This week, we’re going to look at what Solomon had to say about Life, Death and Nonexistence. We’ll end up, as we’ve done in previous weeks, by comparing his view with other Bible passages for balance.
(Ecc 8:8) There is no man that hath power over the spirit to retain the spirit; neither hath he power in the day of death: and there is no discharge in that war; neither shall wickedness deliver those that are given to it.
(Ecc 7:2) It is better to go to the house of mourning, than to go to the house of feasting: for that is the end of all men; and the living will lay it to his heart. (3) Sorrow is better than laughter: for by the sadness of the countenance the heart is made better. (4) The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning; but the heart of fools is in the house of mirth. (5) It is better to hear the rebuke of the wise, than for a man to hear the song of fools. (6) For as the crackling of thorns under a pot, so is the laughter of the fool: this also is vanity.
Death: You Can’t Avoid It or Defeat It
The fight against death is one that we can’t avoid and we can’t win. As the Scriptures tell us:
Heb 9:27 And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment:
Because death is unavoidable and cannot be defeated, Solomon advised focusing on it. His advice was to go into the house of mourning, since you’ll end up there anyway.I think he’s right when he says mourning helps us more than mirth, but he doesn’t tell the whole story.
What About You?
- Do you realize that you have an unavoidable appointment with death?
- Is your life better because you live with its end in mind?
- What have you done to prepare for the day of your death?