The Ancient Path: The Patriarch’s Way

Here is what the LORD says: “Stand at the crossroads and look; ask about the ancient paths, ‘Which one is the good way?’ Take it, and you will find rest for your souls.”

Jeremiah 6:16

There is an ancient road that has been left for us to follow.  We read about it in the Holy Scriptures.  We read about the heroes of the faith who have walked the road before us.  There is a kind of life that we are instructed about in the Holy Scriptures.  This way yields good fruit, if we are being nourished from the root.

What is this road?  What is this root?  It is the way of the Fathers, the root is Abraham.  Abraham was called out from his first home and place of origin and set on a particular path. He believed G-d and trusted that He was not only faithful to His promises but a shield of protection, a great provider and wholly good.  Oh to have faith like Abraham!!

Derech Avot

Abraham is not the only father with great faith, Isaac and Jacob also had great faith.  There is a road in Israel that is the same road that the Patriarchs traveled some three millennia ago.  This is an ancient path, to be sure!  This road is called Derech Avot, the Way of the Fathers.

We are branches in the olive tree that has Abraham as the root, we are wild branches and natural branches.  We are following the ways of our fathers Abraham, Isaac and Jacob.  We are walking the same path they did – with the Spirit of HaShem as our guide.

In my walk with Father I have been learning that to follow the road that the fathers traveled there is much blessing and much work.  This walk of life is not one I can sit idly by and watch the grass grow under my feet.  I must be diligently taking each thought captive and submitting it to Messiah, I must be diligently loving my neighbor and myself, I must be striving for holiness because my Father in Heaven is holy and I wear His Name.  This is the good road, the good way, the way that brings rest for our souls.  This is the ancient path that we are following.


Want to read a bit about Derech Avot, The Patriarch’s Way, The Road of the Fathers?

Road to Shiloh, Israel

Walking In Their Sandals, Shiloh

6 thoughts on “The Ancient Path: The Patriarch’s Way

  1. Lisa, I must be a pessimist! Your header shows large, well-marked roads. Mine is a walking path Ron and I ran across when we were hiking on our honeymoon. The sign pointed through a bunch of overgrown brush. If there hadn’t been a sign, we wouldn’t have seen the path. I always think of Scripture as the sign that points us through life when the way isn’t always well marked.

    Reading your links!

  2. Acceptance ~

    I wondered how long it would take for someone to point that out. :)

    I heard recently that our concept of “straight & narrow” vs “windy & broad” isn’t necessarily the most accurate picture that was being communicated. We tend to focus on the narrow part and think of a difficult to find, overgrown path – like you mentioned. And it’s contrast we think of a broad freeway.

    What was pointed out to me recently was that it’s not that the road is hard to find but that it’s a difficult way. There is an easy way, the way of the flesh. But the narrow path with the narrow gate at the end is a difficult road because it requires self-discipline, self-denial, selflessness, and total surrender to HaShem. We have to pay attention to ourselves: our thoughts, our deeds, our words, etc while on the difficult road and it takes work. It’s not necessarily hard to find, particularly if you’re looking for it (and it is found in Scripture, as you said!), but it can be difficult to stay on because it’s easier to give in to the flesh and give up, or at least be half-hearted or lukewarm. Shaul said that he struggled with this himself, too.

    The Patriarch’s Way is Highway 60 in Israel. It’s a major, paved road. It’s easy to find. It hasn’t always been paved but it’s been there, and well known, for several millennia. I think this is a wonderful picture because even today, the way of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob isn’t necessarily hard to find but it does take commitment to stay on the path. Sometimes other roads look more appealing.

    Personally, I think both word pictures are very valid. If we’re not searching the Scriptures diligently and daily, we will miss the difficult road and pass right by it. And sometimes, we just can’t read the road signs and we think we’re on the Patriarch’s Way when really, we’re on another way and don’t even know it. We must have the Spirit as our guide, and as the Spirit leads us through the Scriptures we will indeed find Derech Avot that will lead us to the narrow gate at the end of the road.

    It’s almost time for us to remember the opening of the gates, the triumphant entry of the King of Kings amidst the sound of blowing shofars. The roads into Jerusalem will be filled with traveling worshipers. May we all be found on Derech Avot…

  3. Shalom Lisa,

    really don’t know how I found your site now. But praise Yah that it happened.
    I just started on a blog, and very inexperienced in it, therefore it is such a blessing to browse through your blog you have created and the ongoing work.

    My name is Ingrid , and from South Australia. Please feel free to come by my blog if you so wish and see how little I have done !
    Would love to get some feed back if you feel to do so :)

    Have a healthy and sweet new year 5771 !

  4. Your blog looks nice. :) As you play around with it you’ll learn more and it’ll grow. Just keep on keepin’ on. Keep journaling your thoughts and see where Father takes you with it.

    L’shana tova tikatevu!!

    ~ Lisa

  5. Shalom Lisa, and thanks for stopping by!
    Love your thought about the journaling, I believe thats somehow that Father would have me to go as well..

    Many blessings, Ingrid

Comments are closed.