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 SIH TOTT ICON What Is Your Life If Not Lived For The Lord? (Part 12)

 

 

 

INTRODUCTION:

Solomon addresses himself as “the Preacher”.   He is the one that will proclaim the spritiual truths of God to those in his nation and to Christians throughout time.

Keep in mind, Solomon learned these truths by trying to find the meaning to life through experiencing all this world has to offer.  Solomon was uniquely suited to learn these lessons and share these truths with the people of God…

First of all, very few men possess sufficient wealth and power to be able to sample all this world has to offer (1 Kings 10:23).

Secondly, only Solomon and a few others throughout time, have been universally respected causing his teachings to be taken very seriously and thoughtfully by all (1 Kings 4:30-34).  (Keep in mind, even Christ Himself and His teachings were rejected by many of those around Him.)

Solomon was God’s man, in God’s place, at God’s time, by God’s grace, to learn this most important truth and proclaim it with authority to those he loved.  May we all listen carefully as Solomon reveals to us the true meaning to life and answer the question…  “What Is Our Life If Not Lived for The Lord ?”.

 

TODAY’S TEXT:

Eccl 4:1-3 –

So I returned, and considered all the oppressions that are done under the sun: and behold the tears of such as were oppressed, and they had no comforter; and on the side of their oppressors there was power; but they had no comforter.  Wherefore I praised the dead which are already dead more than the living which are yet alive.  Yea, better is he than both they, which hath not yet been, who hath not seen the evil work that is done under the sun.

  

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

Solomon continues to review the injustices in this fallen world and mankind’s condition in the midst of these injustices…

 

So I returned, and considered all the oppressions that are done under the sun:

Solomon steadily gazed at all the injustices this fallen world has to offer, and saw two very important truths…

 

and behold the tears of such as were oppressed, and they had no comforter; and on the side of their oppressors there was power; but they had no comforter. 

First of all, Solomon saw that there existed men who had been mistreated, deceived and misled.  These abused people had no one they could look to relieve their sufferings.

Secondly, Solomon saw that those who abusively ruled over them possessed all the physical strength, authority and economic power and no one to deliver the abused from the bondage of their rulers.

 

Wherefore I praised the dead which are already dead more than the living which are yet alive.  Yea, better is he than both they, which hath not yet been, who hath not seen the evil work that is done under the sun. 

Because of the great abuse that takes place on the earth, and the lack of an earthly remedy for that abuse, Solomon saw the great benefit in departing from this abusive world through death.  His reasoning was that, once dead, an abused person’s suffering is finished.

Solomon also saw that those who never lived were of the greatest benefit.  This is because they never had to experience the abuse that the living and the dead have had to suffer at the hands of their oppressors.

 

PRACTICAL APPLICATION:

Folks, the only available comfort for the abuses and trials of this world lies in the Lord Jesus Christ.  Apart from Christ, in many ways, it is truly better to have never been born than to face the abuses of this sinful world.

Solomon’s pursuit of the meaning of life included:

 

1. 2:1-3 The pursuit of carnal desires  (the base pleasures found in a fallen world)
2. 2:4-11 The pursuit of material possessions through human labors
3. 2:12-17 The pursuit of worldly wisdom, madness and folly
4. 2:18-23 The pursuit of responsible (frugal & wise) living to retain worldly goods Prt #1
5. 2:24-26 The pursuit of responsible (frugal & wise) living to retain worldly goods Prt #2
6. 3:1-8 A recognition of the Lord’s sovereign control over all life events   Prt #1
7. 3:9-15 A recognition of the Lord’s sovereign control over all life events   Prt #2
8. 3:16-22 A recognition of our need of Christ to see the nature and purpose of our life.
9. 4:1-3 A recognition that never being born is better than the sufferings of this life.

 

 

 

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