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 Vol. 4, No. 4 

April, 2002

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Paths of Righteousness

By Mark McWhorter

Mark McWhorter When David lived there were not many fences built around grain fields like we have today. Sometimes only a narrow path would run between the grain fields and the pastureland. So, if one wanted to go from one pasture to another, he would walk along the path that went through the grain field.

When the shepherd took his sheep from one pasture to another, he would lead his sheep along this path. The sheep were not allowed to step into the grain field. The grain field was a forbidden area.

In Psalm 23:3, we read, "He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name's sake." Psalm Twenty-Three is a very famous Scripture. It was written by David and is written from the sheep's point of view. David considered himself the sheep and God the Shepherd.

If we look at verse three with what has been said, we see that we are to follow God down the paths of righteousness. God is leading us to the green pastures that are good for us. The grain is the spiritual food that the world eats. But the pasture grass is the spiritual food that God's sheep eat. We are not to step out of the path into the grain field. We are to stay on the path of righteousness.

Study your Bible. Eat the green grass of the scriptures. Learn how to stay on the right path of life.

The Road of Roofs

By Mark McWhorter

In Matthew 24:3-22, Jesus tells his disciples about the future destruction of Jerusalem. In verse 17 we read, "Let him which is on the housetop not come down to take any thing out of his house."

Many times the houses in Judea were two stories tall. And the roof was used as an extra room. During the summer, the family might sleep on it because it would be cooler. Many meals would be eaten on the roof. A better class dwelling might have a roof paved with brick, stone or other hard substance. A staircase usually led from the street up to the roof.

In the cities, the houses were built close together. Each roof had a three-foot high border which helped keep people from accidentally falling off. But there was a space left open on the side next to another house. This allowed people to go from one housetop to another. This communication from housetop to housetop was known as "the road of the roofs." A person could walk the full length of a block without going down to the street or inside a house. When he reached the last house, he could go down the staircase.

Jesus may have been referring to this "road of the roofs" in verse 17. If someone was on the roof of his home when he saw the coming enemy army of the Romans, he should run the "road" and go down the last staircase to flee to the mountains (v.16). If he took time to go down his own staircase and go in his home, he might not have time to escape.

History tells us that the Jews who listened to Jesus and did what he had told them to do lived to escape. The only Jews who would have obeyed this would be the ones who had become Christians. They trusted and believed in Jesus.

We have the Word of God in the Bible. We can know what we are supposed to do to be ready to flee from Satan when he tempts us. And we can know what we must do to be ready for the Judgment Day when Jesus returns. But we must study God's Word to know these things.

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