Fri, Feb 27th - 12:03AM
VANITY AND THE FEAR OF GOD
ECCLESIASTES CHAPTER 12
1. 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 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 music shall be brought low; 5. Also when they shall be afarid 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: beause 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. 8. Vanity of vanties 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 give 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. 13. 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. kjv
SHORT MEANING TO THESE VERSES...
Verse 1-7 ....Those these verses describe old age, they are actually addressed to the youth. 2..The gradual darkening of the heavenly bodies represent declining vanity and joy. And the approaching clouds represent the storms of the age. 3..The keeper of the house are the arms; the strong men are the legs, the gender are the teeth; and those that look out of the window are the eyes. 4...Growing old is further compared to the decline of a great estate. 5..The almond tree is a reference of the white hair of old age; the cripple grasshopper pictures the halting gait of the elderly; and their desires fail.. 6.. Finally, life itself is in all its preciousness is cut off - death is pictured as the irreversible shattering of a golden bowl when you cut from the end of a silver cord, and the similar smashing of a pitcher or wheel... 7..After death the Spirit returns back to God and the body returns to dust.
Verse 9-11 ...Solomon is described as a wise man who taught what is upright and true, not as a skeptic and so on. From one Shepherd, God, is the origin of the book's teaching.
Verse 12-14 .. God has commanded man to live joyfully, responsibility and wisely..Finally, the controlling factor of all of life should be the fear of God, that is submission to God and His revelation. The certainty of divine judgment demands it.
With God's Love,
Fri, Feb 6th - 12:38AM
PRAYER FOR INNER GROWTH
For this cause I bow my knees unto the Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, of Whom the whole family in heaven and earth is named, That he would grant you according to the riches of his glory, to be strengthened with might by his Spirit in the inner man;
That Christ may dwell in your hearts by faith; that ye, being rooted and grounded in love, May be able to comprehend with all saints what is the breadth, and length, and depth, and height; And to know the love of Christ, which passeth knowledge, that ye might be filled with all the fullness of God.
Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power tht worketh in us, Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen kjv
God Bless, Lois