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Thank you, my friends for returning this afternoon, June 19, 2020 for the conclusion of the Book of Ecclesiastes with Chapter 12 audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
But, as you review Chapter 11: 7-10, notice how King Solomon in his old age, gave some very interesting and vital words of warning. audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html All are - MOST APPROPRIATE FOR TODAY!
Yes, life is sweet to bad men, because they have their portion in this life; it is sweet to good men, because it is the time of preparation for a better; it is sweet to all.
But, here is a caution to think of death, even when life is most sweet.
Solomon makes an effecting address to young persons. They would desire opportunity to pursue every pleasure. Then follow your desires, but be assured that God will call you into judgment. Amen. Amen.
How many give loose and run to every appetite, rushing into every vicious pleasure! But God registers every one of their sinful thoughts and desires, their idle words and wicked words. If they would avoid remorse and terror, if they would have hope and comfort on a dying bed, if they would escape misery here and hereafter, let them remember the vanity of youthful pleasures.
That Solomon means to condemn the pleasures of sin is evident. His object is to draw the young to purer and more lasting joys. This is not the language of one grudging youthful pleasures, because he can no longer partake of them; but of one who has, and, by a miracle of mercy, been brought back in safety. He would persuade the young from trying a course whence so few return. If the young would live a life of true happiness, if they would secure happiness hereafter, let them remember their Creator in the days of their youth. Amen. Amen.
Now, Chapter 12 audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
A description of the infirmities of age. (1-7) All is vanity, wherein verses 2-5, are a figurative description of the infirmities that usually accompany old age. However, notice in verse 6 the circumstances which take place in the hour of death. [See also Luke 16:19-31] If sin had not entered into the world, these infirmities would not have been known. Surely then the aged should reflect on the evil of sin. Also a warning of the judgment to come. (8-14) audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
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; audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
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.'
Chapter 12:8-14 audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
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.
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.' audio-bible.com/bible/bible.html
Enjoy the next week, reviewing all, especially the Books of 'Job' and 'Ecclesiastes'. We shall, as the Lord wills begin to post the Book of 'the Song of Solomon' during the week of June 29, 2020.
Thank you for returning. Amen. Amen.
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