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Summary: A study of the word "tree" in Psalm 1:3

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Introduction

1. For almost 8 months, we’ve been studying the ABCs of the Bible...

A is for Abundant...

B is for Beginning

C is for Capstone...

D i s for Delight...

and so on...

2. Tonight we come to the letter X...

Now, there’s not alot I can do with the letter X...

I could preach a sermon on King Xerxes...

Queen Esther’s husband...

But really, Queen Esther is the more interesting study...

So, I’m going to have to stretch a little bit to get a good “x” word...

and I’m going with the Greek Word “Xulon”...

“Xulon” is the Greek Word for Tree...

The Septuagint is the Greek Version of the Old Testament...

And doing a search for the word “xulon” yields 62 results...

I would like for us to look at one of those in particular...

Psalm 1:3...

Read Text: Psalm 1:3

“He is like a tree”...

Who is like a tree?...

who does this refer to...

It refers to person who is richly blessed in verses 1 and 2...

This person who is like a tree...

is define in Psalm 1 by 3 things that he DOESN’T do...

and 2 things that he DOES do...

1. 3 things that he DOESN’T do...

A. he doesn’t “walk in the counsel of the wicked”...

This whole chapter is getting at where our influence comes from...

who do we listen to?...

The person who is like a tree...

he doesn’t get his advice from wicked people...

He doesn’t look to the world for advice...

We are surrounded by people who are quick to give advice...

if you watch tv or listen to politicians...

they will be quick to tell you who to vote for...

On American Idol, Simon will be sure to tell you his opinion on who you should vote for each week...

Of all the candidates running for president...

they will be quick to tell you why you should vote for them...

Now, I’m not saying that you can’t follow Simon’s advice on who you should vote for on American Idol...

In fact, I don’t think it really matters that much in the larger scheme of things...

But it does matter who you listen to when it comes to seeking advice about how to act...

or the way we should live our lives...

or the types of attitudes that we portray...

When it comes to seeking advice for these important areas of our lives...

we don’t look to the non-Christian...

we don’t look to the world...

We don’t want our primary influence to come from sinful or worldly sources...

B. Another thing that this person who is like a tree DOESN’T do...

he doesn’t “stand in the way of sinners”...

in other words...

he doesn’t hang out where sinners hang out...

Proverbs 1 says...

if sinners entice you,

do not give in to them.

If they say, "Come along with us...

throw in your lot with us...,

do not go along with them,

do not set foot on their paths;”

If we are going to be like a tree...

There are some things we don’t do...

and we don’t “stand in the way of sinners”...

Like the song we learned in Sunday School says...

“o be careful little feet where you go”.

C. And the 3rd thing that we avoid, if we are going to be like a tree...

we don’t “sit in the seat of mockers”...

In other words, when the group of people start mocking other people...

we don’t join in with them...

we don’t become a mocker because the other people around us are mockers...


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