Enjoy life each day!
For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven: I was, at first impulse, playing closely with a determinism motif. The first thought was, nothing on earth happens, unless it is time for that event to happen. The more I thought about that interpretation - the more time I spent with it - I had doubts and problems with that viewpoint.
Some things happen that should never happen. When my brother in Christ falls into sin, was it time for that to happen; was his sin a function of some sort of timing or fate?
Is there really a time to sin? I also thought, some people laugh when they ought not to laugh; or speak at the wrong time. Who among us have not been silent to our shame? So, this rather simplistic, fatalistic interpretation I was compelled to reject. The poem is not telling us to forget our choices, all this stuff will just happen when it is supposed to.
Next I considered, maybe there is some structure I should look for here, and in that examination of structure, the meaning will emerge. Perhaps these are couplets and they represent in some strictness, negative and positive. Giving birth is positive — dying is negative. Loving is positive - hating is negative.
Laughing is positive — weeping is negative. Could I be onto something? One great promise of the gospel is, for those in Christ, dying is positive Phil.
My efforts to get a good handle on this passage took me back to think and consider with more care. This poem is not simply a contrast between negative and positive. Here is a third concept I entertained. The idea is not, these activities are all pre-determined and they just happen when they are scheduled in heaven.
Nor is the theme merely the negative-positive contrast. To expect unchanging happiness in a changing world, you set yourself up for disappointment to paraphrase Matthew Henry. When you look through these events and emotions from verse 2 through verse 8as adults, we have observed all 28, many times over.
No proof is required. No time needs to be applied to cite illustrations. All of that is true.
Maybe I was getting closer. But, is there more to be taken from the poem? But not just His view. This is His world. He made this place, which includes the function of time, order, cause, effect, consequence, sequence, etc.
God made a world that flows through order or linear time cycles. Though humans just determine the appropriate times to act, it is God who is in ultimate control.
The Teacher says that the universe has a regularity and pattern about it that is beyond the scope of human control and renders futile all attempts to wrestle against it.
He says that the wise person will live life under the shadow of this truth and will understand that God has set a pattern and a flow to the times…The primary focus of the poem is on God and the human response to the activity of God.
God is Sovereign over life and humans cannot change that which God sets in motion but must learn to make themselves open to the seasons of life as they come and to enjoy what God gives 3: God has ordained that we exist here on earth and that various works, blessings and consequences occur.
Solomon is simply reporting to us that there is this sovereign control of God over time. Understanding this helps give meaning to earthly existence. It helps me live here with some sense of sanity and balance and confidence, knowing that I cannot manage everything that happens even if all my fellows cooperated with me as a team.
Some things happen here and their opposites or consequences happen.Ecclesiastes "For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven ". Starting your free trial of Bible Gateway Plus is easy. You’re already logged in with your Bible Gateway account.
The next step is to enter your payment information. Your credit card won’t be charged until the trial period is over. You can cancel anytime during the trial period.
Click the button below to continue. Ecclesiastes Death, an Impetus for Life key to life and living is to be found in facing death and dying. Going to a wake will help . Bible commentary on the Book of Ecclesiastes, chapter 3, by Dr.
Starting your free trial of Bible Gateway Plus is easy. You’re already logged in with your Bible Gateway account. The next step is to enter your payment information. Your credit card won’t be charged until the trial period is over. You can cancel anytime during the trial period. Click the button below to continue. Verses The scope of these verses is to show, 1. That we live in a world of changes, that the several events of time, and conditions of human life, are vastly different from one another, and yet occur promiscuously, and we are continually passing and repassing between them, as in the revolutions of every day and every year. Ecclesiastes "Then I commended mirth, because a man hath no better thing under the sun, than to eat, and to drink, and to be merry: for that shall abide with him of his labor the days of his life, which God giveth him under the sun.
Bob Utley, retired professor of hermeneutics. A key to this passage is found a few verses later: “He has made everything beautiful in its time” (Ecclesiastes ). The proper activity at the right time, bringing about God’s purposes, is a beautiful part of God’s overall plan.
CHAPTER 3 No One Can Determine the Right Time to Act. 1 * There is an appointed time for everything,. and a time for every affair under the heavens. 2 A time to give birth, and a time to die;.
a time to plant, and a time to uproot the plant.