Sunday, December 16, 2012

Dec 16: Ecclesiastes 9

Ecclesiastes chapter 9
  1. The writer of Ecclesiastes opens this chapter in a really somber tone, saying the good person and the evil person all end up dying, so everything is pointless and unfair. The problem is that the author didn’t take into account the life we all will experience after we die. Later in the Bible we read about a life that exists for us after this life, and how God wants us to have a relationship with Him so that when we leave this life we will be able to live forever with him as one big happy family. Maybe the author didn’t know about this afterlife God talks about, or maybe he was too focused on the “now” and forgot about what happens after this life.
  2. Interesting fact: in the original language the Bible was written in, the word “death” literally means "separation." They understood that to die meant to be separated from the life and world we know and to enter into another life with God. (To be clear, this is not teaching reincarnation. The Bible is also really clear on that topic -- once we die we leave this world forever and, if we follow God, enter into a spiritual life with him in heaven). 
The author of Ecclesiastes talks about how, in life, things are not always fair. This is something we’ve all learned about life. One of the greatest things I love about children is that they haven’t been jaded by this yet. That’s how they can have pure faith. This is also why I think Jesus uses children as an example of how to have faith.

In life, things don’t always make sense, and they often appear unfair. But as followers of Jesus we should trust him and keep following his teachings. One of the cool things the Bible teaches is that God is for you, even when it doesn’t appear that way. What do you need to trust God with today?

- Written for Verve by Tommy Altman