Words Of Truth

"That I might make thee know the certainty of the words of truth..." (Proverbs 22:21).

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An Overview Of The Old Testament

Part 201 - Keep Thy Foot Through He That Is Higher Than They (Ecclesiastes 5:1-8)

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1. When coming into the house of God, should one be casual and careless?

No: “Keep thy foot when thou goest to the house of God, and be more ready to hear, than to give the sacrifice of fools: for they consider not that they do evil” (Ecclesiastes 5:1).

 

Š     The house of God was a physical place in the Old Testament (Acts 7:44-50).

Š     The house of God is now the body [church; cf. Colossians 1:18] of Christ (I Timothy 3:15 and Hebrews 3:6).

Š     Keep thy foot (Psalms 119:59-60; 101).

Š     Be more ready to hear than to speak (James 1:19).

Š     Fools do not consider that they do evil (Proverbs 14:16 and Romans 10:1-3).

Š     The main point here: “God is greatly to be feared in the assembly of the saints, and to be had in reverence of all them that are about him” (Psalms 89:7).

 

2. Why shouldn’t we be rash with our mouths?

God is listening and He is higher than we: “Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thine heart be hasty to utter any thing before God: for God is in heaven, and thou upon earth: therefore let thy words be few” (Ecclesiastes 5:2).

 

Š     Don’t be in a hurry to speak (Proverbs 15:28, Proverbs 16:23, Proverbs 17:27, and James 1:26).

Š     God is greater than us (Isaiah 55:7-9 and Romans 11:33-36).

Š     He hears everything (Psalms 33:13-15, Proverbs 15:3, and Hebrews 4:13) and will hold us accountable for what we say (Matthew 12:36).

 

3. Can a busy day have an effect on what you dream?

Yes: “For a dream cometh through the multitude of business [Strong’s # 6045, “employment; travail”]; and a fool's voice is known by multitude of words” (Ecclesiastes 5:3).

 

Š     Just as your dreams reveal the chaos of a day, a fool’s speaking reveals he is a fool (Proverbs 17:27-28 and Ecclesiastes 10:13-14).

 

4. Does God expect us to keep whatever vows [promises] we make to Him?

Yes: “When thou vowest a vow unto God, defer not to pay it; for he hath no pleasure in fools: pay that which thou hast vowed” (Ecclesiastes 5:4).

 

Š     Judges 11:29-40, Psalms 50:14-15, Acts 5:1-10, and Revelation 21:8.

 

5. What is better than making a promise and not keeping it?

Not making the promise at all: “Better is it that thou shouldest not vow, than that thou shouldest vow and not pay” (Ecclesiastes 5:5).

 

Š     The same application can be made to obeying the Gospel…  Better to never have than to obey and fall (II Peter 2:20-22).

 

6. Should you speak and then later have to go back and say that what you stated was a mistake?

No: “Suffer not thy mouth to cause thy flesh to sin; neither say thou before the angel [messenger], that it was an error: wherefore should God be angry at thy voice, and destroy the work of thine hands” (Ecclesiastes 5:6)?

 

Š     Proverbs 20:25.

Š     You do not want God to destroy what you’ve worked for because you spoke without considering what you said until after you said it (cf. II John 8).

 

7. What resides in the multitudes of dreams and words?

Divers vanities: “For in the multitude of dreams and many words there are also divers vanities: but fear thou God” (Ecclesiastes 5:7).

 

Š     Proverbs 10:19.

Š     The solution – fear God (Philippians 2:12, Hebrews 12:28-29, and I Peter 2:17).

 

8. Is God aware of injustices that occur in this world?

Most surely: “If thou seest the oppression of the poor, and violent perverting of judgment and justice in a province, marvel not at the matter: for he that is higher than the highest regardeth; and there be higher than they” (Ecclesiastes 5:8).

 

Š     Unrighteous judgment is wrong (Deuteronomy 16:19 and Deuteronomy 24:17).

Š     God is aware (Amos 5:12 and James 5:1-6).

Š     Injustices will not go unpunished (Micah 2:1-3, Malachi 3:5, Luke 18:2-8, and James 2:13).

 

 

 

 

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