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Ecclesiastes 11:7-12:7 | Rejoice Now With Your Creator

Wednesday, September 16, 2020 • John Cole • Youth
Have you ever found it easier to do the things that matter least? Nearing the end of Ecclesiastes, we are urged to live for what is most important as soon as we can. Join us tonight for one of our final studies in this series in Ecclesiastes.

 

 

  During the early days of the Salvation Army, William Booth and his associates were bitterly attacked in the press by religious leaders and government leaders alike. Whenever his son, Bramwell, showed Booth a newspaper attack, the General would reply, "Bramwell, fifty years hence it will matter very little indeed how these people treated us; it will matter a great deal how we dealt with the work of God."
  The Wycliffe Handbook of Preaching & Preachers, W. Wiersbe, p. 185

 

What we do now, while we can matters. Have you ever found that it is a lot easier to do the things that matter least?

 

With all the discouraging observations made by Solomon while observing life under the sun, here we see him look up and point us to our Creator and to rejoicing with Him.

 

ECCLESIASTES 11:7-12:7

 

Ecclesiastes 11:7–12:7

7 Truly the light is sweet, and a pleasant thing it is for the eyes to behold the sun:

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. All that cometh is vanity.

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.

10 Therefore remove sorrow from thy heart, and put away evil from thy flesh: for childhood and youth are vanity.

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;

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

3 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,

4 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 musick shall be brought low;

5 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:

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.

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

 

NOW IS THE TIME

 

Speaking specifically to youth.

 

Rejoice now in the good and pleasant things of life.  (11:7 & 9a)

 

Ecclesiastes 11:7

7 Truly the light is sweet, and a pleasant thing it is for the eyes to behold the sun:

 

Look up and behold the sweet light and sun of life. (vs. 7)

 

Ecclesiastes 11:9

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.

 

Be pleased and full of cheer—you're alive! (vs. 9a)

 

Conduct yourself according to your rejoicing heart and the beauties you see in life. (9b)

 

But know God will bring you into judgement for all the things you do! (9c)

 

There is much to enjoy within God's good judgments!

 

This leads us from rejoice to remember.

 

Remember your Creator now before you give account to Him. (11:8, 9b, 12:1)

 

Ecclesiastes 11:8

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. All that cometh is vanity.

 

Remember—keep things in mind and perspective.

 

Ecclesiastes 7:2

2 It is better to go to the house of mourning, than to go to the house of feasting: for that is the end of all men; and the living will lay it to his heart.

 

If God blesses you with a long life in which you rejoice, remember the time after death will be much longer.

 

Our time beyond the sun will be much longer than our time under the sun.

 

Both the nearing of death and death itself can be vanity.

 

Ecclesiastes 11:9

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.

 

Rejoice in knowing you are right with God now, and don't wait.

 

Youth is not a time to sow "wild oats;" it is a time to rejoice in living right with God.

 

This leads us to 12:1

 

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;

 

Remember—your Creator.

• The One Who creates out of nothing and rules sovereign

• The One Who created you

• The One Who designed you with a purpose

 

Psalm 139:13–18

13 For thou hast possessed my reins: Thou hast covered me in my mother's womb.

14 I will praise thee; for I am fearfully and wonderfully made: Marvellous are thy works; And that my soul knoweth right well.

15 My substance was not hid from thee, When I was made in secret, And curiously wrought in the lowest parts of the earth.

16 Thine eyes did see my substance, yet being unperfect; And in thy book all my members were written, Which in continuance were fashioned, when as yet there was none of them.

17 How precious also are thy thoughts unto me, O God! How great is the sum of them!

18 If I should count them, they are more in number than the sand: When I awake, I am still with thee.

 

vs 13 possessed: created, reins: inward parts, covered: formed

 

vs 15 substance: frame/bones, secret: the womb, lowest parts of the earth: poetic parallel of in secret

 

vs 16 substance: unformed substance/embryo, book: God knows our life from the end to the beginning

 

Creator God made us for a purpose. Rejoice in knowing Him and living within His design!

 

Again, youth is not a time to sow "wild oats;" it is a time to rejoice in living right with God.

 

Rejoice in life, Remember your Creator before giving account, and . . .

 

Remove sorrow and evil now while you have youth. (11:10)

 

Ecclesiastes 11:10

10 Therefore remove sorrow from thy heart, and put away evil from thy flesh: for childhood and youth are vanity.

 

Keeping in mind all the vanities we have observed in Ecclesiastes, don't let them consume you.

 

Don't let the uncontrollable, unpredictable, unreasonable, unsolvable, or ungodly things under the sun take grip on your heart/mind or body.

 

Remove them from weighing you down.

 

What you let consume you in your youth will only grow and become worse as you age.

 

Let's consider more closely what these words "sorrow" and "evil" mean in the Bible.

 

Remove sorrow, grief, anger, and offence from your heart.

 

Ecclesiastes 2:22–24

22 For what hath man of all his labour, and of the vexation of his heart, wherein he hath laboured under the sun?

23 For all his days are sorrows, and his travail grief; yea, his heart taketh not rest in the night. This is also vanity.

24 There is nothing better for a man, than that he should eat and drink, and that he should make his soul enjoy good in his labour. This also I saw, that it was from the hand of God.

 

Ecclesiastes 7:9

9 Be not hasty in thy spirit to be angry: for anger resteth in the bosom of fools.

 

2 Timothy 2:22

22 Flee also youthful lusts: but follow righteousness, faith, charity, peace, with them that call on the Lord out of a pure heart.

 

Ultimately, sorrow can only be removed from our heart by following the Lord out of a heart He has made pure.

 

Remove evil, wickedness, and hurt from your body.

 

Wickedness/Mischief/Depravity:

 

Genesis 6:5

5 And God saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every imagination of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually.

Proverbs 6:16–19

16 These six things doth the Lord hate: Yea, seven are an abomination unto him:

17 A proud look, a lying tongue, And hands that shed innocent blood,

18 An heart that deviseth wicked imaginations, Feet that be swift in running to mischief,

19 A false witness that speaketh lies, And he that soweth discord among brethren.

Proverbs 24:1

1 Be not thou envious against evil men, Neither desire to be with them.

 

Evil/Hurt/Sore:

 

Proverbs 22:3–4

3 A prudent man foreseeth the evil, and hideth himself: But the simple pass on, and are punished.

4 By humility and the fear of the Lord Are riches, and honour, and life.

Ecclesiastes 5:13

13 There is a sore evil which I have seen under the sun, namely, riches kept for the owners thereof to their hurt.

Ecclesiastes 5:16

16 And this also is a sore evil, that in all points as he came, so shall he go: and what profit hath he that hath laboured for the wind?

Ecclesiastes 11:2

2 Give a portion to seven, and also to eight; for thou knowest not what evil shall be upon the earth.

 

Rejoicing in God is the way to remove sorrow, sin, and suffering from controlling you.

 

Life under the sun is short, and youth is vanity—as a vapor is disappears.

 

YOUTH DISAPPEARS

 

Ecclesiastes 12:1–7

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;

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

3 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,

4 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 musick shall be brought low;

5 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:

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.

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

 

In Ecclesiastes, God is helping us apply truths about Himself and us, His rule and our place, and His purposes and our obedience . . . all within a world under the sun with perspective of so much more God has for us beyond the sun.

 

Ecclesiastes gives us a reality check. It gives reason for urgency.

• Youth disappears.

• Life beyond the sun is longer than life under the sun.

• We are Created on purpose.

• We will give account to God.

• There is much rejoicing found in life with God.

 

The wise youth will properly rejoice in life, remember his Creator, and seek His Creator's help in removing sorrow and evil from his heart and body.

 

The only true way to live this instruction is for us to be sanctified by Jesus Christ and the Spirit of God.

 

1 Corinthians 6:9–12

9 Know ye not that the unrighteous shall not inherit the kingdom of God? Be not deceived: neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor effeminate, nor abusers of themselves with mankind,

10 Nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners, shall inherit the kingdom of God.

11 And such were some of you: but ye are washed, but ye are sanctified, but ye are justified in the name of the Lord Jesus, and by the Spirit of our God.

12 All things are lawful unto me, but all things are not expedient: all things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any.

 

After being washed, why would we allow ourselves to be brought under the power of sin, evil, or foolishness?

 

Rejoice now with your Creator!

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