Ecclesiastes 12

This is the last chapter, Ecclesiastes 12

Ecclesiastes 12

Ecclesiastes 12:1

1 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

Ecclesiastes 12:1-8 is one of the most beautiful poems in the Bible. Its subject is very sad, however. It describes how a young person becomes old. And in the end, of course, that person dies Ecclesiastes 12:7.

The purpose of that poem is to teach the lesson that it repeats in Ecclesiastes 12:1 and Ecclesiastes 12:6. People should remember God before they are too old to appreciate his goodness Ecclesiastes 12:1. Or certainly, they must remember him before the day of their death Ecclesiastes 12:6.

By the word ‘remember’, the poem does not mean just to think about God. He created us, so he should be constantly in our thoughts. He deserves our love and our thanks and our worship. All that we have comes from Him. So when we ‘remember’ Him, it should affect our entire lives.

King Solomon urges people not to delay. He repeats and emphasizes that message. The proper time to remember God is now. Then you can remain grateful to Him for the rest of your life.

Troubles will certainly happen to you in the future. There will be occasions when life seems to bring no pleasure. It would be terrible if these troubles caused you to forget God or to neglect your relationship with him.

Because of illness or weakness, people are sometimes not aware of God’s presents in their lives. So if you are young, strong, and in good health, remember God’s kindness now! Give your life to Him; use your strength and good health to serve him.

But if you are neither young nor strong or in good health, you still have a duty to serve God Ecclesiastes 12:13. Love God with your whole heart and trust Him always and completely. He created you; he loves and cares for you.

Ecclesiastes 12:2-5

While the sun, or the light, or the moon, or the stars, be not darkened, nor the clouds return after the rain:

In the day when the keepers of the house shall tremble, and the strong men shall bow themselves, and the grinders cease because they are few, and those that look out of the windows be darkened,

And the doors shall be shut in the streets, when the sound of the grinding is low, and he shall rise up at the voice of the bird, and all the daughters of music shall be brought low;

Also when they shall be afraid of that which is high, and fears shall be in the way, and the almond tree shall flourish, and the grasshopper shall be a burden, and desire shall fail: because man goeth to his long home, and the mourners go about the streets:

Ecclesiastes 12:2-5

People often speak about old age as if it is a wonderful thing. For example, we wish people a long life.

But the reality is that old age is often difficult. A person who remains strong and healthy in old age has a special reason to be grateful to God. That is not the experience of most people. We have constant troubles through our whole lives but sometimes people’s problems in old age seem even worse.

King Solomon describes these problems in poetry, with a word-picture in every line. Usually, I explain each of the Bible’s word-pictures; but I will not do that here. This is poetry: it seems better to think about the descriptions than to describe every detail.

But the general meaning is that people’s weaknesses increase in old age. And each of their senses becomes weaker. They do not see or hear well. They seem less aware of the things in this world. It is as if their many problems are preparing them to leave this world.

Everything in this world is temporary; it cannot last. Even our bodies and our homes in this world are temporary. It is only beyond death that we receive a permanent home. That home can be with God, in Heaven. Or, it can be in hell, which Solomon described in Ecclesiastes 9:4-6.

So Solomon urges us: remember God. Confess your sins to Him, and invite Him into your life. Serve Him in a joyful manner, so that after death you will continue to know His joy and peace. That is the only proper way to prepare for the day when God is your judge Ecclesiastes 12:14.

Ecclesiastes 12:6

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.

Ecclesiastes 12:6

Ecclesiastes 12:6 describes life in the most beautiful manner. But we feel uncomfortable, because the subject of the verse is death, not life.

Life is delicate, like a silver chain that someone has made by hand. A fine chain is very beautiful, but it breaks so easily. Life on this earth is beautiful, but it ends suddenly.

Life is precious, like a golden bowl. Gold was the most expensive metal when Solomon wrote the Book of Ecclesiastes. You need a lot of gold to make a bowl. But if the bowl breaks, nobody can repair it. Nothing on this earth seems as valuable to us as our lives. But when we die, nobody can give life back to us.

People need a constant supply of water, especially in a dry country. If an accident causes the supply to stop, that is a terrible event. Our lives depend on a constant supply of water, and of many other things, too. And like the water, a single accident is enough to end our lives.

During our whole lives, death seems only a moment away. We all know that we must die. But none of us knows when that will happen. So Solomon gives the only advice that is sensible in the circumstances. We must remember God! After death, he will be our judge; so we need to have a right relationship with Him now.

It is foolish to leave that decision until you are older. You do not know that God will allow you to live any longer then this minute. Now you have an opportunity to trust God. Now you have the opportunity to invite Him into your life. Your body must die, but your spirit can know life without end, in Heaven (John 3:16). “16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”

Ecclesiastes 12;7

Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.

Ecclesiastes 12:7

Ecclesiastes 12:7 gives a very clear description of what happens at death. As the Bible is God’s word, its description of death is very important to us. We do not believe that this is just someone’s opinion. God has provided this description to help us understand about death.

During a person’s whole life, that person’s body and spirit remain together. However, it is easy to distinguish the body from the spirit. The body consists of materials that come from this earth. The Bible says that God made people from the dust of the earth (Genesis 2:7). “7 And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life; and man became a living soul.”

But a body without a spirit is not alive. A person’s spirit comes from God. It does not belong to this world and it does not consist of materials from this world.

At death, both the body and the spirit return to their proper places. The body returns to the ground. In a grave, a body actually becomes part of the earth again. After a few years, hardly anything of the body remains – just a few bones. In the end, even the bones return to the soil.But the person’s spirit does not return to the earth; it does not belong on this earth. The person’s spirit returns to God, who gave it to that person.And then God is that person’s judge Ecclesiastes 12:14. He judges the person’s spirit. God will make one of two possible judgements about that person (Matthew 13:47-50): “47 Again, the kingdom of heaven is like unto a net, that was cast into the sea, and gathered of every kind:

48 Which, when it was full, they drew to shore, and sat down, and gathered the good into vessels, but cast the bad away.

49 So shall it be at the end of the world: the angels shall come forth, and sever the wicked from among the just,

50 And shall cast them into the furnace of fire: there shall be wailing and gnashing of teeth.”

  1. God wants to forgive people because He sent Jesus to die for them (John 3:16). “16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
  2. Then, their spirits will go to heaven (John 14:2). “2 In my Father’s house are many mansions: if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.”
  3. But that is only possible when people have invited him into their lives (John 1:12) “12 But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name:”
  1. The unbelievers, who never took Jesus Christ as their savior, still have all their sins intact. These people cannot benefit from God’s gift of salvation. God cannot allow sin into Heaven so God will decide that these people are guilty because their sins are not covered by the blood of Christ. And they cannot avoid His punishment at the white throne judgement (Luke 16:19-26); “19 There was a certain rich man, which was clothed in purple and fine linen, and fared sumptuously every day:

20 And there was a certain beggar named Lazarus, which was laid at his gate, full of sores,

21 And desiring to be fed with the crumbs which fell from the rich man’s table: moreover the dogs came and licked his sores.

22 And it came to pass, that the beggar died, and was carried by the angels into Abraham’s bosom: the rich man also died, and was buried;

23 And in hell he lift up his eyes, being in torments, and seeth Abraham afar off, and Lazarus in his bosom.

24 And he cried and said, Father Abraham, have mercy on me, and send Lazarus, that he may dip the tip of his finger in water, and cool my tongue; for I am tormented in this flame.

25 But Abraham said, Son, remember that thou in thy lifetime receivedst thy good things, and likewise Lazarus evil things: but now he is comforted, and thou art tormented.

26 And beside all this, between us and you there is a great gulf fixed: so that they which would pass from hence to you cannot; neither can they pass to us, that would come from thence.”  

(Revelation 20:11-15). “11 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.

12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.

13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.

14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.

15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.”

Ecclesiastes 12:8

Vanity of vanities, saith the preacher; all is vanity.

Ecclesiastes 12:8

This was how King Solomon began his book Ecclesiastes 1:2. Here, near the end of his book, he repeats the same idea. We can see that his opinions have not changed.

Here in Ecclesiastes 12:8, he describes life and death as ‘vanity’. The word ‘vanity’ means ‘without any proper purpose’. Solomon has used that word constantly through this book. He always uses it to describe people: their lives, their thoughts and their work.

King Solomon means that people are very weak spiritually. They care about things that do not matter. They work for things that have no real value. They love things that are not important. They do things without any proper purpose. During their whole lives, they achieve nothing that is really worthwhile. And, of course, their deaths achieve nothing, too.

Although King Solomon believed that about people, his opinion about God was very different. People should respect God Ecclesiastes 5:1-4. Everything that God does is perfect (Deuteronomy 32:4). “4 He is the Rock, his work is perfect: for all his ways are judgment: a God of truth and without iniquity, just and right is he.”

Everything that God says achieves his purposes (Isaiah 55:11). “11 So shall my word be that goeth forth out of my mouth: it shall not return unto me void, but it shall accomplish that which I please, and it shall prosper in the thing whereto I sent it.”

God does nothing that is in vain. Even when God created people, his work was perfect Ecclesiastes 7:29. For that reason in particular, people should think about their own relationship with God Ecclesiastes 12:1.

People’s lives are achieving nothing because they do not care about their relationship with God. Instead, people care about their possessions, their desires and even their feelings. But it is different for the people who have chosen to serve God. They have a special relationship with God; God looks after them (Job 1:8-10). “8 And the Lord said unto Satan, Hast thou considered my servant Job, that there is none like him in the earth, a perfect and an upright man, one that feareth God, and escheweth evil?

9 Then Satan answered the Lord, and said, Doth Job fear God for nought?

10 Hast not thou made a hedge about him, and about his house, and about all that he hath on every side? thou hast blessed the work of his hands, and his substance is increased in the land.”

And they do God’s work. So the things that they do are not in vain.

Ecclesiastes 12:9-10

And moreover, because the preacher was wise, he still taught the people knowledge; yea, he gave good heed, and sought out, and set in order many proverbs.

10 The preacher sought to find out acceptable words: and that which was written was upright, even words of truth.

Ecclesiastes 12:9-10

We can see from Ecclesiastes 1:1 and Ecclesiastes 2:1-10 that ‘the teacher’ in the Book of Ecclesiastes means King Solomon. Solomon was a great king, and he was also a very wise man (1 Kings 4:29-34). “29 And God gave Solomon wisdom and understanding exceeding much, and largeness of heart, even as the sand that is on the sea shore.

30 And Solomon’s wisdom excelled the wisdom of all the children of the east country, and all the wisdom of Egypt.

31 For he was wiser than all men; than Ethan the Ezrahite, and Heman, and Chalcol, and Darda, the sons of Mahol: and his fame was in all nations round about.

32 And he spake three thousand proverbs: and his songs were a thousand and five.

33 And he spake of trees, from the cedar tree that is in Lebanon even unto the hyssop that springeth out of the wall: he spake also of beasts, and of fowl, and of creeping things, and of fishes.

34 And there came of all people to hear the wisdom of Solomon, from all kings of the earth, which had heard of his wisdom.”

In fact, he became famous across the world for his wisdom (2 Chronicles 9:1-8); “9 And when the queen of Sheba heard of the fame of Solomon, she came to prove Solomon with hard questions at Jerusalem, with a very great company, and camels that bare spices, and gold in abundance, and precious stones: and when she was come to Solomon, she communed with him of all that was in her heart.

2 And Solomon told her all her questions: and there was nothing hid from Solomon which he told her not.

3 And when the queen of Sheba had seen the wisdom of Solomon, and the house that he had built,

4 And the meat of his table, and the sitting of his servants, and the attendance of his ministers, and their apparel; his cupbearers also, and their apparel; and his ascent by which he went up into the house of the Lord; there was no more spirit in her.

5 And she said to the king, It was a true report which I heard in mine own land of thine acts, and of thy wisdom:

6 Howbeit I believed not their words, until I came, and mine eyes had seen it: and, behold, the one half of the greatness of thy wisdom was not told me: for thou exceedest the fame that I heard.

7 Happy are thy men, and happy are these thy servants, which stand continually before thee, and hear thy wisdom.

8 Blessed be the Lord thy God, which delighted in thee to set thee on his throne, to be king for the Lord thy God: because thy God loved Israel, to establish them for ever, therefore made he thee king over them, to do judgment and justice.”

(2 Chronicles 9:22-23). “22 And king Solomon passed all the kings of the earth in riches and wisdom.

23 And all the kings of the earth sought the presence of Solomon, to hear his wisdom, that God had put in his heart.”

Solomon’s wisdom was a gift from God (1 Kings 3:5-12). “5 In Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream by night: and God said, Ask what I shall give thee.

6 And Solomon said, Thou hast showed unto thy servant David my father great mercy, according as he walked before thee in truth, and in righteousness, and in uprightness of heart with thee; and thou hast kept for him this great kindness, that thou hast given him a son to sit on his throne, as it is this day.

7 And now, O Lord my God, thou hast made thy servant  king instead of David my father: and I am but a little child: I know not how to go out or come in.

8 And thy servant is in the midst of thy people which thou hast chosen, a great people, that cannot be numbered nor counted for multitude.

9 Give therefore thy servant an understanding heart to judge thy people, that I may discern between good and bad: for who is able to judge this thy so great a people?

10 And the speech pleased the Lord, that Solomon had asked this thing.

11 And God said unto him, Because thou hast asked this thing, and hast not asked for thyself long life; neither hast asked riches for thyself, nor hast asked the life of thine enemies; but hast asked for thyself understanding to discern judgment;

12 Behold, I have done according to thy words: lo, I have given thee a wise and an understanding heart; so that there was none like thee before thee, neither after thee shall any arise like unto thee.”

So Solomon did not study in order to become wise. He studied because he was wise. God gave King Solomon his wisdom.A wise person always wants to learn more (Proverbs 9:9) “9 Give instruction to a wise man, and he will be yet wiser: teach a just man, and he will increase in learning.”

Especially, Solomon, he studied and collected proverbs; (1 Kings 4:32). “32 And he spake three thousand proverbs: and his songs were a thousand and five.”

Proverbs are the wise words that people say. You can find many of Solomon’s proverbs in the Book of Proverbs in the Bible.

Solomon did not just collect all this knowledge for his own benefit. In addition to all his other duties, he taught the people. You can read some of his lessons in Proverbs chapters 1 to 9.

Possibly, the person who put the Book of Ecclesiastes into its present form was one of Solomon’s students. That person wanted to use Solomon’s wisdom in order to teach people that they need to have a right relationship with God Ecclesiastes 12:13-14.

Solomon had studied the nature of people’s lives in this world very carefully. He could see that people were wasting their lives with stupid activities. He urged people to think seriously about their lives.

Like the lives of many great teachers, Solomon’s life disappoints us. If Solomon had followed his own advice, he would not have carried out the evil acts in (1 Kings 11:1-10.)  “1 But king Solomon loved many strange women, together with the daughter of Pharaoh, women of the Moabites, Ammonites, Edomites, Zidonians, and Hittites:

2 Of the nations concerning which the Lord said unto the children of Israel, Ye shall not go in to them, neither shall they come in unto you: for surely they will turn away your heart after their gods: Solomon clave unto these in love.

3 And he had seven hundred wives, princesses, and three hundred concubines: and his wives turned away his heart.

4 For it came to pass, when Solomon was old, that his wives turned away his heart after other gods: and his heart was not perfect with the Lord his God, as was the heart of David his father.

5 For Solomon went after Ashtoreth the goddess of the Zidonians, and after Milcom the abomination of the Ammonites.

6 And Solomon did evil in the sight of the Lord, and went not fully after the Lord, as did David his father.

7 Then did Solomon build an high place for Chemosh, the abomination of Moab, in the hill that is before Jerusalem, and for Molech, the abomination of the children of Ammon.

8 And likewise did he for all his strange wives, which burnt incense and sacrificed unto their gods.

9 And the Lord was angry with Solomon, because his heart was turned from the Lord God of Israel, which had appeared unto him twice,

10 And had commanded him concerning this thing, that he should not go after other gods: but he kept not that which the Lord commanded.”

But that fact teaches us a useful lesson also. We must not depend even on the greatest people. Our trust must be in God alone. We need the wisdom that God gives. And we will find that wisdom in the Bible with the help of the Holy Spirit.

Ecclesiastes 12:11-12

11 The words of the wise are as goads, and as nails fastened by the masters of assemblies, which are given from one shepherd.

12 And further, by these, my son, be admonished: of making many books there is no end; and much study is a weariness of the flesh.

Ecclesiastes 12:11-12

Shepherds used a “goad, a sharp pointy stick” to prod his flock along. On the path, the shepherd knew to be the right.

Before the end of his book, King Solomon offers some advice about books in general.

At the time of the earlier part of the Bible, people did not usually buy books. Instead, they copied an old book, and so they made their own book. That was also their method of study and, of course, it was hard work.

Even then, there were many books and they were not all worthwhile for the student to copy. So, the student should choose books that will teach him to be wise. And of course, God’s commands (the Bible) are the best books Ecclesiastes 12:13.

King Solomon compares wise books to two sharp objects: goads and ‘nails’.

When a farmer plowed his land, he carried a goad. A pair of strong animals called oxen pulled the plough. If one of them went the wrong way, the farmer would use the goad to control it. The goad could be painful, but the animal soon learned its lesson.

So, wise words are sometimes unpleasant. But they teach us correct behavior and attitudes when we are doing something wrong.

The ‘nails’ in Ecclesiastes 12:11 are probably pegs. Pegs are the sharp objects that hold a piece of wood in its proper place in the ground. It is necessary to hammer them deep into the ground so that they are firm.

So, wise words are like something that fixes deep into our lives. They are not like popular stories, which have a shallow effect on our emotions. Wisdom affects every part of our lives.

The shepherd here means God (Psalm 23:1). “1 The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.”

A shepherd is someone who looks after animals. In the same way as a shepherd, God uses wisdom to guide and to direct our lives.

Ecclesiastes 12:13

13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.

Ecclesiastes 12:13

Many people consider the Book of Ecclesiastes hard to understand. But here, at the end of the book, is King Solomon’s own explanation of what the book means. Even if the reader has not understood the rest of the book, this statement is clear.

We can see that the Book of Ecclesiastes does not teach a different message from the rest of the Bible. And many of the things that people say about the Book of Ecclesiastes are untrue. The book does not deny the judgement of God. Its author did not have doubts about heaven and hell. He did not imagine that a right relationship with God has no purpose.

In fact, King Solomon was teaching people that they must have a right relationship with God. They must respect God and they must be loyal to Him. In particular, people must obey His commands.

You can read God’s commands in Deuteronomy 5:6-21. The most important command is that people should love God with their whole hearts (Deuteronomy 6:5); “5 And thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thine heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy might.”

(Mark 12:29). “29 And Jesus answered him, The first of all the commandments is, Hear, O Israel; The Lord our God is one Lord:”

In other words, they should obey God because they love Him. And they should give their lives to Him completely.

That is what God wants most. He wants to change people’s hearts and minds so that they will love His law (Hebrews 8:10-12). “10 For this is the covenant that I will make with the house of Israel after those days, saith the Lord; I will put my laws into their mind, and write them in their hearts: and I will be to them a God, and they shall be to me a people:

11 And they shall not teach every man his neighbor, and every man his brother, saying, Know the Lord: for all shall know me, from the least to the greatest.

12 For I will be merciful to their unrighteousness, and their sins and their iniquities will I remember no more.”

He wants to forgive people so that they do not have to suffer the punishment for their sins.

If we try to obey the commands in order to gain a relationship with God, we will not succeed (James 2:10). “10 For whosoever shall keep the whole law, and yet offend in one point, he is guilty of all.”

We need God to change our lives (John 3:3) “3 Jesus answered and said unto him, Verily, verily, I say unto thee, Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God.”

And that is why God sent Jesus (1 John 4:9-10). “9 In this was manifested the love of God toward us, because that God sent his only begotten Son into the world, that we might live through him.

10 Herein is love, not that we loved God, but that he loved us, and sent his Son to be the propitiation for our sins.”

He suffered our punishment for our sins so that we can receive salvation from God (Isaiah 53:4-6); “4 Surely he hath borne our griefs, and carried our sorrows: yet we did esteem him stricken, smitten of God, and afflicted.

5 But he was wounded for our transgressions, he was bruised for our iniquities: the chastisement of our peace was upon him; and with his stripes we are healed.

6 All we like sheep have gone astray; we have turned every one to his own way; and the Lord hath laid on him the iniquity of us all.”

(John 3:16-17); “16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

17 For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.”

(Galatians 3:10-14). “10 For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them.

11 But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith.

12 And the law is not of faith: but, The man that doeth them shall live in them.

13 Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:

14 That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.”

Ecclesiastes 12:14

14 For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.

Ecclesiastes 12:14

The main subject in the earlier chapters of the Book of Ecclesiastes is people’s works. That is, the things that they do during their lives. The main subject in the later chapters is the judgement of God.

This last verse in the book is about both these subjects. It declares that God is the judge of all our deeds.

King Solomon insists that people can work for their whole lives without any benefit Ecclesiastes 1:3; Ecclesiastes 2:22-23. They work hard, but achieve nothing. That is, nothing that really matters. They might become rich and they might have long lives. But without a right relationship with God, these things benefit nobody Ecclesiastes 6:1-7. They are not ready for the judgement of God; in fact, they cannot even satisfy their own desires.

I know that the judgement of God has ever been a popular subject. The Book of Ecclesiastes declares that all people are guilty of wrong and of sins Ecclesiastes 7:20. We have neglected God’s law, and we have done it on purpose Ecclesiastes 7:29. God knows about everything that we have done. He even knows about the things that we do in secret Ecclesiastes 12:14.

Because all people are guilty, people try to do things in order to satisfy God. In other words, they think that they can please him by their works. Such behavior is foolish; God’s judgement is certain Ecclesiastes 11:1-8.

The only proper way to prepare for God’s judgement is to have a right relationship with God Ecclesiastes 12:1; Ecclesiastes 12:13. As we cannot earn that relationship by our works, we must receive it as a free gift from God (Romans 4:4-5). “4 Now to him that worketh is the reward not reckoned of grace, but of debt.

5 But to him that worketh not, but believeth on him that justifieth the ungodly, his faith is counted for righteousness.”

That gift is for the people who believe in and fear God. God forgives those people (Romans 4:6-8) “6 Even as David also describeth the blessedness of the man, unto whom God imputeth righteousness without works,

7 Saying, Blessed are they whose iniquities are forgiven, and whose sins are covered.

8 Blessed is the man to whom the Lord will not impute sin.”

And he looks after them in a special way Ecclesiastes 9:1. Although their lives on his earth are like the lives of other people, God’s judgement about them will be completely different. If you are a born again Christian, the blood of Jesus Christ covers your sins, God cannot see the sin and therefor you are sinless. God never wants you to pay twice for your sins, and since Christ already paid for your sins you are free!

Even in this world, there is a difference between wise and foolish behavior Ecclesiastes 9:13-18. Real wisdom is God’s gift (Proverbs 2:1-6). “1 My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee;

2 So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding;

3 Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding;

4 If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures;

5 Then shalt thou understand the fear of the Lord, and find the knowledge of God.

6 For the Lord giveth wisdom: out of his mouth cometh knowledge and understanding.”

That wisdom shows people how they can receive a right relationship with God (Proverbs 3:5-6); “5 Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.

6 In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.”

(1 Corinthians 1:18-25). “18 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.

19 For it is written, I will destroy the wisdom of the wise, and will bring to nothing the understanding of the prudent.

20 Where is the wise? where is the scribe? where is the disputer of this world? hath not God made foolish the wisdom of this world?

21 For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.

22 For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom:

23 But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumbling block, and unto the Greeks foolishness;

24 But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.

25 Because the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men.”

The person who serves God has no reason to be afraid of God’s judgement (2 Peter 3:10-13). “10 But the day of the Lord will come as a thief in the night; in the which the heavens shall pass away with a great noise, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat, the earth also and the works that are therein shall be burned up.

11 Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of persons ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness,

12 Looking for and hasting unto the coming of the day of God, wherein the heavens being on fire shall be dissolved, and the elements shall melt with fervent heat?

13 Nevertheless we, according to his promise, look for new heavens and a new earth, wherein dwelleth righteousness.”

In fact, for such people, the effect of God’s judgement will be to rescue them from all that is evil (Revelation 21:1-5). “And I saw a new heaven and a new earth: for the first heaven and the first earth were passed away; and there was no more sea.

2 And I John saw the holy city, new Jerusalem, coming down from God out of heaven, prepared as a bride  adorned for her husband.

3 And I heard a great voice out of heaven saying, Behold, the tabernacle of God is with men, and he will dwell with them, and they shall be his people, and God himself shall be with them, and be their God.

4 And God shall wipe away all tears from their eyes; and there shall be no more death, neither sorrow, nor crying, neither shall there be any more pain: for the former things are passed away.

5 And he that sat upon the throne said, Behold, I make all things new. And he said unto me, Write: for these words are true and faithful.”

All glory to God

His humble servant Lee M Buchanan