ECCLESIASTES 9
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7 Go thy way, eat thy bread [lechem] with joy [simchah], and drink thy wine [yayin]with a merry heart [lev tov]; for God now accepteth thy works [ma'asim].

God has appointed men to labour (Gen. 3:19), and is pleased for him to enjoy the simple pleasure with which the earth abounds, and which constitute His gracious gifts to mankind.

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10 Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might [koach]; for there is no work [ ma'aseh], nor device [ cheshbon], nor knowledge [ da'as], nor wisdom [chochmah], in the grave [Sheol], whither thou goest.

This Sheol is styled in Job x. 22, " the land of darkness; " and in Psalm lxxxviii. 12, " the land of forgetfulness ; " and in Psalm xxx. 3, and many other places, " the grave."

Thus the Scriptures speak of the DEATH-STATE into which all go when they depart from among the living. While " in death " they are said to sleep. From this sleep some never awake ; which is equivalent to saying that they are never the subject of resurrection.

This is evident from Jer. li. 57, where, speaking of the princes, wise men, captains, rulers, and mighty ones of Babylon, the Eternal Spirit saith " they shall sleep a perpetual sleep, and not wake " : and Isaiah speaking of the same class, says, " They are dead, they shall not live ;

they are deceased, they shall not rise ; therefore, hast Thou visited and destroyed them, and made all their memory to perish "(xxvi. 14) ; so that "the man that wandereth out of the way of understanding shall remain in the congregation of the dead"(Prov. xxi. 16) : a decree of very extensive application.

Anastasis


With thy might...

Keep telling yourself over and over (if it is true -- and it is almost certain to be true), there is something I should be doing right now, more important than this, more related to eternity, more helpful to others, more useful to the Truth; less childish, less foolish, less selfish.

Some day I will go to bed to sleep and I will be thankful that I have made the effort required, that I will work hard on forever hereafter with satisfaction and joy; and no regret or embarrassment.

Perhaps God is watching at this very moment to see if I am suitable for His eternal use and pleasure; whether the deepest recesses of my heart are fleshly or spiritual; whether the natural bent of my heart is fleshly, and the "spectacle" is but a veneer; or whether the spiritual is the true self; sincerely struggling against the terrible power of the flesh.

Is this moment the watershed of my destiny? Shall I go on from here in prayerful, intelligent, organised spiritual self-discipline or drift week by week into the cosy valley of death; or put ineffectual sociality between both? Take your life firmly in hand and give it unto the Lord. There may be NO tomorrow. For millions there will not be, and will never be again. Today is eternally appealing, and God may have decided today that we have had tomorrow enough.

Bro Growcott


11 I returned, and saw under the sun [shemesh], that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong [gibborim], neither yet bread [lechem] to the wise [chachamim] , nor yet riches [osher] to men of understanding [the intelligent], nor yet favour [chen] to men of skill [experts]; but time [ et] and chance [pega] happeneth to them all.

'...there is such a thing as chance, but chance is controlled when the purpose of God requires it. This control is exercised in accordance with the "charge" which the angels receive from the Creator. Where no such charge exists, things happen naturally, or according to the mechanical relations of things in nature'.

Ways of Providence Ch 27