Message for September 3, 2017 from Pastor Jerry

“And moreover, because the Preacher was wise, he still taught the people knowledge;  yes, he pondered and sought out and set in order many proverbs.  The Preacher sought to find acceptable words; and what was written was upright—words of truth.  The words of the wise are like goads, and the words of scholars are like well-driven nails, given by one Shepherd. And further, my son, be admonished by these.  Of making many books there is no end, and much study is wearisome to the flesh.  Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter:  Fear God and keep His commandments, for this is man’s all.  For God will bring every work into judgment, including every secret thing, whether good or evil.”  Eccl. 12:9-14

            The writer was trying to get over the point that there is so much information available to us that it is impossible to know everything there is to know.  He is not saying that too much study is wearisome because of study itself.  He is implying that there is so much information, much of which is false, that it is important to study and give attention to the right things.  There are so many books that have been written that contain only useless information.  His conclusion is that it isn’t important to learn everything but the right things.  He finishes his discourse by telling us that if it doesn’t begin and end with God it is useless.  “The reverential fear and respect of God is the beginning of knowledge.” Prov. 1:7 Therefore, it is up to us to choose the truth.  If we are genuine Christians, God’s Word is the truth.  So, accept it and stand on it.

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