Ecclesiastes is perhaps the most puzzling book in the Bible. Ecclesiastes 11:7 "Truly the light What is it about trying to do these things that moves a person to inactivity? Journal Keep up to date with the latest news. He explained that his mother and father had taught him well in this In the final analysis, both are prominent warning against a life misspent in self indulgence. With too much pleasure, judgment stands as a threatening force, with darkness. investments! In a world created for And that search for meaning in pleasure and wealth included all the work he did – the gardens, buildings, orchards, etc. The clouds empty when they are full of rain. And therefore, the Preacher advises you this way…. 11. But, again, the Preacher wants us to consider our mortality and respond wisely in light of our imminent death. about that darkness. to Home Page  |  Return 5. enjoyment of life. 14. In the morning sow thy seed] Once again the enigmatic form, as in Ecclesiastes 11:2, is the touchstone of interpreters. The time of darkness, spoken of here, is speaking of tribulation that comes 19. The best you and I can do is try to mitigate the risks. A person never knows what time he will need 9. Here is a caution to think of death, even when life is most sweet. him in time of trouble.". you will be rewarded. That’s the idea of seeing the Sun, I think. I wouldn’t necessarily say “follow your heart”, because the Bible, in Jeremiah:17:9, says that the heart of man is desperately wicked. with seven or eight others, because you never know. The Words of the Preacher (Convener), the son of David, King in Jerusalem. call of his flesh, will bring himself into the judgment of God, because of the At some future time, you may be poor and other people will then give money to you. against nature. Rather, it is a The Book of Ecclesiastes Explained. Just because the wind is blowing, is no reason not to sow. And in this chapter, the Preacher in the first six verses gives us some good sound financial advice. Someday it will pay off.” 2 Share what you have. We do the work, and it is God who prospers the effort. This is not just Psalms 41:1 "Blessed [is] he that considereth the poor: the LORD will deliver And you never know where disaster or prosperity will strike. Other Books of the Bibleemail us at: all the time, we would not appreciate the Light. Youth do not “Man was not created to be idle, he was not elected to be idle, he was not redeemed to be idle, he was not quickened to be idle, and he is not sanctified by God’s grace to be idle.” (Spurgeon) 3. C. H. Spurgeon said of this work, "Thoroughly exegetical, with excellent , scopes of argument' following each division; to be purchased if found: ' An excellent work. Ecclesiastes 11. walk in the ways of thine heart, and in the sight of thine eyes: but know thou, 11:1 Cast your bread on the surface of the waters, for you will find it after many days. Your email address will not be published. Ecclesiastes 11:3 "If the clouds be 3 When clouds are full of water, there will be rain on the earth. # 11.1 Be generous … rewarded: Or “Don't be afraid to invest. That was Ecclesiastes 2:1-11. - AFTB. God will give ga.src = ('https:' == document.location.protocol ? the flesh? wind. 32:20). man, in thy youth; and let thy heart cheer thee in the days of thy youth, and # 11.1 Be generous…rewarded: Or “Don't be afraid to invest. Ecclesiastes 11:5 “As you do not know the path of the wind, or how the body is formed in a mother’s womb, so you cannot understand the work of God, the Maker of all things.” Explanation and Commentary of Ecclesiastes 11:5. Ecclesiastes Menu  her that is with child: even so thou knowest not the works of God who maketh If the sowing in the morning happens not to take, then Enjoy life but do not commit iniquity. Whatever h… There is physical darkness, and there is spiritual darkness. is experienced in faith and obedience, for as Solomon has said repeatedly, one It pays to work hard. 3 Rain clouds always bring rain; trees always stay. And both of these events are portrayed as unpredictable. _gaq.push(['_trackPageview']); What does that expression mean? You have more energy to work. half-way through the job. ]; for thou knowest not what evil shall be upon the earth. Ecclesiastes 11:6 "In the morning sow 7 ¶ Truly the light is sweet [pleasant or agreeable], and a pleasant thing it is for the eyes to behold [see] the sun: The reality is that light and the sun are pleasant. King is in apposition with Preacher, and not … Return For men to sleep with men is Every time a baby is born, we know that God has not 1. fortunate. The bones in the mother's womb is another mystery that truly only God knows. We are to sow our benefits broadcast, and be assured we shall have a harvest of reward. They are not trained in the 8 ¶ But if a man live many years, and rejoice in them all; yet let him remember the days of darkness; for they shall be many. way they are. If there is too much wind, a tree will fall. wherever they fall. The youth that follows his flesh has what happen? And in this chapter, the Preacher in the first six verses gives us some good sound financial advice. Learn how your comment data is processed. And the advice is given in light of the unpredictability of life…. Although man cannot comprehend God’s work, nor We are not in a young man. follow after their spirit, and not their flesh. He thinks in the end that no kind of fun satisfies peoplecompletely. Invest in Many Ventures - Ship your grain across the sea; after many days you may receive a return. Lust of the flesh is not only This is just saying Really, enjoy it. Verses 1-2 The Teacher decided to test himself. Invest in seven ventures, yes, in eight; you do not know what disaster may come upon the land. 1 Give money to anybody who needs it. called for insures that enjoyment is not reckless, sinful abandonment. II. "When I was a child, I spake as a child, I understood as a child, I thought as a "Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken “Cast thy bread”: Take a calculated and wise step forward in life, like a Follow your heart. Cast your bread upon the waters, For you will find it after many days. God made things. come together in this section because both clamor for man’s deepest commitment. 2 Invest in seven ventures, yes, in eight; you do not know what disaster may come upon the land. Ecclesiastes Chapter 11 The first six verses contain a series of sayings about the uncertainty of human industry, and are held together by the fourfold occurrence of the expression “thou knowest not”. That would not be wise, according to verse 4…. We must learn to accept things the It is not the amount of trouble we have that makes us what we are. and evening efforts prosper, how great that prosperity will be. 1 Be generous, and someday. They would desire opportunity to pursue every pleasure. Q. to get themselves in trouble. of making a living and meeting the bills for the family. We just know that is the way 3 If clouds are full of water, they pour rain on the earth. unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. What does noisy, flashy mirth towards making a man happy? natural, the tree falling is not under our control either. The idea is to child: but when I became a man, I put away childish things.". I think that’s the message of verse 3…. Webmaster@bible-studys.org find a way to sow in the wind, not to make excuses why you cannot sow. “Rejoice … Judgment”, the two terms seem to cancel out the other. 3 If the clouds be full of rain, they empty themselves upon the earth: and if the tree fall toward the south, or toward the north, in the place where the tree falleth, there it shall be. 11:1 Cast [send] thy bread [grain] upon the waters [overseas]: for thou shalt find it [like what Christ says, in the sense that you’ll be paid for the cost of the grain and much more] after many days. If we had light ", Ecclesiastes 11:2 "Give a portion to earth.". process of creating this new life. enjoyment but damaged by sin, judgment and enjoyment/pleasure are held in We must be thoughtful of others in The manifold devices of men's hearts, to get satisfaction from the world, and their changing from one thing to another, are like the restlessness of a man in a fever. And with that, the Preacher will start to address a topic that will occupy him for the rest of this book. Very little can be accomplished in the dark. They’re coming for each and every one of us. 6. It may be worrisome to contemplate and very painful to experience, but we are admonished through Solomon that such things will occur. Ecclesiastes 12. Go to Previous Section factor in the youth’s enjoyment is said to be God’s judgment. predict success, he needs to be involved in life’s activities and trust God for sense, the warning above is physical, as well as spiritual. Work in the evening. Just be wise and engage in business and diversify your investments to try to minimize risk. Thank you. ", Luke 6:38 Ecclesiastes 11:1 "Cast thy bread upon You don’t know the works of God. God is the Creator of life. purposes of God. Whether it is love or hate, man does not know; both are before him. What are some of the dangers today, that go with lust of Ecclesiastes 11:10 "Therefore remove themes of life that are resolved in our relationship to God, the primary issue 1. Commentary on Ecclesiastes 11-12 (Wisdom from the Preacher) February 26, 2016 Bill Pratt 0 Comments. _gaq.push(['_setAccount', 'UA-10273872-2']); })(). Or if you pay attention to the clouds that promise to bring blessings on an agricultural society… you won’t reap. the waters: for thou shalt find it after many days.". too much judgment, enjoyment suffers. So, there’s the element of unpredictability. Scientists have been given a mind by God for the sake of being his image-bearers on earth and have solved thousands of what once were mysteries and myths. Because we are finite. 1 John 1:5 "This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare Young people are supposed to enjoy their youth, but they are also, apt full of rain, they empty [themselves] upon the earth: and if the tree fall And the Preacher advises diversifying your investments because of this fact. endureth for ever; his horn shall be exalted with honor. ", 1 John 1:7 "But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have Ecclesiastes 11. In the NIV Eccl. Ecclesiastes 11 – Towards True Wisdom A. Verse 8 adds a cautionary note to enjoyment that may be Surprisingly, one does not win out over the other. So he made a decision that he would tryto be happy. sin in the sight of God, but today can also, get you exposed to A.I.D.S. Because in chapter 12 next week we’ll hear less about the days of one’s youth and prime of life – and we’ll hear a lot more about the fleeting days of darkness that are coming. life with God. As long as you live, rejoice! charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart. with seven or eight others, because you never know. Work in the morning – that might bring some success. “No man ever served God by doing things tomorrow.” (Spurgeon) iii. Why does trying to avoid every single risk in life not work? farmer who throws his seed on the wet or marshy ground and waits for it to grow. Ecclesiastes 11:2. The clouds being full and pouring rain is Scripture is speaking of both. that could be made why you cannot reap, but that will not bring in the crops. Do not _________ half-way through the job. and with it comes retribution. In verses 7-10 once again the exhortation to enjoyment is put in the Posted on Jul 5, 2017. Do not be lazy, get up and be about your work. But it is a stumbling stone for those full of pride who think they are the center of the universe. _gaq.push(['_trackPageview']); just before the sun comes up. (function() { That is Ecclesiastes 3:11 “He has made everything beautiful in its time. Enjoy your youth – because darkness is coming…. can only receive true satisfaction as a gift from God. And in this sin-cursed world, the end of life is vanity – it’s fleeting and passing and temporary. 3:11 reads, “He has made everything beautiful in its time. One thing is certain, “there is a time for everything” (Ecc 3:1-8), but is this … given up on mankind. (See Isa. Ecclesiastes 11:5 As thou knowest not what [is] the way of the spirit, [nor] how the bones [do grow] in the womb of her that is with child: even so thou knowest not the works of God who maketh all. Solomon advises us to get moving because the good things God has to offer will not come to those who waiver (James 1:6-8).  |  Go to Next Section, Return to The Then … Verse 9 can hardly be taken in a hedonistic sense, because the controlling Can you please explain to me what does Ecclesiastes 3: 11 mean? 4 He that observeth the wind shall not sow; and he that regardeth the clouds shall not reap. We cannot possibly take into account every possibility. We can apply the attitude reflected in Ecclesiastes 9:10 to our present service for God, and do it with your might. And that’s just like you don’t understand the path of the wind or how bones grow in the womb – especially before the advent of ultrasound. And because of that, rejoice in your youth, soberly…. Death Comes to All. The darkest time is 10. Ecclesiastes 12. thy seed, and in the evening withhold not thine hand: for thou knowest not We’d be advocating self-indulgence – the existence of which the Preacher just lamented a few verses ago! It has shed new light on many things I had been overlooking. one really good reason that homosexuality is not an alternate lifestyle. 20. The same is true with two women. Follow your eyes. By All that cometh is vanity. What causes the clouds, full of rain, to empty We do not know when troubles will come. the results. Although man cannot comprehend God’s work, nor predict success, he needs to be involved in life’s activities and trust God for the results. Looking beyond what can be seen. Sending grain overseas would have come with some definite risks in Old Testament times. (1-2) Working for a profit that can’t be immediately seen. (1.) measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again. So, the Preacher concludes with verse 10…. And if we left it there, we’d be hedonists. this be explained? 5 ¶ As thou knowest not what is the way of the spirit [path of the wind], nor how the bones do grow in the womb of her that is with child: even so thou knowest not the works of God who maketh all. Ecclesiastes 9:11-12. 1 Be generous, and some day. 12. Answer: Ecclesiastes 3:11 states God has “set eternity in the human heart.” In every human soul is a God-given awareness that there is “something more” than this transient world. (In 11:7 – 12:8), Solomon crystallizes the book’s message. expression “thou knowest not”. Now, we move on to chapter 11 for our Ecclesiastes 11 Commentary. Thanks and God bless! ECCLESIASTES EXPLAINED § I. Ecclesiastes 1:1–11 VANITY OF THE MATERIAL UNIVERSE, AND OF THE EXISTENCE OF THE HUMAN RACE, IF THERE BE NO STATE BEYOND THE PRESENT. Children and youth make a lot of mistakes. succeed. For with the same Solomon makes an effecting address to young persons. In verse 7, the light is spoken of as being ________. Not even our modern-day weather forecasters. These are speaking of some of the mysteries of God. 3 If the clouds are full, they pour out rain upon the earth; and whether a tree falls toward the south or toward the north, wherever the tree falls, there it lies. seven, and also to eight; for thou knowest not what evil shall be upon the The hardest years of life. Ver. The world is full of things over which one has no control including the it, or describe it. Be generous while there is plenty, and make friends while time remains, 16. It is best to let the Spirit of God teach and direct your life from an early As thou knowest not what is the way of the Spirit. ] because one never knows when he might need them to return the favor. from all sin.". Solomon was a mover and a shaker; he got things done. (function() { And there’s nothing you or I can do to change that fact. time of darkness makes us remember how wonderful the Light is. human industry, and are held together by the fourfold occurrence of the Go To Ecclesiastes Index. when disaster may strike. Cast thy bread upon the ___________. Days of darkness are coming. bread, but give to everyone in need. If both morning var _gaq = _gaq || []; God. A. Above all it has reminded me to be resourceful and resilient,to be honest and hard working. 'https://ssl' : 'http://www') + '.google-analytics.com/ga.js'; Now, we move on to chapter 11 for our Ecclesiastes 11 Commentary. Ecclesiastes 11:1. Those who have helped others will be helped themselves. 2 You do not know when you will need help. As never before, the youth of our generation should Commentary on Ecclesiastes 11:7-10 (Read Ecclesiastes 11:7-10) Life is sweet to bad men, because they have their portion in this life; it is sweet to good men, because it is the time of preparation for a better; it is sweet to all. And with that awareness of eternity comes a hope that we can one day find a fulfillment not afforded by the “vanity” in this world. Work hard. Ecclesiastes 11:5 "As thou knowest not In this all.". var ga = document.createElement('script'); ga.type = 'text/javascript'; ga.async = true; Verse 6 says, sow _________ in the __________. ________ is the Creator of life. Please explain Ecclesiastes 9:11. the wind shall not sow; and he that regardeth the clouds shall not reap.". When you give to those in need, you are giving to God. The Book of Ecclesiastes Explained. Some day it will pay off.” 2 Share what you have. school of experience. So, if you pay attention to the wind – the wind that might blow over that tree we just talked about – the thing that brings the disaster that you’re trying to avoid – you won’t sow. Enjoy childhood and youth while you can because they are fleeting and are Pleasure Because the desires of our heart may not always be in accordance to the will of God. So, if seven or eight people need money, give it to them. 2 Timothy 2:22 "Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, And trees fall sometimes without notice. They must control their desires, to avoid sinning against God. Trouble is soon gone. What do we realize every time a new baby is born? What book, in the Bible, is about the conduct of the fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us over the times of darkness and light. And also remember God’s coming judgement. The spirit is like the sins he commits. Why do the youth make so many mistakes? Man and woman are the instruments God chooses to create life through. occurs to create life. Ecclesiastes 11. together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. The first six verses contain a series of sayings about the uncertainty of This is a difficult passage to understand because the preceding poem is difficult to understand. And therefore, diversify your investments. "Cast thy bread upon the waters" is speaking of sharing bread with those less The Word of God clearly acknowledges that men, even those seemingly well-deserving, will meet with unforeseen, chance setbacks, including death! 18. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end.” Explanation and Commentary of Ecclesiastes 3:11. This is expounding on verse 1. This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. But know that ultimately you can’t avoid all possible risk and you can’t reap all potential reward. It is also saying, do not quit Death is imminent })(); email us at: Ver. Good times in contrast to “darkness” (verse 8, meaning bad times (12:1). _gaq.push(['_setAccount', 'UA-10273872-2']); 3 Rain clouds always bring rain; trees always stay. Youth, who follows the what [is] the way of the spirit, [nor] how the bones [do grow] in the womb of And wherever they might fall – that’s where they will lie. There is no virtue in wishful wondering, but there is hope for whether shall prosper, either this or that, or whether they both [shall be] It could also, be speaking of what? And for those kinds of folks, the Preacher says – enjoy it while you can. ga.src = ('https:' == document.location.protocol ? Solomon again, feels that man has little control Thank you for simplifying it. and the sun comes up in the morning, it is very pleasant. to Top. But who can tell when that will happen? The only way that we can live right is by following God & not our heart. ", 1 Corinthians 13:11 Commentary on Ecclesiastes 2:1-11 (Read Ecclesiastes 2:1-11) Solomon soon found mirth and pleasure to be vanity. It’s good to be alive. But the reward would have been well worth it. He tells us the result from his test before he gives the detailsof his experiment. The wind blows, and we enjoy the freshness of the air, but we cannot see The things mentioned in verse 5, are ____________ of Chapter 11 In this chapter we have, I. 2 Divide your portion to seven, or even to eight, for you do not know what misfortune may occur on the earth. In other words, you can’t change some factors that influence financial success or failure. Be diligent. 6 ¶ In the morning sow thy seed, and in the evening withhold not thine hand: for thou knowest not whether shall prosper, either this or that, or whether they both shall be alike good. Enjoyment and judgment, though strange partners, It comes to everyone sometime. It has been held to mean (1) that men are to seek sensual pleasures not in the morning of their youth only, but in the eventide of age, not to be afraid of begetting children, in or out of wedlock, in any period of their life; or (2) that man is to work, as we say, early and late, doing his appointed task, … _______. Sex 9 But all this I laid to heart, examining it all, c how the righteous and the wise and their deeds are d in the hand of God. In the morning sow thy seed, &c. ] At all times be ready to every good work, [Titus 3:1] as the bee is abroad as soon as ever the sun breaks forth. Ecclesiastes 11 NIV - Invest in Many Ventures - Ship your - Bible Gateway. var ga = document.createElement('script'); ga.type = 'text/javascript'; ga.async = true; back to you in such abundance, you will never know need. But really, do it while you can. Explaining the Book. I believe this In verses 1-2, Solomon is recommending that the reader spread out her investments over 7 or even 8 different areas. that life is uncertain. 2 h A wise man’s heart inclines him to the right, but a fool’s heart to the left. Generally, early in the morning, the wind is not blowing. In this, its title, the book clearly purports to be the production of Solomon. those who get busy and do their work. var _gaq = _gaq || []; Enjoy life to the fullest. one will benefit from the crop then. Required fields are marked *. 21. After the night is passed Ecclesiastes 11:4 "He that observeth [is] sweet, and a pleasant [thing it is] for the eyes to behold the sun:". Whether a tree falls to the south or to … wherever they fall. 'https://ssl' : 'http://www') + '.google-analytics.com/ga.js'; Watch our overview video on the book of Ecclesiastes, which breaks down the literary design of the book and its flow of thought. How can And we all in this room are pretty well past childhood and youth. That the … Chapter 11, verses 1-6, give financial and investment advice. Either way, if you pay too much attention to the potential of risk or reward – you will be moved to inactivity! 13. 1856. have the problems that older people do. imperative mood. The balance that is All that cometh [is] vanity.". That’s the great balance. and energetic in the morning. Ecclesiastes 11 Do what is wise. There’s nothing permanent about life under the Sun. It Pays To Work Hard. We do know that all believers are children of the Light. The comparison with light (verse 7), speaks of the Maybe that will be successful. You’ll hope for more rain. In the book of Proverbs, Solomon went into great detail about the conduct of there it shall be.". After speaking these proverbs the Teacher presents his final conclusions concerning his observations about life under the sun. 17. Because if evil hits one of those investments, the others might still be protected. 3 Even when the fool walks on the road, he lacks sense, and he i says to everyone that he is a fool. you will be rewarded. There is no praise, or words of joy and peace in its pages. In many ways it is a book of disappointment, discouragement, and despair. Ecclesiastes 11:8 "But if a man live 2. A pressing exhortation to works of charity and bounty to the poor, as the best cure of the vanity which our worldly riches are subject to and the only way of making them turn to a substantial good account ( v. 1-6 ). help himself. that for all these [things] God will bring thee into judgment.". darkness; for they shall be many. Do not procrastinate—plunge in! summarized in two ideas: (1) There will be many days of darkness, calamitous day; (2) All that cometh is vanity: That is, joys will not A2A Thanks This is a wonderful idea full of much wisdom. Older people are already in the process And in verses 7 through 10 the Preacher advises younger people to rejoice in their youth, knowing what’s coming…. 9 ¶ Rejoice, O young man, in thy youth; and let thy heart cheer thee in the days of thy youth, and walk in the ways of thine heart, and in the sight of thine eyes: but know thou, that for all these things God will bring thee into judgment. inevitable. 8. This verse is a warning against procrastination. The spirit, in verse 5, is like the _______. You also, are fresh Title: The Hebrew title assigned to the speaker in the book is Qohelet, “One Who Addresses an Assembly,” and thus “Preacher,” or better, “Teacher.” The Greek translation of the word is Ecclesiastes, from which the English title is derived. We must use that time of darkness to make us better appreciate the Light. It describes the difficulties and disappointments of life, and the emptiness of temporal things. many years, [and] rejoice in them all; yet let him remember the days of By Jack Kelley Wednesday November 5th, 2008 About 1 Minutes to Read. |  We do not understand the process. [are] vanity. chapter 12 verses 1-7).
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