THROUGH THE BIBLE IN THREE YEARS
LIFE and DEATH are Divine appointments from God.
How we LIVE life is directly affected by how we RELATE to God!
1 To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose
under the heaven:
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;
3 A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a
time to build up;
4 A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time
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;
6 A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time
to cast away;
7 A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time
to speak; 8 A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war,
and a time of peace.
9 What profit hath he that worketh in that wherein he laboureth?
10 I have seen the travail, which God hath given to the sons of men
to be exercised in it.
Two quite different words are used here: season and time.
The word for "season" is the Hebrew zeman, used also in Daniel 2:16
to denote a specific appointment.
The word for "time" is the Hebrew 'eth, used also in Jeremiah 33:20
to specify a certain period of time, such as day or night.
Now the word "purpose" is the Hebrew chephets, which generally means
pleasure or an acceptable thing.
Now, permit me to make a "McGee" paraphrase of verse 1:
"To every thing there is an appointed time, and general period of time for
every acceptable thing under the heaven..."
A little study with a good Hebrew dictionary can help us better understand
the meaning of a verse.
Life is a Divine appointment from God.
Death also is a Divine appointment.
Birth and death are specifically and Divinely appointed.
Over them we have no control, even though we are affected by the feelings
and emotions involved.
During life, there are some other Divinely appointed "acceptable things."
Solomon mentions 28 of these things, creating 14 opposites.
All the other things mentioned are actions and/or feelings and emotions over
which we have some control.
AFTER death, there is ANOTHER Divine appointment (Heb. 9:27) - JUDGMENT.
Live life with Christ at the center.
Then, the judgment will not be fearful!