But in the spiritual realm it is different. What appalling spectacles presented themselves to the view of the missionary who first trod our Shores! (11:9-10; HCSB) Enjoy Your Life (11:9-10) To this we have to reply that —. "Upon the waters." So this is not just about diversifying income. In all His work there was an utter absence of theatricality and advertisement. (vv.12-13, AI know that there is nothing better for them than to rejoice and to do good in one’s lifetime; 13 moreover, that every man who eats and drinks sees good in all his labor, it is the gift of God.) 6 Warren W. Wiersbe, Be Satisfied, “Be” Commentary Series (Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1996), 132. I. Return to the Main Player. I John 5:11. And we call this the extreme supposition, because we believe that ordinarily where God has prompted to exertion and to sacrifice He crowns them with some measure of success, though He may not always allow that success to be known. The utmost which many of the most devoted servants of God can affirm when they come to die is, that they have been diligently casting bread upon the waters. It is all love's labour lost, and it is pathetic to think of the waste of love connected with it. But we have thus only vindicated the statement of our text on the extreme supposition, namely, that our labours to do good are so wholly ineffectual, that they produce no advantageous results to those whose benefit was their object. Eccl. Ecclesiastes 1.1-11 - Whats the Point from Damascus Road Church on Vimeo.. Introduction | Walking with Grandpa Good morning! III. Sermon Notes for Proverbs 31:30 ← Prior Section. The seed that was sown generations ago is bearing fruit to-day, and it shall be so once more with the seed we sow. THERE ARE CERTAINTIES IN REFERENCE TO SOCIETY. II. 1. But we have thus only vindicated the statement of our text on the extreme supposition, namely, that our labours to do good are so wholly ineffectual, that they produce no advantageous results to those whose benefit was their object. It is a seed that will germinate, multiply. It is often the duty of the Christian to work and to give even when he cannot be certain as to results.III. Work in faith through the power of God. Sermon • Submitted 9 hours ago No good effort has ever been lost, or ever can be. Much of the highest, painfulest service wrought for the good of men — work of brain and heart — is least appreciated. The waters do not destroy, they fertilize and fructify, the seed. There are things certain belonging to man as the subject, minister, interpreter, symbol of God and of Providence. We are but stewards after all, and must give account of our stewardship. Dust in the wind. The Wise … As there are some who withhold more than is meet, so there are others who, from ostentation, give what is not their own. Learn More | Live Stream | Bulletin Servicios en español. The devotion to that cause on the part of many was wonderful. It supplies moral bread for the world.III. Sermon on Ecclesiastes 3. Find Top Church Sermons, Illustrations, and Preaching Slides on Ecclesiastes 11. It also also about stewardship. Even in this life, according to the Decalogue, the reward was at least to begin. 1. "Thou knowest not whether shall prosper, either this or that." The tenor of all Scripture is in harmony with that. Shining through many natural disqualifications for teaching, love will enlighten and enchant. Now, toward the end, Solomon resolves all the questions he has raised, and he gives us his ultimate conclusion.1. Solomon had a navy, and once in three years it returned, bringing gold and silver, apes and peacocks. The noblest Christians are those who most markedly have in their patience won their souls.(J. The transaction which is done to-day, and whose results can be pocketed to-morrow, is not usually of the kind that gives strength and beauty to the character. Freely you received, freely give.” (Matthew 10:8, CSB). Chapter 11, verses 1-6, give financial and investment advice. INEVITABLY REMUNERATIVE. Bungy Jumping: I don't know how old the guy , but he … The noblest Christians are those who most markedly have in their patience won their souls.(J. It is a Divine incarnation, and more imperishable than the stars.(Homilist. S. Mayer, M. Is it so? Ecclesiastes 11:1. It will "endow the plain-tongued man with heavenly eloquence.". 3. - Ecclesiastes 1. We not only desire to certify to ourselves the fitting objects of our compassion, but to follow them into the actual surroundings of their daily life, that the ultimate aim of our assistance may be secured. )Cast thy bread upon the watersW. EMINENTLY BENEFICENT. But, at the same time, by speaking of "many days," it warns us alike against impatience and despondency. 1. 4. God, in His infinite condescension and love, has resolved to deal with us as though we had been able to deserve at His hands; proportioning what He bestows be what we have done in His cause, though all the while it is only as a free gift that we receive the least of those elements which constitute future happiness. You should make the best of each event and of each season of change. What Ecclesiastes describes here is a kind of historical amnesia. Solomon himself was involved in various kinds of trade, so it was natural for him to use this illustration. They have received no testimony of the usefulness of the bread which they have thus east — no testimony that the examples they have set, the exhortations they have uttered, the Bibles they have distributed, have been instrumental to the adding a single member to the visible Church. 1. S. Mayer, M. The farmer realizes that all things are ultimately in God’s hands. It brought what the world could neither give nor take away. That men have certain moral and spiritual duties to discharge. Sign In. Sermon Notes for Song of Solomon 1 Next Book → ← Back to Chuck Smith's Bio & Resources ← Back to all Commentaries. But we must hope in hopeless work, or what to the carnal eye looks like hopeless work. This is also practical financial advice. No! in an anticipative and inclusive sense. We should aim to look to the right quarter for success. Man must work according to certain laws. Do you know when we started Ecclesiastes? The farmer proceeds with his work with an eye toward all possible contingencies (11:6). 19 sermons • April-August 2020. Our bread is to be cast upon the waters. Leaving it All Behind - Ecclesiastes 2:18-26. In verse 1, the Teacher tells us to take a risk. As the seed fell on the soft and porous soil beneath the water, your hints may drop into yielding and receptive natures. And are they on this account to conclude that they have made a wholly fruitless outlay of zeal and exertion? But, at the same time, by speaking of "many days," it warns us alike against impatience and despondency. He is ruled by principles, not by results. Jesus, I love you” (Mother Teresa; died September 5, 1997). It supplies moral bread for the world. But they acted on the principle of the text; they "cast their bread upon the waters": they "gave a portion to seven, and also to eight": they spread the seed freely and largely; and, amidst a great apostasy, seed sprang up, of which we are now some of the pleasing fruit. So the first example is the merchant. No one can pretend to be an infallible reader of char-actor.3. Ecclesiastes 12:11 ... than in seven-tenths of our prinked sermons. 2. The first mode of action, though often a necessity, is frequently connected with disadvantage; for, in tearing up the ravelled roots of an ancient grievance, growing in a tangled place, we may rend and wither delicate interlacings that we wish to live; but sowing seed disturbs nothing — injures nothing; frets no weakling — startles no alarmist; and works a change the most complete, by a process soft as the flush of spring, and noiseless as the laws of nature. The man who prospers too easily is not likely thereby to develop the finest type of character. It may not reappear in the earthly lifetime of the sower, but, as an unseen spirit, he may watch it spring from age to age. What then? The first way to see life is that it is an adventure. Cast thy bread upon the waters; for thou shalt find it after many days. They have received no testimony of the usefulness of the bread which they have thus east — no testimony that the examples they have set, the exhortations they have uttered, the Bibles they have distributed, have been instrumental to the adding a single member to the visible Church. Commentary on Ecclesiastes 11-12 (Wisdom from the Preacher) February 26, 2016 Bill Pratt Leave a comment. Sermon Bible Commentary. The Paperback Bible presents the Bible by the Book and is designed to be portable, readable, and truly personal with ample margins for notations. But even then it shall return. "Life is Gift, Not Gain" - Ecclesiastes 1:1-11. A second reference in the charge is to the sowing: "cast" the seed. to "give a portion to seven, and also to eight!" The devotion to that cause on the part of many was wonderful. What an amount has been spent on that cause in the course of the ages! This week we are beginning a sermon series walking though the book of Ecclesiastes called The Pursuit: Chasing Meaning Under the Sun. And we can believe that this unfolding will be one of the most surprising and animating transactions of the last judgment. One really good act has proved the seed of millions of noble efforts.3. Scripture Reading: Ecclesiastes 3:1-11 Text: Ecclesiastes 3:11 Ecclesiastes 3:11 He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end. ", 2. The methods of the mathematician are not applicable to Christian enterprise to any appreciable extent. I. The text indicates the kind of agency that a thoroughly good man exerts upon his race.I. TO SOW the seed upon the waters looks hopeless; little good seems likely to come of such toil and sacrifice. No good effort has ever been lost, or ever can be. It is much more. 6). If there is one phase of traditional alms-giving which the modern spirit deprecates more than another, it is its indiscriminateness. Is it so? "No man liveth unto himself." It is often the duty of the Christian to work and to give even when he cannot be certain as to results.III. Sermon Notes for Ecclesiastes 1:1-3 Next Section → Sermon Notes for Proverbs 1:7 ← Prior Book. He is ruled by principles, not by results. Preaching Today provides pastors and preachers sermon prep help with sermon illustrations, sermons, sermon ideas, and preaching articles. III. (vv.12-13, AI know that there is nothing better for them than to rejoice and to do good in one’s lifetime; 13 moreover, that every man who eats and drinks sees good in all his labor, it is the gift of God.) Share. But even then it shall return. "After many days" — a sober promise, but true to the law of Moses. AN UNCERTAIN RECEPTACLE. INEVITABLY REMUNERATIVE. The merchant sent his ship over the waters, he lost sight of it altogether, and in those days the quickest passage on record was unknown. It may be maintained with confidence that sympathy is as natural to man as selfishness, although the love of self is too often allowed by our sinful nature to overcome the love of others. 2. )Spiritual efforts not lostH. The noblest Christians are those who most markedly have in their patience won their souls. presents the Bible by the Book and is designed to be portable, readable, and truly personal with ample margins for notations. We should aim to use the right rule for estimating success. L. After looking through the lens of the world as we know it and trying to discover how to live life, Solomon concludes that life is meaningless. It is not best for our spiritual life that we should always get immediate returns for our labours. The text suggests to us also the blessing that may be hid in delay. Faith in God and His eternal laws is the mainspring in all the efforts of a good man's life. God's word shall not return unto Him void. My son, beware of anything beyond these. Do good while you have it, in your power — by and by you may be unable. Ecclesiastes 11:10. Introduction: "He hath made every thing beautiful in his time." God never loses sight of our "work of faith."2. Inanimate nature is brought in to provoke us. A good thing done 3,000 years ago works now, and will work through all endless times and years." There is nothing new on this earth; but when we look above, God gives us new life each day. “Just as you don’t know the path of the wind, or how bones develop in the womb of a pregnant woman, so also you don’t know the work of God who makes everything.” (Ecclesiastes 11:5, CSB). The finest grapes in the world are not grown on fat soil, but on sand deserts and barren shingle that would not afford nourishment to a patch of oats; and the lover of man not rarely gets his richest clusters on the most unpromising ground. He is not able to manufacture a single seed, nor to give it a particle of vitality, but only to sow it. The good they aim at, and much which never occurred to them to anticipate, is effected in God's time by the marvelous operation of his providence and his Spirit. It is a call to UNAPPRECIATED WORK. And Jesus said that the giver even of a cup of cold water in His name should not be without his reward. It was a saying of Cromwell's that "he goes furthest who knows not where he is going." The Paperback Bible presents the Bible by the Book and is designed to be portable, readable, and truly personal with ample margins for … When Life Seems Hopeless - Ecclesiastes 3:16-4:6. Sermons. We wish you to regard the text as a promise — a promise which is admirably fitted to guard you against becoming "weary in well-doing." Yet the verse says to give a portion, to divide it among seven or eight. You cannot force moral vegetation. While the farmer is trusting God by faith, he is prepared to act in the situation changes. The ship we send forth with trembling, that is never reported from any foreign port, that is never spoken with by a passing sail, that sends no message in sealed bottle on the waves, that is frozen fast in abysses of frost and darkness, shall nevertheless return, bringing treasure beyond all ivory, pearls, or gold. 3. Of making many books there is no end, and much study is a weariness of the flesh. When every practicable security has been taken charitable help and spiritual service will still be attended with much uncertainty. It is not certain you shall reap all you sow, but it is absolutely certain you cannot reap unless you sow.III. The “Preacher” introduces his book by describing the … A. The importance of serving God throughout life - cf. But if a man live many years, and rejoice in them all; yet let him remember the days of darkness; for they shall be many. But the spirit of the Savior urges to Christ-like endeavor, and sustains the worker for men's bodily, social, and spiritual good. And some of the work we do seems specially doubtful, and calls for exceptional patience; it is not so much as if we sent a ship to India or China, but rather as if we put our heart and treasure into a fleet which must dare the dark and icy seas of the North Pole. But it does mean that when you give to God in faith, when you invest in His Kingdom, there will be returns to that investment in your life. Oh, then, go on: future ages shall call you blessed; and the glorious results of your labour shall be found in that day, when "they shall come from the east, and the west," etc. We are not to forget that "God gives the increase," and that man alone, like the cypher alone, is nothing. 3. The Jacobite songs still live because they breathe a fervour of loyalty and a strength of attachment which were vividly real in their day. Philip Ryken. Ecclesiastes 11:4 NIV Ecclesiastes 11:4 NLT Ecclesiastes 11:4 ESV Ecclesiastes 11:4 NASB Ecclesiastes 11:4 KJV Ecclesiastes 11:4 Bible Apps Ecclesiastes 11:4 Parallel Ecclesiastes 11:4 Biblia Paralela Ecclesiastes 11:4 Chinese Bible Ecclesiastes 11:4 French Bible Ecclesiastes 11:4 German Bible Ecclesiastes 11:4 Commentaries Bible Hub All that comes is futile. Ecclesiastes . Let not She uncertainties connected with Providence tempt you either to indolence or to despondency.3. A PRECIOUS DEPOSIT. Different Kinds of People - Ecclesiastes 4:7-16. Study the bible online using commentary on Ecclesiastes 11 and more! II. If you want to live life as an adventure, you need to store money for a rainy day. 3 If the clouds be full of rain, they empty themselves upon the earth: and if the tree fall toward the south, or toward the north, in the place where the tree falleth, there it shall be. "Cast thy bread upon the waters," etc. The great waste of loving labour in human history, labour spent on unworthy causes, has often been remarked upon. If those who are now within our reach, if those who are now in darkness, be not benefited by an application of the means God has given us in His providence, "a great gulf" will soon be fixed, over which no pity, no exertion, can step. Make your kindness a sort of investment. Like the clouds in the spring of the year, which require no great effort to make them pour forth their waters, but tremble at the lightest breeze, and impart their living springs to the earth; so let Christian men be to the thirsty soils of this parched world. 1. Ecclesiastes 1. It would, on the contrary, be true to the genius of Christianity to satisfy ourselves as far as possible that our alms is well bestowed, and that it is given in such a way as to secure the utmost advantage to the recipient.2. When God speaks about bread, He is ...read more Hitzig observes, "an external connection is established between Ecclesiastes 11:10-10, by the fact that the words of truth in Ecclesiastes 11:10 proceed from one of the (Ecclesiastes 12:9 a). Hence, such words of the wise." The text seems to encourage an almost wanton openhandedness in beneficence. The minister who has been oppressed up to his dying hour by the melancholy conviction that his warnings, his entreaties, his expostulations, have been lost on his congregation, may be hailed by many, as the instrument of their conversion. And when this principle has been settled — the principle that, though we cannot merit from God, our actions are to decide our condition — we may speak of good works as hereafter to be rewarded, because they are as inevitably to regulate our portion as though that portion were a recompense in the strictest sense of the term. 10 So then, banish anxiety from your heart and cast off the troubles of your body, for youth and … IV. Yet, the point of this passage is that one has to have faith with the money you give away. His wisdom plans, His power executes, and His love reigns over all. That the latent evil of the human heart is liable to explosion.Conclusion: —1. )Cast thy bread upon the watersW. No matter which direction a tree falls, it will lie where it fell. The farmer realizes that he can’t know everything that God can do, so he trusts God by faith. I returned and saw under the sun that— The race is not to the swift, Nor the battle to the strong, Nor bread to the wise, Nor riches to men of understanding, Nor favor to men of skill; But time and chance happen ...read more Scripture: Ecclesiastes 9:11 "Upon the waters." The farmer looks up and around to see if there is danger on the horizon. It will very frequently happen that we have no moans whatever of ascertaining that any beneficial results have been produced by our most earnest and disinterested labours; and it is quite possible, moreover, that no such results have yet followed, and that none will follow. Man must work according to certain laws. The motives by which this duty is enforced. He’s the one that is the point of Time itself. It does not mean that if you empty your bank account and give it to the church that God is going to give you a windfall. 3. "Thou shalt find it after many days." 1. Life is not about the five senses. Every kind word, every unselfish act, every true prayer, tells, and tells deeply, abidingly.(W. "Thou shalt find it." This text is generally regarded as an exhortation to charity, in that restricted sense of the word in which it is equivalent to almsgiving. Here is a motive addressed to our hope. If the husbandman would have increase he must sow again in faith, and commit himself to a watchful Providence. To this we have to reply that —1. Work in faith through the power of God. God, in His infinite condescension and love, has resolved to deal with us as though we had been able to deserve at His hands; proportioning what He bestows be what we have done in His cause, though all the while it is only as a free gift that we receive the least of those elements which constitute future happiness. A PROMISE IS GIVEN WHICH IS INTENDED TO URGE TO PERSEVERANCE. 5 Edward M. Curtis, Ecclesiastes and Song of Songs, ed. Remember that you all, without exception, have it in your power still more largely to promote this good work. The secret of Dr. Arnold's ascendency as a teacher was the love that charmed his pupils into friends. Ecclesiastes 1:2, 12-14; 2:18-23 Strong, Hot, Black Coffee (Hoffacker) Strong, hot, black coffee and plenty of it helps to sober up a drunk, or so it is said. Ecclesiastes 11:1-12:8 What Life Is All About Part 1. Give to many. The attempt to benefit others, even if it spring from a pure love to God, may utterly fail, as far as its professed objects are concerned; but it cannot fail to be beneficial to ourselves. Love will also, more than anything else, tend to overpower what disqualifies, and create efficiency. Give a serving to seven, and also to eight, For you do not know what evil will be on the earth. 4. That men have certain moral and spiritual duties to discharge.2. A. SEVERAL OBJECTIONS ARE IMPLIED IN THE TEXT. In spiritual work immediate and abundant reaping tends sometimes to be productive of spiritual pride, to a man's own undoing and to the undoing, probably, of the work itself. SOME REASONS FOR DILIGENCE AND CONSTANCY. I Know It's Disappointing, But You Do Have... Is it really Friday? A seed is but a solitary grain, or a soft, and trembling flake of vegetation; yet from the seed gushes the bright flower — from the seed starts the towering tree — from the seed springs the bread of life. He does not suffer the efforts of his faithful servants to come to naught. "After many days" — a sober promise, but true to the law of Moses. It were indeed a most erroneous impression. "Shall find" — therein consists the romantic interest of the spiritual venture. 2. The great thing there is to follow the Divine leading, and to sow even though it be in tears, trusting Him, who gives the command, that all will be well, and that in His own good time there shall come a reaping time of joy.2. But we shall take the precept in a higher light, in the light of our Lord's teaching, as when He said, for example, "He that loseth his life for My sake shall find it."1. Therefore remove sorrow from thy heart Worldly sorrow, as opposed to lawful mirth and cheerfulness, and especially to spiritual joy: or "anger" F26, as the word may be rendered, and often is; either at the providence of God, or at the correction of friends; all perturbations of the mind; all fierceness of spirit, and fiery passions, to which youthful age is … The great thing there is to follow the Divine leading, and to sow even though it be in tears, trusting Him, who gives the command, that all will be well, and that in His own good time there shall come a reaping time of joy. The Paperback Bible presents the Bible by the Book and is designed to be portable, readable, and truly personal with ample margins for … “besides what came from merchants, traders’ merchandise, and all the Arabian kings and governors of the land.” (1 Kings 10:15, CSB), “for the king had ships of Tarshish at sea with Hiram’s fleet, and once every three years the ships of Tarshish would arrive bearing gold, silver, ivory, apes, and peacocks.” (1 Kings 10:22, CSB), It would be months before the ships would return with their precious cargo; but when they did, the merchant’s faith and patience would be rewarded. The efforts of others are mere chaff.2. 2. The first reason is taken from the quality of the seed (ver. Of course if there have been a defect in either of these particulars, it is no marvel that the promise has not been made good, and we cannot but think it in a high degree probable that much of the apparent failure in the fulfilment of this promise must be traced to non-compliance with its conditions.(H. AN UNCERTAIN RECEPTACLE. The bread is cast upon the waters. A good thing done 3,000 years ago works now, and will work through all endless times and years." 3. But in the spiritual realm it is different. It is sowing the seeds of immortality, and, if done right, we shall find it, though it may be "many days" first. S. Mayer, M. A.It does not seem to be a very lofty precept in the Preacher's sense of it. His every effort is an embodiment of a living conviction. The text suggests to us also the blessing that may be hid in delay. 1. Selfishness is at once the degradation, and part of the misery, of our nature. The capital the manufacturer sinks in plant, etc., has the same significance. 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