Life is like a coin, you can spend any way you want to but you can only spend it once. The preacher (Koheleth) begins with a parallel series of 14 opposites. The preacher contrasts to picture the total human experience we must realize that God, not man controls time.
Let us learn:-
I. FIRST, RECOGNIZE GOD’S SOVEREIGNTY OVER TIME (3:1-8)
- “To everything, there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven”
- Ecclesiastes chapter 3, is the world’s most famous poem on the subject of time.
- Time to be born and time to die (v.2)
- The boundaries of life “under the sun” is birth and death.
- Both birth and death are not accidents but are divine appointments because God is in control of both.
- Although we may foolishly hasten our death, we cannot prevent it when it comes.
- The Bible reminds us that our days are numbered (Psalm 139:16)
- Psalm 31:15- “My times are in your hands” Psalm 90:10-12, 37:18
- Even for Jesus Christ, there was a time to be born (Gal.4:4)
- Time for planting and time for plucking (V.2)
- The successful farmer knows that nature works for him only when he works with nature.
- There is a natural time for planting and a natural time for harvesting.
- The secret to a successful life is to learn God’s principles and cooperate with them.
- Time for killing and time for Healing (V.3)
“A time to kill and a time to heal”
- The term “Killing” here is not the same as “murdering” rather “Sickness and disease”
- People get ill and die, but sometimes God’s plan is to get ill and be healed.
- Sometimes God permits man to have a part in the healing (Doctors and medicine) but others times healing is entirely God’s doing.
- We do not understand why one is taken and another is left.
- Time for tearing down and time for building (V.3)
- There is time for “urban renewal” old ways of doing things must give way to new ways.
- Old habits and attitudes must give way to Godly habits and attitudes.
- Time for weeping and time for laughing (V.4)
- There is time for mourning and a time for rejoicing (I Thes.4:13)
- Time to mourn and time to dance- time to mourn over our sins and time to dance in the presence of God. (I Sam.6:20)
- A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones”(v.5)
- The land of Palestine is very rocky indeed. Farmers had to clear their land before they could plough and plant.
- If you wanted to hurt your neighbour enemy you filled his field with rocks (2 Kings 3:19-25)
- A time to speak and a time to keep silent (V.7)
- 27:14, James 1:26, Psalm 141:3
- Time to love and time to hate (V.8)
- Hate the things God hates (Pro.6:17-19)
II. SECOND: DRAWING CONCLUSIONS CONCERNING TIME (3:9-11)
- We may not understand His time and purpose now until we step out of our time (Under heaven) and into His purpose (Eternity)
- God’s timing is always best (v.11)
- “He has made everything beautiful in its time”
- God has put eternity in their hearts (v.11)
- God will never let the human heart be satisfied by that which is temporal. Eternity is in your heart.
III. THIRD, PERCEPTIONS CONCERNING TIME, (3:12-15)
- What God gives (v.12-13)
- God gives us the ability to enjoy life, the ability to do good.
- God gives the ability to enjoy food and drink. “In the last few years of John D. Rockefeller- The richest man in the world. He could eat very little food, two bites and a sip of water per day. One day Rockefeller, on a New York city street sow a beggar eating a hot dog. He said ‘ I would give a million dollars to be able to eat that hot dog”
- What God does (v.14-15)
- God’s works are permanent (v.14) I Cor.15:58)
- God’s works are complete (v.14)
- Wait for God’s time.
- Live like you are dying (Heb.9:27)
- Use your time wisely today (Eph.5:16)
- Recognize God’s sovereignty over time.
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