way to carryon his life

For the last 6000-10000 years
man has attempted to Find a Way

Incidentally
man is proabably no older than 6000 to 10,000 years
Man did not evolve from the animals
Nor did the animals evolve from him

Man must Find a Way


Corrupted Way

About 1700 years later
Things had not gone well for man

Oh there was Progress
Man learned to use
the abundant natural resources
the dexterity of his hands
the seemingly endless resources or his mind

Oh there was Prosperity
Man learned to buy, sell and trade

Oh there was Pleasure
Man learned to
marry and
give in marriage
eat
drink and
be merry

Gen 6:12 "And God looked upon the earth, and, behold, it was corrupt; for all flesh had corrupted his way upon the earth."

Notice
Man had corrupted his way

He had begun
to learn the ways of the world
to learn the ways of sin
to learn the ways of life without God
As man corrupted his own way
He had begun
to corrupt God’s way
the spiritual way
the joyful way
the blissful way

As man keeps searching to Find a Way
He forever digs up a Corrupted Way

Paul wrote in Romans

Rom 3:12 "They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one.On their way"

Man had fallen even further
He had begun to live in cities
the whole time thinking that he was advancing his way
but really only sliding backwards

Men had gathered in a city called Sodom
where they learned a new way
a way that was labeled after the city from that point on
the men that practiced the new way were called Sodomites

God came to visit
Abraham and Sarah
with 2 of His angels

God told Abraham
He was going to destroy Sodom, Gomorrah and 2 other cities
because of their extreme wickedness

Abraham attempted to save the cities
by reasoning with God
Here was his reasoning
that there were some good people living in those cities and that God being righteous Himself would not destroy everything and everybody if there were some good folks there as well

God told Abraham
if there were 10 rightesous people left in the cities He would spare them

Gen 18:16 "And the men rose up from thence, and looked toward Sodom: and Abraham went with them to bring them on the way."

At this point
Abraham could do nothing
but help them on their way

On their way to look for at least 10 righteous people
look for anyone yet living for the Lord


Went His Way

The Lord Leaves
to change the Way of Man and to reinstall His Way

Gen 18:33 "And the LORD went his way, as soon as he had left communing with Abraham: and Abraham returned unto his place."

Notice the words …“…went His Way…”

It is usually sad for man
When the Lord leaves to go His Way
because man is usually contrary to God’s Way

Clash
So there’s going to be a clash
there’s going to be a winner and loser
there’s going to be a sad and pitiful man

When God leaves to take His Way
Everyone that stands in the Way is headed for trouble, strife and an uphill climb

Man must Find a Way
Oh that it be God’s way!


In the Way

Eleazer
is a faithful and obedient servant of Abraham who is sent to find the family of Nahor and Milcah so that Isaac might have a wife from Abraham’s relatives back in the land of Shem

Eleazer goes on his Way
knowing he is in the right vicentity, stops at a well and speaks to a oung lady who has just watered his camels for him

Gen 24:23 "And said, Whose daughter art thou? tell me, I pray thee: is there room in thy father's house for us to lodge in?"
Gen 24:24 "And she said unto him, I am the daughter of Bethuel the son of Milcah, which she bare unto Nahor."
Gen 24:25 "She said moreover unto him, We have both straw and provender enough, and room to lodge in."
Gen 24:26 "And the man bowed down his head, and worshipped the LORD."
Gen 24:27 "And he said, Blessed be the LORD God of my master Abraham, who hath not left destitute my master of his mercy and his truth: I being in the way, the LORD led me to the house of my master's brethren."
Gen 24:28 "And the damsel ran, and told them of her mother's house these things."

Please notice
that Eleazer was In The Way and being in the way the Lord led him to the exact home he was looking for

Illustration
This reminded me of the Lewis and Clark Expidition where as they left St. Louis in 1803 going to the Northwest and came across a French trapper and trader known as Charboneaux, who was married to a previously captured Indian girl named Sacagewea. This girl had somehow come 1000’s of miles down the Missouri River and was now headed back, years later. She was able to communicate effectively with the plains Indians along the way so that they may Find their Way to and through the Pacific Northwest. After many, many months of travel and even having a baby along the way they take a southerly course from the Missouri and top a crest between 2 hills and without much ado she exclaims, “I am back home”. She sees a craggy hill which she calls “The Beaver Head”, which is actually just north of Dillon, MT., and recalls it from childhood and says her “people live close by”. Sure enough as God Leads - In the Way, those who are - In the Way, walk into the camp where her brother is Chief.

Man seeks to Find a Way
but it helps a great deal just Being In the Way that God has designed best for man

Look at Eleazer’s testimony as he was Being In the Way …
This is Eleazer quoting Abraham before he left …

Gen 24:40 "And he said unto me, The LORD, before whom I walk, will send his angel with thee, and prosper thy way; and thou shalt take a wife for my son of my kindred, and of my father's house:"

The Lord will Prosper the Way
If, while we are On Our Way, are in His Way


Kept on the Way

Abraham had a son, Isaac
who had a son, Jacob
who connived his father Isaac
and his older brother Esau
out of his father’s Blessing for the oldest
and out of the Birthright for the oldest

Jacob had to leave town
very early one morning beause of his Conniving Ways and he too went back to the Land of Shem where he met up with Nahor and Milcah’s family and married

After 20 years
of being mistreated himself
of being tricked by his relatives
of being connived against
He begins to recognize God in his life and leaves to go back to Canaan
When he says …

Gen 35:2 "Then Jacob said unto his household, and to all that were with him, Put away the strange gods that are among you, and be clean, and change your garments:"
Gen 35:3 "And let us arise, and go up to Bethel; and I will make there an altar unto God, who answered me in the day of my distress, and was with me in the way which I went."

Jacob was Kept in the Way of his wickedness
Not protected, but
Kept by Way of Chastisement
Kept by Way of Correction
Kept by Way of Never “leaving thee, or forsaking thee.”

Man must Find a Way
But pray that as we Go in our Way that we will be Kept in the Way and brought back to Bethel, the House of God, like Jacob.


Buried in the Way

Jacob had only arrived in Canaan
when Rachel’s time to deliver a baby who was to be called Benjamin

Gen 35:15 "And Jacob called the name of the place where God spake with him, Bethel."
Gen 35:16 "And they journeyed from Bethel; and there was but a little way to come to Ephrath: and Rachel travailed, and she had hard labour."
Gen 35:17 "And it came to pass, when she was in hard labour, that the midwife said unto her, Fear not; thou shalt have this son also."
Gen 35:18 "And it came to pass, as her soul was in departing, (for she died) that she called his name Benoni: but his father called him Benjamin."
Gen 35:19 "And Rachel died, and was buried in the way to Ephrath, which is Bethlehem."

Oh the sorrows
that are Along the Way
Some we must bury seemingly too soon
Some we must bury before they Complete their Way
Some we must bury Because of the Way

Man must Find a Way
even as he must put some into the ground, those that did not make it All the Way.


Fall not Out by the Way

Jacob had 12 sons
One of which was called Joseph who was betrayed by 10 of his brothers and sold into slavery in Egypt
Joseph, by the guidance of God In the Way became second only to the Pharaoh in Egypt and guided Egypt through one of its most Trying and Perilous Ways

The 10 brothers
came to him for food at first they don’t recognize him but later Joseph reveals himself to them and sends them back to get Jacob their Father

Gen 45:24 "So he sent his brethren away, and they departed: and he said unto them, See that ye fall not out by the way."

Man must Find a Way
but it is ever present with men to give up along the way and Fall Out of the Way

Fall out of the Way
because of Difficulties along the Way
because of Frustration
because of Heart Ache
because of the World
because of Guilt
because we are Lonesome
because we are Tired
because we are Dissatisfied
because we are It did not Workout the Way we Intended
because we Made a Mistake


I am the Way

Man must Find a Way
But the real truth of the matter is this … Man must Find "THE" Way

John 14:6 "Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me."

THE Way is not A Way

THE Way is THE Way
Jesus is the Way
To the Father
To Golden Streets
To Pearly Gates
To Eternal Life
But, Jesus is the Way, too …
To real Joy in this life
To Victory in the Contest of this Life

Paul’s testimony reflected
his seeing the Way as a Light

Acts 26:13 At midday, O king, I saw in the way a light from heaven, above the brightness of the sun, …”

Jesus is the Way
to Eternal Life


More Excellent Way

So that we may see how to live this life, now!!!!
Please read …

1 Cor 12:31 "But covet earnestly the best gifts: and yet show I unto you a more excellent way."
1 Cor 13:1 "Though I speak with the tongues of men and of angels, and have not charity, I am become as sounding brass, or a tinkling cymbal."

Charity is the excellent way
to live out our life until the time we are called to the entrance of that most holy and lovely city

Love of God
Love of our fellow man


Mature Way

It is also our duty to help those that are not wicked in their way but are just off on a side track along the way
It is written in the book of Acts this way …

Acts 18:24 And a certain Jew named Apollos, born at Alexandria, an eloquent man, and mighty in the scriptures, came to Ephesus.
Acts 18:25 This man was instructed in the way of the Lord; and being fervent in the spirit, he spake and taught diligently the things of the Lord, knowing only the baptism of John.
Acts 18:26 And he began to speak boldly in the synagogue: whom when Aquila and Priscilla had heard, they took him unto them, and expounded unto him the way of God more perfectly.


Error of their Way

Along the Way
There will be some
that will scoff
that will deny
that will mock
that will run head long deeper into sin

And it is our job …
to convert …

James 5:20 "… the sinner from the error of his way ……which …shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins."


Way of Escape

More frequently than we would like to admit
the very best of us let the reigns fall or get on a horse we can't handle running directly into temptation’s way, But we need to remember …

1 Cor 10:13 "There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able; but will with the temptation also make a WAY to escape, that ye may be able to bear it."
1 Pet 2:2 "And many shall follow their pernicious ways; by reason of whom the way of truth shall be evil spoken of."


Keep the Way

We need to go all the way back again to Abraham
to see how to pass on this Way and the Keeping of the Way

Gen 18:17 "And the LORD said, Shall I hide from Abraham that thing which I do;"
Gen 18:18 "Seeing that Abraham shall surely become a great and mighty nation, and all the nations of the earth shall be blessed in him?"
Gen 18:19 "For I know him, that he will command his children and his household after him, and they shall keep the WAY of the LORD, to do justice and judgment; that the LORD may bring upon Abraham that which he hath spoken of him."

We need to command
our children and our household
To Keep the Way
To pass it on

Oh that it be said of us and our lives

Acts 19:23 “And the same time there arose no small stir about that Way.”

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