Read ECCLESIASTES 3:1-8
Solomon makes a profound statement in Ecclesiastes 3. So profound, the Byrds recorded a song using some of his lyrics called, “Turn, Turn, Turn.”
Everything listed in verses 2-8 is is a polar contrast to the adjacent word. Be born and die. Plant and uproot, Kill and heal. Tear down and build up. Life is lived in and between the extremes. Using these well-defined boundaries, Solomon expresses that anything can happen in this world. The best and worst. The good and the bad. Sin causes an unpredictable world where we strive to pull our lives away from God’s purpose and sometimes succeed.
Solomon is also saying that everything will happen. We will all be born, and we will all die. There’s nothing we can do about it. People weep, and people will laugh. We can’t be shocked by the tearing of relationships, nor can we always expect that everything will mend. At some point in our lives, all of us will experience scattering and gathering, searching and giving up, loving and hating. Be prepared.
Solomon also says that life naturally changes like the seasons. You can’t stop winter from coming, just as war is inevitable in some parts of the world. Then again spring comes too, the world eventually discovers peace. These changes aren’t always our fault, and we don’t have to blame ourselves for winter. We just have to accept it.
It is cliché` to say, “Hey, that’s life,” but Solomon poetically puts it in such a way that we have to agree. Life ebbs and flows like the ocean, and you just have to ride the waves. (from The American Bible Challenge)
YOUR BIBLE CHALLENGE:
1. According to Ecclesiastes 3, there’s a time to be born and a time to what?
2. There’s a time to kill and a time to what?
3. There’s a time weep and a time to what?
4. There’s a time to search and a time to what?
5. There’s a time to love and a time to what?
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ANSWERS TO: It’s Time
- Die ( Ecclesiastes 3:2)
- Heal (Ecclesiastes 3:3)
- Laugh (Ecclesiastes 3:4)
- Give up (Ecclesiastes 3:6)
- Hate (Ecclesiastes 3:8)