Ecclesiastes Chapter 3
19 For that which befalleth the sons of men befalleth beasts; even one thing befalleth them: as the one dieth, so dieth the other; yea, they have all one breath; so that a man hath no preeminence above a beast: for all is vanity.
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The changes of human affairs. (1-10) The Divine counsels unchangeable. (11-15) The vanity of worldly power. (16-22)1-10 To expect unchanging happiness in a changing world, must end in disappointment. To bring ourselves to our state in life, is our duty and wisdom in this world. God's whole plan for the government of the world will be found altogether wise, just, and good. Then let us seize the favourable opportunity for every good purpose and work. The time to die is fast approaching. Thus labour and sorrow fill the world. This is given us, that we may always have something to do; none were sent into the world to be idle.
11-15 Every thing is as God made it; not as it appears to us. We have the world so much in our hearts, are so taken up with thoughts and cares of worldly things, that we have neither time nor spirit to see God's hand in them. The world has not only gained possession of the heart, but has formed thoughts against the beauty of God's works. We mistake if we think we were born for ourselves; no, it is our business to do good in this life, which is short and uncertain; we have but little time to be doing good, therefore we should redeem time. Satisfaction with Divine Providence, is having faith that all things work together for good to them that love him. God doeth all, that men should fear before him. The world, as it has been, is, and will be. There has no change befallen us, nor has any temptation by it taken us, but such as is common to men.
16-22 Without the fear of the Lord, man is but vanity; set that aside, and judges will not use their power well. And there is another Judge that stands before the door. With God there is a time for the redressing of grievances, though as yet we see it not. Solomon seems to express his wish that men might perceive, that by choosing this world as their portion, they brought themselves to a level with the beasts, without being free, as they are, from present vexations and a future account. Both return to the dust from whence they were taken. What little reason have we to be proud of our bodies, or bodily accomplishments! But as none can fully comprehend, so few consider properly, the difference between the rational soul of man, and the spirit or life of the beast. The spirit of man goes upward, to be judged, and is then fixed in an unchangeable state of happiness or misery. It is as certain that the spirit of the beast goes downward to the earth; it perishes at death. Surely their case is lamentable, the height of whose hopes and wishes is, that they may die like beasts. Let our inquiry be, how an eternity of existence may be to us an eternity of enjoyment? To answer this, is the grand design of revelation. Jesus is revealed as the Son of God, and the Hope of sinners.
Commentary by Matthew Henry, 1710.
Bright Emmanuel's Ecclesiastes Chapter 3 comment on 7/19/2015, 7:21am...
God times is the best, no matter what devils has done. We need to wait till God finish what he started in Us
Banimibo-ofori Jack's Ecclesiastes Chapter 3 comment about verse 11 on 7/11/2015, 8:22am...
God has made everything beautiful only in His time. God 's timing brings about satisfaction. So it is needful for us to always wait upon Him until He says "Move on child. It is time ". Otherwise it is wise to be still, to wait for His time. Until we are still we may not know the power of God. It is written in Psalms 46:10 "Be still, and know that that I am God. " The time we spend waiting is God 's time. Praise God.
Rick's Ecclesiastes Chapter 3 comment on 6/25/2015, 9:44pm...
There is a time for everything. Time to share gospel. Many christians forgotten that they should have good testimony by daily devotion in discovering God 's goodness, mercy and love. Experience first hand in walk with God. They should have good testimony to share. A good testimony wins non-christians much easily than by merely telling. There 's a balance. we should be our Lord 's Good Servants to have good testimony starting from our own families. That anyone could be won over without any doubts. All glory and honour to our Gracious Lord Jesus.
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