Thursday, January 23, 2020

Daily Devotional


7 Therefore go thou, just man, and eat thy bread in gladness, and drink thy wine with joy; for thy works please God. 8 In each time thy clothes be white, and oil fail not from thine head.
The Book of Ecclesiastes Chapter 9:7-8

Brethren:

This verse is an inference. If death be such, then life is of the nature of a holiday. Let us rejoice and be glad in it. The sentiment is not exactly Epicurean, (let us eat and drink, for to-morrow we die,) but, “Our living to-day is proof of God’s merciful favour, and that he is pleased, not angry, with us.” Therefore let us enjoy the bread and wine, the good which he gives, with grateful and joyous temper. White garments, grateful in hot countries, are associated with festivities and triumphs, and are the customary holiday garb. So, also, perfumes were gladdening and demonstrative of gladness. Although Koheleth is by no means now looking at life from a Christian and religious, but only from a moral and practical, point, yet his counsel coincides with that of the psalmist: “Serve the Lord with gladness;” and with that of the apostle, “Rejoice evermore.” Joyfulness of heart is a religious and Christian precept.
Daniel Whedon - 19th Century Theologian

Wednesday, January 22, 2020

Daily Devotional

5 For they that live know that they shall die; but dead men know nothing more, neither have meed further; for their mind is given to forgetting. 6 Also their love, and hatred, and envy, have perished altogether; and they have no part in this world, and in the work that is done under the sun.
The Book of Ecclesiastes Chapter 9:5-6

Brethren:

For the living know that they shall die, the consciousness of their inevitable fate gives them at least so much superiority over the dead; but the dead know not anything, neither have they any more a reward, their fate is decided for the present, they are beyond reward; for the memory of them is forgotten, in most cases their very name becoming a hollow, meaningless mound in a few years. Also their love, and their hatred, and their envy, all the sentiments which actuated them in life, is now perished, the activities connected with these attributes have ceased; neither have they any more a portion forever in anything that is done under the sun, their bodies are in the grave, and all communication with the world of the living has ceased.
Paul Edward Kretzmann - 19th Century Theologian

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Daily Devotional

3 This thing is the worst among all things, that be done under the sun, that the same thing befall to all people; yea, the hearts of the sons and daughters of men be filled with malice and despising during their lives; and then after these things, they go down to Sheol. 4 But for everyone who liveth, there is still hope; yea, a living dog is better than a dead lion.
The Book of Ecclesiastes Chapter 9:3-4

Brethren:

Verse 3
This is an evil among all things that are done under the sun, that there is one event to all: yea, also the heart of the sons of men is full of evil, and madness is in their heart while they live, and after that they go to the dead. In outward things, as riches and poverty, sickness and health, there is no difference between the godly and the wicked but the difference is that the godly are assured by faith of God's favour and assistance.
Geneva Bible Study Notes – Ed. 1560

Verse 4
While a man lives he hopes to amend, and he hopes to have a better lot; and thus life is spent, hoping to grow better, and hoping to get more. The Vulgate has, "There is none that shall live always, nor has any hope of such a thing." Perhaps the best translation is the following: "What, therefore, is to be chosen? In him that is living there is hope." Then choose that eternal life which thou hopest to possess.
Adam Clarke – Theologian

Monday, January 20, 2020

Daily Devotional

2 But all things be kept uncertain into the time to coming; for all things befall evenly to a just man and to a wicked man, to a good man and to an evil man, to a clean man and to an unclean man, to a man offering offerings and sacrifices, and to a man despising sacrifices; as a good man, so and a sinner; as a forsworn man, so and he that greatly sweareth truth The Book of Ecclesiastes Chapter 9:2

Brethren:

We are all sinners. The differences is between those that have accepted God's plan for redemption and those that have not. He pours down all things upon us; rich or poor, good or evil, godly and ungodly. The joys and sorrows of providence falls upon all of us. It is what we do with them that matters to Him.

Sunday, January 19, 2020

Daily Devotional

1 I treated all these things in mine heart, to understand diligently. Just men, and wise men there be, and their works be in the hand of God; and nevertheless a man knoweth not, whether he is worthy of love or of hate.
The Book of Ecclesiastes 9:1

Brethren:

All events which befall them are governed by his providence, and therefore although we cannot fully understand the reasons of all, yet we may be assured they are done righteously. No man can judge by their present outward condition, whether God loves or hates them; for whom he loves he chastens, and permits those whom he hates to prosper in the world.
John Wesley – Theologian

Saturday, January 18, 2020

Daily Devotional

17 And I understood, that of all the works of God, a man may find no reason of those things, that be done under the sun; and inasmuch as he travails more to seek, by so much, he shall find less; yea, though a wise man say that he knoweth, he shall not be able to find it.
The Book of Ecclesiastes Chapter 8:17

Brethren:

Not of creation, but of Providence; took notice of it, contemplated on it, considered it, and weighed it well; viewed the various steps and methods of it, to find out, if possible, at least, some general rule by which it proceeded: but all so various and uncertain, that a man cannot find out the work that is done under the sun; he can find out that it is done, but not the reason why it is done: the ways of God are in the deep, and not to be traced; they are unsearchable and past finding out; there is a depth of wisdom and knowledge, in them, inscrutable by the wisest of men, ( Psalms 72:19 ) ( Romans 11:33 ) ; because, though a man labour to seek out, yet he shall not find it

Noldius and others render it "although"; not only a man that, in a slight and negligent manner, seeks after the knowledge of the works of divine Providence, and the reasons of them; but even one that is diligent and laborious at it is not able to find them out; they being purposely concealed by the Lord, to answer some ends of his; yea, further, though a wise man think to know it, yet shall he not
be able to find it.



A man of a great natural capacity, such an one as Solomon himself, though he proposes to himself, and determines within himself to find it out, and sets himself to the work, and uses all the means and methods he can devise, and imagines with himself he shall be able to find out the reasons of the divine procedure, in his dispensations towards the righteous and the wicked; and yet, after all, he is not able to do it. Wherefore it is best for a man to be easy and quiet, and enjoy what he has in the best manner he can, and submit to the will of God. - John Gill 18th Century Theologian

Friday, January 17, 2020

Daily Devotional

12 Though a sinner do evil an hundred times, and God prolongeth his days, yet I know that it shall be well with them that fear the Lord, and do reverence before him. 13 But it shall not be well to the wicked, neither shall he prolong his days: he shall be like a shadow, because he feareth not before God
Ecclesiastes 8:12-13


Brethren:

Friends, we are covered by grace given unto us by God our creator. All we need do is accept His offer of mercy and redemption by accepting the sacrifice of His Son Christ Jesus. (Read Mark 8:38) Then we must strive to be holy, as He is holy. Sanctified because He has set us apart from the wicked. (Read Leviticus 19:2, 20:7, 26; 1 Peter 15-17). We are now a royal priesthood (Read 1 Peter 2:9) made in the of order of
Melchizedek (Read Psalm 110:4; Hebrews 7:17)