I. "Do not say, "Why is it that the former days were better than these?" You may fix on a time when there was apparently less of open wickedness, but this would not necessarily have been a better time for individual piety. Every movement for reformation is really, when you look into the springs of it, a lament for restoration; what man prays for always is the restoration of the glittering pageant, the golden saturnine reign. Contentment Is… This sermon was preached by Dan Terry at CCM:Kingsway on Sunday 11th February 2018 and was based on Ecclesiastes 9:7-10. The Value of Wisdom. The young professor grows into the aged Christian. Why a thing is presumes that the thing is. We are sojourners who know the Word of God and are familiar with how deeds driven by the flesh can lead to ungodliness. Verse 9:7-10 | Live and Enjoy Life Today. (2) The same may be proved by history, and the records of antiquity; and he who would give it the utmost proof that it is capable of from this topic must speak volumes, and preach libraries, bring a century within a line, and an age into every period. Do we not feel, then, that God has our confidence so thoroughly that even if He "slay" us, yet will we trust in Him? And their aim is, to diffuse the same malignant feeling throughout the whole community. For it is not from wisdom that you ask about this. When they stand up as the champions of right, the defenders of the oppressed, then are they entering on their true golden age, the perfection of their national existence. Numbers 14:27.]. Old-timers like this writer can always find a … ], A word of advice shall close the present subject—, 1. The old earth is to pass away. In answering such a question, we must take separately the evidences and the truths of our holy religion. This is a common opinion, that in all ages prevails among men, that former times were better than present ones; that trade flourished more, and men got more wealth and riches, and lived in greater ease and plenty; and complain that their lot is cast in such hard times, and are ready to lay the blame upon the providence of God, and murmur at it, which they should not do; for thou dost not inquire wisely concerning this: this is owing to ignorance of former times; which, if rightly inquired into, or the true knowledge of them could be come at, it would appear that they were no better than the present; and that there were always bad men, and bad things done; frauds, oppressions, and violence, and everything that can be complained of now: or if things are worse than they were, this should be imputed to the badness of men; and the inquirer should look to himself, and his own ways, and see if there is not a cause there, and study to redeem the time, because the days are evil; and not arraign the providence of God, and murmur at that, and quarrel with it; as if the distributions of it were unequal, and justice not done in one age as in another. Through unfaithfulness we may have lost the joy and power of the days when first we knew the Lord. But let them remember the days of darkness, for there will be many. 1. And, though in their own immediate purpose they do not intend to complain of God himself, they do so in effect: for it is his providence that they arraign, and his dispensations that they criminate [Note: Exodus 16:7. and that monstrous mixture of all baseness in the Roman Nerds, Caligulas, and Domitians, emperors of the world, and slaves to their vice? That it plays a very important part there can be no question; but looking at it as the one explanation, it is a fact that the past looms brighter in man’s memory than either the present or the future: there are always rays of glory trailing down the vistas of time. THE QUESTIONABLE ASSERTION. When we first realized forgiveness, we felt that there was “no condemnation” if the Spirit of God seemed to hallow our whole nature; our heart was cleansed, and strangely glowed. Num Ecclesias suas dereliquit Dominus? "I am not so happy as I once was," is a lament from Christian lips with which we are almost distressingly familiar. When we look back longingly to any past age, we look not at the reality, but at a sentimental and untrue picture of our own imagination. Featuring a sermon puts it on the front page of the site and is the most effective way to bring this sermon to the attention of thousands including all mobile platforms + newsletter. Seize the Day (9:10) Find Top Church Sermons, Illustrations, and Preaching Slides on Ecclesiastes 7:10. This mode of speaking is not just, it is not the age that is corrupt, but the men of the age.". There are politicians in whose opinion the country was formerly more happy and prosperous than now; farmers who fancy that crops were larger, and merchants who believe that trade was more profitable, in former days; students who prefer ancient literature to modern; Christian men who place the age of faith and piety in some bygone period of history. Others who will come after us will regard our age as we regard the ages that have passed away. But we have not that sense of progress now, and this fact is to us, perhaps, a great grief. For months I had been planning a short sermon series on one of my all-time favorite books of the Bible—Ecclesiastes. For it is unwise of you to ask about this. Christian values are consistently being attacked. Ver. Our love to God may not be so gushing, so florid in expression as it once was, but in this it only bears the sober hue of all ripened things. ].” Having tasted of redeeming love, they are become comparatively indifferent to every thing else. This is all false. 2. Thus is it sometimes with our religious life--we mistake the signs of progress for those of retrogression, and through this mistake de injustice to ourselves. Away, then, with the thought that it would have been better for those who are dissatisfied with the evidences of Christianity, had they lived when Christianity was first promulgated on earth. The common cry ever was, O terapora! Never was there such a combination of all ranks and orders of men to diffuse religion and happiness over the face of the earth. If you were to put implicit faith in the representations you would conclude that there was nothing which had not changed for the worse, and that it was indeed a great misfortune that you had not been born half a century sooner. But may not the mournful inference be mistaken, and what we regard as a diminished happiness be really a profounder blessedness? If something is lost, something more is gained at every step. Ecclesiastes 7:10 Context. Learn more. Years pass on. An Empty Life? e.g., 2 Chronicles 9:29) - thus by contrast to much better than the present tones, that in astonishment he asks: “What is it = how comes it that?” etc. the mattering things – ecclesiastes 7:1-14 hillside July 21, 2019 Allyn Anderson , The Mattering Things - Ecclesiastes 2019 TRUE JOY, THE WISE MAN + THE FOOL By feigning all prosperity and happiness to have belonged to a past age, they remove their fancies from the range of contradiction. (Ecclesiastes 3:9-15 and 9:7-10) 1/24/2016 Sermon by Rev. II. In sum, it was the fulness of time which brought Christ into the world; Christianity was a reserve for the last: and it was the beginning of time which was infamous for man's fall and ruin; so, in Scripture, they are called the "last days" and the "ends of the world," which are ennobled with his redemption. They depreciate the present long for “ the good thou hast done from. Thou [ you ] dost [ do ] not inquire wisely concerning this. not wisely. 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