A Time For A Different Approach-To Every Thing There Is A Season Ecc Ch 3:1-8-Understand The Season We Are In
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In this word I was given, I will paste in what some commentaries have to say on each verse, and next I will give what I was given.
Ecc 3:1 To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
Ecc_3:1-22. Earthly pursuits are no doubt lawful in their proper time and order (Ecc_3:1-8), but unprofitable when out of time and place; as for instance, when pursued as the solid and chief good (Ecc_3:9, Ecc_3:10); whereas God makes everything beautiful in its season, which man obscurely comprehends (Ecc_3:11). God allows man to enjoy moderately and virtuously His earthly gifts (Ecc_3:12, Ecc_3:13). What consoles us amidst the instability of earthly blessings is, God’s counsels are immutable (Ecc_3:14).
Man has his appointed cycle of seasons and vicissitudes, as the sun, wind, and water (Ecc_1:5-7).
Purpose — as there is a fixed “season” in God’s “purposes” (for example, He has fixed the “time” when man is “to be born,” and “to die,” Ecc_3:2), so there is a lawful “time” for man to carry out his “purposes” and inclinations. God does not condemn, but approves of, the use of earthly blessings (Ecc_3:12); it is the abuse that He condemns, the making them the chief end (1Co_7:31).
The earth, without human desires, love, taste, joy, sorrow, would be a dreary waste, without water; but, on the other hand, the misplacing and excess of them, as of a flood, need control. Reason and revelation are given to control them.
Everything - More particularly, the actions of people (e. g. his own, Ecc_2:1-8) and events which happen to people, the world of Providence rather than the world of creation. It would seem that most of his own works described in Ecc_2:1-8 were present to his mind. The rare word translated “season” means emphatically “fitting time” (compare Neh_2:6; Est_9:27, Est_9:31).
Ecc 3:2 A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
time to die — (Psa_31:15; Heb_9:27).
plant — A man can no more reverse the times and order of “planting,” and of “digging up,” and transplanting, than he can alter the times fixed for his “birth” and “death.” To try to “plant” out of season is vanity, however good in season; so to make earthly things the chief end is vanity, however good they be in order and season. Gill takes it, not so well, figuratively (Jer_18:7, Jer_18:9; Amo_9:15; Mat_15:13).
Ecc 3:3 A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
Time to kill — namely, judicially, criminals; or, in wars of self-defense; not in malice. Out of this time and order, killing is murder.
Ecc 3:4 A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
A time to weep, and a time to laugh,.... There is a time for these things, as it goes ill or well with persons, as to their health, estate, or friends; and as it goes ill or well with kingdoms and states. The Jews wept when they were in Babylon, and their mouths were filled with laughter when their captivity was returned, Psa_137:1; and as it goes ill or well with the church of Christ, when there are corruptions in doctrine and worship, a neglect of ordinances, declensions in faith and practice, few instances of conversion, and there are divisions and contentions, it is a time for the mourners in Zion to weep but when God creates Jerusalem a rejoicing, and her people a joy, or makes her an eternal excellency, and the praise of the whole earth, then it is a time to rejoice and be glad, Isa_61:3; and as it is, with believers, when Christ is withdrawn from them, it is a time to lament, but, when the bridegroom is with them, it is a time of joy; when it is a night of darkness and desertion, weeping endures, but when the morning comes, the day breaks, and the sun of righteousness arises, joy comes with it, Mat_9:15 Joh_16:19. Now in the present state is the saints' weeping time; in the time to come they will laugh, or be filled with joy unspeakable and full of glory, Luk_6:21;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance; to mourn at funerals, and to dance at festivals; in a spiritual sense, God sometimes turns the mourning of his people into dancing, or joy, which that is expressive of; see Psa_30:11.
Ecc 3:5 A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
It follows from Ecc_2:26 that the works of people are subject in their results to another will (God’s) besides that of the doer. Here is the germ of the great question of later times - how to reconcile man’s free will with God’s decrees. Solomon’s way of stating it is that to every separate work, which goes to make up the great aggregate of human activity (the “travail,” Ecc_3:10), there is a season, an appropriate time which God appoints for its being done Ecc_3:1-8. To the question Ecc_3:9 What profit? he answers that the works of people, if done according to God’s appointment, are a part of that beautifully arranged scheme of Divine Providence which, as a whole, is, by reason of its extent and duration, incomprehensible to us Ecc_3:11. Man’s good is to rejoice and do good in his lifetime, which he can do only as God appoints Ecc_3:12-13. God’s work, of which this would be a part, is forever, is perfect (and so not subject to vanity), and is calculated to teach people to revere Him Ecc_3:14. His work, which was begun long ago, is now going on to completion; His work hereafter will be a complement of something which was done previously; and He recalls the past in order to add to it what shall make it complete and perfect Ecc_3:15. The principle of divine government - that every work in order to be permanent and successful must be God’s work as well as man’s work - is also declared in Psa_127:1-2 (attributed to Solomon).
Ecc 3:6 A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
A time to get, and a time to lose,.... To get substance, as the Targum, and to lose it; wealth and riches, honour and glory, wisdom and knowledge: or, "to seek, and to lose" (i); a time when the sheep of the house of Israel, or God's elect, were lost, and a time to seek them again; which was, lone by Christ in redemption, and by the Spirit of God, in effectual calling;
a time to keep, and a time to cast away; to keep a thing, and to cast it away, into the sea, in the time of a great tempest, as the Targum; as did the mariners in the ship in which Jonah was, and those in which the Apostle Paul was, Jon_1:5; It may be interpreted of keeping riches, and which are sometimes kept too close, and to the harm of the owners of them; and of scattering them among the poor, or casting them upon the waters; see Ecc_5:13.
Ecc 3:7 A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
A time to rend, and a time to sew,.... To rend garments, in case of blasphemy, and in times of mourning and fasting, and then to sew them up when they are over; see Isa_37:1; This the Jews apply to the rending of the ten tribes from Rehoboam, signified by the rending of Jeroboam's garment, 1Ki_11:30; the sewing up or uniting of which is foretold, Eze_37:22. Some interpret it of the rending of the Jewish church state, signified by the rending of the vail, at the death of Christ; and of the constituting the Gospel church state among the Gentiles;
A time to keep silence, and a time to speak (k); when it is an evil time, a time of calamity in a nation, it is not a time to be loquacious and talkative, especially in a vain and ludicrous way, Amo_5:13; or when a particular friend or relation is in distress, as in the case of Job and his friends, Job_2:13; or when in the presence of wicked men, who make a jest of everything serious and religious, Psa_39:1; and so when under afflictive dispensations of Providence, it is a time to be still and dumb, and not open the mouth in a murmuring and complaining way, Lev_10:3. And, on the other hand, there is a time to speak, either publicly, of the truths of the Gospel, in the ministry of it, and in vindication of them; or privately, of Christian experience: there is a time when an open profession should be made of Christ, his word and ordinances, and when believers should speak to God in prayer and praise; which, should they not, the stones in the wall would cry out.
Silence — (Amo_5:13), in a national calamity, or that of a friend (Job_2:13); also not to murmur under God’s visitation (Lev_10:3; Psa_39:1, Psa_39:2, Psa_39:9).
A time to rend the garments, as upon occasion of some great grief, and a time to sew, them again, in token that the grief is over. A time to undo what we have done and a time to do again what we have undone. Jerome applies this to the rending of the Jewish church and the sewing and making up of the gospel church thereupon.
11. A time when it becomes us, and is our wisdom and duty, to keep silence, when it is an evil time (Amo_5:13), when our speaking would be the casting of pearl before swine, or when we are in danger of speaking amiss (Psa_39:2); but there is also a time to speak for the glory of God and the edification of others, when silence would be the betraying of a righteous cause, and when with the mouth confession is to be made to salvation; and it is a great part of Christian prudence to know when to speak and when to hold our peace.
Ecc 3:8 A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.
hate — for example, sin, lusts (Luk_14:26); that is, to love God so much more as to seem in comparison to hate “father or mother,” when coming between us and God.
a time of war ... peace — (Luk_14:31).
12. A time to love, and to show ourselves friendly, to be free and cheerful, and it is a pleasant time; but there may come a time to hate, when we shall see cause to break off all familiarity with some that we have been fond of, and to be upon the reserve, as having found reason for a suspicion, which love is loth to admit.
13. A time of war, when God draws the sword for judgment and gives it commission to devour, when men draw the sword for justice and the maintaining of their rights, when there is in the nations a disposition to war; but we may hope for a time of peace, when the sword of the Lord shall be sheathed and he shall make wars to cease (Psa_46:9), when the end of the war is obtained, and when there is on all sides a disposition to peace. War shall not last always, nor is there any peace to be called lasting on this side the everlasting peace. Thus in all these changes God has set the one over-against the other, that we may rejoice as though we rejoiced not and weep as though we wept not.
Reader, there is a time for all things. Prudence teaches us what time we should do something. It is not time to be laughing, it is a time to mourn, weep. I speak not of our steady Joy in the lord, I mean foolishness, foolish TV programs, foolish laughing at things that should want to make us weep. Small talk, the trivial, this is out of season.
I have ministered many times on this subject. Messages like, " The fig Tree Still Speaks" comes to mind. Knowing what season we are in, so we know how to move, act and redeem the time wisely.
It still amazes me how many do not know the season we are in, those who have no foresight concerning what is on us, and what is coming.
These are very serious times. It is a call to be sober in mind for the reason of prayer, as we read in Peter.
It is a season of WAR. Spiritual War and Real War, like the soon coming WW3, and the soon coming fall of cities, nations the EU. The events in the EUI have been foretold many years ago, we now see it taking lace, sometimes a word is giving and it may take a little while to happen, but if from the lord it will happen.
There is a very unique verse in this chapter;
Ecc 3:15 That which hath been is now; and that which is to be hath already been; and God requireth that which is past.
CEV: Ecc 3:15 Everything that happens has happened before, and all that will be has already been-- God does everything over and over again.
This is an amazing revelation verse, it is why I always say , history repeats. Barnes brings out a great insight to this verse.
Rather, What has been - what was before, and what shall be has been before. The word “is” in our the King James Version is erroneously printed in Roman letters: it does not exist in the Hebrew (it should have been italicized); and the word there translated “now” is the same which is translated as “already.”
Requireth - i. e., requireth for judgment, as the word specially means in 2Sa_4:11; Eze_3:18...It is obvious from the context of the last clause of Ecc_3:14, and Ecc_3:16-17, that this is the meaning here.
Past - literally, “put to flight.”
The meaning of the verse is that there is a connection between events - past, present and future - and that this connection exists in the justice of God who controls all.
Did you get that? The word IS is wrong, NOW is correct, this is a now word, but it has already been done, said, and proclaimed in history, just read the O.T. Nothing new reader, why all the shock I do not understand.
We can see by history repeats what will be, we do not always know when. Our lord can also alter things and He alone can re- write current NOW events, that will one day be history.
There has been so many events going on, I made a choice not to post every detail, it's not possible, to much is happening so fast, it is hard and much not edifying to get stuck on.
Yes U.N. vehicles are all over, I have seen them.
Yes the EU is in Chaos, yes the UK people will be blamed on an economic fall, it was already dead, now the people will be blamed.
Yes more and more violence, riots, amazing first time record breaking weather events.
It's happening today, do you see it, understand the hour we are in?
The economy is in free fall, riots are global, terrorist attacks, all over. Men's hearts are failing them for fear.
In a post a little while ago, I said some observations, feelings, and prophecies I had.
In the list I said number one, the UK would vote to leave the EU, I added after, Prudence now says they will not. I was wrong, but right. The law is not in place yet, a huge move is being made to overturn this, It will be, watch. Hell or high water it will be changed and a revolt will happen as stated.
On the list it said both the democratic and Republican conventions, coming up soon, we will see uprising, riots.
This has been planned. Divide and conquer, is what is happening. ESP. The republican convention. These events are coming.
Food shortage, prices, civil war. ww3, famine, destruction has started.
To everything there is a season, this is the season we are in-Chaos, War, and Judgment. This has all happened before and is happening again.
It is 100% game on, NOW.
If you are waiting for something to happen to you, or where you live , you are out of the discernment loop, you have no idea whats coming, and how fast.
What season do you think we are in? It is always the season to repent, seek the lord, embrace our lords care, love, mercy, protection, provision, but think out side the box.
I ask again, do you know what season we are in? I pray you do.