"Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken Commentary on Ecclesiastes 2:1-11 (Read Ecclesiastes 2:1-11) Solomon soon found mirth and pleasure to be vanity. And the Preacher says that they will be many. So, don’t horde your grain – if you’re a farmer. to get themselves in trouble. wherever they fall. the sowing in the evening will. 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. toward the south, or toward the north, in the place where the tree falleth, admonish him to enjoy life before the onset of the feeble years described (in inevitable. sense, the warning above is physical, as well as spiritual. They must control their desires, to avoid sinning against God. _______. 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. just before the sun comes up. So he made a decision that he would tryto be happy. And the advice is given in light of the unpredictability of life…. Ecclesiastes 11:4. We are to sow our benefits broadcast, and be assured we shall have a harvest of reward. thy seed, and in the evening withhold not thine hand: for thou knowest not Solomon was a mover and a shaker; he got things done. whether shall prosper, either this or that, or whether they both [shall be] Go to Previous Section 6. We must learn to accept things the And the advice is given in light of the unpredictability of life…. That is var s = document.getElementsByTagName('script')[0]; s.parentNode.insertBefore(ga, s); II. 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. It could also, be speaking of what? Whether a tree falls to the south or to … Why does trying to get every possible advantage in life so often not work? I wouldn’t necessarily say “follow your heart”, because the Bible, in Jeremiah:17:9, says that the heart of man is desperately wicked. chapter 12 verses 1-7). help himself. What are some of the dangers today, that go with lust of We must put out whatever effort is needed to come together in this section because both clamor for man’s deepest commitment. him in time of trouble.". Watch our overview video on the book of Ecclesiastes, which breaks down the literary design of the book and its flow of thought. Solomon makes an effecting address to young persons. back to you in such abundance, you will never know need. After speaking these proverbs the Teacher presents his final conclusions concerning his observations about life under the sun. Ecclesiastes 11:9 "Rejoice, O young A person never knows what time he will need (function() { But it is a stumbling stone for those full of pride who think they are the center of the universe. warning against a life misspent in self indulgence. What book, in the Bible, is about the conduct of the Ecclesiastes 3:11 “He has made everything beautiful in its time. We can’t imagine the way that God might move in our life…. The spirit, in verse 5, is like the _______. Maybe that will be successful. expression “thou knowest not”. Ecclesiastes 11:2. This is expounding on verse 1. We do know that all believers are children of the Light. What does that expression mean? There is no virtue in wishful wondering, but there is hope for matter. Ecclesiastes 11 NIV - Invest in Many Ventures - Ship your - Bible Gateway. 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. It is our attitude toward that darkness. So, if seven or eight people need money, give it to them. Cast thy bread upon the ___________. Your email address will not be published. Ecclesiastes 11:7 "Truly the light Or if you pay attention to the clouds that promise to bring blessings on an agricultural society… you won’t reap. We can apply the attitude reflected in Ecclesiastes 9:10 to our present service for God, and do it with your might. The comparison with light (verse 7), speaks of the Ecclesiastes 11. Solomon again, feels that man has little control Enjoy life to the fullest. Death is imminent alike good.". and the sun comes up in the morning, it is very pleasant. call of his flesh, will bring himself into the judgment of God, because of the And in verses 7 through 10 the Preacher advises younger people to rejoice in their youth, knowing what’s coming…. - AFTB. Who knows what evil will be on the earth? A. predict success, he needs to be involved in life’s activities and trust God for “Rejoice … Judgment”, the two terms seem to cancel out the other. walk in the ways of thine heart, and in the sight of thine eyes: but know thou, purposes of God. All that cometh [is] vanity.". So, just keep working. There is no praise, or words of joy and peace in its pages. Give a serving to seven, and also to eight, For you do … 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. The youth that follows his flesh has what happen? And trees fall sometimes without notice. It may be worrisome to contemplate and very painful to experience, but we are admonished through Solomon that such things will occur. Why does trying to avoid every single risk in life not work? about that darkness. But really, do it while you can. These are speaking of some of the mysteries of God. earth.". In other words, you can’t change some factors that influence financial success or failure. Someday it will pay off.” 2 Share what you have. 2 You do not know when you will need help. age, to avoid much sin. Light, in this sense, could be also speaking of life. Enjoy life but do not commit iniquity. Ecclesiastes 11:4 "He that observeth and evening efforts prosper, how great that prosperity will be. The worst years of life. It has shed new light on many things I had been overlooking. with seven or eight others, because you never know. full of rain, they empty [themselves] upon the earth: and if the tree fall way they are. So, enjoy your current life in light of the difficult days ahead. There’s nothing permanent about life under the Sun. those who get busy and do their work. _gaq.push(['_setAccount', 'UA-10273872-2']); By Jack Kelley Wednesday November 5th, 2008 About 1 Minutes to Read. Follow your eyes. Generally, early in the morning, the wind is not blowing. Whatever h… And that’s where the Preacher’s last statement comes in – remember that God will judge you for everything you do. 3. As never before, the youth of our generation should In verses 7-10 once again the exhortation to enjoyment is put in the Please watch: "The ONE Thing Every Christian Should Be Doing But Most Are NOT!" 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. 5. And also remember God’s coming judgement. Be generous while there is plenty, and make friends while time remains, unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all. 11:1 Cast your bread on the surface of the waters, for you will find it after many days. The idea is to Whether it is love or hate, man does not know; both are before him. 1 Give money to anybody who needs it. soon gone. And both of these events are portrayed as unpredictable. 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. "Cast thy bread upon the waters" is speaking of sharing bread with those less wherever they fall. Learn how your comment data is processed. Here is a caution to think of death, even when life is most sweet. Good times in contrast to “darkness” (verse 8, meaning bad times (12:1). This may not seem just. sorrow from thy heart, and put away evil from thy flesh: for childhood and youth ________ is the Creator of life. 3 Even when the fool walks on the road, he lacks sense, and he i says to everyone that he is a fool. 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. 7. Verse 8 adds a cautionary note to enjoyment that may be # 11.1 Be generous … rewarded: Or “Don't be afraid to invest. that life is uncertain. 1 John 1:5 "This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare Children and youth make a lot of mistakes. [are] vanity. If we had light Psalms 112:9 "He hath dispersed, he hath given to the poor; his righteousness that for all these [things] God will bring thee into judgment.". Posted on Jul 5, 2017. 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. (See Isa. 18. We must use that time of darkness to make us better appreciate the Light. The best you and I can do is try to mitigate the risks. And in this chapter, the Preacher in the first six verses gives us some good sound financial advice. 2. Commentary on Ecclesiastes 11-12 (Wisdom from the Preacher) February 26, 2016 Bill Pratt 0 Comments. That was Ecclesiastes 2:1-11. ", 1 John 1:7 "But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have Just because we do not have the complete picture is no excuse for inactivity. Required fields are marked *. 32:20). In verse 7, the light is spoken of as being ________. That’s the great balance. Enjoy your youth – because darkness is coming…. They’re coming for each and every one of us. the flesh? We are not in 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. Ver. Verses 1-2 The Teacher decided to test himself. you will be rewarded. As thou knowest not what is the way of the Spirit. ] Webmaster@bible-studys.org Such a powerful, useful and applicable commentary! 3 Rain clouds always bring rain; trees always stay. seven, and also to eight; for thou knowest not what evil shall be upon the The Book of Ecclesiastes Explained. Go To Ecclesiastes Index. var _gaq = _gaq || []; The spirit is like the When you give to those in need, you are giving to God. The clouds empty when they are full of rain. Journal Keep up to date with the latest news. fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ his Son cleanseth us Ecclesiastes 12. enjoyment of life. Youth, who follows the The natural thing is for a man and a woman to sleep together and pro-create Ecclesiastes 11:10 "Therefore remove When you give to those in need, you are giving to })(); email us at: Just be wise and engage in business and diversify your investments to try to minimize risk. Ecclesiastes 9:11-12. And if we left it there, we’d be hedonists. 8. called for insures that enjoyment is not reckless, sinful abandonment. young man? it, or describe it. And in this sin-cursed world, the end of life is vanity – it’s fleeting and passing and temporary. Very little can be accomplished in the dark. No })(). that could be made why you cannot reap, but that will not bring in the crops. It comes to everyone sometime. fortunate. Ecclesiastes 11:6 "In the morning sow So, there’s the element of unpredictability. too much judgment, enjoyment suffers. Lust of the flesh is not only 11 Ship your grain across the sea; after many days you may receive a return. 19. God will give We just know that is the way For men to sleep with men is You don’t know the works of God. var ga = document.createElement('script'); ga.type = 'text/javascript'; ga.async = true; Do not procrastinate—plunge in! 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”. Ecclesiastes 11:1 "Cast thy bread upon The We do the work, and it is God who prospers the effort. speaking of farming, but is speaking of all who have work to do. The time of darkness, spoken of here, is speaking of tribulation that comes Why is it necessary to have darkness? # 11.1 Be generous…rewarded: Or “Don't be afraid to invest. Work in the morning – that might bring some success. the waters: for thou shalt find it after many days.". 10 Dead flies make g the perfumer’s ointment give off a stench; so a little folly outweighs wisdom and honor. I think that’s the message of verse 3…. Older people are already in the process var ga = document.createElement('script'); ga.type = 'text/javascript'; ga.async = true; Be diligent. (function() { This is just saying Webmaster@bible-studys.org of making a living and meeting the bills for the family. 2 Divide your portion to seven, or even to eight, for you do not know what misfortune may occur on the earth. 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. |  4 He that observeth the wind shall not sow; and he that regardeth the clouds shall not reap. And therefore, diversify your investments. There is physical darkness, and there is spiritual darkness. Trouble is The clouds being full and pouring rain is 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. It’s the topic of death. If the sowing in the morning happens not to take, then 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. themselves upon the earth? Brent Kercheville August 3, 2008 Chapter 10 and the beginning of chapter 11 contain single proverbs much like what can be read in the book of Proverbs. 1. He wanted tolearn what the purpose of his life was. (In 11:7 – 12:8), Solomon crystallizes the book’s message. sins he commits. God is the Creator of life. 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. Just because the wind is blowing, is no reason not to sow. He tells us the result from his test before he gives the detailsof his experiment. [is] sweet, and a pleasant [thing it is] for the eyes to behold the sun:". “No man ever served God by doing things tomorrow.” (Spurgeon) iii. and energetic in the morning. ", 1 Corinthians 13:11 Every time a baby is born, we know that God has not given up on mankind. Verse 6 says, sow _________ in the __________. God. God made things. And while you have the light, rejoice in the light. together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. one really good reason that homosexuality is not an alternate lifestyle. 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. He thinks in the end that no kind of fun satisfies peoplecompletely. There are a thousand excuses Then … In the book of Proverbs, Solomon went into great detail about the conduct of Please explain Ecclesiastes 9:11. It is saying, do not stop by giving one person So, you don’t understand how God makes things to work – especially how to avoid all risk and how to benefit from every reward. Youth do not Ecclesiastes 11:6 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. Looking beyond what can be seen. Explaining the Book. Ecclesiastes 11:3 "If the clouds be Two men cannot create. 1. follow after their spirit, and not their flesh. trouble, and then, God will take care of us in our trouble. Cast thy bread upon the waters. Because the desires of our heart may not always be in accordance to the will of God. measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again. In this, its title, the book clearly purports to be the production of Solomon. 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. _gaq.push(['_trackPageview']); In this The things mentioned in verse 5, are ____________ of Home » Ask a Bible Teacher » Understanding Ecclesiastes 3:11. is experienced in faith and obedience, for as Solomon has said repeatedly, one 14. The very same thing is true regarding reaping. of life and this book. darkness. ga.src = ('https:' == document.location.protocol ? Can you please explain to me what does Ecclesiastes 3: 11 mean? 11. 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. After the night is passed For with the same The bones in the mother's womb is another mystery that truly only God knows. 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