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Thursday, September 19, 2013

Remember Your Creator In Your Youth

Ecclesiastes 12:1-14 NIV





1 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”—
2before the sun and the light
and the moon and the stars grow dark,
and the clouds return after the rain;
3when the keepers of the house tremble,
and the strong men stoop,
when the grinders cease because they are few,
and those looking through the windows grow dim;
4when the doors to the street are closed
and the sound of grinding fades;
when people rise up at the sound of birds,
but all their songs grow faint;
5when people are afraid of heights
and of dangers in the streets;
when the almond tree blossoms
and the grasshopper drags itself along
and desire no longer is stirred.
Then people go to their eternal home
and mourners go about the streets.

6 Remember Him—before the silver cord is severed,
and the golden bowl is broken;
before the pitcher is shattered at the spring,
and the wheel broken at the well,
7 and the dust returns to the ground it came from,
and the spirit returns to God Who gave it.

8“Meaningless! Meaningless!” says the Teacher.a
“Everything is meaningless!”



The Conclusion of the Matter

9Not only was the Teacher wise, but he also imparted knowledge to the people. He pondered and searched out and set in order many proverbs. 10The Teacher searched to find just the right words, and what he wrote was upright and true.

11The words of the wise are like goads, their collected sayings like firmly embedded nails—given by one shepherd.b 12Be warned, my son, of anything in addition to them.

Of making many books there is no end, and much study wearies the body.

13Now all has been heard;
here is the conclusion of the matter:

Fear God and keep His Commandments,
for this is the duty of all mankind.

14 For God will bring every deed into judgment,
including every hidden thing,
whether it is good or evil.





And the dust returns to the ground it came from,
and the spirit returns to God Who gave it.



The spirit separated unto God from the body at death. No more is said here of its future destiny. To return to God, Who is the Fountain Psalm 36:9 of Life, certainly means to continue to live.  The doctrine of life after death is implied here as in Exodus 3:6 (compare Mark 12:26),  Psalm 17:15 and in many other passages of Scripture earlier than the age of Solomon. 

Our Lord Jesus says in Mark 12:26-27;

But regarding the fact that the dead rise again, have you not read in the book of Moses, in the passage about the burning bush, how God spoke to him, saying, ‘I AM THE GOD OF ABRAHAM, AND THE GOD OF ISAAC, AND THE GOD OF JACOB’?  He is not the God of the dead, but of the living; you are greatly mistaken.


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