Ecclesiastes 7. Living Life Backwards (Jody Garner)

Posted: Book of Ecclesiastes, Sermons

2:13-15 – 13 Then I saw that wisdom excels folly as light excels darkness. 14 The wise have eyes in their head,
but fools walk in darkness. Yet I perceived that the same fate befalls all of them. 15 Then I said to myself, “What happens to the fool will happen to me also; why then have I been so very wise?” And I said to myself that this also is vanity (hevel). 16 For there is no enduring remembrance of the wise or of fools, seeing that in the days to come all will have been long forgotten. How can the wise die just like fools?

3:19-20 – 19 For the fate of humans and the fate of animals is the same; as one dies, so dies the other. They all have the same breath, and humans have no advantage over the animals, for all is vanity. 20 All go to one place, all are from the dust, and all turn to dust again.

7:1-4 – A good name is better than precious ointment,
and the day of death, than the day of birth. It is better to go to the house of mourning
than to go to the house of feasting,
for this is the end of everyone,
and the living will lay it to heart.Sorrow is better than laughter,
for by sadness of countenance the heart is made glad. The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning,
but the heart of fools is in the house of mirth.

Heb. 2:14-15 – 14 Since the children have flesh and blood, he too shared in their humanity so that by his death he might break the power of him who holds the power of death—that is, the devil— 15 and free those who all their lives were held in slavery by their fear of death.

Life on a Clock – In his book Time for God, Christian theologian Dr. Leslie Weatherhead mathematically calculated the average length of a life using the hours of one day to illustrate how important it is to be aware of the value of time. Here are his conclusions: If your age is 15, the time is 10:25 a.m. If your age is 20, the time is 11:34. If your age is 25, the time is 12:42 p.m. If you’re 30, the time is 1:51. If you’re 35, the time is 3:00. If you’re 40 the time is 4:08. At age 45, the time is 5:15. If you’re 50, the time is 6:25. By age 55, the time is 7:24. If you’re 60, the time is 8:42. If you’re 65, the time is 9:51. And if you’re 70, the time is 11 p.m. & then the day ends at midnight. How about thinking about life that way? How much time (for the average life span) that you have left.
That’s humbling to think about. I’m in the P.M., not longer in the A.M., I’m mid-afternoon and midnight is coming. Do you like this idea? Is it helpful to think about your life span in this way?