SGA Pic of Christ lesson 71


Lesson 71
Ecclesiastes 12:1-14

"Behold, the Lord's hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither His ear heavy, that it cannot hear" (Tsa. 59:1). Our Lord is able to save to the uttermost them that come to God by Him, young or old. All men and women OUGHT to seek the Lord at all times! God commands all to repent and believe the record that He has given concerning His Son. But this chapter deals with things AS THEY ARE, not as they OUGHT TO BE. It is a fact that the overwhelming majority of people who do not seek the Lord early will spend old age in the gall of bitterness and die without God and without hope. Those who learn the grace of God in Christ early in life live out their days on earth walking with God in peace, resting in His good providence, and die with a good hope of life eternal.

(Vs. 1) "Remember now thy creator in the days of thy youth."

(a) We are mindful that there is a God of great and glorious perfections (omnipotent, omniscient, omnipresent, holy, just, true) who will judge the world in righteousness (Isa. 46:9-13).

(b) We are mindful that God is, in Christ Jesus, a God gracious and merciful, pardoning iniquity and sin by His obedience and death.

(c) We are mindful that the end for which we are made is to glorify Him (Rev. 4:11). If we are saved, resurrected on that great day, and conformed to the image of Christ, it will be by His grace, according to His mercy, through His own work, and for His glory (I Cor. 1:30-31).

(Vs. 2-7) Solomon describes the infirmities of old age and the troubles that come upon us in order to encourage the young to seek the Lord early.

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(Vs. 6) "The silver cord" is the bond between soul and body. "The golden bowl" is the brain, which stops functioning; and "the pitcher broken at the fountain" is the heart, which is the fountain of life.

(Vs. 7-8) The body, which is dust, shall return to the earth; and the spirit or soul shall return to God who gave it. Now, when you consider all this vanity of the world and the flesh, is it not wise to remember, be mindful of, and seek to know the living God with whom we have to do? How foolish to invest all in decaying flesh!

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Henry Mahan
Ashland, Ky.