Sunday, July 7, 2019
“Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them;…” (Ecclesiastes 12:1 KJV).
What can today’s Scripture teach us?
The title “Ecclesiastes” is the Latin form of the Greek word for “preacher.” It is King Solomon gathering an audience to teach them what he has learned about earthly living. He is elderly, near the close of his sojourn on Earth, his royal administration winding down. Employing a sequence of interesting euphemisms, the Holy Spirit describes the human physical body undergoing the aging process. The key is verse 7, the spirit leaving the body: the culmination of aging is physical death itself.
“ While the sun, or the light, or the moon, or the stars, be not darkened, nor the clouds return after the rain [youth turning to senior citizen]:  In the day when the keepers of the house shall tremble [tremors], and the strong men shall bow themselves [stooping], and the grinders cease because they are few [tooth loss], and those that look out of the windows be darkened [vision loss],  And the doors shall be shut in the streets [lips close], when the sound of the grinding is low [hearing loss], and he shall rise up at the voice of the bird [sleeplessness], and all the daughters of musick shall be brought low [no longer enjoying former pleasures];….
“ Also when they shall be afraid of that which is high [fear of falling], and fears shall be in the way [worrisome], and the almond tree shall flourish [graying hair], and the grasshopper shall be a burden [easily irritated], and desire shall fail [sex drive wanes]: because man goeth to his long home, and the mourners go about the streets [funeral approaching]:  Or ever the silver cord be loosed, or the golden bowl be broken, or the pitcher be broken at the fountain, or the wheel broken at the cistern [various organs and body-parts unusable].  Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.” There, the wages of sin take their toll on flesh and blood. Earthly living ceases….
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