THEME: THE ANCIENT PATHS
“In my vision at night I looked, and there before me was one like a son of man, coming with the clouds of heaven. He approached the Ancient of Days and was led into his presence. He was given authority, glory and sovereign power; all nations and peoples of every language worshiped him. His dominion is an everlasting dominion that will not pass away, and his kingdom is one that will never be destroyed.”
-Daniel saw a vision of the Ancient of Days seated on His throne and gave the Son of Man all authority and power. The four beasts that appeared in his vision represent four kingdoms under great kings that oppress God’s holy people, but will be stripped of their power at the appointed time. The Ancient of Days who is God the Father has revealed His Son Jesus Christ to us, clothed in glory and majesty, that all the peoples and nations should walk in the ancient paths and worship Him alone. Exodus 23:25 reveals that if we worship God alone, His blessings will be upon our food and water, and He will take away sickness from among us.
In the beginning, Adam and Eve dwelt in an ancient place called the garden of Eden. Eden in Hebrew is pronounced ay’-den and it means pleasure. There were all kinds of trees good for food and rivers flowed from it. Man could also eat from the tree of life and this gives us the impression of paradise. It was a place of rest, peace, authority and divine blessings. The divine presence of God was also near. Similarly, ancient in Hebrew is written as an’-shent which renders the following words: – qedhem, which means beforetime, zaqen means old,`olam means long duration in the past or future and ‘attiq which means to advance. Like the garden of garden of Eden, ancient paths bring forth the sense of breaking the barrier between distance and time. By distance we mean a space beyond the horizon and by time, a great amount of time. This brings out the impression of eternity or timelessness. When then we are looking at the ancient paths, we are asking for or looking at the timelessness of eternity in the things of God. The timeless paths discovered by the Ancient of Days. Through prayer and fasting, reading and meditating on the word of God, praising and worshipping God alone, doing good works of faith through the grace of God and holding fast love for God and our neighbor, we learn to walk through the timeless or ancient paths. Knowing the ancient paths does not cause change, but knowing the Truth and walking in it brings forth God’s blessings, rest, peace, healing and grace upon our lives, families and nation. To return to the ancient paths, it is then paramount to put God first in everything that we do. God was before and transcends time and space. We are called to put God first in our lives, families, marriages, relationships, homes, schools, work, businesses, politics, investments, projects, decisions, everything that we do and all other things. God was there in the beginning and should be there before we begin anything. God is the Ancient of Days and leads us to through the ancient paths for the glory of His name.
We sing to You Sovereign Lord a new song. We sing to You Lord and praise Your holy name. We proclaim Your salvation day after day. We declare Your glory among the nations. You have done marvelous deeds among all peoples. Only You are great and most worthy of our praise. Only You are to worshiped and feared above all gods. Splendor and majesty are before You Ancient of Days. Strength and glory are in Your sanctuary. We worship You in the splendor of Your holiness and tremble before You in all the earth. You are filled with patience and wisdom, You counsel us with Your loving kindness. You train our hearts to love, to love You and all Your creation. Grant us the grace to enjoy Your peace and joy. Your rest and blessings that transcends from everlasting to everlasting. Let us eat from Your Tree of life, that gives us eternal life. Let us look to You alone Jesus Christ. You are our only hope and our salvation, we praise You and worship Your holy name, now and forever. May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit, be with us now, and forever more. Amen
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