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When We Change God’s Word We Are Denying Its Truthfulness and Power

SIH HALTAL ICONPsa 119:160 – Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever.

 

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God’s Word: Believe It Or Deny It… But Don’t Twist It!

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INTRODUCTION:

Over the years I have seen people believe God’s Word and see their need to come to Christ for forgiveness and salvation from their sins.  Also, I have seen many people make a decision to not believe God’s word, ignore its warnings and continue to live a life that is separated from Christ and characterized by the practice of sin.  We all must make the choice to either believe the Word and apply it to our lives, or ignore its message and the offer of salvation that lies in its pages.

But sadly, there is another group of people whom I have seen that choose to make an attempt to  change the Word of the Lord and twist its meaning and its message.  They do this in an attempt to make it align with their own personal morals, philosophies and carnal desires.  They come to a sinful faith in their version of God’s Word, while in affect denying the true gospel message that it contains.

In this study we will be looking at the Scriptural teachings on the need to refrain from attempting to change His Word to meet our carnal desires.

 

 

TODAY’S TEXT:

Psa 119:160 – Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever.

2 Tim 4:3-4 – For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;  And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.

2 Peter 3:16 – As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.

 

TODAY’S LESSON:

 

Psa 119:160 – Thy word is true from the beginning: and every one of thy righteous judgments endureth for ever.

Many years ago, King David understood that God’s Word, in its entirety was “true”.  The Hebrew word translated true in this verse refers to something that is trustworthy and certain.  Folks, the reliability of God’s Word is no small issue indeed.  If we cannot depends on the Word in its entirety, we have no assurance of Christ’s existence, identity, or work done on our behalf.  This leads us to understand that we then have absolutely no assurance of our salvation nor of an eternity that awaits us.

King David then continues  by telling us that God’s Word “endureth” forever.   In other words, it remains in existence, and affect, throughout all time and into eternity.  What a blessing this is for all of us.  We can know that not only is God’s Word reliable, but it remains reliable throughout the ages! Never will there be a time when God’s Word will no longer be dependable.  It is only in this truth that we can have eternal confidence of our salvation and the home that awaits us on the New Heavens and Earth.

Sadly, those who seek to change God’s Word, and twist its meaning, are living in denial of its truthfulness and endurance.

 

2 Tim 4:3-4 – For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears;  And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables.

Paul, in his writings, prophesied of a day when men would “not endure sound doctrine”, “heap to themselves teachers having itching ears”,  “turn away their ears from the truth”, and finally ‘be turned unto fables”.   In other words, because their sinful natures and desires they did not desire to hear the truths of God’s Word.  Instead, they sought out false teachers who substituted the truths of the Word with “fables”.  The Hebrew word used for fables refers to fictional tales.

When a man is convicted due to their sinful condition, instead of turning from their sin and looking to Christ as their Lord and Savior, they simply attempt to change the truths of the Word which relieves their conscience and allows them to continue living their sinful lifestyles.  When this takes place they no longer see their need to repent and come to Christ.

 

2 Peter 3:16 – As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.

Peter confirms the writings of Paul when he says that, even in his day, there were those “that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.”   These men were “wresting”,  i.e. twisting or perverting, the teachings of the Scriptures “unto their own destruction”.

Folks, as difficult as it may be to come face to face with our sinful condition and need of Christ, it is far better than to change God’s Word, twisting its content and meaning resulting in a soothed conscience in the midst of our sins which separates us from Christ, keeps us under His wrath, and condemns us eternally.

 

 

PRACTICAL APPLICATION:

Folks, the message of the Word is clear, either accept the Word as eternal truth from God, or look upon it as a collection of error filled human writings, but under no circumstances should we attempt to change it to make it more palatable to our personal whims and sinful tastes.

When we simply choose to believe the Word, or deny it, we are responding to the Scriptural responsibility that God has laid on us.  This allows us to clearly see our standing before the Lord.

For those of us who believe His Word and apply it to our lives resulting in a Godly repentance and belief in Christ, we know our sins have been forgiven and we are secure in Him.

For those who choose to deny His Word and reject its teachings, they can clearly see that they have never accepted the gospel message, and therefore never come a saving faith in Christ.  They are yet lost in their sins and stand guilty before the Almighty God who is the Eternal Judge over all mankind.  This knowledge can then be the basis of consistent guilt and conviction which can later drive them to Christ.

However, when they try to twist the Word to meet their own personal preferences, they are, in effect, fooling themselves into thinking that they are right with God.  They are telling themselves that they are living according to God’s Word and in good standing before Him.  Yet, in reality, they are under the bondage of sin, possessing a carnal assurance of a nonexistent salvation.  They have blinded themselves from the truth and have made themselves “two-fold more the children of hell”. They are living with a false sense of spiritual security when, in actuality, are doomed to eternal punishment in the Lake of Fire.

Lord help anyone of us who have chosen this path of self-deception and self-assurance for our lives.

 

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Our Duty Before The Lord…

SIH HALTAL ICONEccl 12:13-14 – Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.  (14)  For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.

 

 

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Ecclesiastes: Chapter 12 Verses 13-14

SIH TOTT ICONWhat Is Your Life If Not Lived For The Lord? (Part 41 )

 

 

 

 

INTRODUCTION:

Solomon addresses himself as “the Preacher”.   He is the one that will proclaim the spiritual 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 12:13-14 – Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.  For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.

 

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter:

Solomon now shares with us the end lessoned learned from all his research and life experiences…

 

Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. 

Solomon’s conclusion is three-fold…

  1. fear God – recognize His greatness and His authority over us. Humbly recognize we cannot stand before Him of our own merit.  Recognize our inward and outward sins we have committed against Him.  Recognize our dangerous condition apart from His grace shown to us.
  2. keep his commandments – seek out, protect and follow his desires for our lives.  Keep in mind He only desires what will be for our good.   We only gain by following His instructions for our lives.
  3. these are the “whole duty” of man – Please note “duty” is not in the original manuscripts.  Solomon is telling us that fearing God and keeping His commands is the “whole of man”.  In others words, they should be the center of our lives.  They are the whole purpose for our existence.  These are our “whole” life.

These three give our lives true meaning and purpose, apart from them all of our accomplishments and life experiences are truly vain.

 

For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.

Solomon not only shares with us the need to fear God and keep His commandments, but he also gives us a motivation to do  these things.  The future judgment.  The Bible makes it clear that in the future every man will stand before the Lord and answer for what we have done with our lives….

 

2Co 5:10  For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ; that every one may receive the things done in his body, according to that he hath done, whether it be good or bad.

 

PRACTICAL APPLICATION:

May we all heed Solomon’s advice to us all and “fear God and keep His commands”.  Folks this is what our life is all about.  May we all be motivated to fear and obey Him knowing that we will stand before Him in eternity and answer for all we have done with our lives.

The first, and most important way we are to fear Him and keep His commandments is by turning from our sins and coming to Christ believing in Him as our Lord and Savior.  It is through faith in Him that we will receive the forgiveness of our sins and eternal life in Him.

 

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.
10. 4:4-16 The pursuit of earthly wisdom, diligence and living responsibly
11. 5:1-7 The pursuit of worldly vows, contracts, and promises
12. 5:8-17 The pursuit of worldly riches
13. 5:18-20 A recognition that enjoyment of this earthly life is God’s gracious gift to man
14. 6:1-2 A recognition of man’s inability to enjoy that which God has given to him.
15. 6:3-10 A recognition of man’s sinfulness, mortality and need of humility before God
16. 6:11-12 A recognition of the vanity of all that lies under the sun.
17. 7:1-10 The pursuit of prideful living
18. 7:11-23 A recognition of the value of Godly wisdom
19. 7:24-29 The pursuit of Godly enabling
20. 8:1-5 The pursuit of proper submission to authority  based upon Godly wisdom
21. 8:6-15 A recognition man needs Godly wisdom because he cannot control his own life nor see the eternal benefits of service to the Lord.
22. 8:16-17 A recognition that men cannot fully understand the work of God on earth
23. 9:1-3 A recognition that righteous and wicked share common life events
24. 9:4-12 A recognition that life is better then death
25. 9:13-18 A recognition of the excellence and rejection of Godly wisdom
26. 10:1-15 A recognition of the dangers of foolishness
27. 10:16-17 A recognition of principles for good rulership
28. 10:18 A recognition of the dangers of slothfulness
29. 10:19 A recognition of the value of money
30. 11:1-6 A recognition of the need to sow our seed for the benefit of others.
31. 11:7-8 A recognition of the need to enjoy the days of blessings and expect the troublesome times of life.
32. 11:9-10 A recognition of the need to use the blessings of youth in service to the Lord.
33. 12:1-7 A recognition of the devastating effects of the aging process on all mankind.
34. 12:8-12 A recognition of the vanity of all the world’s offerings and the need to appreciate Solomon’s dedication to proclaim the truth to us.
35. 12:13-14 The Conclusion of The Whole Matter

 

 

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Solomon’s findings? This world and everything in it is vain!

SIH HALTAL ICONEccl 12:8-12 – (8)  Vanity of vanities, saith the preacher; all is vanity.  (9)  And moreover, because the preacher was wise, he still taught the people knowledge; yea, he gave good heed, and sought out, and set in order many proverbs.  (10)  The preacher sought to find out acceptable words: and that which was written was upright, even words of truth.  (11)  The words of the wise are as goads, and as nails fastened by the masters of assemblies, which are given from one shepherd.  (12)  And further, by these, my son, be admonished: of making many books there is no end; and much study is a weariness of the flesh. 

For the SIH devotional on this subject:

http://wp.me/pU88A-4Ad

 

 

Ecclesiastes: Chapter 12 Verses 8-12

 SIH TOTT ICONWhat Is Your Life If Not Lived For The Lord? (Part 40)

 

 

 

 

INTRODUCTION:

Solomon addresses himself as “the Preacher”.   He is the one that will proclaim the spiritual 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 12:8-12

(8)  Vanity of vanities, saith the preacher; all is vanity.  (9)  And moreover, because the preacher was wise, he still taught the people knowledge; yea, he gave good heed, and sought out, and set in order many proverbs.  (10)  The preacher sought to find out acceptable words: and that which was written was upright, even words of truth.  (11)  The words of the wise are as goads, and as nails fastened by the masters of assemblies, which are given from one shepherd.  (12)  And further, by these, my son, be admonished: of making many books there is no end; and much study is a weariness of the flesh.

 

 

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

 

Vanity of vanities, saith the preacher; all is vanity. 

Everything offered by this world is short-lived and worthless if it is not dedicated to the Lord in His service.  Solomon emphasizes the vanity of this world’s offerings by using the phrase “vanity of vanities…. In other words, “worthless above all that is worthless” or “worthless to the extreme”.

 

And moreover, because the preacher was wise, he still taught the people knowledge; yea, he gave good heed, and sought out, and set in order many proverbs.  The preacher sought to find out acceptable words: and that which was written was upright, even words of truth. 

In addition to this, because Solomon was a wise man, he continued to instruct people concerning his observations about the world in which we live.  He listened attentively and researched his  subject thoroughly.  Then he sat down and recorded his findings in a series of wise sayings.  He took the time to choose words that would be accepted by his students.  His completed project was filled with proper words that revealed the truth to those who heard them.

 

The words of the wise are as goads, and as nails fastened by the masters of assemblies, which are given from one shepherd.  And further, by these, my son, be admonished: of making many books there is no end; and much study is a weariness of the flesh. 

When wise men speak words of truth, their words are like prods and sharp nails that drive their listeners to take action.  All of these words of truth proceed from one shepherd (Christ) given to ministers throughout time to share with the people of God.

Solomon’s students are to allow his words to be warnings and sources of instruction… spending your life researching these subjects have no end to it.  There is always more to be learned.  Likewise, these types of lifetime studies will weary the flesh of man.  There is no reason for each of us to experience all that Solomon experienced and study all that Solomon has already studied for us.  We are to take his teachings, apply them to our lives, and serve the Lord, instead of wasting our lives researching what Solomon has already researched for us.

 

 

PRACTICAL APPLICATION:

May we all be thankful for Solomon, whom the Lord raised up to invest his life and learning a very important lesson for all of us…. “vanity of vanities all is vanity”.

y we accept his words as truth and seek to live our lives in the pursuit of Godly service and not waste our lives living for the vain things of this 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.
10. 4:4-16 The pursuit of earthly wisdom, diligence and living responsibly
11. 5:1-7 The pursuit of worldly vows, contracts, and promises
12. 5:8-17 The pursuit of worldly riches
13. 5:18-20 A recognition that enjoyment of this earthly life is God’s gracious gift to man
14. 6:1-2 A recognition of man’s inability to enjoy that which God has given to him.
15. 6:3-10 A recognition of man’s sinfulness, mortality and need of humility before God
16. 6:11-12 A recognition of the vanity of all that lies under the sun.
17. 7:1-10 The pursuit of prideful living
18. 7:11-23 A recognition of the value of Godly wisdom
19. 7:24-29 The pursuit of Godly enabling
20. 8:1-5 The pursuit of proper submission to authority  based upon Godly wisdom
21. 8:6-15 A recognition man needs Godly wisdom because he cannot control his own life nor see the eternal benefits of service to the Lord.
22. 8:16-17 A recognition that men cannot fully understand the work of God on earth
23. 9:1-3 A recognition that righteous and wicked share common life events
24. 9:4-12 A recognition that life is better then death
25. 9:13-18 A recognition of the excellence and rejection of Godly wisdom
26. 10:1-15 A recognition of the dangers of foolishness
27. 10:16-17 A recognition of principles for good rulership
28. 10:18 A recognition of the dangers of slothfulness
29. 10:19 A recognition of the value of money
30. 11:1-6 A recognition of the need to sow our seed for the benefit of others.
31. 11:7-8 A recognition of the need to enjoy the days of blessings and expect the troublesome times of life.
32. 11:9-10 A recognition of the need to use the blessings of youth in service to the Lord.
33. 12:1-7 A recognition of the devastating effects of the aging process on all mankind.
34. 12:8-12 A recognition of the vanity of all the world’s offerings and the need to appreciate Solomon’s dedication to proclaim the truth to us.

 

 

 

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Serve The Lord While We Are Physically Able…

SIH HALTAL ICONEccl 12:1-7 – Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them;  (2)  While the sun, or the light, or the moon, or the stars, be not darkened, nor the clouds return after the rain:  (3)  In the day when the keepers of the house shall tremble, and the strong men shall bow themselves, and the grinders cease because they are few, and those that look out of the windows be darkened,  (4)  And the doors shall be shut in the streets, when the sound of the grinding is low, and he shall rise up at the voice of the bird, and all the daughters of musick shall be brought low;  (5)  Also when they shall be afraid of that which is high, and fears shall be in the way, and the almond tree shall flourish, and the grasshopper shall be a burden, and desire shall fail: because man goeth to his long home, and the mourners go about the streets:  (6)  Or ever the silver cord be loosed, or the golden bowl be broken, or the pitcher be broken at the fountain, or the wheel broken at the cistern.  (7)  Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it. 

 

For the SIH devotional on this subject:

http://wp.me/pU88A-4A7

Ecclesiastes: Chapter 12 Verses 1-7

 SIH TOTT ICONWhat Is Your Life If Not Lived For The Lord? (Part 39 )

 

 

 

 

INTRODUCTION:

Solomon addresses himself as “the Preacher”.   He is the one that will proclaim the spiritual 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 12:1-7

Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them;  (2)  While the sun, or the light, or the moon, or the stars, be not darkened, nor the clouds return after the rain:  (3)  In the day when the keepers of the house shall tremble, and the strong men shall bow themselves, and the grinders cease because they are few, and those that look out of the windows be darkened,  (4)  And the doors shall be shut in the streets, when the sound of the grinding is low, and he shall rise up at the voice of the bird, and all the daughters of musick shall be brought low;  (5)  Also when they shall be afraid of that which is high, and fears shall be in the way, and the almond tree shall flourish, and the grasshopper shall be a burden, and desire shall fail: because man goeth to his long home, and the mourners go about the streets:  (6)  Or ever the silver cord be loosed, or the golden bowl be broken, or the pitcher be broken at the fountain, or the wheel broken at the cistern.  (7)  Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it. 

 

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

Folks, as we grow older we find ourselves changing and, in most cases, the change is not for the better.  These changes take place due to mankind’s fallen condition and the effects of sin that touch each of our lives.  Solomon, as he observes the world around him, explains the need to serve the Lord while we are yet in our youth…

 

Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say,

In Eccl 12:1-8, King Solomon reminds us of the need to always keep our Creator, and His desires for us, in the forefront of our minds, especially during our days of youth.

Solomon backs up his statement by explaining that as we progress in life it gradually becomes more difficult to serve the Lord.  He gives this advancing time of life the description of “the evil days” (ie the days of adversity and distress).    He calls them evil days in the context of aging’s devastating effects on both our physical and mental health.

He goes further and explains the effects that aging brings upon us,  He does this by using the symbolism of a vibrant city, and its individual citizens, that slowly become inactive and finally deserted…

 

 

I have no pleasure in them;

Physical aches and pains take the pleasure out of many of the activities that we used to find enjoyable.  As the aging process continues, for many of us, pleasurable days seem to become scarcer with each passing day.

 

 While the sun, or the light, or the moon, or the stars, be not darkened,

As we age, our eyesight grows dim, causing many sources of light to become darkened as we find it much harder to see.

 

nor the clouds return after the rain: 

Old age has a tendency to bring with it a series of health problems that return on a consistent basis.  Instead of having physical issues “every now and then”, they begin to appear more frequently, and in many cases become chronic.

 

In the day when the keepers of the house shall tremble,

Our immune system begins to struggle and we find ourselves becoming ill more frequently, and acquiring illnesses that we had previously resisted.

 

and the strong men shall bow themselves,

Our physical strength begins to wane, as we can no longer do the heavy manual labor that we were used to doing.  Our weakness progresses until we cannot hold ourselves erect and we begin to stoop.

 

and the grinders cease because they are few,

Our teeth decay and we lose them until only a few remain.

 

and those that look out of the windows be darkened,

We can no longer see clearly with our eyes.  Not only do we need more light to see (vs 2), but also our eyes become cloudy with cataracts and other eye ailments.

 

And the doors shall be shut in the streets,

The doors of our mouths and lips are closed (Psa 141:3, Micah 7:5), no longer able to receive or digest the nutrients we need to survive.  We are no longer able to eat the foods we enjoy due to digestive distresses and, eventually, we struggle to eat any food at all.

 

when the sound of the grinding is low,

Aging brings upon us gradual hearing loss (and deafness) that does not allow us to hear ourselves chewing our food.

 

and he shall rise up at the voice of the bird,

Arising early due to an inability to sleep due to worries and light sleeping that is awakened by any small noise are common as we grow older.

 

and all the daughters of musick shall be brought low; 

Our natural talents and abilities are gradually lost.  Those who could sing joyous songs can no longer praise their Lord and bring joy to the heart of their listeners, as their talent to sing is taken away from them.

 

Also when they shall be afraid of that which is high, and fears shall be in the way,

Fear of accidents, falling, etc seem to dominate old age.  In our youth we could climb ladders to high places, now we are afraid of falling off a simple stepstool.  These fears have a tendency to stop us from attempting to perform activities to which we did not give a second thought.

 

and the almond tree shall flourish,

The almond tree has gray white blossoms.  This speaks of us losing our youthful hair color as gray hair replaces it.

 

and the grasshopper shall be a burden,

In our youth, we could easily deal with small pests by catching them and/or stepping upon them etc.  Now, as we get older, our reflexes are slowed.  These creatures evade our efforts to catch them and we have difficulty stepping upon them.

 

and desire shall fail:

As our age advances, we find our desire for activity and service reduced due to the pain and suffering that accompanies them.  Even our very “zest for life” is stolen by the aging process, stealing away our enjoyment of life itself.

These effects of aging come to dwell within our bodies like companions who move into our home and begin to reside with us.  With the passage of time, these companions increase in number and length of their stay, until they finally reside with us on a permanent basis.  They leave us only when, through their presence within us, they bring our life to an end…

 

because man goeth to his long home,

Our physical death

 

and the mourners go about the streets: 

Our funeral

 

Or ever the silver cord be loosed, or the golden bowl be broken, or the pitcher be broken at the fountain, or the wheel broken at the cistern. 

Our death described as:

  1. the silver cord binding our spirit to our body is broken, releasing our spirit to depart.
  2. the golden bowl of our body is broken taking away its usefulness and ability to perform the purposes of its creation, to glorify God in all we do.
  3. the pitcher of our body is no longer able to retain the spirit within it.
  4. the wheel of our body is no longer useful to anyone desiring water from the cistern.  Once dead our ability to serve others come to a complete end.

 

Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it. 

As aging brings about physical death, the spirit departs from our physical body.  At that point in time, our body returns back to the ground and our spirit enters into the presence of God for its eventual judgment and consignment to its eternal dwelling place.

 

 

PRACTICAL APPLICATION:

In this passage, Solomon explains in great detail the devastating effects of the aging process on all of us.  He does this in an effort to emphasize the need to live for the Lord while we are young and not hindered by the many ills that aging brings upon us.

May we all take Solomon’s words to heart and seek to serve our Lord throughout our lifetimes.  No matter what our current age, we should serve the Lord now… before the aging process takes a greater effect on each one of us with the passing of time.

 

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.
10. 4:4-16 The pursuit of earthly wisdom, diligence and living responsibly
11. 5:1-7 The pursuit of worldly vows, contracts, and promises
12. 5:8-17 The pursuit of worldly riches
13. 5:18-20 A recognition that enjoyment of this earthly life is God’s gracious gift to man
14. 6:1-2 A recognition of man’s inability to enjoy that which God has given to him.
15. 6:3-10 A recognition of man’s sinfulness, mortality and need of humility before God
16. 6:11-12 A recognition of the vanity of all that lies under the sun.
17. 7:1-10 The pursuit of prideful living
18. 7:11-23 A recognition of the value of Godly wisdom
19. 7:24-29 The pursuit of Godly enabling
20. 8:1-5 The pursuit of proper submission to authority  based upon Godly wisdom
21. 8:6-15 A recognition man needs Godly wisdom because he cannot control his own life nor see the eternal benefits of service to the Lord.
22. 8:16-17 A recognition that men cannot fully understand the work of God on earth
23. 9:1-3 A recognition that righteous and wicked share common life events
24. 9:4-12 A recognition that life is better then death
25. 9:13-18 A recognition of the excellence and rejection of Godly wisdom
26. 10:1-15 A recognition of the dangers of foolishness
27. 10:16-17 A recognition of principles for good rulership
28. 10:18 A recognition of the dangers of slothfulness
29. 10:19 A recognition of the value of money
30. 11:1-6 A recognition of the need to sow our seed for the benefit of others.
31. 11:7-8 A recognition of the need to enjoy the days of blessings and expect the troublesome times of life.
32. 11:9-10 A recognition of the need to use the blessings of youth in service to the Lord.
33. 12:1-7 A recognition of the devastating effects of the aging process on all mankind.

 

 

 

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There Is No Secret In The Eyes Of The Lord

SIH HALTAL ICONEccl 10:20 – Curse not the king, no not in thy thought; and curse not the rich in thy bedchamber: for a bird of the air shall carry the voice, and that which hath wings shall tell the matter. 

 

 

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Ecclesiastes: Chapter 10 Verses 20

 SIH TOTT ICONWhat Is Your Life If Not Lived For The Lord? (Part 35) 

 

 

 

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 10:20 – Curse not the king, no not in thy thought; and curse not the rich in thy bedchamber: for a bird of the air shall carry the voice, and that which hath wings shall tell the matter. 

 

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

 

Curse not the king, no not in thy thought;

Solomon warns us to be very careful in wishing evil upon those who have been placed in authority over us.   Not only in public, but even in our minds we should guard against standing against the rulers that the Lord has placed over us.

Folks, although we may not agree with a majority of what our leaders say and do, we should always give them our respect and the recognition that they have been placed over us by our Sovereign Lord.

 

curse not the rich in thy bedchamber: 

Solomon even goes further and reminds us to not be envious and resentful of those who possess the riches of this world.  Resentment leads to a desire for harm to fall upon those we resent.  These things should not exist in the lives of Christians.

 

for a bird of the air shall carry the voice, and that which hath wings shall tell the matter. 

The other major point Solomon is addressing in this section of Scripture, is the need to recognize that what we do in secret, immediately, or eventually, will come out in public.  Our sins truly will find us out. Even when we think our sin is being held in our minds and quiet places of solitude, somehow, someway, they will become public knowledge.

One of the most common ways that our “secret sins” are revealed finds its basis in ourselves.  Even when we believe that we are keeping our feelings about others a secret, others can see our true desires in our attitudes and actions towards the resented person.  What we believe is a well kept secret is, in actuality, a part of public knowledge die to our behavior around them.

 

PRACTICAL APPLICATION:

May we all take to heart the instructions shared with us by Solomon.  May we learn to respect and honor our God-given authorities, remove all traces of resentment and anger from our lives, and learn that our secret, sinful, attitudes towards others will become public knowledge with the passing of time.

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.
10. 4:4-16 The pursuit of earthly wisdom, diligence and living responsibly
11. 5:1-7 The pursuit of worldly vows, contracts, and promises
12. 5:8-17 The pursuit of worldly riches
13. 5:18-20 A recognition that enjoyment of this earthly life is God’s gracious gift to man
14. 6:1-2 A recognition of man’s inability to enjoy that which God has given to him.
15. 6:3-10 A recognition of man’s sinfulness, mortality and need of humility before God
16. 6:11-12 A recognition of the vanity of all that lies under the sun.
17. 7:1-10 The pursuit of prideful living
18. 7:11-23 A recognition of the value of Godly wisdom
19. 7:24-29 The pursuit of Godly enabling
20. 8:1-5 The pursuit of proper submission to authority  based upon Godly wisdom
21. 8:6-15 A recognition man needs Godly wisdom because he cannot control his own life nor see the eternal benefits of service to the Lord.
22. 8:16-17 A recognition that men cannot fully understand the work of God on earth
23. 9:1-3 A recognition that righteous and wicked share common life events
24. 9:4-12 A recognition that life is better then death
25. 9:13-18 A recognition of the excellence and rejection of Godly wisdom
26. 10:1-15 A recognition of the dangers of foolishness
27. 10:16-17 A recognition of principles for good rulership
28. 10:18 A recognition of the dangers of slothfulness
29. 10:19 A recognition of the value of money

 

 

 

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The proper attitude about worldly wealth….

SIH HALTAL ICONEccl 10:19 – A feast is made for laughter, and wine maketh merry: but money answereth all things. 

 

 

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Ecclesiastes: Chapter 10 Verses 19

 SIH TOTT ICONWhat Is Your Life If Not Lived For The Lord? (Part 34olomon 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 10:19

A feast is made for laughter, and wine maketh merry: but money answereth all things. 

 

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

A feast is made for laughter, and wine maketh merry: but money answereth all things. 

Solomon now addresses the value of money that is found in its universal usage.  Most things found in this world have limited usages. For example, one of the few purposes for a feast is to make merry.  Likewise, wine has limited uses including merriment.

However, money, on the other hand, can supply almost anything that this world has to offer. For example money can be used to purchase the wine and makings of a feast we just saw in our example, it can also be used to purchase a multitude of other things as well.

Based on this principle, if given a choice, it is far better to possess money and be able to meet an innumerable number of needs, than to possess the makings for feasts or wine that can only meet a few specific life needs.

 

PRACTICAL APPLICATION:

Please note in this section of Scripture, Solomon is not justifying the love of money, nor the possession of money as the goal for living our lives on earth.  He is simply explaining the legitimate, universal purpose of money and its ability to help us to meet our personal and family responsibilities.

Many times, as Christians, we have a tendency to “throw the baby out with the bathwater” by taking many things to an extreme.  Some Christians belief about money is a perfect example of this.  Folks, it is a fact of life that we all must have money to survive.  Our world systems are based upon money as the most common means of purchasing goods and services.

So does this justify loving money and living our lives in its pursuits?  Absolutely not.

However, just because money is a worldly tool that can open the door to many sins, and become a sinful obsession… that does not justify the total forsaking of it in the life of a Christian.

Just as in many of today’s practical issues of Godly service, moderation is needed.  It is not proper to live our lives for money, putting it first before all else.  However, it is proper to work for a living and seek to provide for our families, and lay up for our future worldly needs.  It is a part of our responsibility to our families and our Lord.

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.
10. 4:4-16 The pursuit of earthly wisdom, diligence and living responsibly
11. 5:1-7 The pursuit of worldly vows, contracts, and promises
12. 5:8-17 The pursuit of worldly riches
13. 5:18-20 A recognition that enjoyment of this earthly life is God’s gracious gift to man
14. 6:1-2 A recognition of man’s inability to enjoy that which God has given to him.
15. 6:3-10 A recognition of man’s sinfulness, mortality and need of humility before God
16. 6:11-12 A recognition of the vanity of all that lies under the sun.
17. 7:1-10 The pursuit of prideful living
18. 7:11-23 A recognition of the value of Godly wisdom
19. 7:24-29 The pursuit of Godly enabling
20. 8:1-5 The pursuit of proper submission to authority  based upon Godly wisdom
21. 8:6-15 A recognition man needs Godly wisdom because he cannot control his own life nor see the eternal benefits of service to the Lord.
22. 8:16-17 A recognition that men cannot fully understand the work of God on earth
23. 9:1-3 A recognition that righteous and wicked share common life events
24. 9:4-12 A recognition that life is better then death
25. 9:13-18 A recognition of the excellence and rejection of Godly wisdom
26. 10:1-15 A recognition of the dangers of foolishness
27. 10:16-17 A recognition of principles for good rulership
28. 10:18 A recognition of the dangers of slothfulness
29. 10:19 A recognition of the value of money

 

 

 

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Laziness can cause us to lose our material and spiritual blessings…

SIH HALTAL ICONEccl 10:18

By much slothfulness the building decayeth; and through idleness of the hands the house droppeth through. 

 

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Ecclesiastes: Chapter 10 Verses 18

SIH TOTT ICONWhat Is Your Life If Not Lived For The Lord? (Part 32)

 

 

 

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 10:18

(18)  By much slothfulness the building decayeth; and through idleness of the hands the house droppeth through. 

 

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

By much slothfulness the building decayeth; and through idleness of the hands the house droppeth through. 

Solomon warns that those who are “slothful”, in other words those who are not watchful but lax in their duties, will allow things to fall apart all around them.  They will see the needs and, yet, not attempt to meet them.

The end result of this lazy attitude is that, due to his resting hands, the entire house will come apart and fall to the ground.

 

PRACTICAL APPLICATION:

Folks, Solomon’s wisdom showed to him the need to “keep up with” his responsibilities.  In this case, he uses the idea of ignoring home repairs to illustrate the need for diligence in our duties.  Just like a man who ignores the work that must be done in his home, eventually losing the house as it gradually falls apart; he sees the life of a lazy person (one who fails to faithfully fulfill the responsibilities given to him) falling into utter ruin.

May we all see our need to live wise lives being faithful in our duties and aware of the needs around us.

 

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.
10. 4:4-16 The pursuit of earthly wisdom, diligence and living responsibly
11. 5:1-7 The pursuit of worldly vows, contracts, and promises
12. 5:8-17 The pursuit of worldly riches
13. 5:18-20 A recognition that enjoyment of this earthly life is God’s gracious gift to man
14. 6:1-2 A recognition of man’s inability to enjoy that which God has given to him.
15. 6:3-10 A recognition of man’s sinfulness, mortality and need of humility before God
16. 6:11-12 A recognition of the vanity of all that lies under the sun.
17. 7:1-10 The pursuit of prideful living
18. 7:11-23 A recognition of the value of Godly wisdom
19. 7:24-29 The pursuit of Godly enabling
20. 8:1-5 The pursuit of proper submission to authority  based upon Godly wisdom
21. 8:6-15 A recognition man needs Godly wisdom because he cannot control his own life nor see the eternal benefits of service to the Lord.
22. 8:16-17 A recognition that men cannot fully understand the work of God on earth
23. 9:1-3 A recognition that righteous and wicked share common life events
24. 9:4-12 A recognition that life is better then death
25. 9:13-18 A recognition of the excellence and rejection of Godly wisdom
26. 10:1-15 A recognition of the dangers of foolishness
27. 10:16-17 A recognition of principles for good rulership
28. 10:18 A recognition of the dangers of slothfulness

 

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Scripturally the US is headed for trouble… look at its leaders….

SIH HALTAL ICONEccl 10:16-17 – Woe to thee, O land, when thy king is a child, and thy princes eat in the morning!  Blessed art thou, O land, when thy king is the son of nobles, and thy princes eat in due season, for strength, and not for drunkenness! 

 

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Ecclesiastes: Chapter 10 Verses 16-17

 

SIH TOTT ICON What Is Your Life If Not Lived For The Lord? (Part 31)

 

 

 

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 10:16-17

(16)  Woe to thee, O land, when thy king is a child, and thy princes eat in the morning!  (17)  Blessed art thou, O land, when thy king is the son of nobles, and thy princes eat in due season, for strength, and  for drunkenness! 

 

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

Woe to thee, O land, when thy king is a child, and thy princes eat in the morning!  

Solomon declares coming doom upon the nation who is ruled by those who lack wisdom and experience.   He goes further and warns those nations of allowing to selfish individuals who put themselves first to hold high positions of authority.

 

Blessed art thou, O land, when thy king is the son of nobles, and thy princes eat in due season, for strength, and not for drunkenness! 

In comparison Solomon believed that nations whose rulers, as children, were brought up by parents who were pure and shining people (who displayed wisdom and Godliness in their lives) would have blessings awaiting them.  He adds that a nation will be blessed when their authority holders put their nation first, are unselfish, and exercise self-control.

 

 

PRACTICAL APPLICATION:

Solomon understood that the leaders of a nation will directly affect level of prosperity and success in its endeavors.  A nation that is ruled by foolish and ungodly men cannot expect to be blessed of God.  Likewise, a nation who chooses and follows wise and godly leaders can look to the Lord in confidence, knowing they will be blessed of Him.

May the Lord help each of us to come to understand these truths and apply them to our lives as we seek out those who will lead us.

 

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.
10. 4:4-16 The pursuit of earthly wisdom, diligence and living responsibly
11. 5:1-7 The pursuit of worldly vows, contracts, and promises
12. 5:8-17 The pursuit of worldly riches
13. 5:18-20 A recognition that enjoyment of this earthly life is God’s gracious gift to man
14. 6:1-2 A recognition of man’s inability to enjoy that which God has given to him.
15. 6:3-10 A recognition of man’s sinfulness, mortality and need of humility before God
16. 6:11-12 A recognition of the vanity of all that lies under the sun.
17. 7:1-10 The pursuit of prideful living
18. 7:11-23 A recognition of the value of Godly wisdom
19. 7:24-29 The pursuit of Godly enabling
20. 8:1-5 The pursuit of proper submission to authority  based upon Godly wisdom
21. 8:6-15 A recognition man needs Godly wisdom because he cannot control his own life nor see the eternal benefits of service to the Lord.
22. 8:16-17 A recognition that men cannot fully understand the work of God on earth
23. 9:1-3 A recognition that righteous and wicked share common life events
24. 9:4-12 A recognition that life is better then death
25. 9:13-18 A recognition of the excellence and rejection of Godly wisdom
26. 10:1-15 A recognition of the dangers of foolishness
27. 10:16-17 A recognition of principles for good rulership

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Foolishness is like a dead fly…. it spoils everything!

SIH HALTAL ICONEccl 10:1-15 

Dead flies cause the ointment of the apothecary to send forth a stinking savour: so doth a little folly him that is in reputation for wisdom and honour.  (2)  A wise man’s heart is at his right hand; but a fool’s heart at his left.  (3)  Yea also, when he that is a fool walketh by the way, his wisdom faileth him, and he saith to every one that he is a fool.  (4)  If the spirit of the ruler rise up against thee, leave not thy place; for yielding pacifieth great offences.  (5)  There is an evil which I have seen under the sun, as an error which proceedeth from the ruler:  (6)  Folly is set in great dignity, and the rich sit in low place.  (7)  I have seen servants upon horses, and princes walking as servants upon the earth.  (8)  He that diggeth a pit shall fall into it; and whoso breaketh an hedge, a serpent shall bite him.  (9)  Whoso removeth stones shall be hurt therewith; and he that cleaveth wood shall be endangered thereby.  (10)  If the iron be blunt, and he do not whet the edge, then must he put to more strength: but wisdom is profitable to direct.  (11)  Surely the serpent will bite without enchantment; and a babbler is no better.  (12)  The words of a wise man’s mouth are gracious; but the lips of a fool will swallow up himself.  (13)  The beginning of the words of his mouth is foolishness: and the end of his talk is mischievous madness.  (14)  A fool also is full of words: a man cannot tell what shall be; and what shall be after him, who can tell him?  (15)  The labour of the foolish wearieth every one of them, because he knoweth not how to go to the city. 

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Ecclesiastes: Chapter 10 Verses 1-15

SIH TOTT ICONWhat Is Your Life If Not Lived For The Lord? (Part 30)

 

 

 

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 10:1-15 

Dead flies cause the ointment of the apothecary to send forth a stinking savour: so doth a little folly him that is in reputation for wisdom and honour.  (2)  A wise man’s heart is at his right hand; but a fool’s heart at his left.  (3)  Yea also, when he that is a fool walketh by the way, his wisdom faileth him, and he saith to every one that he is a fool.  (4)  If the spirit of the ruler rise up against thee, leave not thy place; for yielding pacifieth great offences.  (5)  There is an evil which I have seen under the sun, as an error which proceedeth from the ruler:  (6)  Folly is set in great dignity, and the rich sit in low place.  (7)  I have seen servants upon horses, and princes walking as servants upon the earth.  (8)  He that diggeth a pit shall fall into it; and whoso breaketh an hedge, a serpent shall bite him.  (9)  Whoso removeth stones shall be hurt therewith; and he that cleaveth wood shall be endangered thereby.  (10)  If the iron be blunt, and he do not whet the edge, then must he put to more strength: but wisdom is profitable to direct.  (11)  Surely the serpent will bite without enchantment; and a babbler is no better.  (12)  The words of a wise man’s mouth are gracious; but the lips of a fool will swallow up himself.  (13)  The beginning of the words of his mouth is foolishness: and the end of his talk is mischievous madness.  (14)  A fool also is full of words: a man cannot tell what shall be; and what shall be after him, who can tell him?  (15)  The labour of the foolish wearieth every one of them, because he knoweth not how to go to the city. 

 

 

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

Dead flies cause the ointment of the apothecary to send forth a stinking savour: so doth a little folly him that is in reputation for wisdom and honour. 

All it takes is one dead fly to contaminate a jar of medicine, just like it only takes one foolish act to destroy the reputation of those who are known for living a wise and honorable life.

This is due to the nature of human beings.  We all have a tendency to remember the stupid foolish acts of others instead of remembering their life in its entirety.

 

A wise man’s heart is at his right hand; but a fool’s heart at his left.  Yea also, when he that is a fool walketh by the way, his wisdom faileth him, and he saith to every one that he is a fool. 

Most of us have much better control of our right hands than our left hands.  This principle is used as a picture to represent that a wise man is in control of his actions, in comparison to the fool who lacks self-control.

A fool reveals to others that he is a fool through his actions.  As he progresses through life his wisest choices show himself to be a fool.

 

If the spirit of the ruler rise up against thee, leave not thy place; for yielding pacifieth great offences. 

When those in authority oppose you, remind yourself that you are under their authority.  Do not try to exalt yourself against them.  When we submit to higher authorities, it encourages peace between our authorities and ourselves.

 

There is an evil which I have seen under the sun, as an error which proceedeth from the ruler:  Folly is set in great dignity, and the rich sit in low place.  I have seen servants upon horses, and princes walking as servants upon the earth.

There is a harmful action that Solomon saw that was commonly displayed by rulers…a ruler exalting a fool while demoting those who have proven themselves to be rich in wisdom.   To illustrate this great inequity, Solomon described it as seeing” servants upon horses and princes walking as servants upon the earth”.

 

He that diggeth a pit shall fall into it; and whoso breaketh an hedge, a serpent shall bite him.  Whoso removeth stones shall be hurt therewith; and he that cleaveth wood shall be endangered thereby. 

When a person sets out to be harmful to others, it will eventually come back upon his head.  This speaks of our imperfect human justice system, but especially the last days when all men must stand before the Lord and answer for the life they have lived upon the earth.

One exhibit of Godly wisdom is the understanding of these principles and allowing them to direct our lives.  In doing so, the wise man refrains from taking vengeance on others, realizing their will be a price to say on earth as well as in eternity.

 

If the iron be blunt, and he do not whet the edge, then must he put to more strength: but wisdom is profitable to direct. 

An example of wisdom would be to sharpen an ax before using it.  Why is this? Because a sharp ax takes much less effort to cut wood than using a dull ax.   This is an example of the beneficial, practical, use of wisdom as we cut wood.

This helps us to understand that using wisdom does not simply aid our spiritual testimony, but it also aids us in our practical day to day walk on earth.

 

Surely the serpent will bite without enchantment; and a babbler is no better.  The words of a wise man’s mouth are gracious; but the lips of a fool will swallow up himself. 

Other examples of this same principle are enchanting a serpent so it does not bite, and the need to direct a foolish “babbler” before he does others harm with the words of his mouth.  Solomon reminds us that one of the greatest benefits to having Godly wisdom is the use of gracious words in comparison to the words of fools that end up hurting others and destroying themselves.

 

The beginning of the words of his mouth is foolishness: and the end of his talk is mischievous madness.  A fool also is full of words: a man cannot tell what shall be; and what shall be after him, who can tell him?  The labour of the foolish wearieth every one of them, because he knoweth not how to go to the city. 

When fools begin speaking words of foolishness they result in doing great harm to others.  The result of the fool’s words are described as “damaging ravings’.  A fool never runs out of things to say.  He makes great promises and predictions that reveal his foolishness to all.  This is because he cannot know what tomorrow will hold or what will take place later in life.

The labor of a foolish man wears out all those who labor with him because he does not know how to accomplish the goal they are setting to accomplish.

 

PRACTICAL APPLICATION:

Folks, in this section of Scripture, we find Solomon teaching us many harmful aspects to foolishness that is allowed to affect our lives:

  1. Foolishness does great harm to our Christian testimony.
  2. Foolishness not exercise control of our life, and displays itself in our life
  3. Foolishness leads us to willfully opposes a ruler and bring down his wrath upon us.
  4. Foolishness leads to the exaltation of fools and demotion of wise men.
  5. Foolishness harms others and returns to the head of the foolish.
  6. Wisdom holds both spiritual and temporal benefits to the wise
  7. Foolish words discourages others while harming the fool
  8. Foolishness leads to unmet goals and weariness of its followers.

 

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.
10. 4:4-16 The pursuit of earthly wisdom, diligence and living responsibly
11. 5:1-7 The pursuit of worldly vows, contracts, and promises
12. 5:8-17 The pursuit of worldly riches
13. 5:18-20 A recognition that enjoyment of this earthly life is God’s gracious gift to man
14. 6:1-2 A recognition of man’s inability to enjoy that which God has given to him.
15. 6:3-10 A recognition of man’s sinfulness, mortality and need of humility before God
16. 6:11-12 A recognition of the vanity of all that lies under the sun.
17. 7:1-10 The pursuit of prideful living
18. 7:11-23 A recognition of the value of Godly wisdom
19. 7:24-29 The pursuit of Godly enabling
20. 8:1-5 The pursuit of proper submission to authority  based upon Godly wisdom
21. 8:6-15 A recognition man needs Godly wisdom because he cannot control his own life nor see the eternal benefits of service to the Lord.
22. 8:16-17 A recognition that men cannot fully understand the work of God on earth
23. 9:1-3 A recognition that righteous and wicked share common life events
24. 9:4-12 A recognition that life is better then death
25. 9:13-18 A recognition of the excellence and rejection of Godly wisdom
26. 10:1-15 A recognition of the dangers of foolishness

 

 

 

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The Value Of Wisdom … And Our World’s Rejection Of It!

SIH HALTAL ICONEccl 9:13-18

(13)  This wisdom have I seen also under the sun, and it seemed great unto me:  (14)  There was a little city, and few men within it; and there came a great king against it, and besieged it, and built great bulwarks against it:  (15)  Now there was found in it a poor wise man, and he by his wisdom delivered the city; yet no man remembered that same poor man.  (16)  Then said I, Wisdom is better than strength: nevertheless the poor man’s wisdom is despised, and his words are not heard.  (17)  The words of wise men are heard in quiet more than the cry of him that ruleth among fools.  (18)  Wisdom is better than weapons of war: but one sinner destroyeth much good. 

For the SIH devotional on this subject:

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Ecclesiastes: Chapter 9 Verses 13-18

SIH TOTT ICON What Is Your Life If Not Lived For The Lord? (Part 29)

 

 

 

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 9:13-18

(13)  This wisdom have I seen also under the sun, and it seemed great unto me:  (14)  There was a little city, and few men within it; and there came a great king against it, and besieged it, and built great bulwarks against it:  (15)  Now there was found in it a poor wise man, and he by his wisdom delivered the city; yet no man remembered that same poor man.  (16)  Then said I, Wisdom is better than strength: nevertheless the poor man’s wisdom is despised, and his words are not heard.  (17)  The words of wise men are heard in quiet more than the cry of him that ruleth among fools.  (18)  Wisdom is better than weapons of war: but one sinner destroyeth much good. 

 

TODAY’S DEVOTIONAL:

This wisdom have I seen also under the sun, and it seemed great unto me:  There was a little city, and few men within it; and there came a great king against it, and besieged it, and built great bulwarks against it:  Now there was found in it a poor wise man, and he by his wisdom delivered the city; yet no man remembered that same poor man. 

As Solomon observed the role of one seemingly insignificant woman who saved the city of Abel which was on the brink of defeat, he was reminded of the great value of wisdom…

2Sa 20:15-22 – “And they came and besieged him in Abel of Bethmaachah, and they cast up a bank against the city, and it stood in the trench: and all the people that were with Joab battered the wall, to throw it down.  Then cried a wise woman out of the city, Hear, hear; say, I pray you, unto Joab, Come near hither, that I may speak with thee.  And when he was come near unto her, the woman said, Art thou Joab? And he answered, I am he. Then she said unto him, Hear the words of thine handmaid. And he answered, I do hear.  Then she spake, saying, They were wont to speak in old time, saying, They shall surely ask counsel at Abel: and so they ended the matter.  I am one of them that are peaceable and faithful in Israel: thou seekest to destroy a city and a mother in Israel: why wilt thou swallow up the inheritance of the LORD?  And Joab answered and said, Far be it, far be it from me, that I should swallow up or destroy.   The matter is not so: but a man of mount Ephraim, Sheba the son of Bichri by name, hath lifted up his hand against the king, even against David: deliver him only, and I will depart from the city. And the woman said unto Joab, Behold, his head shall be thrown to thee over the wall.   Then the woman went unto all the people in her wisdom. And they cut off the head of Sheba the son of Bichri, and cast it out to Joab. And he blew a trumpet, and they retired from the city, every man to his tent. And Joab returned to Jerusalem unto the king.”

This poor woman exercised wisdom by searching out the reason behind Joab’s attack on her city and came up with a solution that saved the inhabitants of her city while satisfying Joab’s demands.

 

Then said I, Wisdom is better than strength: nevertheless the poor man’s wisdom is despised, and his words are not heard.  The words of wise men are heard in quiet more than the cry of him that ruleth among fools.  Wisdom is better than weapons of war: but one sinner destroyeth much good. 

Based upon this event, and probably others, Solomon comes to the conclusion that wisdom holds much more value than brute force.  The words of men who speak wisely without drawing attention to themselves should be given much more weight than the words of foolish rulers who cry aloud, attracting attention and demanding to be heard by all.

However, the world does not recognize this principle so it rejects wisdom.  Many times the problems that face this world could easily be resolved through wisdom, however, they remain unresolved because the “wise way” is not the “method of choice” in today’s society.  Our foolish rulers scream and demand to be heard and followed when most of them are leading us down the path of spiritual defeat.   These type of fools can do much harm to our world and to the wisdom that quietly resides in it.

 

PRACTICAL APPLICATION:

Folks, in today’s society we need to take heed to the words of wise men, not necessarily those who possess great authority, fame, or riches.   Sadly, it seems as if these are the very people that our society seeks to hear and follow.

May the Lord raise up not only Godly men of wisdom but an attitude of willingness to hear and follow their words in the face of the multitude of trials that face our country, churches, and families.

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.
10. 4:4-16 The pursuit of earthly wisdom, diligence and living responsibly
11. 5:1-7 The pursuit of worldly vows, contracts, and promises
12. 5:8-17 The pursuit of worldly riches
13. 5:18-20 A recognition that enjoyment of this earthly life is God’s gracious gift to man
14. 6:1-2 A recognition of man’s inability to enjoy that which God has given to him.
15. 6:3-10 A recognition of man’s sinfulness, mortality and need of humility before God
16. 6:11-12 A recognition of the vanity of all that lies under the sun.
17. 7:1-10 The pursuit of prideful living
18. 7:11-23 A recognition of the value of Godly wisdom
19. 7:24-29 The pursuit of Godly enabling
20. 8:1-5 The pursuit of proper submission to authority  based upon Godly wisdom
21. 8:6-15 A recognition man needs Godly wisdom because he cannot control his own life nor see the eternal benefits of service to the Lord.
22. 8:16-17 A recognition that men cannot fully understand the work of God on earth
23. 9:1-3 A recognition that righteous and wicked share common life events
24. 9:4-12 A recognition that life is better then death
25. 9:13-18 A recognition of the excellence and rejection of Godly wisdom

 

 

 

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