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Thursday, 19 November 2015
DEATH COMES TO ALL
Ecclesiastes 9:1-12 NKJV
For I considered all this in my heart, so that I could declare it all: that the righteous and the wise and their works are in the hand of God. People know neither love nor hatred by anything they see before them. 2 All things come alike to all:
One event happens to the righteous and the wicked; To the good, the clean, and the unclean; To him who sacrifices and him who does not sacrifice. As is the good, so is the sinner; He who takes an oath as he who fears an oath.
3 This is an evil in all that is done under the sun: that one thing happens to all. Truly the hearts of the sons of men are full of evil; madness is in their hearts while they live, and after that they go to the dead. 4 But for him who is joined to all the living there is hope, for a living dog is better than a dead lion.
5 For the living know that they will die; But the dead know nothing, And they have no more reward, For the memory of them is forgotten. 6 Also their love, their hatred, and their envy have now perished; Nevermore will they have a share In anything done under the sun.
7 Go, eat your bread with joy, And drink your wine with a merry heart; For God has already accepted your works. 8 Let your garments always be white, And let your head lack no oil.
9 Live joyfully with the wife whom you love all the days of your vain life which He has given you under the sun, all your days of vanity; for that is your portion in life, and in the labor which you perform under the sun.
10 Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might; for there is no work or device or knowledge or wisdom in the grave where you are going.
11 I returned and saw under the sun that—
The race is not to the swift, Nor the battle to the strong, Nor bread to the wise, Nor riches to men of understanding, Nor favor to men of skill; But time and chance happen to them all. 12 For man also does not know his time: Like fish taken in a cruel net, Like birds caught in a snare, So the sons of men are snared in an evil time, When it falls suddenly upon them.
LESSON FOR ALL
This particular chapter in the bible is neither to scare us that we will all die one day nor to encourage us to live a wayward life because death is befalls both the righteous and the unrighteous. But this chapter is to remind us that we will all die one day, however, we still have hopes while we are alive (But for him who is joined to all the living there is hope). Hope for what? Hope for life after death.
As fishes are not aware they will be caught in the net, as birds are not aware that they will be caught in the snare, as animals are not aware they will be caught in the trap; that same way is the way death comes to all. Death comes when no one is expecting it and of course, there is no way to make our wayward ways right before God after death. This is why verse 4 said "But for him who is joined to all the living there is hope for a living dog is better than a dead lion." Therefore, the opportunity of being alive should not be under-utilized, we should always use this opportunity to keep our garments white before God.
While we were encouraged to enjoy our lives and make merry with it in verse 7, verse 8 clearly instructed us to always let our garments be white (stay righteous before God always) and let our heads lack no oil.
May the good Lord help us to always stay strong in Him and while we run this race we will always find favor before God.
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