Tourist Shops

When in Nepal recently, I was walking through some of the tourist sections. It is common to see the store owner outside their shop, inviting you into their shop to look at their goods. They are trying to get you to stop your walking and come and stand in their store. I have even been invited to take a seat and drink some tea with the owner.

I was struck how similar this is to the influence of the wicked as described in Psalm 1:1, “How blessed is the man who does not walk in the counsel of the wicked, nor stand in the path of sinners, nor sit in the seat of scoffers.” Note the progression from walking to standing to sitting.

If you are sitting and drinking tea with the owner, you are probably going to purchase something from him. If you are sitting with the scoffers, you are probably going to be like them.

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