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Eccl. 12:1-8 THE DAYS OF OUR LIVES
Both of those statements is true. Life is short. This is the testimony of Scripture, James 4:14; Job 7:6-7; 14:1-2; Psalm 39:5; 89:47. And, Life is also very eventful. Some of the happenings of life are good and others are not so good. Also, what happens to me might not happen to you.
But, it is safe to say that there are some things that will
happen to each and every person in the world!
In this passage, Solomon mentions three events that will take
place in the life of every person in this room. Since
life is so short and since this is material we all need to hear, I
want to point out these three common events today.
I want to preach for a few minutes on The Days Of Our Lives.
A. Life is full of choices. (
B. The greatest time for choices is in youth. (
C. Make your choice for Jesus while there is time, Isa. 55:6. There may be some here today
who have never been saved. If
so, then you need to know that this is a choosing day for you, 1 Cor. 6:2! Do not fail in the most important choice of all!
II. v.1a-6 THERE WILL BE CHANGING DAYS
A. Sadly, youth does not last forever. Life marches on with its demands of work, family,
bills, etc. And, when youth begins to be replaced by age, it is a
sure sign that the body wearing out.
B. In these verses, Solomon paints a vivid picture of growing old.
1. Keeper of the house - Arms and hands tremble
3. Grinders - Teeth fall out
4. Windows - Vision turns bad
5. Doors – Closed off, shut in, nothing in common with others.
6. Grinding - Can't chew food because of teeth
7. Rise up - Awake early because can't sleep
8. Music – Hard of hearing
9. Afraid - Terrified of falling
10. Almond tree- Hair turns white like an almond blossom
11. Grasshopper - Drag self about like grasshopper at the end of summer.
12. Desire - Loss of appetite for all things, even life itself.
13. Long home - Death, the eternal home.
All of these things are signs that the end is near.
A wise man sees trouble coming and prepares for it! (
C. v.6 Describes death coming to people - The fragile cord
breaks and the golden pitcher breaks.
The clay jar is dropped at the well and is broken. The windlass
breaks and the bucket is lost in the well.
The end of life comes as well!
Death is coming - Heb. 9:27! (Note:
Some people don’t live long enough to see old age, Pro. 27:1; Ill. Rich Fool – Luke
III. v.7-8 THERE WILL BE CONCLUDING DAYS
A. The body will return to the ground - It is all that will sleep in the grave! (Gen. 3:19; Eccl. 3:20; 2 Cor. 5:8)
B. The soul returns to the Lord (Eccl. 3:21) for Him to deal with it as need be (2 Cor. 5:1-8) – The soul lives on
- either in Heaven, Phil. 1:23
or Hell, Eze. 18:4; Rom. 6:23; Psa. 9:17; 2 Thes. 1:8-9.
(Ill. Lazarus and the rich man – Luke
16:19-31)! Where will you
spend eternity? It all depends
on what you do with Jesus. (1
John 5:12) You will bear the responsibility of you decision
concerning Jesus - Gal. 6:7,
Pro. 9:12. (
C. v. 8 calls all of this vanity - Life is empty if Jesus is left out, yet it is full of glory and hope if He is let in.
Conc: These are the days of our lives! What kind of day is this for you? Is this a choosing day? Choose life, choose Jesus. Is this a changing day? Let Him help you through the changes. Could this be a concluding day? Be ready! Whether you are saved or lost, if there is a need in your life; that need can and will be met if you will seek the Lord for it right now!