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October, 2016 - NEW KING JAMES VERSION

“A Fork in the Road!”

The sky is clear and blue, birds are singing in the trees, and a breeze gently blows in your face. Everything seems to be just as it ought to be; yet, as you travel down the road, BAM!

A Fork in the Road!

You are now faced with a choice, “which direction will I go?” Why should it be so important to decide which way to go? Where do these roads lead? Well, if one of the paths before you leads to danger, your choice becomes infinitely more important.

The Bible is full of illustrations of people who were faced with these same kinds of choices. Let’s see how they chose and which way they selected to go.

MOSES

Hebrews 11:23-29 “By faith Moses, when he was born, was hidden three months by his parents, because they saw he was a beautiful child; and they were not afraid of the king’s command.
24 By faith Moses, when he became of age, refused to be called the son of Pharaoh’s daughter, 25 choosing rather to suffer affliction with the people of God than to enjoy the passing pleasures of sin, 26 esteeming the reproach of Christ greater riches than the treasures in Egypt; for he looked to the reward.
27 By faith he forsook Egypt, not fearing the wrath of the king; for he endured as seeing Him who is invisible.
28 By faith he kept the Passover and the sprinkling of blood, lest he who destroyed the firstborn should touch them.
29 By faith they passed through the Red Sea as by dry land, whereas the Egyptians, attempting to do so, were drowned.”

Two paths were placed before Moses (A Fork in the Road!).

Road One: Remain in Egypt as the nephew of Pharaoh, a prince in a great and rich land. In this path he would know security from hunger and poverty. This was the original path he had been following where the sky was blue, and the birds sang in the trees.

Road Two: To be introduced to affliction and suffering; to lose the status of royalty. To forsake the only home he has known, for a land he has never seen. To align himself with a people which were slaves in the land where he was a prince. A road that would lead him to a path of conflict with Pharaoh in order to secure freedom for the people he would find himself now aligned with.

Verse 27 holds the key! Although Moses witnessed the affliction of the people he would come to know were his people; the fork in the road came when Moses found himself introduced to the great “I AM” (Exodus 3:13-14).This meeting would devalue the first path and give him strength to endure the difficulty of the second.  

SAUL OF TARSUS – THE APOSTLE PAUL

Acts 9:1-9 “Then Saul, still breathing threats and murder against the disciples of the Lord, went to the high priest 2 and asked letters from him to the synagogues of Damascus, so that if he found any who were of the Way, whether men or women, he might bring them bound to Jerusalem.
3 As he journeyed he came near Damascus, and suddenly a light shone around him from heaven. 4 Then he fell to the ground, and heard a voice saying to him, “Saul, Saul, why are you persecuting Me?”
5 And he said, “Who are You, Lord?”
Then the Lord said, “I am Jesus, whom you are persecuting. It is hard for you to kick against the goads.”
6 So he, trembling and astonished, said, “Lord, what do You want me to do?”
Then the Lord said to him, “Arise and go into the city, and you will be told what you must do.”
7 And the men who journeyed with him stood speechless, hearing a voice but seeing no one. 8 Then Saul arose from the ground, and when his eyes were opened he saw no one. But they led him by the hand and brought him into Damascus. 9 And he was three days without sight, and neither ate nor drank.”

Two paths were placed before Saul (A Fork in the Road!).

Road One: Saul was smoothly sailing down a road that led him to advance in Judaism beyond his contemporaries (Galatians 1:14). He was on the road of confidence in the flesh; a Hebrew of Hebrews, a Pharisee (Philippians 3:3-6). He had received an excellent education on this path that had garnered him a great deal of recognition among peers (Acts 22:3). On this road, he would have been one of the leaders of his people with security and wealth.

Road Two: He would be told before he even made the choice to go down this road that it would lead to his suffering (Acts 9:16). He would be beaten, stoned, shipwrecked, in peril of robbers, in peril from his own countrymen, tired cold, and full of anxieties (2 Corinthians 11:22-33). All this would come upon him while he championed the very cause he used to persecute in good conscience (Acts 26:9-11)!   

“What on earth could cause Saul to choose the second road?” You might ask. In fact it was not anything on earth! As he would explain the change in his life to king Herod; he would tell him how the Lord appeared to him and called him to be an Apostle to the Gentiles. At the conclusion of his explanation, note Paul’s statement concerning the choice:

Acts 26:19-20 “Therefore, King Agrippa, I was not disobedient to the heavenly vision, 20 but declared first to those in Damascus and in Jerusalem, and throughout all the region of Judea, and then to the Gentiles, that they should repent, turn to God, and do works befitting repentance.”

Saul (now by his Greek name Paul), now preaches to you and me concerning “The Fork in the Road”; that all of us, like him, might decide the right way to go. Note the commission he was given to preach to all of us:

Acts 26:17-18 “I will deliver you from the Jewish people, as well as from the Gentiles, to whom I now send you, 18 to open their eyes, in order to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan to God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins and an inheritance among those who are sanctified by faith in Me.’”

Paul’s preaching and the very nature of the Gospel of Christ Jesus was to open man’s eyes to “The Fork in the Road”. The path all men are following apart from the Gospel, regardless of how secure they may feel about it, is in fact, leading them to a day of danger; a day, in which they will see their efforts rewarded by their true master, darkness and Satan. Only a change of path will redeem us!

Mark 16:15-16 “And He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature. 16 He who believes and is baptized will be saved; but he who does not believe will be condemned.”

Which Way will You Choose, Now that you Face the Fork in the Road?

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