Eccl. 11-12 Bottom Line

WHAT’S THE BOTTOM LINE?
Ecclesiastes 11:7-12:4    August 20 2006

Solomon advised people to enjoy every minute if
being young. Young people should live their lives
within the boundaries of God’s revealed will
because they will one day give an account to God
for everything they have done.
Regardless of our age, we should continuously seek to learn and to apply the truths of God’s Word. Solomon concluded Ecclesiastes with sober advice – “fear god and keep His commands” and live each day with the knowledge that God “will bring every act to judgment.”

1. Recognize God-Given Boundaries (Eccl. 11:9-10)

Eccl. 11:9   Rejoice, young man, while you are young, and
let your heart cheer you in the days of your youth. Follow
the inclination of your heart and the desire of your eyes,
but know that for all these things God will bring you into
judgment. 11:10   Banish anxiety from your mind, and put
away pain from your body; for youth and the dawn of life
are vanity.

2. Remember God Every Day (Eccl. 12:1-5)

Eccl. 12:1   Remember your creator in the days of your
youth, before the days of trouble come, and the years
draw near when you will say, “I have no pleasure in them”;
12:2   before the sun and the light and the moon and the
stars are darkened and the clouds return with the rain; 12:3
in the day when the guards of the house tremble, and the
strong men are bent, and the women who grind cease working
because they are few, and those who look through the
windows see dimly; 12:4   when the doors on the street are
shut, and the sound of the grinding is low, and one rises up
at the sound of a bird, and all the daughters of song are
brought low; 12:5   when one is afraid of heights, and terrors
are in the road; the almond tree blossoms, the grasshopper
drags itself along and desire fails; because all must go to
their eternal home, and the mourners will go about the
streets;

3. Revere and Obey God (Eccl. 12:13-14)

Eccl. 12:13   The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear
God, and keep his commandments; for that is the whole duty
of everyone. 12:14   For God will bring every deed into
judgment, including every secret thing, whether good or evil.

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