We should not fight it. As they that do shall enjoy the good of all their labour, eat the labour of their hands, and be thrice happy. The subst. When received as God's gifts, and to God's glory, the good things of life are enjoyed in their due time and order (Acts 2:46; 1 Corinthians 7:31; 1 Corinthians 10:31; 1 Timothy 4:3-4). Just last week I was a witness in a case in which a man's business was being destroyed by legal maneuverers. There is "a time to love, and a time to hate," (Ecclesiastes 3:8a RSV). There is an appropriate time for everything, the unpleasant as well as pleasant experiences. 6 a time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away. And enjoy the good of all his labour.] St. Augustine said, "Thou has made us for Thyself, and our hearts are restless until they learn to rest in Thee." 20 All go to the same place; all come from dust, and to dust all return. That is what the commercials tell us: "Live life with gusto. I saw a book on sex the other day entitled, "Designed for Pleasure." God does it so that men will revere him. I said in my heart with regard to the sons of men that God is testing them to show them that they are but beasts. This endless search for an answer beyond what we can feel or sense in our physical and emotional needs is what is called here "eternity in man's heart." Look, with me, at the following Scripture. Until a man recognizes and trusts the superior wisdom of God he has not begun to fear God. This is true of habits and attitudes at times. Try to plant a crop in the middle of winter when snow is on the ground and it will not grow. Ecclesiastes, like Proverbs, is classified as a Wisdom book. There is "a time to kill, and a time to heal." Put in a situation where we are suffering injury we react with viciousness. Those will bring but momentary pleasure, but not the secret of contentment, of continual enjoyment. $19.99 Ex Tax: $19.99. God brings it to pass. Some circumstance painfully recalls to mind what I had once seen as a principle in life. Later on the Searcher states very positively that at death the spirit of man returns to God who gave it, but the spirit of the beast ends in nothingness. No breath is worth breathing   without thanks to the One   whose very breath it is. If you think the thing in question is going to produce lasting pleasure, however, you will miss it. Ecclesiastes 3:13 KJV. These are reflections on the teachings of the Teacher as he shared his wisdom. We cannot know all the answers to all the conundrums and enigmas of life. They have a very important place in our lives. Revelation 2:6 "But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which I also hate." But our bodies do not die. But that is not the message of the book. There are times when we ought to speak, when something we are keeping secret would deliver someone or bring truth into a situation; a time to speak up. He is different because he longs for the face of God. All these things follow closely, and they are all appropriate. That is what this Searcher says. Man is the only worshipping animal. The sense, therefore, is ‘This applies to everyone’.” (Eaton) c. Half of the problem of life is that we are constantly trying to run this schedule ourselves. God chose them for us. We want everything to be smooth and pleasant. And also that every man should eat and drink,.... Not to excess, but in moderation; and yet freely, plentifully, and cheerfully; and not alone, but giving the poor a portion with him; and in all having in view the glory of God, 1 Corinthians 10:31; and enjoy the good of all his labour; take the comfort of what he has been labouring for, and not lay it up for, and leave it to, he knows not who: the Targum is, "and see good in his days, and cause his children, at the time of his death, to inherit all his labour;'. "Hope in the Lord," [Psalms 43:5] saith he to himself and others, "and be doing good; dwell in the land, and verily thou shalt be fed." I broke up -- and it was very obviously the wrong time to do so. "They that will not labour must not eat," [2 Thessalonians 3:10] saith the apostle. When tyranny rides roughshod over the rights of men there is a time when a nation properly makes war. Ecclesiastes is a book from the Old Testament. We are like animals in other ways, too, the Searcher says. That is what the Searcher has been arguing all along. There is a longing for home, there is a call deep in the human spirit for more than life can provide. . Verse 15: That which is, already has been; that which is to be, already has been; and God seeks what has been driven away. Man’s Work Revisited. Description Reviews (0) Installation Returns FAQ. He is planting a seed for further, wider, and greater understanding, a true foundation to build on. I received a letter from a businessman friend of mine in Dallas, a very thoughtful man, giving me his thinking along this line. The third thing which the Searcher learned is that mystery yet remains: ...yet so that he cannot find out what God has done from the beginning to the end. Ecclesiastes 3:13 And also that every man should eat and drink, and enjoy the good of all his labour, it [is] the gift of God. The Searcher picks that up and says there are three things he wants to show us about it. Most of the struggle of life comes from us wanting to play God ourselves, wanting to be in charge of what happens to us. If you get it out of synch you are in trouble. And a powerful king came against it, surrounded it and built huge siegeworks against it. As they that do shall enjoy the good of all their labour, eat the labour of their hands, and be thrice happy. There is a time for everything, the Searcher says. Funeral sermon for Sandra Russo. I tried it but it doesn't work." Since we are worshipping on the first Sunday in the year 2009, this is a time for new beginnings, a time to say goodbye to the past year and welcome the new one. Then there is "a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together," (Ecclesiastes 3:5a RSV). Ver. For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven. John Gill's Exposition of the Whole Bible, Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible, Keil & Delitzsch Old Testament Commentary, Matthew Poole's English Annotations on the Holy Bible, George Haydock's Catholic Bible Commentary, Commentary Critical and Explanatory on the Whole Bible - Unabridged, Ernst Hengstenberg on John, Revelation, Ecclesiastes, Ezekiel & Psalms. I have. it is the gift of God; not only to have, but to enjoy, and make a proper use of the mercies of life. 16 And I saw something else under the sun: In the place of judgment—wickedness was there, in the place of justice—wickedness was there. All through the Bible we read that "The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom," (Psalm 111:10, Proverbs 9:10). In the sovereign wisdom of God we cannot solve all mysteries. We do not seem to learn these very well. That is what this is telling us. The answer, of course, is that only God can help us to understand what lies beyond life. — 1 Timothy 6:17 The question to be answered is. Amos Obadiah Jonah Micah Nahum Habakkuk Zephaniah Haggai Zechariah Malachi. In other words, there is a beastly quality about all of us which injustice will bring out. Then the Searcher moves into the realm of the soul, with its functions of thinking, feeling and choosing, the social areas, and all the interrelationships of life that flow from that. And every man that eats and drinks and sees good in all his labour, that is a gift of God. Many of us are familiar with Bill Bright' s Four Spiritual Laws, the first of which is, "God loves you and has a wonderful plan for your life." There is "a time to love," when it is right that we should extend our love to somebody who is hurting, someone who is feeling dejected or rejected, lonely or weak. And there is another Judge that stands before the door. Then, if you hang on long enough as I have and you reach that 65th milestone, there is a time when everything starts to fall apart -- "a time to break down." But God has already planned the schedule. So this is the way we should view this list of opposites, as a list of what God thinks we ought to have. 13. Solomon thus teaches us, firstly, what we shall do, and secondly, where we are to get the ability to be thus minded and thus to act: that is, he teaches us, that we with our own thoughts, anxieties and cares, can make nothing better or other than it is: our part is to pray with all earnestness, and call upon God that He may deliver us from sadness and useless cares, and give us a calm and believing heart.". First, He has made everything beautiful in its time; (Ecclesiastes 3:11a RSV). 12 I know that there is nothing better for men than to be happy and do good while they live. Tuesday, July 14, 2009. God has sovereignly, independently, set up the plan of life in a way that we cannot interfere with. God. The wonderful thing to extract from this passage is the great truth that God wants us to learn how to handle life in such a way that we can rejoice in any and every circumstance, as the Scriptures exhorts us. All right. This itch which we cannot scratch is part of God's plan. It should read this way: "Who knows that the spirit of man goes upward and the spirit of the beast goes down to the earth.". I have learned some lessons in life and said, "Lord, I see what you are after. TITLE: “A time for Life” Family and friends of Sandra, especially, Caroline and Cara, Carolyn, Bette, friends and other family: grace to you and peace from God our Father and from the Lord Jesus Christ. None of us asked to be born; it was something done to us, apart from us. Throughout this chapter the idea is propounded that there is an appropriate time for all of life's experiences. [Psalms 37:3]. CHAPTER 3 No One Can Determine the Right Time to Act 1* There is an appointed time for everything, and a time for every affair under the heavens. Use this table to get a word-for-word translation of the original Hebrew Scripture. But, resting in the father's arms, he is quite content to let those enigmas unfold as he grows, trusting in the wisdom of his father. (Ecclesiastes 3:9 RSV). Through the seasons of life, through understanding that we have partners on our way, through seeing that we can’t earn or buy or accumulate happiness, the Teacher want us to know that all of our experiences draw us closer to God, if we know what life is about. (Ecclesiastes 3:13 RSV) Underline the words, "take pleasure." He looked back and saw the futility (“vanity”) of chasing after even the good things this life can offer, including wisdom, work, pleasure, and wealth. clause col - haadam is subject: every one of men, in this that he eats ... is dependent on God. They attack and expose our motive, for seldom do we form an enemy out of a mere mistake of fact or even opinion. What is it about a man that makes him prey upon even his friends or neighbors? Ecclesiastes 12:13-14. 15 Now there lived in that city a man poor but wise, and he saved the city by his wisdom. "Love your enemies," Jesus said (Matthew 5:44, Luke 6:27), because they are valuable to you. Life is seasonal. 8 a time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace. But, with right, Ginsburg remarks that nowhere else - neither at Ecclesiastes 2:24, nor Ecclesiastes 3:22; Ecclesiastes 5:17; Ecclesiastes 8:15; Ecclesiastes 9:7 - is this moral rendering given to the ultimatum; also טוב ור, 13 a, presupposes for לע טוב a eudemonistic sense. Lincoln's hatred of slavery was perfectly appropriate. Only the believer can really see that there was "good" (true and lasting) in what he accomplished (Eph. Though we die like beasts, the spirit of man goes upward while the spirit of the beast goes downward. There is "a time for war, and a time for peace," (Ecclesiastes 3:8b RSV). As the psalmist says, "We are fearfully and wonderfully made." God will not surrender his prerogatives. After the words just quoted Luther remarks further: "but that is just the art to be acquired: that we are able to do it at all is the gift of God. It begins by pairing birth and death as the boundaries of life, "under the sun.". Saved by Toni Shiloh Author. Someone says, "Wait a minute. That is the question with which the Searcher examines everything. That kind of injustice creates anger and frustration in many hearts. There is "a time to kill, and a time to heal." Product Code: ecclesiastes_3_13 Availability: In Stock. This perspective is called the "gift of God" because only those who believe in Him and have accepted His Word are able to think this way. Observe a well fed dog sleeping before the fire on a cold day. You don't have to bring this one back again." Even if such things are satisfying for a time, death is certain to end this satisfaction. There are values and standards which must never be surrendered, while there are other times when we need to throw away things -- clean out the attic, the garage, throw away the old clothes, etc. There is something beyond, something more he is crying out for. How much is permitted in that regard is a perfectly moot subject, one that is being widely debated today. When God refuses to go along we sulk and pout and get angry with him. Everything is appropriate and helpful to us, what appears to be the negative as well as the positive. We are not in the grasp of the Great Cosmic Joykiller, as many people seem to view God. Add to Wish List Add to Compare 0 reviews • Write a review. But it is not merely sex that is designed for pleasure, all things are designed for human pleasure . There is "a time to keep silence, and a time to speak," (Ecclesiastes 3:7b RSV). God allows certain circumstances to show us that we all have that quality about us. Magazine articles by the dozens tell us how to cope with various problems; TV commercials -- dozens to a program it seems -- bombard us, telling us how to be successful in life, or at least how to look successful even if we really are not, health clubs offer us saunas and whirlpool baths to relax us so we can face life with equanimity; while various kinds of drugs are available to turn us on, turn us off, take us out, or whatever. So I saw that there is nothing better than that a man should enjoy his work, for that is his lot; [But remember, enjoyment comes only from God. No sight is worth seeing   unless it is seen through his eyes. Ecclesiastes 3:11 : Ecclesiastes 3:13 >> Ecclesiastes 3:1-22. Ecclesiastes 1:12-18 These questions are designed to help individuals, families, and small groups discuss and apply passages in Ecclesiastes corresponding to our sermons. No matter how hard we try to keep things the same we cant avoid the fact that the pendulu… Verse 14: I know that whatever God does endures for ever; nothing can be added to it, nor anything taken from it; God has made it so, (Ecclesiastes 3:14a RSV). But nobody remembered that poor man. But there is a time when we ought to refuse to embrace them, when our support would be misunderstood and would be tantamount to complicity with something evil. The fear of the Lord: Ecc 2:25 3:13-14 5:7, 20 8:12 12:13-14 The fear of the Lord principle links the purpose of Ecclesiastes to the overall purpose of the other wisdom book s. … from מתּנת ) is here used, as at Ecclesiastes 5:18. Therefore, as a personal matter we are commanded to love them. Let us hear the conclusion, &c. — The sum of all that hath been said or written by wise men. 2 Corinthians Galatians Ephesians Philippians Colossians 1 Thessalonians 2 Thessalonians. Reflections on Ecclesiastes 3 Ecclesiastes 03 (Contemporary English Version) Everything on earth has its own time and its own season. 7 a time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak. If you attempt to live your life without the recognition of God, ultimately you will find yourself, as the Searcher found himself, empty, dissatisfied and restless, feeling that life is miserable and meaningless. Yet we’e also told, “Yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.” In other words, in his fallen state, man senses there Instead of מיּד the word מתּת (abbrev. Pick and choose and create your own based on the needs of your group. All domestic orders. He gives strength to labour, and health to enjoy the good of our labour. He is with his family, enjoying himself, not worried about anything. Chapter 3 seemingly deviates from the theme of the previous chapters, but the deviation is purposeful. It is in the power of God alone alike to bring us happiness and to quiet the heart and free it from cares. Ecclesiastes 3:1. It is so interesting that the Jewish historian and sociologist Hart puts this command as the greatest difference between Christianity and all other world religions. The "also" implies, not only is it God's gift that any man's sufferings are removed or averted, but also that in suffering, present or feared, he should be cheerful. Ecclesiastes to see if we find the themes of the fear of the Lord and peaceful, stable living. C.S. Our problem is that we have such a shallow concept of things. Verse 16 of Chapter 3 begins a section which runs through Chapter 5, in which a series of objections to this thesis are examined by the Searcher. All rights reserved. God may correct it even within time, and if he does not do so "in time," still he has appointed a time when it all will be brought out. 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