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   Psalm 16:11 speaks of a path of life, a way which leads to Yahweh’s right hand and everlasting pleasures. Just where may one find this path? And once found, may one go astray? Many examples in Scripture serve as guideposts to the path of life and give warning to those who go another way.

Consider the Garden
   Consider the Garden of Eden, a place of paradise where Adam and Eve were told they could eat from every tree, except from the tree of good and evil.
   And Yahweh Elohim planted a garden eastward in Eden; and there He put the man whom He had formed. And out of the ground made Yahweh Elohim to grow every tree that is pleasant to the sight, and good for food; the tree of life also in the midst of the garden, and the tree of knowledge of good and evil, Genesis 2:8-9.
   Adam was given a choice – he could obey Yahweh or not. If he chose to disobey Yahweh’s instruction, the penalty would be death,
   And Yahweh Elohim commanded the man, saying “Of every tree of the garden you may freely eat: but of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, you shall not eat of it: for in the day that you eat thereof, you shall surely die …So He drove out the man, and He placed at the east of the garden of Eden cherubim, and a flaming sword which turned every way, to keep the tree of life, Genesis 2:16-17, 3:24.
   What are the cherubim and a flaming sword? If we can identify these, we can find the path leading to the tree of life. Cherubim are spiritual beings that serve in the presence of Yahweh, and are not visible to the natural man to whom it is not given to discern spiritual things because the things of Yahweh are foolishness to him (1 Cor. 2:14). The flaming sword may be understood in the context of “the sword of the Spirit, which is the Word of Yahweh” (Eph. 6:17).
   And He said, “Yahweh came from Sinai, and rose up from Seir unto them; He shined forth from Paran, and He came with ten thousand of saints: from His right hand went a fiery law for them, Deuteronomy 33:2.
   From His right hand, a fiery law? Yes, written upon two stone tablets and placed within the Ark of the Covenant and covered, by two cherubim. Thus, the gateway to the tree of life is found: Blessed [are] they that do His commandments, that they may have right to the tree of life, and may enter in through the gates into the city, Revelation 22:14.
   So, they which have right to the tree of life are they which turn from their wickedness and do that which is lawful and right (Ezek. 33:19).

Nineveh, Given Us an Example
   An example of Yahweh’s grace to the penitent is found in the book of Jonah. There, Yahweh had dispatched Jonah to Nineveh to pronounce judgment upon that city. And Jonah began to enter into the city a day’s journey, and he cried, and said, “Yet forty days and Nineveh shall be destroyed,” Jonah 3:4. But Nineveh responded to Jonah’s words, and proclaimed a fast both of its inhabitants and their livestock (verse 7). Furthermore, its king decreed that everyone should turn from their evil way and the violence in their hands (verse 8), that perhaps Yahweh might repent Himself of His intention (verse 9). And Elohim saw their works, that they turned from the evil way; and Elohim repented of the evil, that He had said that He would do unto them, and He did [it] not, Jonah 3:10.
   Nevertheless, one hundred fifty years later, the people of Nineveh returned to their former estate of sin: Woe to the bloody city! it [is] all full of lies [and] robbery; the prey departs not; the noise of a whip, and the noise of the rattling of the wheels, and the prancing horses, and of the jumping chariots, Nahum 3:1-2. This prideful city was destroyed, like so many who profess conversion but then turn again to sin and lawlessness. But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, “The dog [is] turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire,” 2 Peter 2:22.
   To the one truly transformed and renewed in the spirit of his mind, the enticements that once drew him away and beset him no longer pose a temptation to him. He has become a living sacrifice, dying daily (denying fleshly lusts), and is therefore able to walk in the good, acceptable, and perfect will of Yahweh as a new creature, in newness of life (Rom. 12:1-2).

A Narrow Path to Life and Light
   Scripture speaks of the narrow way which leads to life and of the broad way which leads to death (Matt. 7:13-14). To walk on the narrow path to life requires commitment and sacrifice. One must have a willing mind (2 Cor. 8:11-12) to walk in obedience to Yahweh’s will.
   What is Yahweh’s will? O that there were such an heart in them, that they would fear Me, and keep all My commandments always, that it might be well with them, and with their children for ever, Deuteronomy 5:29. No time out, but a life of continuing obedience.
   And so, Every man that has this hope in him purifies himself, even as He is pure. Whosoever commits sin transgresses also the law: for sin is the transgression of the law. And you know that He was manifest to take away our sins; and in Him is no sin. Whosoever abides in Him sins not; whosoever sins has not seen Him, neither known Him, 1 John 3:3-6.
   The Garden of Eden was a place of pleasure or delight where the only restriction imposed upon Adam and Eve was the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. David, the servant of Yahweh, expresses in Psalm 36:7-9 the pleasure or delight the obedient have in Yahweh:
   How excellent is Your lovingkindness, O Elohim! therefore the children of men put their trust under the shadow of Your wings. They shall be abundantly satisfied with the fatness of Your house; and You shall make them drink of the river of Your pleasures. For with You is the Fountain of life: in Your Light shall we see Light, Psalm 36:7-9.
   The Light of Yahweh is His Word – both a Lamp to our feet, and a Light to our path (Psa. 119:105) – or, if you will, Yahshua, Yahweh’s Word made flesh and through Whom all must come to obtain Life, as He is the Way, the Truth, and the Life, and by Whom no man comes to the Father (John 14:6).
   Yes, Yahshua, the Fountain of Living Waters; the Water that flowed from the rock of flint (Deut. 8:15; 1 Cor. 10:4). He is the Good Shepherd and His sheep know His voice, and they follow Him and no man shall be able to pluck them out of His hand (John 10:27-28).

   And how does one know that he loves Yahweh? He that has My commandments, and keeps them, he it is that loves Me: and he that loves Me shall be loved of My Father, and I will love him, and will manifest Myself to him, John 14:21.
   Do you have ears to hear what the Spirit is saying? Do you have a willing heart and a desire to walk in Yahweh’s Garden, and to eat from the Tree of Life? Yahweh’s Garden is a place of joy and abundant pleasure and delight … forevermore, surpassing our imagination.
   Eye has not seen, nor ear heard, neither have entered into the heart of man, the things which Elohim has prepared for them that love Him, 1 Corinthians 2:9.

-Brother Richard Anderson

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