Pastor Aaron E. Lavender
Sunday, June 26, 2016
Sermon Series: CHASING THE WIND – Sermon #19
“DEATH – The Inescapable Reality”
This is not the first time the subject of death has come into Solomon’s discourse, nor will it be the last. (See 1:4; 2:14–17; 3:18–20; 4:8; 5:15–16; 6:6; 8:8; 12:1–7.) After all, the only way to be prepared to live is to be prepared to die. Death is a fact of life, and Solomon examined many facets of life so that he might understand God’s pattern for satisfied living. Unless Jesus Christ returns and takes us to heaven, we will one day die, our physical tents will be torn down (2 Cor. 5:1–8). We must be ready!
In this chapter, Solomon drew two conclusions: death is inescapable (1–10) and life is unpredictable (11–18). That being the case, the best thing we can do is trust God, live by faith, and enjoy whatever blessings God gives us.
Three truths emerge from verses 1-10: No one is master of is destiny; Everyone is subject to the same event; and, Life is always preferred over death.
I. No One Is Master of His Own Destiny: Eccl. 9:1
II. Everyone Is Subject to The Same Event: Eccl. 9:2-3
III. Life Is Always Preferred Over Death (Enjoy It While You Can): Eccl. 9:4-10
A. We’re to enjoy our life while we can (vv.4-6)
B. We’re to enjoy our fellowships while we can (vv.7-8)
C. We’re to enjoy our marriages while we can (v.9)
D. We’re to enjoy our work while we can (v.10)
What lessons can we glean from this text?
- CAUTION – We should be thankful for the gift of life that God has given us, and learn to appreciate it as opposed to complaining about it.
- HUMILITY – We should respect with dignity all persons. The essential equality of all humanity demands this. There is therefore no room for PRIDE.
- DILIGENCE – We should seek to serve God, the One from whom our life comes. The true way of redemptive living is to consecrate every day and every year to serving the Lord with gladness, and rejoicing in Him and doing His will.
- SUBMISSION – We should accept with meekness the plan and purpose of God for our life.