Jeremiah 6:16 - Peace And Rest Are Found In Jesus.
Jer.6:16: Peace And Rest Are Found In Jesus.
CONTENT; What's in the verse; Translations; Paraphrase; Word
Jer 6:16 (NRSV) Thus says the LORD: Stand at the crossroads,
and look, and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way lies;
and walk in it, and find rest for your souls. But they said, "We
will not walk in it."
Jeremiah 6:16 (NLT) So now the LORD says, "Stop right where you
are! Look for the old, godly way, and walk in it. Travel its path,
and you will find rest for your souls. But you reply, 'No, that's
not the road we want!'
Jeremiah 6:16 (AMP) Thus says the Lord: Stand by the roads and
look; and ask for the eternal paths, where the good, old way is; then
walk in it, and you will find rest for your souls. But they said, We
will not walk in it! [Matt 11:29.]
Stand ye in the ways. The metaphor is that of a traveler who,
having lost his way, stations himself at the juncture of several
different roads, carefully considering and diligently inquiring after the
right one. [SDA Commentary]
Ancient paths: The tried and true ways of Judah's godly
ancestors. [NIV SB]
The old paths. The true road was the one on which Judah's godly
forefathers had walked. The observance of the ethical and moral principles
of the covenant would bring the highest spiritual blessings to the
nation and to individuals [SDA Commentary]
The "ancient paths" represent the ways laid down in God's Law.
These are good ways, for when a person walks in them he or she "will
find rest for your souls." [The 365-Day Devotional Commentary]
Rest for your souls. He who walks in the path that God directs
will find peace and quietud.. [SDA Commentary]
You will find rest for your souls: Quoted by Jesus in Mt 11:29.
CONTEXT; What's around the verse; Overview; Topic:
Judah had forsaken God in favor of pagan idols, despite His
loving care (2:1-37). Even so, spiritually unfaithful Judah was urged
to return (3:1-25), before judgment came from the north (4:1-31).
Josiah's religious reformation had not touched Judah's heart (5:1-31),
and the enemy was commissioned to punish the Holy City (6:1-16).
Everyone listening to Jeremiah stood at a crossroads: the way he or she
chose would determine his destiny (vv. 17-30). [The 365-Day Devotional
The LORD's Rejection of Judah
Impending Disaster for Jerusalem (6:1-30)
CROSS REFERENCES; What's in verses elsewhere.
Isaiah 2:5 (KJV) O house of Jacob, come ye, and let us walk in
the light of the Lord.
Isaiah 30:21 (KJV) And thine ears shall hear a word behind
thee, saying, This is the way, walk ye in it, when ye turn to the
right hand, and when ye turn to the left.
Matthew 11:28-29 (KJV) Come unto me, all ye that labour and are
heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you, and
learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest
unto your souls.
John 5:39 (KJV) Search the scriptures; for in them ye think ye
have eternal life: and they are they which testify of me.
John 12:35 (KJV) Then Jesus said unto them, Yet a little while
is the light with you. Walk while ye have the light, lest darkness
come upon you: for he that walketh in darkness knoweth not whither he
John 13:17 (KJV) If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do
Acts 17:11 (KJV) These were more noble than those in
Thessalonica, in that they received the word with all readiness of mind, and
searched the scriptures daily, whether those things were so.
Col. 2:6 (KJV) As ye have therefore received Christ Jesus the
Lord, so walk ye in him:
Hebrews 6:12 (KJV) That ye be not slothful, but followers of
them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.
Hebrews 12:1 (KJV) Wherefore seeing we also are compassed about
with so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight,
and the sin which doth so easily beset us, and let us run with
patience the race that is set before us,
COMMENTARY / APPLICATION: Moving From The Head To The Heart
What is God teaching here? What does it teach about Jesus?
Jeremiah admonishes the people to remember the old traditions of
faith and obedience. By returning to those ancient paths and walking
in them they could find rest. [Believer's SB]
Ask for the old paths; the way of godliness and righteousness
has always been the way God has owned and blessed. Ask for the old
paths set forth by the written word of God. When you have found the
good way, go on in it, you will find abundant recompence at your
journey's end. [Matthew Henry Commentary]
The right path for living is ancient and has been marked out by
God. But the people refused to take God's path, going their own way
instead. We face the same decision today, going God's old but true way,
or following a new path of our own choosing. Don't be misled. The
only way to find peace and "rest for your souls" is to walk on God's
path. [Life Application SB]
Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will
give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek
and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls. Matthew
Jesus says "Come unto Me and I will give you rest," i.e.,
Christ-consciousness will take the place of
self-consciousness.... It is never God's
will that we should be anything less than absolutely complete in Him.
Anything that disturbs rest in Him must be cured at once, and it is not
cured by being ignored, but by coming to Jesus Christ. If we come to
Him and ask Him to produce Christ-consciousness, He will always do
it until we learn to abide in Him. [My Utmost for His Highest by
So often we feel that God isn't present in our lives. But it's
not because he doesn't want to be there. Maybe it's because we
haven't made a place for him inside of us. We are so filled up with our
addictions and compulsive activity that we leave no room for God. Reading
the Bible, praying and Christian fellowship help us start creating a
place for God. [Life Recovery Devotional SB]
There is a very common excuse, that it is a very hard thing to
be a Christian...... Is it true that the Lord is a hard master,
and the devil an easy one?... Go and ask that child of God, who has
been serving Christ twenty or thirty years, whether He is a hard
master. He will tell you that His yoke is easy and His burden light....
And all the men who are serving the devil faithfully will say
that they find the way hard.... Don't go off with that delusion that
it is a hard thing to serve God. I will tell you where you have
made a mistake. You have tried to serve God in the flesh, before you
have been born of the Spirit, and you have failed... It is not only
a hard thing, but it is impossible for any one to serve God in the
flesh... But when the Lord Jesus comes into the heart, and we have been
born of the Spirit, and have passed from death into life and become
heirs of eternal life... I testify to it that the yoke is easy and
the burden is light. [D. L. Moody; The Gospel Awakening; Spirit
Filled Life Devotional SB]
The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in
everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests
to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding,
will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Phil 4:5-7