Words Of Truth
"That I might make thee know the certainty of the words of truth..." (Proverbs 22:21).
An Overview Of The Old Testament
Part 198 – Wicked Judgment Seats Through Rejoice In Your Own Works (Ecclesiastes 3:16-22)
1. Can we expect times wherein places of judgment and righteousness will be filled with evil?
Yes: “And moreover I saw under the sun the place of judgment, that wickedness was there; and the place of righteousness, that iniquity was there” (Ecclesiastes 3:16).
Š Psalms 94:20-22, Ecclesiastes 4:1, Isaiah 1:23, Isaiah 59:14, Jeremiah 5:26-28, Micah 2:1-2, Micah 7:3, Matthew 26:59, and Luke 18:1-5.
Š Man’s judgment is flawed in that man often looks on the outward things (I Samuel 16:7 and John 7:24).
Š May often does not consider the fruit of one’s works (Matthew 7:20) or even the whole story of what judgment is occurring on (Proverbs 18:13).
2. Will anyone escape the judgment of God?
No: “I said in mine heart, God shall judge the righteous and the wicked: for there is a time there for every purpose and for every work” (Ecclesiastes 3:17).
Š Psalms 98:9, Ecclesiastes 12:13-14, Matthew 16:27, John 5:28-29, Acts 17:30-31, I Corinthians 4:5, and II Corinthians 5:10.
3. Does mankind need help at times to see that we are not quite as great as we think we are?
Yes: “I said in mine heart concerning the estate of the sons of men, that God might manifest them, and that they might see that they themselves are beasts” (Ecclesiastes 3:18).
Š A good commentary on this verse is written in the Psalms (Psalms 73:16-22).
Š We’re supposed to be able to examine ourselves (Ezekiel 18:27-28, Haggai 1:5, II Corinthians 13:5, and Philippians 2:12).
Š Yet, self-deception is an easy thing to accomplish (Psalms 49:18, Proverbs 30:11-12, and I Corinthians 3:18).
4. What does both man and animal have in common?
Death: “For that which befalleth the sons of men befalleth beasts; even one thing befalleth them: as the one dieth, so dieth the other; yea, they have all one breath; so that a man hath no preeminence above a beast: for all is vanity” (Ecclesiastes 3:19).
Š II Samuel 14:14, Psalms 89:47-48, Psalms 90:10, Ecclesiastes 9:5, and Hebrews 9:27.
Š Death will be overcome (I Corinthians 15:54-57). *More on this as we discuss question #6.
5. What happens to the physical bodies of both man and beast?
Return to dust: “All go unto one place; all are of the dust, and all turn to dust again” (Ecclesiastes 3:20).
Š Genesis 3:19, Job 10:9, Job 34:15, and Psalms 104:29.
Š Our physical bodies decay upon burial (Genesis 50:25 [cf. Exodus 12:46] and John 11:38-39).
6. Is there a difference in what happens to the spirit in man and that of animals?
Yes, the spirit of man lives on after physical death: “Who knoweth the spirit of man that goeth upward, and the spirit of the beast that goeth downward to the earth” (Ecclesiastes 3:21)?
Š While our flesh is dead (James 2:26), our spirit is not (Ecclesiastes 12:7, Luke 16:19-31, Luke 23:39-43, and Acts 2:31).
Š There will also be a bodily resurrection at the Second Coming of our Savior (I Corinthians 15:21-22, I Corinthians 15:42, Philippians 3:21, and I Thessalonians 4:13-18).
Š God made man a living soul from the dust of the ground (Genesis 2:7 and Isaiah 64:8).
7. What is our portion of life in this world?
To rejoice in our own works: “Wherefore I perceive that there is nothing better, than that a man should rejoice in his own works; for that is his portion: for who shall bring him to see what shall be after him” (Ecclesiastes 3:22)?
Š Deuteronomy 12:7 and Ecclesiastes 2:24.
Š No one is going to bring you back to see your labors and the results thereof after you leave this earth (Psalms 6:5, Ecclesiastes 6:12, Ecclesiastes 9:10, and Ecclesiastes 10:14).
Š Enjoy today (Matthew 6:34) for tomorrow does not belong to us (James 4:13-16).
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