As to life's improvability. Where do we go to find wisdom, meaning, and purpose? 2. ", I. To “remember” is to be reminded that the most joy will be experienced when we’re living in the ways our creator has made us. Let the heart be duly impressed with gratitude for the past, and with hope for the future, and we shall assuredly remember Him. Season Finale - Ecclesiastes 12.1-14 from Damascus Road Church on Vimeo. 1. 3. The youth knows that enthusiasm will wane as the evening of life deepens. Text: Ecclesiastes 6:1-12. Be not, then, selfish in your youth. The pitcher and wheel at the well of living water will be shattered and no more life under the sun will be experienced. 3. 14 For God will bring every deed into judgment, with every secret thing, whether good or evil.We come to the end of Ecclesiastes and things seem to have this end of “fear God and keep his commandments with a final warning and reminder of Judgement.” This rings hollow for us because all the joy of life promised can only be experienced if we have a “good ending” resolution. Sermon on Ecclesiastes 3. All the items Solomon has mentioned here we will come to know if we live long enough. 1. Sociability is a part of Christian duty. Something has stepped in which has spoilt life. For that which is the great blessing of youth is also the great danger of it, I mean, the health and prosperity of it; and, though men have then least reason, yet they are most apt to forget God in the height of pleasure and in the abundance of all things. When the series continues with Jesus as the perfect preacher and teacher He’s asked what is the greatest commandment. A. III. Its roof is pretty well worn out. 2. Not a moment passes without our having His care. Reverent obedience to God is the only method of having a life that shall be worth living. Rewards and punishments were of a very practical nature. his conclusion is found in ecclesiastes 12:13-14. The Lunar New Year only two days away, and many of us have probably been busy preparing for it. Piety in youth lays a foundation for placidity and calmness in age. 3. Life will be simply the growth of godliness. Bible > Ecclesiastes > Chapter 7 > Verse 12 Ecclesiastes 7:12 For wisdom, like money, is a shelter, and the advantage of knowledge is that wisdom preserves the life of its owner. 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ONE UNFORTUNATE QUALITY IN OUR YOUTH, HOWEVER, TOO OFTEN COUNTERACTS THESE FAVOURABLE DISPOSITIONS, and retards their progress in piety. 12 Remember your Creator in the days of your youth, before the days of trouble come and the years approach when you will say, “I find no pleasure in them”— As Ecclesiastes unfolds, contrasting pictures emerge from its pages. Adrian Dieleman . They are vain of their appearance, their talents, if they have no wealth or ancestry. "Thy Creator.". Too many of them are careless and thoughtless, apt to neglect the serious consideration of their Maker and His laws. 2. Young Persons Exhorted to Remember Their Creator, Young persons exhorted to remember their Creator. Because the present is the only certain time we can command for doing it; the past is gone, the future may never be ours. Verse 9-12 | Preaching Notes9 Besides being wise, the Preacher also taught the people knowledge, weighing and studying and arranging many proverbs with great care. 1. In Jesus we see he secured our joy not because we pursued him but because he pursued us. Submit. The strong man is aware that the days of decline are nearing. His answer: Matt 22:27 | “You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. We hope, in Him. 4. Ecc 1:2,14 a. Ecclesiastes 12:5-7. But man cannot hide from himself the fact of limitations. If you are to be a lawyer, a physician, a minister, or a teacher, you need an education in order to succeed in your calling; but if you belong to none of these callings, you need an education to succeed in your manhood. Most young people put their death a long way further off than it is. Education means the development of what is in man; and every man ought to be developed, not because he can make money thereby, but because he can make manhood thereby. There is no glow in the landscape, no streaks of splendour in the sky; there is a deep shadow resting over all. 2. Speaker: Christopher Rich Series: THE PURSUIT | Ecclesiastes, Topic: I have but a few days to wait, and I shall be blessed again with their high and holy society. Verse eight’s familiar refrain of “vanities of vanities” drives home the urgency of this plea. 2. Ecclesiastes 12. Turn to the Hebrew youths in Babylon, and, captives as they were, you see the power that gathered around them as in their self-denial they put aside the delicacies of the king's table rather than incur the possibility of sin, and braved the terrors of the lions' den and the fiery furnace that they might be faithful to God. Habits are not so confirmed in youth as in more advanced years, because the confirmation of habits requires time, and much time has not yet been given. 4. 3. His own selfishness has robbed him of helpers. There is a hereafter. IX. The Bottom Line - Ecclesiastes 12:8-14 (2) Related Media. You hope the clouds will eventually clear but you’re concerned that time has passed. God is true to His covenant, and "the promise is unto you, and to your children, and to all that are afar off, even as many as the Lord our God shall call.". December 20, 2020; Glad Tidings of Great Joy. (12) Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. Gospel sermon by Dr Peter Masters An acclaimed and magnificent jewel of poetic literature by Solomon shows that we are not free, but subject in all things to forces outside our control. By Rev Charles Seet. THE REASON OF THE LIMITATION OF THIS DUTY MORE ESPECIALLY TO THIS PARTICULAR AGE OF OUR LIVES. It is tottering up on its foundation. Remember Him and that thou art His, not thine own. The human body is an instrument of pleasure and use, built for eighty years' wear. Those two little words — "Not yet" — were his ruin. Biblical Commentary Ecclesiastes 1:2, 12-14, 2:18-23 EXEGESIS: THE CONTEXT: The book that we know as Ecclesiastes is known in the Hebrew Scriptures as Qoheleth (sometimes spelled Qohelet or Koheleth). III. 5. "While the evil days come," etc. The first love is usually the strongest and the most lasting. Along his divinely marked way he finds joy springing out of duties performed. "All souls are mine," etc. 1. These are as much God’s words as they are Solomon’s. Food, offspring, and long life were offered to the dutiful and taken from the disobedient. VIII. 5. 4. Our mothers taught us to resist referring to a certain person as just being "lucky" in life. If we have any plans for good, if we want to make this life a preparation for the glories of the future, how busy ought the thought and the sight of death to make us. V. It is another recommendation of early piety, and another obligation to the practice of it, that we shall thereby discharge, as far as WE ARE REQUIRED TO DISCHARGE IT, A DEBT OF GRATITUDE AND JUSTICE. II. "Man goeth to his long home." If there be any pleasure in religion, the amount taken is increased by being tasted early. For this reason, I deprecate late hours, irregular hours, or irregular sleep. L'Eternel fut avec lui, et la prospérité l'accompagna; il habitait dans la maison de … (1) There was a period when we had no being; had we always been in existence we could have had no Creator; but on the limited period of mortal life, both as it regards its commencement and close, the Scriptures are explicit (Job 8:9; Psalm 39:5; James 4:14). 6. 3. II. Revelation must adapt itself to the capacity of the receiver. I’d suggest that Ecclesiastes is the strong, hot, black coffee of the Bible that can sober us up when our religion ignores the countless forms of human folly. All truth is God’s truth. (11) Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. RELIGION WILL GIVE MOST JOY, AND IT WILL SECURE MOST USEFULNESS IF COMMENCED NOW. While it professes the deepest reverence for an insect form or faultless crystal or mote of star-dust, it shuts the senses to any call to penitence, or prayer, or trust, or sacrifice, since we cannot know if there be One supreme who has uttered it. The valuable cord and priceless bowl holding your life up and together; one link in the chain will snap and your life is broken beyond repair. And this does not contradict the former argument, though it seems to do so. Remember, once again, that the young have often become Christians. Psalm 141:2. Ecclesiastes 3:1-8. God is — no question — no perhaps. 1); and old age must end in death. IV. When we remember our creator before our deterioration we can meet this season not with growing fear of our abilities fading and life ending but with peace knowing these bodies are not our final eternal home. V. DEATH MAY BE VERY NEAR, AND IS SURELY COMING NOW. In youth we find the greatest aptness to learn. Here is, I. His life has branched out into wonderful complexity. If we all have and are His, ought we not in all things to be regulated by His will? "Remember now thy Creator," was the voice which conscience once more addressed to him. Its walls are much shattered and it trembles with every wind. Lucky. But, if the man begins early, it is different. We must keep a strict watch over our hearts and our conduct. Chapter 12. When sorrows come we are not shut up to the conviction that we are the victims of fate. The purposeful life of Joy worshipping him and following his Commands rises with Jesus.Knowledge of God’s love leads to worship of God and then to obedience to God’s commands. These are as much God’s words as they are Solomon’s. That is not a word which Christians like very much. Let us endeavour to form a habit of seeing the Creator in all things; of recognizing the hand of God in the works of nature and the course of events. Gloria in Excelsis Deo. The spirit of the age is hushing the demands of the Creator and magnifying those of the created. (3) Absolute obedience. The thought is: recall God's presence daily; live in a relationship with him; seek to discover the greatness and glories of … The rational youth must stand on a footing different from the idiot youth. 4. They are ignorant that they are wearing out their body by the excitement of their brains. 3. The Apostle Paul writes thus, 2 Corinthians 5:1-11 The soul is gifted with new powers, and the heart with a wealth of new feelings. In youth, while not yet corrupted by intercourse with a corrupt world, are generally observed a diffidence and modesty, which not only form a constant guard to purity and integrity, but which bid fair to ripen into humility and devotion. It is more than a passing acknowledgement but a full commitment to live our lives pledging our allegiance to Him and living out the purposes He has for our lives. He may become a godly man, but still he will have been an ungodly youth. There was one very pleasant story told among the ancients about a person called Erichthonius: they said he was very comely in his body, from the waist upwards, but he had his thighs and legs like the tail of an eel, small and deformed; for a long time he did not understand that he was different from the rest of mankind, but as soon as he became conscious of his hateful weakness, he grew so melancholy that God pitied him; and then He showed him, in a dream, what gave him a fresh and splendid idea; that is to say, this poor shapeless creature was the inventor of the chariot or carriage, whereby his own want could be supplied; so God benefited him, and so he became a benefactor himself to men. We are to bear in mind the superintending care of His providence and the riches of His grace. When we started Ecclesiastes back in September and when we did we said this book is not a destination. 2. Let me speak of the intellectual resources that are to help you in old age. Look at their views —. What is the point of all our accomplishments? It’s never leaving there. The Preacher spent 10 chapters making the case for what life looks like under the sun, apart from God and how trying to find meaning and purpose in this life while being indifferent or opposed to God is a vain errand. I. There are words of delight (what sounds good and is good to the ear) and there are words of truth. If old age be, in its calmness and stillness, like evening, remember that it has the duskiness and the chilliness of evening. 2. The calamities which fall upon us will then lose much of their weight; old age will be unto us only a nearer approach to everlasting youth; and we shall meet death, if not with cheerfulness, at least with decency and resignation. In its happy influence religion, or a filial compliance with the will of God, includes "the whole duty of man." Existence is transfigured. Ecclesiastes 1:2, 12-14; 2:18-23 Strong, Hot, Black Coffee (Hoffacker) Strong, hot, black coffee and plenty of it helps to sober up a drunk, or so it is said. For all of us with years or decades left of vitality the call is not to despair but to purposeful action remembering our Creator has granted us life. He who said, "Suffer the little children to come unto me," he who, beholding the young inquirer, loved him, draws near to every youthful nature, and commands and beseeches that reverent attention, that willing faith, that affectionate attachment, which shall lead to a life of piety, and to an immortality of blessedness. They will not only remind us of Him, but they contain all the knowledge of Him which it is essential to acquire, and "are able to make us wise unto salvation, through faith which is in Christ Jesus.". C. In our text of study for this lesson (Ecclesiastes 3:1-15), we will see Solomon contemplating the providence of God. Amplifying this terse and impressive language, we may hear the wise man addressing the youthful, and saying, "Remember that thou hast a Creator; that thy Creator ever remembers thee; that he not only deserves, but desires, thy remembrance; that his character should be remembered with reverence, his bounty with gratitude, his Law with obedience and submission, his love with faith and gladness, his promises with prayerfulness and with hope.". A sermon from Ecclesiastes 12:9-14 by Darryl Dash. It will be another recommendation of early piety, THAT IT IS LIKELY TO BECOME THE MOST ACCEPTABLE TO ITS OBJECT; because the most suitable to his character and our own. (v1-2) There are years we are given of vitality, hopefulness, and anticipation. Writers often gloat over death; they force the melancholy of it home upon our hearts, they seem to say (as Dickens is accused of saying in effect in describing the death of little Nell), "Now let us have a cry together." 1. Ecclesiastes 12:1. 3. We shall surely reach port. Rejoice, O young man, in your youth, And let your heart cheer you in the days of your youth; Walk in the ways of your heart, And … Grow to your fellow-men, instead of growing away from them, and strive to live more and more in sympathy with them and for them. It would pay to heed the commands of Jehovah. W. Clarkson . But the house in which he lives at present is becoming dilapidated. If men were more moderate in their expectations; if, when they had obtained a reasonable competency, they secured that from the perils of commercial reverses, more men, I think, would go into old age serene and happy. What has God done for us, and what has He promised to do? Since we are by nature strangers to divine truth, let us be ready to receive instruction from those who are wiser and better than ourselves. 2. ITS CERTAINTY. John Quincy Adams is well. Read. The preacher was a teacher of others. Life with God in it moves safely. i. what does it mean to fear god. All our pursuits we have under the sun will be found empty and meaningless if they are not subordinate to a paramount pursuit of our Creator. There are examples of it, that none may despair; and those examples are few, that none may presume. 3. To have people grinding out wheat and flour was to have people active in preparing food. A once spritely and agile person is now dragging their feet and leaning on a walker. Remember your Creator before your discouragement. I. 1. Find Top Church Sermons, Illustrations, and Preaching Slides on Ecclesiastes 12. And how much reason there is to press both these considerations upon young persons I shall endeavour to show in the following particulars. It is what is first taken into the mind that sinks the deepest and lasts the longest. 5. 4. The days of youth are days of peculiar VALUE. There is an obligation which runs through all these stages, meets man in every step he takes. So it is: but is it, therefore, unsuitable to health and youth? Piety induces gloom and melancholy, it is often further urged. Repentance is the gift of Jesus Christ, and He may righteously withhold to-morrow what we ungratefully refuse to-day. Man is not made only for this life. MINISTRY OF SERMONAUDIO. These are the simple relations in which he stands. There are certain characters which in youth lose part of their youth. In Jesus we see God who secured the punishment for the judgement of our sin and nailed it firmly fixed on the cross. The lambs that gambol over the fields, the birds that sing among the branches do net dream they will ever grow old. Ecclesiastes 12:13, 14. The Creator made the world good and men and women in his image. The author, King Solomon, wrote Ecclesiastes to be a book of wisdom from a more cynical perspective. Sermon Bible Commentary. Old age has left you with just ol’chomper so say good bye to steak and hello to mushy peas. 4. 7. "The days of thy youth." 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