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November 11, 2019
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Turning Point with Dr. David Jeremiah

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  • Been struggling with this question.
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  • How do you find true happiness?
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  • Dr. David Jeremiah: King Solomon wrote
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  • three books in the Bible.
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  • Most scholars believe he wrote the Song of Solomon
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  • as a young king, the book of Proverbs
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  • as a wise king, and then Ecclesiastes
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  • as a reflective, remorseful, and repentant king.
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  • Somewhere in the second half of his life Solomon forgot
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  • the principles about which he had written so eloquently
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  • in the book of Proverbs.
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  • He forgot about fearing the Lord as the gateway to happiness,
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  • and then in Ecclesiastes he described his trials,
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  • his errors, and his search for happiness.
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  • Hello, I'm David Jeremiah inviting you to join me
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  • for this final message in our series,
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  • "Searching for Heaven on Earth."
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  • In today's message called, "Before It's Too Late,"
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  • we're going to see that Solomon reached
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  • four important conclusions at the very end of his journey.
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  • And if we are wise, we'll take his excellent advice.
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  • I'll share Solomon's conclusions with you on today's edition
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  • "Before It's Too Late."
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: Solomon has written three books.
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  • He wrote one book in his youth, the book of romance
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  • which is the Song of Solomon.
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  • He wrote another book at midlife which is the book of Proverbs.
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  • That's the book of rules.
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  • And then he wrote this book at the end of his life
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  • and that's the book of regrets.
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  • And now, as Solomon has taken us through this process,
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  • he has helped us understand that life under the sun without God
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  • is a meaningless experience.
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  • It's like being in a cul-de-sac, it's like going around about,
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  • it's nowhere.
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  • It gets you nowhere.
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  • It just leaves you empty and he's got many metaphors
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  • to describe it.
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  • It's like chasing the wind.
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  • It's like vanity.
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  • It's like a puff of smoke.
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  • Life without God, Solomon has demonstrated in many ways,
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  • is meaningless.
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  • In the passage that we have before us today,
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  • he is going to resolve all the questions that he has raised
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  • in these first ten chapters.
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  • And he's going to come at last in the 12th chapter
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  • to what he calls the final conclusion.
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  • Here's my final conclusion.
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  • But Solomon wants us to understand that on the way
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  • to the final conclusion we are still here on this earth
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  • and we are going to ultimately be with God forever
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  • but on this earth we have to live by the priorities of life.
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  • And so it's very interesting that,
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  • starting at the beginning of the 11th chapter and going
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  • all the way through to the end of the 12th chapter,
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  • Solomon kind of gives us some overarching principles
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  • upon which we should base our lives.
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  • And as you look at these principles with me,
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  • you will see that they are sort of the conclusions of many
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  • of the threads of argument that Solomon has woven together
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  • in this book.
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  • And that they come sort of like admonitions and the first one
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  • is in verses 1 through 6 of chapter 11.
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  • It goes like this:
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  • "Life is uncertain, so embrace it."
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  • Life is uncertain, so embrace it.
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  • Solomon has gone to great pain to demonstrate throughout
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  • the pages of Ecclesiastes the uncertainty of life.
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  • We cannot know.
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  • In fact, four times in these verses, he says,
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  • "You don't know.
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  • You cannot know.
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  • Life is uncertain."
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  • The temptation that many of us would have if we believe
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  • we're ultimately gonna go to heaven
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  • and that this life is uncertain,
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  • we ought to just chill out, sit back,
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  • and not do anything risky, just kind of be cool,
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  • and go through life and wait for death
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  • and then you go to be with God.
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  • And I know some people that live like that.
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  • But if you study Solomon's Wisdom Literature
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  • you'd never be able to take that course because Solomon
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  • really has an interesting take on life when it comes
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  • to this particular process.
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  • He begins by telling us life is uncertain,
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  • embrace it, so the first thing you need to do is diversify
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  • your investments.
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  • Life is uncertain.
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  • Notice in verses 1 and 2: "Cast your bread upon the waters,
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  • for you will find it after many days.
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  • Give a serving to seven, also to eight,
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  • for you do not know what evil would be on the earth."
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  • Now this first verse of the 11th chapter captures
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  • another one of those famous idioms
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  • in the book of Ecclesiastes.
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  • "Cast your bread on the water." You've heard that before.
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  • Maybe you wondered where it came from.
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  • Well, it's right here from the book of Ecclesiastes.
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  • And what it means in the context of this book is
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  • in that particular time, the merchants of Solomon's day
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  • would load up their grain ships and send them off in commerce,
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  • hoping that in the process, they would be able to trade
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  • and bring back more in trade than what they set out.
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  • That was casting their bread on the water.
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  • They would load up their grain in these big ships and,
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  • if they didn't send them out, they would sit
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  • in the harbor and rot.
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  • Solomon says, "Casting your bread upon the waters,"
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  • and he uses the plural.
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  • In other words, don't put all your grain in one ship.
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  • Put your grain in several ships and send it out
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  • in a diversified way so that if one of 'em doesn't work,
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  • you've got some others that do.
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  • Now in our day and age, we call that diversifying
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  • your portfolio, not putting all of your investment
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  • in one place.
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  • Solomon is telling us that we should,
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  • because life is uncertain and we don't know what's going
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  • to happen, we should spread our investments out.
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  • In fact, he goes so far as to say,
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  • seven or eight different places.
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  • He says in verse 2: "Give a serving to seven,
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  • or also to eight, for you do not know
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  • what evil will be on the earth."
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  • Then he goes into another argument of the same nature,
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  • only this one has to do with how we go about our work.
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  • We're to diversify our investment
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  • and he says we're to be diligent in our involvement.
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  • Notice verses 3 and following: "If the clouds are full of rain,
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  • they empty themselves upon the earth;
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  • and if a tree falls to the south or the north, in the place
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  • where the tree falls, there it shall lie.
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  • He who observes the wind will not sow,
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  • and he who regards the clouds will not reap.
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  • As you do not know what is the way of the wind,
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  • or how the bones grow in the womb of her
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  • who is with child, so you do not know
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  • the works of God who makes everything.
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  • So in the morning sow your seed, and in the evening
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  • don't withhold your hand;
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  • for you do not know which will prosper,
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  • either this or that,
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  • or whether both alike will be good."
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  • Now here's what Solomon is teaching us.
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  • If you believe life is uncertain,
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  • one of your approaches to life would be,
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  • "I'm not gonna do anything.
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  • I'm just gonna sit back and cool my jets and wait,
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  • see what happens because everything's so uncertain.
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  • I don't know what to do."
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  • Solomon says, "No, between here and eternity,
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  • life is uncertain.
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  • That doesn't mean you shouldn't be aggressive
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  • in your approach to life.
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  • You should be bold.
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  • Be strong for the Lord your God is with you."
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  • Now the second thing he tells us in this passage of Scripture
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  • is that we are not going to stay young all of our lives.
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  • Life is short; enjoy it.
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  • Verses 7 in chapter 11 to verse 8 in chapter 12.
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  • First of all, Solomon says you should experience
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  • every day totally.
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  • Just experience it totally.
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  • Notice verses 7 through 9.
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  • Since life is short and you don't know how long
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  • you have to live, you should live every day
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  • with gusto.
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  • "Truly the light is sweet," he says,
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  • "and it's pleasant for the eyes to behold the sun;
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  • but if a man lives many years and rejoices in them all,
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  • yet let him remember the days of darkness,
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  • for they will be many.
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  • All that is coming is vanity."
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  • I love the message of the 7th verse
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  • because it resonates with my spirit so much.
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  • Solomon says we should never take for granted
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  • the dawning of a new day.
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  • Don't get the idea that just 'cause you're here today
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  • you're gonna be here tomorrow or the world is gonna be the same.
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  • He says, "Get up every day, look out and say,
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  • 'Good morning, Lord.'"
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  • Some people get out and say, "Good Lord, morning," you know?
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  • I mean, that's how they say it.
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  • I mean, that's how they face life.
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  • But you should get up and say,
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  • "Good morning, Lord."
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  • And thank God for this day that he has trusted you with.
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  • That's what he's saying.
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  • He's saying, "Truly the light is sweet,
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  • and it's pleasant for the eyes to behold the sun."
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  • I love to see the sun peaking through the window
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  • when I get up in the morning, getting ready to face the day
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  • knowing that almost every day in California
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  • is a sunny day.
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  • Solomon is saying, "Experience each day totally."
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  • Do you begin your day with a prayer of gratitude for God
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  • for the gift of life?
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  • Maybe you should realize that until you have life threatened
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  • a little bit, you won't do that probably.
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  • But when you think about the fact that you might not have
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  • days to live, you get up in a different way and every day,
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  • if you looked at my journal, almost every journal entry says
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  • the very same thing: Thank you, Lord,
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  • for this day and for a good night's rest
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  • and for the privilege of being alive one more day
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  • on this earth to serve you."
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  • Experience each day totally.
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  • Then Solomon says, "Enjoy your youth thoroughly."
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  • Verses 9 and 10: "Rejoice, O young man, in your youth,"
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  • and I'm glad we've got some young people here today.
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  • "Let your heart cheer you in the days of your youth;
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  • walk in the ways of your heart, and in the sight of your eyes;
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  • but know that for all these things God will bring you
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  • into judgment."
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  • Now, I've been telling you throughout this whole series
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  • that Solomon's got a one-- one little string he likes
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  • to play in this book and that is "enjoy life."
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  • Here, he's telling us that young people especially
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  • should enjoy life.
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  • He admonishes those who are young to enjoy their youth
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  • and to live with great adventure and excitement because
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  • these are some of the best days you're ever gonna have.
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  • You know, if you watch young people, you just get so--
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  • you get so amused, especially as you get older.
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  • You watch them and, you know, they're 16 but they wanna be 18.
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  • Then they're 18, they wanna be 21.
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  • And then they're 21, they wanna be 25.
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  • Somewhere along the way, that process starts
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  • to reverse itself.
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  • I don't--not sure where it is but somewhere it starts
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  • to reverse itself.
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  • What Solomon says, "Don't try to always be getting past
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  • where you are.
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  • Enjoy where you are, young people.
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  • This is a great time in your life and you will look back
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  • on this later and say, "Those were some good days."
  • 00:13:47.210 --> 00:13:51.280
  • So Solomon says, "Remove sorrow from your heart,
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  • put away evil from your flesh, walk in the ways of your heart,
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  • in the sight of your eyes."
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  • He's not saying go out and sow wild oats.
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  • He's not saying that.
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  • In fact, he's reminding us that whatever you do
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  • while you're having a good time as a young person
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  • you're gonna have to give an answer to God.
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  • So here's the way you look at it.
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  • I'm gonna enjoy everything in my life that I can enjoy
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  • that won't get me in trouble with God, amen?
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  • That's a good way to start out, isn't it?
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  • I'm gonna enjoy everything I can in my life that God
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  • will smile on, and you think, "Well, that's gonna be boring."
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  • Oh no, it's not.
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  • You let God be your entertainment director
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  • along the way and you'll be surprised
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  • how much fun it is to live for the Lord
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  • and not have guilt hanging over you for stuff you know
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  • you shouldn't have done, but just to enjoy
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  • the exuberance of being young.
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  • So experience each day totally, enjoy your youth thoroughly,
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  • and then the third thing is express your faith thoughtfully.
  • 00:14:52.210 --> 00:14:55.210
  • Solomon says in verses 1 and 2 of chapter 12:
  • 00:14:55.220 --> 00:14:57.270
  • "Remember now your Creator in the days of your youth,
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  • before the difficult days come, and all the years draw near
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  • when you say, 'I have no pleasure in them':
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  • when the sun and the light, and the moon and the stars,
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  • are not darkened, and the clouds do not return after the rain."
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  • Solomon says two times in this last chapter:
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  • "Remember your Creator in the days of your youth."
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  • And that just runs against the grain of the way
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  • most young people think.
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  • A lot of young people think that, you know,
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  • "I don't need to be serious about God now.
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  • There's time for that later.
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  • I'll get serious about God when I'm older, you know,
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  • when I've lived more."
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  • No, Solomon says, "Here's the key.
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  • Here's a key to life.
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  • Get your stuff with God together when you're young so you can
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  • carry that into your adult years and you will have
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  • this foundation that will give you such stability
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  • people will marvel at who you are and how you function.
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  • Now, he's talked about experiencing every day totally,
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  • and enjoying your youth thoroughly,
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  • and expressing your faith thoughtfully.
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  • Now he's gonna talk to the rest of us who aren't young
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  • and he's gonna say, "Embrace your aging thankfully."
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  • And verses 3 through 7 could be depressing if they weren't
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  • so picturesque and accurate.
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  • Take a deep breath, everybody over 40.
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  • Solomon is gonna give us a little picture,
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  • sort of poetically about getting older.
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  • And I wanna read this to you and what I'd like you to do
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  • is look down at your Bible.
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  • Instead of my reading the text like it is,
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  • one phrase after another, I'm gonna read the phrases
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  • and tell you what they mean metaphorically.
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  • So you follow.
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  • I might miss one or two but you'll be able to stay with me
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  • if you stay in the text.
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  • He starts out by saying in verse 3:
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  • "In the day when the keepers of the house tremble,"
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  • well, the keepers of your house are your arms and your hands.
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  • And he says, "As you start getting older,
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  • they start to tremble."
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  • "The strong men," those are your legs,
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  • your knees, and your shoulders weaken and you walk bent over.
  • 00:16:55.280 --> 00:16:59.160
  • And then it says: "When the grinders cease
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  • because they are few."
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  • That means you're losing your teeth.
  • 00:17:04.020 --> 00:17:07.100
  • And then it says: "When the windows grow dim."
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  • That means your eyesight isn't very good.
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  • "And the doors--"
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  • It talks about the doors shut in the street.
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  • That means you can't hear what's going on outside anymore.
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  • And then it says-- talks about grinding again.
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  • You can't chew your food.
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  • And it says: "You rise up with the birds."
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  • Soon as a bird starts chirping, 4 o'clock in the morning,
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  • you get up.
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  • Do you ever notice how early old people get up?
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  • My parents used to stay at our house.
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  • No matter what time I got up in the morning,
  • 00:17:34.130 --> 00:17:36.090
  • my dad was sitting at the kitchen--
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  • at the kitchen table and I asked him several times,
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  • "Dad, did you go to bed last night?"
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  • "Oh yeah, I just like to get up early."
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  • Old people get up early and they go to bed early.
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  • And some of you are, "Yeah, right, yeah."
  • 00:17:49.260 --> 00:17:53.200
  • Then it talks about music.
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  • It says your voice starts to quiver and weaken
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  • and you're afraid, you're terrified of heights
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  • and you're afraid of falling when you walk down the street.
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  • And then I love this one.
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  • It says: "When the almond tree blossoms."
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  • Your hair turns white, that's really
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  • what it's talking about.
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  • You get white hair.
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  • And it says: "The grasshopper is a burden."
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  • It's a picture of a grasshopper at the end of the summer.
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  • It's all worn out, it can hardly pull itself--
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  • this little creature that was so invigorated
  • 00:18:20.240 --> 00:18:23.050
  • in the beginning of the summer, is pulling itself,
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  • just barely making it across the ground.
  • 00:18:25.050 --> 00:18:28.180
  • And then it says, and this one here,
  • 00:18:28.190 --> 00:18:30.080
  • I gotta be careful with: "And desire fails."
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  • You can take that wherever you want to.
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  • And then it says, "Man goes to his eternal home,
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  • and mourners go about the streets."
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  • What's that? That's a funeral procession.
  • 00:18:45.200 --> 00:18:48.280
  • Now--then you get to verse 6 and he says,
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  • "Remember your Creator before the silver cord is loosed,
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  • or the golden bowl is broken, or the pitcher shattered
  • 00:18:55.030 --> 00:18:58.030
  • at the fountain, or the wheel broken at the well.
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  • Then dust will return to the earth as it was,
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  • and the spirit will return to God who gave it."
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  • Those are three metaphors for what it's like to die.
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  • Now, remember what our point is here.
  • 00:19:08.210 --> 00:19:10.240
  • Our point is life is short, enjoy it.
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  • What Solomon is trying to do is he's taken us on a little
  • 00:19:16.200 --> 00:19:19.010
  • journey from being real young to the very last days of our life.
  • 00:19:19.020 --> 00:19:24.010
  • And he wants us to understand that we're supposed
  • 00:19:24.020 --> 00:19:25.270
  • to enjoy life.
  • 00:19:25.280 --> 00:19:28.080
  • And then he says thirdly, "Life is mysterious so examine it."
  • 00:19:28.090 --> 00:19:32.050
  • Life is mysterious; examine it.
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  • Verses 9 through 12, he teaches us that life is like
  • 00:19:35.020 --> 00:19:38.180
  • an exam only the exam comes first
  • 00:19:38.190 --> 00:19:42.170
  • and the learning comes second.
  • 00:19:42.180 --> 00:19:43.270
  • How many of you notice that?
  • 00:19:43.280 --> 00:19:45.070
  • In school, you study and then you take an exam.
  • 00:19:45.080 --> 00:19:47.270
  • Well, in real life, you get the exam and then you study.
  • 00:19:47.280 --> 00:19:52.040
  • You get the test first and then you figure out,
  • 00:19:52.050 --> 00:19:54.020
  • "What is God doing here?"
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  • He talks about the fact that wisdom comes
  • 00:19:56.210 --> 00:19:58.120
  • through instruction.
  • 00:19:58.130 --> 00:19:59.220
  • He says, "Moreover, because the Preacher was wise,
  • 00:19:59.230 --> 00:20:02.010
  • he still taught the people knowledge;
  • 00:20:02.020 --> 00:20:03.150
  • and he pondered and sought out and set in order many proverbs."
  • 00:20:03.160 --> 00:20:07.070
  • And wisdom comes through insight,
  • 00:20:07.080 --> 00:20:08.240
  • verse 10: "The Preacher sought to find acceptable words;
  • 00:20:08.250 --> 00:20:11.030
  • and what was written was upright--words of truth."
  • 00:20:11.040 --> 00:20:14.210
  • Solomon's teaching, by the way, was like our Lord's.
  • 00:20:14.220 --> 00:20:16.290
  • His words were acceptable and they were words of truth.
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  • Jesus was full of grace and truth,
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  • and Solomon taught the same way.
  • 00:20:20.260 --> 00:20:23.050
  • And then wisdom comes through inspiration,
  • 00:20:23.060 --> 00:20:25.040
  • verses 11 and 12.
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  • He says, "The words of the wise are like goads,
  • 00:20:26.170 --> 00:20:28.160
  • and the words of scholars are like well-driven nails,
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  • given by one Shepherd.
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  • And further, my son shall be admonished by these.
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  • And of making of many books there is no end,
  • 00:20:34.190 --> 00:20:37.060
  • and much study is wearisome to the flesh."
  • 00:20:37.070 --> 00:20:39.140
  • A lot of young people and college students
  • 00:20:39.150 --> 00:20:41.080
  • love that last verse.
  • 00:20:41.090 --> 00:20:43.080
  • Yeah, study is wearisome to the flesh
  • 00:20:43.090 --> 00:20:45.000
  • and of making of books there is no end.
  • 00:20:45.010 --> 00:20:47.070
  • Solomon points us at the end of this treatise to the fact
  • 00:20:47.080 --> 00:20:50.100
  • that there is some wisdom that comes and he calls the one
  • 00:20:50.110 --> 00:20:52.250
  • who gives it, the one Shepherd.
  • 00:20:52.260 --> 00:20:54.150
  • Look down at your Bibles and notice the Shepherd
  • 00:20:54.160 --> 00:20:56.040
  • is capitalized.
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  • He's talking about God.
  • 00:20:57.260 --> 00:21:00.040
  • He's saying, "Get your wisdom from God.
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  • Just remember, he's the one who nails wisdom
  • 00:21:02.200 --> 00:21:05.090
  • and clenches it in your heart.
  • 00:21:05.100 --> 00:21:07.220
  • Get your wisdom from God."
  • 00:21:07.230 --> 00:21:09.270
  • What Solomon is saying, I believe here,
  • 00:21:09.280 --> 00:21:12.000
  • is that Christianity and knowing God is not primarily
  • 00:21:12.010 --> 00:21:17.260
  • about searching.
  • 00:21:17.270 --> 00:21:19.200
  • It's about finding.
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  • It's not about questions, it's about answers.
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  • How many of you know people and I meet 'em all the time who,
  • 00:21:24.160 --> 00:21:28.030
  • when you started talking to them about their faith,
  • 00:21:28.040 --> 00:21:30.060
  • they'll say, "Oh, yeah, I'm searching."
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  • Well, why are you searching?
  • 00:21:33.170 --> 00:21:34.290
  • Let me show you where the answer is.
  • 00:21:35.000 --> 00:21:37.010
  • They believe that reality is in the search,
  • 00:21:37.020 --> 00:21:39.270
  • not in the answers.
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  • Solomon says, "Take the wisdom from the one Shepherd
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  • and don't get so caught up in the many inquiries
  • 00:21:44.190 --> 00:21:47.100
  • that you forget about the fact that questions are for answers,
  • 00:21:47.110 --> 00:21:52.060
  • and the answer is already out there.
  • 00:21:52.070 --> 00:21:54.240
  • The answer is Almighty God and his Son Jesus Christ, amen?
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  • That's the answer.
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  • That's where you're going.
  • 00:22:01.020 --> 00:22:02.180
  • So if you wanna spend your whole life on a journey going nowhere,
  • 00:22:02.190 --> 00:22:05.250
  • well, let Solomon tell you what that's like.
  • 00:22:05.260 --> 00:22:07.230
  • He spent a lot of years there.
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  • Finally, Solomon comes to the very end of his book
  • 00:22:11.170 --> 00:22:13.150
  • and this is where we've been headed since day one
  • 00:22:13.160 --> 00:22:16.130
  • and we're almost finished.
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  • Life is obedience; express it.
  • 00:22:18.090 --> 00:22:21.130
  • Notice what he says in verses 13 and 14:
  • 00:22:21.140 --> 00:22:24.110
  • "Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter."
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  • Here it is: "Fear God, keep His commandments,
  • 00:22:27.290 --> 00:22:30.260
  • for this is man's all.
  • 00:22:30.270 --> 00:22:33.000
  • For God will bring every work into judgment,
  • 00:22:33.010 --> 00:22:35.240
  • including every secret thing."
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  • Solomon says that the answer to the search is to fear God
  • 00:22:38.120 --> 00:22:44.210
  • and to obey what he has to say.
  • 00:22:44.220 --> 00:22:47.270
  • Do you wanna know where meaning is found in life?
  • 00:22:47.280 --> 00:22:50.190
  • We just read it.
  • 00:22:50.200 --> 00:22:52.130
  • Meaning in life is found in a relationship with Almighty God.
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  • When it says to fear him, it means to have awe
  • 00:22:56.040 --> 00:22:58.200
  • and reverence for him, to stand in awe of who he is
  • 00:22:58.210 --> 00:23:03.100
  • and what he has done.
  • 00:23:03.110 --> 00:23:05.110
  • And when it says to keep his commandments,
  • 00:23:05.120 --> 00:23:07.000
  • it means exactly that, to find out
  • 00:23:07.010 --> 00:23:09.070
  • what God wants and do it.
  • 00:23:09.080 --> 00:23:10.260
  • Do you know how to be happy in life?
  • 00:23:10.270 --> 00:23:12.230
  • Do you wanna find meaning?
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  • God created you.
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  • Listen to me now.
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  • God created you with a place in your heart
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  • that only he can fill.
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  • The third chapter says God has put eternity in your heart.
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  • Solomon said he spent the majority of his older years
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  • going through this process of trying to find something
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  • to stuff in that place that would give him meaning
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  • and he couldn't find anything because nothing will give you
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  • meaning until Almighty God is at home in your life
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  • and God comes into your life through his Son Jesus Christ.
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  • When you receive him into your heart and into your life,
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  • he becomes your Savior and, as you give him Lordship
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  • and control over your life, you find that missing joy
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  • and peace that you've been searching for.
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  • If I ever get very far away from that little circle,
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  • I start to fall back into the disappointment
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  • and discouragement that can take you down the wrong road.
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  • But when I fear God and I keep his commandments,
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  • it's high-five time.
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  • There is joy in this life.
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  • Solomon wants us to know it.
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  • It's found in a person and that person is the Lord Jesus Christ,
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  • about whom we read in the New Testament,
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  • "I have come that you might have life,
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  • and that you might have it," you know the rest of it,
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  • "more abundantly."
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  • God wants you to have abundant life.
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: Solomon definitely captured
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  • the essence of life.
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  • Life is uncertain and short and sometimes mysterious.
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  • He was writing, of course, from a human point of view
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  • but from God's perspective life is certain, eternal,
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  • and fully comprehensible.
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  • Even though life doesn't always appear that way to us,
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  • but we can trust in God's words and his ways to lead us
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  • with wisdom.
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  • If you don't live every day with the confidence only God
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  • male announcer: Next time on, "Turning Point."
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  • Dr. Jeremiah: Do you know that you can be a Christian
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  • going to heaven, absolutely forgiven,
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  • and if you don't take initiative,
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  • you can be a Christian with a secular mind
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  • that sees everything as the world sees it
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  • even though Jesus Christ is living in your heart?
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  • announcer: Join us next for Dr. Jeremiah's message,
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  • "You Are Not What You Think You Are,
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  • But What You Think, You Are"
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  • here on "Turning Point."
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