Saturday, January 11, 2014

Journal Through the Bible: Week 49 Wednesday

Ecclesiastes chapters 11 and 12

Near the conclusion of Solomon's volume is a poetic description of growing old. But at the very end he exhorts all to fear God and keep His commands. This is our whole duty and we will be judged by how well we do this.

Does God issue any commands?

  • God does not speak directly in these chapters.

Does God make any promises?

  • God does not speak directly in these chapters.

Do these chapters teach anything about Jesus?

  • Solomon exhorted young men to remember their Creator while they are young. Jesus did! Luke tells of Jesus' experience in the Temple at the age of 12 when He spoke to the religious leaders about His Father.
  • Jesus is the only man who perfectly feared (reverenced) God and kept His commandments. 

Do these chapters teach anything about yet-future events?

  • Once again, Solomon warns of coming judgment. This time he was speaking specifically about young men who think that youth lasts forever and that they shall be totally unaccountable for the decisions they make. One day everyone stands before God, the Supreme Judge. (11:9-10 and 12:14)

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