TOPIC: Who knows what is good for man in life (Eccl 6:12 )
Ecclesiastes 6:12 (KJV)
12 For who knoweth what is good for man in this life, all the days of his vain life which he spendeth as a shadow? for who can tell a man what shall be after him under the sun?
Ecclesiastes 7:1-2 (KJV)
1 A good name is better than precious ointment; and the day of death than the day of one's birth. 2 It is better to go to the house of mourning, than to
go to the house of feasting: for that is the end of all men; and the living will lay it to his heart.
Ecclesiastes 7:8 (KJV)
8 Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof: and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit.
PREAMBLE: The discourse of a good name being better than ointment will be for another occasion. One will only say Pa Reuben had a good name, where
he worked and fellowshipped.
QUESTION -1: Who can tell a man what will befall him/her during the earthly journey, under the sun. The teacher describes it as a "Shadow".
QUESTION -2: Why is the end of a thing better than the beginning there off. The human life is a journey, that starts at birth, and terminates at eternity. The seemingly temporary end under the sun, is the discarding of the flesh that returns to dust. But the spirit lives for ever whose terminal location is either hell or heaven.
At birth: You do not determine the How, where, when, what, why you are born.
God has determined the bounds of our habitation [ Acts 17:26 ]
Growing through childhood to adolescence is where must of the "errors of life " occur, due to choices we make. Elaborate. Josh 24:15
The times and season between birth and death, is likened to storms we encounter during the journey of life. Expatiate – Different kinds of storms.
V1-2: Many people avoid thinking about death, refuse to face it, and are reluctant to attend funerals. Solomon is not encouraging us to think morbidly, but he knows that it is helpful to think clearly about death.
It reminds us that we still have
1) Time to change,
2) Time to examine the direction of our lives, and
3) Time to confess our sins and find forgiveness from God. [ Eccl 3:1-2 ]
4) Because everyone will eventually die, it makes sense to plan ahead to experience God’s mercy rather than his justice.
(LASB NLT- Notes) To finish what we start takes hard work, wisdom, self- discipline, and patience. Anyone with vision can start a big project. But vision without wisdom will result in unfinished projects and goals.
As a free moral agent, you determine how you want to end your life
Acts 24:25 (KJV)
25 And as he reasoned of righteousness, temperance, and judgment to come, Felix trembled, and answered, Go thy way for this time; when I have a convenient season, I will call for thee.
May you not come to this funeral, and leave as Felix, for it is appointed unto men once to die and after that judgement. [ Heb 9:27 ] . You may not have another time and chance. Decide now!
Part-2: AIM TO END WELL
1 Corinthians 9:24-25 (KJV)
24 Know ye not that they which run in a race run all, but one receiveth the prize? So run, that ye may obtain. 25 And every man that striveth for the mastery is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a corruptible crown; but we an incorruptible.
Moses: Num 20:11-12 ; Jude:9. – The meek east man on earth. A deliverer, basking in the glory of God, yet could not enter the promised land. Even Satan contended for his body at death.
Remember the “water of Meribah”
Uzziah: 2 Chr 26:5, 16, 21 – As long as his mentor was alive he served the Lord, who prospered and made him great. His heart was lifted up to his own destruction, and died a leper.
Solomon: 2 Chr 1:7,12; 7:12-18; 1Kg 3:3; 11:3; Mt 6:29; Solomon loved the Lord. Loved strange women. Solomon in all his glory is not arrayed…….
Judas Iscariot: Lk 22:; Jn 12:4-6; l.Mt 27:5 – Then entered Satan into Judas. A disciple, yet a thief. Ended up committing sucide.
Demas: Col 4:14; 2Tim 4:10 – Greet Demas, Demas has fore sakes me.
John Mark: Acts 12:12, 25; 15:3-40; 2Tim 4:11. – Home cell at their place.
Two great leaders contending for him, cos of his behavior. Found profitable at the end.
2 Timothy 4:6-8 (KJV)
6 For I am now ready to be offered, and the time of my departure is at hand. 7 I have fought a good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith: 8 Henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness, which the Lord, the righteous judge, shall give me at that day: and not to me only, but unto all them also that love his appearing.