Sunday, December 19, 2010

a very lonnnggg post! :)

please take time to read this:

taken from John Gills Exposition of the Old and New Testament


INTRODUCTION TO ECCLESIASTES 3


The general design of this chapter is to confirm what is before observed, the vanity and inconstancy of all things; the frailty of man, and changes respecting him; his fruitless toil and labour in all his works; that it is best to be content with present things, and cheerful in them, and thankful for them; that all comes from the hand of God; that such good men, who have not at present that joy that others have, may have it, since there is a time for it; and that sinners should not please themselves with riches gathered by them, since they may be soon taken from them, for there is a time for everything, Ec 3:1; of which there is an induction of particulars, Ec 3:2; so that though every thing is certain with God, nothing is certain with men, nor to be depended on, nor can happiness be placed therein; there is no striving against the providence of God, nor altering the course of things; the labour of man is unprofitable, and his travail affliction and vexation, Ec 3:9; and though all God's works are beautiful in their season, they are unsearchable to man, Ec 3:11; wherefore it is best cheerfully to enjoy the present good things of life, Ec 3:12; and be content; for the will and ways and works of God are unalterable, permanent, and perfect, Ec 3:14;

Ver. 1. To every [thing there is] a season,.... A set determined time, when everything shall come into being, how long it shall continue, and in what circumstances; all things that have been, are, or shall be, were foreordained by God, and he has determined the times before appointed for their being, duration, and end; which times and seasons he has in his own power: there was a determined time for the whole universe, and for all persons and things in it; a settled fixed moment for the world to come into being; for it did not exist from everlasting, nor of itself, nor was formed by the fortuitous concourse of atoms, but by the wisdom and power of God; nor could it exist sooner or later than it did; it appeared when it was the will of God it should; in the beginning he created it, and he has fixed the time of its duration and end; for it shall not continue always, but have an end, which when it will be, he only knows: so there is a determined time for the rise, height, and declension of states and kingdoms in it; as of lesser ones, so of the four great monarchies; and for all the distinct periods and ages of the world; and for each of the seasons of the year throughout all ages; for the state of the church in it, whether in suffering or flourishing circumstances; for the treading down of the holy city; for the prophesying, slaying, and rising of the witnesses; for the reign and ruin of antichrist; for the reign of Christ on earth, and for his second coming to judgment, though of that day and hour knows no man: and as there is a set time in the counsels and providence of God for these more important events, so for every thing of a lesser nature;


and a time to every purpose under the heaven; to every purpose of man that is carried into execution; for some are not, they are superseded by the counsel of God; some obstruction or another is thrown in the way of them, so that they cannot take place; God withdraws men from them by affliction or death, when their purposes are broken; or by some other way; and what are executed he appoints a time for them, and overrules them to answer some ends of his own; for things the most contingent, free, and voluntary, fall under the direction and providence of God. And there is a time for every purpose of his own; all things done in the world are according to his purposes, which are within himself wisely formed, and are eternal and unfrustrable; and there is a time fixed for the execution of them, for every purpose respecting all natural and civil things in providence; and for every purpose of his grace, relating to the redemption of his people, the effectual calling of them, and the bringing them to eternal glory; which are the things that God wills, that he takes delight and pleasure in, as the word {e} signifies. Ver. 2. A time to be born,.... The Targum is,

"to beget sons and daughters;''

but rather it is to bear them, there being a time in nature fixed for that, called the hour of a woman, Job 14:1;

and a time to die; the time of a man's coming into the world and going out of it, both being fixed by the Lord {f}: this is true of all men in general, of all men that come into the world, for whom it is appointed that they shall die; and particularly of Christ, whose birth was at the time appointed by the Father, in the fulness of time; and whose death was in due time, nor could his life be taken away before his hour was come, Joh 7:30; and this holds good of every individual man; his birth is at the time God has fixed it; that any man is born into the world, is of God; no man comes into it at his own pleasure or another's, but at the will of God, and when he pleases, not sooner nor later; and the time of his going out of the world is settled by him, beyond which time he cannot live, and sooner he cannot die, Job 14:5; and though no mention is made of the interval of life between a man's birth and death, yet all events intervening are appointed by God; as the place of his abode; his calling and station of life; all circumstances of prosperity and adversity; all diseases of body, and what lead on to death, and issue in it: the reason why these two are put so close together is, to show the certainty of death; that as sure as a man is born, so sure shall he die; and the frailty and shortness of life, which is but an hand's breadth, passes away like a tale that is told, yea, is as nothing; so that no account is made of it, as if there was no time allotted it, or that it deserved no mention; and also to observe that the seeds of mortality and death are in men as soon as they are born; as soon as they begin to live they begin to die, death is working in them;


Ver. 4. 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,
Ps 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, Mt 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, Lu 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 Ps 30:11.


Ver. 11. He hath made every [thing] beautiful in his time,.... That is, God has made everything; as all things in creation are made by him, for his pleasure and glory, and all well and wisely, there is a beauty in them all: so all things in providence; he upholds all things; he governs and orders all things according to the counsel of his will; some things are done immediately by him, others by instruments, and some are only permitted by him; some he does himself, some he wills to be done by others, and some he suffers to be done; but in all there is a beauty and harmony; and all are ordered, disposed, and overruled, to answer the wisest and greatest purposes; everything is done in the time in which he wills it shall; be done, and done in the time most fit and suitable for it to be done; all things before mentioned, for which there is a time, and all others: all natural things are beautiful in their season; things in summer, winter, spring, and autumn; frost and snow in winter, and heat in summer; darkness and dews in the night, and light and brightness in the day; and so in ten thousand other things: all afflictive dispensations of Providence; times of plucking up and breaking down of weeping and mourning, of losing and casting away are all necessary, and seasonable and beautiful, in their issue and consequences: prosperity and adversity, in their turns, make a beautiful checker work, and work together for good; are like Joseph's coat, of many colours, which was an emblem of those various providences which attended that good man; and were extremely beautiful, as are all the providences of God to men: and all his judgments will be, when made manifest; when he shall have performed his whole work, and the mystery of God in providence will be finished; which is like a piece of tapestry; when only viewed in parts no beauty appears in it, scarce any thing to be made of it but when all is put together, it is most beautiful and harmonious. The words may be rendered, "the beautiful One hath made all things in his time" {m}; the Messiah; who, as a divine Person, is the brightness of his Father's glory; as man, is fairer than the sons, of Adam; as Mediator, is full of grace and truth; is white and ruddy, altogether lovely, exceeding precious to his people: this fair and lovely One has made all things in creation; works with his Father in the affairs of providence; and has done all things well in grace and redemption, Joh 1:2;


and enjoy the good of all his labour; take the comfort of what he has been labouring for, and not lay it up for, and leave it to, he knows not who: the Targum is,

"and see good in his days, and cause his children, at the time of his death, to inherit all his labour;''

"it is the gift of God; not only to have, but to enjoy, and make proper use of the mercies of life."




I know that is alot to process but what incredible truth to meditate upon!! I guess this last week or so the Lord brought to my mind and then I begun reading it, Ecc. chapter 3, the verses that speak of "there is a time."


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 to dance

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.
11 He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end.



There has been and are alot of things happening in our family, especially over the last almost 4 years...... and over the last year,our children are getting older. I feel like the Lord has and is so graciously carrying me through one of the most unimaginable trials anyone could go through, the death of a child. He is so Wonderful!! He is Faithful! His ways are perfect! I still have to continue to stay upon that but I believe it with all my being! I am so excited about what lies ahead with our family!

I believe with all my heart, that these verses in Ecc. 3, tell us that there are "times and seasons" for various purposes that God will take us to and through. Our family has passed through many seasons/times of life, childbearing,( i think it might be over) nursing, rigid schedules for young children, training in the home to develope skills that will allow our daily life to run smoothly, admonishing our children with truth and doctrines of scripture that hopefully will be the very core of who they are and WHO they will trust and follow all their days, being apart of a church in OKC,for more than 6 years, and gaining friendships that were our very crutches in our situation with Joel, then moving on to gathering in homes to worship, be encouraged, and hear sound doctrine taught to compliment what Terry has sought to instill in our children. Our family has also passed through seasons/times of trusting God with income from the cooperate world and now a different season began almost 4 years ago of being self-employed. Through both of those avenues we have experienced seasons of need and season of abundance. Over these last 4 years we have met soooo many people, we have an average of 7,000 visits to Joel's Journey in a months time, I am humbled! So what I am trying to convey here is not numbers but people.....many I have met, talk to somewhat often and so many are hurting mothers and fathers like me and Terry, many have large families, some have small families, some home school, home church, some fellowship in traditional churches some go to public school. We are all different, every single one might not be saved by His grace, many are, we are all at different growths in Christ, but IF we are in Christ we have something in common......Jesus. In our married life we obviously have had many different seasons/times places of having fellowship with many people. I have long time friends in Ar, that I do not talk to often but when I do, we pick right up. I have met many at our church in OKC, that I do not talk to often either but when we happen to see each other, we hug necks and are blessed with the "short meeting up." Recently, through much prayer, we have entered another season/time and that is becoming a part of a local church in our area. I can not tell you how many wonderful folks we have met and are blessed by their commitment to Christ, their encouragement to our family and the fun fellowship we are having with them. God directs us to different places sometimes for the seasons/times we are in. When we had a young children, we were at that time in churches that would compliment our needs then, and so the same for now as older children have gotten older, a new season has come. New folks, a new season and we are excited for the opportunities our family can participate in locally.

I don't think we have thrown anything out from whence our family began on 24 years ago, I will just say we will always be growing in grace, desiring God's will, and wanting to learn more of what it was like as Jesus met so many and they might have not been exactly like Him!!

I doubt this all makes sense, but the bottom line is I believe God brings us to different seasons/times as we get older, our children get older.

I believe God blesses with seasons of need and seasons of abundance. We are so grateful for the Ada job and God has used it a means to provide for our family.

I believe God allows us to meet and cross paths with new folks in different seasons in our lives.

Why am I addressing all this? Well, sometimes its time to be quiet and sometimes its time to share truth so people can hear straight from "the horses mouth."

I have requested Terry to read over this and make sure its fine to publish.


So now on a lighter note, life is wonderful, God is Faithful and Lord willing we are not going to have a "white Christmas," but we are going to have a "Kentucky Christmas!!!" Heading that way soon!!!!


















2 comments:

Maggie said...

Mrs.Cindy,
You are awesome mother, wife, and follow our Savior with all your heart,soul, and brain!!You are envyed. Some of us have a lack of understanding of the bible. The Bible I own is the parallel bible. I have New King James Version, English Standard Version, New Living Translation, and The Message. You and Mr. Terry deserve the world. You are so faithfull to go through what you have been through and without hadred. I have a hard time with God taking my mom so early! Thank you so much for taking the time to let the world know where you stand. Thank you!!

The Munck Family said...

Cindy,
Wow, this is one of those post that sent me into deep thought. This scripture is one that very much is about our family and our lives, for we too have seen many seasons...and know there are many more to come. Throughout each season thankfully we have as a family grown closer to our Lord and Savior, clinging to Him and having Him carry us at many times. Arthur and I have been married 20 years and the seasons in which you spoke of have often times come at us fast, from many children, to a special needs child, great debt, closing of a business, opening of another,becoming debt free, and the big one that hit us 7 years ago this December...the one that hits me each year at this time so very hard CANCER.

So, when I read your post of the seasons a rush of emotions came over me, thinking of Arthur's hard battle with cancer. Our lives changed in a way (as I don't have to tell you, yet I know he is my husband not my child...plus he is still here today)Cancer brought our family to a whole other level of faith and dependence on the Lord, for this we are so very thankful. Now 7 years later our family life is very different, often times others can't seem to understand the change, of making each day the most and the value we have placed on life. Arthur for the past several years has struggled with all the side affects that lingered from Chemo, but never has it taken away his joy. The season in which we have battled seems to be in our faces once again, Arthur has some medical issues that the doctors are trying to figure out if it could be cancer again. Thank you for this very hard post and a reminder to me that no matter what HE is in control, and He will see us through this season.

Blessings to you and your precious family this CHRISTmas season, may it be filled with much love and JOY in Him!
Laura