Wednesday, November 16, 2016

Reflection - Banish anxiety from your heart (Ecclesiastes 11:10)

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From Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary


In Ecclesiastes 11:10, Solomon is advocating the young to take proper care of the body, not to weaken it by asceticism, nor by indulgence in youthful lusts.
PHOTO: In Ecclesiastes 11:10, Solomon is advocating the young to take proper care of the body, not to weaken it by asceticism, nor by indulgence in youthful lusts. [4] We are to cultivate cheerfulness and not self-inflicted tortures of the ascetic. Our body also known as 'the flesh' needs sensuality, pure and innocent enjoyment but not the dark side of things or pleasures of sin because God will call us into judgment. [3] Solomon's object is to draw the young to purer and more lasting joys, and live a life of true happiness. We are to led a life that does not offend the laws of the Creator and Judge. The last days of the old man should be beautiful and not like the childhood and youth which are vanity (futility). [4]
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Ecclesiastes 11:7-10, Remember Your Creator While Young
7 Light is sweet, and it pleases the eyes to see the sun.

8 However many years anyone may live, let them enjoy them all.
But let them remember the days of darkness, for there will be many.
Everything to come is meaningless.

9 You who are young, be happy while you are young, and let your heart give you joy in the days of your youth.
Follow the ways of your heart and whatever your eyes see, but know that for all these things God will bring you into judgment.

10 So then, banish anxiety from your heart and cast off the troubles of your body, for youth and vigor are meaningless.



Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary
Life is sweet to bad men, because they have their portion in this life; it is sweet to good men, because it is the time of preparation for a better; it is sweet to all. Here is a caution to think of death, even when life is most sweet.

Solomon makes an effecting address to young persons. They would desire opportunity to pursue every pleasure. Then follow your desires, but be assured that God will call you into judgment. How many give loose to every appetite, and rush into every vicious pleasure! But God registers every one of their sinful thoughts and desires, their idle words and wicked words.



Solomon caution us, especially the young, to pursue pleasure that is provided by God and not sinful, vicious pleasure which does not contribute to real happiness.
PHOTO: Solomon caution us, especially the young, to pursue pleasure that is provided by God and not sinful, vicious pleasure which does not contribute to real happiness. Sinful thoughts and desires, idle and wicked words will incur the wrath of God who will call us into judgement.
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If they would avoid remorse and terror, if they would have hope and comfort on a dying bed, if they would escape misery here and hereafter, let them remember the vanity of youthful pleasures. That Solomon means to condemn the pleasures of sin is evident. His object is to draw the young to purer and more lasting joys.



Solomon means to condemn the pleasures of sin with the objective of leading the young to real happiness.
PHOTO: Solomon means to condemn the pleasures of sin with the objective of leading the young to real happiness. They would then escape the misery, now and in the future. Instead of remorse and terror, there will be hope and comfort.
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This is not the language of one grudging (envy) youthful pleasures, because he can no longer partake (join) in them; but of one who has, by a miracle of mercy, been brought back in safety. He would persuade the young from trying a course whence (from which) so few return.


Solomon is trying to divert the course taken by the young and save them from the disaster which they are going to encounter.
PHOTO: Solomon is trying to divert the course taken by the young and save them from the disaster which they are going to encounter. The young are to make deliberate effort to put sensual and disorderly lusts away from the heart or from the mind.
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However we are to make deliberate effort to put “sorrow / anxiety” (sensual and disorderly lusts) away from our heart or from our mind. We are not to look on the dark side of things, but to cultivate cheerfulness, to be “content” with whatever life brings us (Php 4:11). We need not vex (frustrated) cheerfulness with the self-inflicted tortures of the ascetic (severe self-discipline and abstention from all forms of indulgence, typically for religious reasons). The “flesh” legitimately needs sensuality, pure and innocent enjoyment. [3] Solomon enjoining (ordering) his young disciple to take proper care of his body, not to weaken it on the one hand by asceticism, nor on the other by indulgence in youthful lusts. [4]



The 'flesh' legitimately needs sensuality, pure and innocent enjoyment but not the dark side of things or pleasures of sin because God will call us into judgment.
PHOTO: The “flesh” legitimately needs sensuality, pure and innocent enjoyment but not the dark side of things or pleasures of sin because God will call us into judgment. [3] Solomon's object is to draw the young to purer and more lasting joys, and live a life of true happiness.
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If the young would live a life of true happiness, if they would secure happiness hereafter, let them remember their Creator in the days of their youth.



Light is sweet, and it pleases the eyes to see the sun.
PHOTO: "Light is sweet, and it pleases the eyes to see the sun." (Ecclesiastes 11:7). Remember the warning of Your Creator While Young. Remember the laws of Your Creator while the going is good. Sinful pleasures are harmful causing many days of sorrow and anxiety. Chasing after such pleasures are meaningless. (Ecclesiastes 11:8).
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The time of youth is vanishing and transitory, and old age and death will speedily come, against which every wise man will take care to lay in solid provisions and comforts. [2] Life should be so guided as not to offend the laws of the Creator and Judge, and virtue postponed till pleasure is unattainable, and death closes the scene. The last days of the old man should be beautiful and not like childhood and youth which are vanity. [4]



Youth and vigor are temporary.
PHOTO: Youth and vigor are temporary. Old age and death will surely come. It is therefore important to led a life that is in accordance to the law of God and look forward to eternal happiness before it is too late when death comes.
"So then, banish anxiety from your heart and cast off the troubles of your body, for youth and vigor are meaningless." (Ecclesiastes 11:10).
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Dear Lord, We pray that we take proper care of our body, not to weaken it by asceticism, nor by indulgence in youthful lusts. Please help us to cultivate cheerfulness and not self-inflicted tortures of the ascetic. Let our body have sensuality which are pure and innocent enjoyment but not the dark side of things or pleasures of sin. We pray that we led a live that does not offend God's laws. Through Lord Jesus Christ we pray. Amen!
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Reflection - Banish anxiety from your heart (Ecclesiastes 11:10)
From Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary



Reference

[1] Ecclesiastes 11:10, Matthew Henry's Concise Commentary, http://biblehub.com/commentaries/ecclesiastes/11-10.htm.

[2] Ecclesiastes 11:10, Benson Commentary, http://biblehub.com/commentaries/ecclesiastes/11-10.htm.

[3] Ecclesiastes 11:10, Cambridge Bible for Schools and Colleges, http://biblehub.com/commentaries/ecclesiastes/11-10.htm.

[4] Ecclesiastes 11:10, Pulpit Commentary, http://biblehub.com/commentaries/ecclesiastes/11-10.htm.

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Ecclesiastes 11:8 - https://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Ecclesiastes+11%3A8&version=NIV

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