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1 Real Christians Dance E cclesiastes 9:1-18

2 So I reflected on all this and concluded that the righteous and the wise and what they do are in God’s hands, but no man knows whether love or hate awaits him.

3 Ecclesiastes 9:1-18 So I reflected on all this and concluded that the righteous and the wise and what they do are in God’s hands, but no man knows whether love or hate awaits him. 2 All share a common destiny — the righteous and the wicked, the good and the bad, the clean and the unclean, those who offer sacrifices and those who do not. As it is with the good man, so with the sinner; as it is with those who take oaths, so with those who are afraid to take them.

4 Ecclesiastes 9: This is the evil in everything that happens under the sun: The same destiny overtakes all. The hearts of men, moreover, are full of evil and there is madness in their hearts while they live, and afterward they join the dead. 4 Anyone who is among the living has hope—even a live dog is better off than a dead lion!

5 Ecclesiastes 9: For the living know that they will die, but the dead know nothing; they have no further reward, and even the memory of them is forgotten. 6 Their love, their hate and their jealousy have long since vanished; never again will they have a part in anything that happens under the sun.

6 Ecclesiastes 9: Go, eat your food with gladness, and drink your wine with a joyful heart, for it is now that God favors what you do. 8 Always be clothed in white, and always anoint your head with oil. 9 Enjoy life with your wife, whom you love, all the days of this meaningless life that God has given you under the sun— all your meaningless days. For this is your lot in life and in your toilsome labor under the sun.

7 Ecclesiastes 9: Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, for in the grave, where you are going, there is neither working nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom. 11 I have seen something else under the sun: The race is not to the swift or the battle to the strong, nor does food come to the wise or wealth to the brilliant or favor to the learned; but time and chance happen to them all.

8 Ecclesiastes 9: Moreover, no man knows when his hour will come: As fish are caught in a cruel net, or birds are taken in a snare, so men are trapped by evil times that fall unexpectedly upon them. 13 I also saw under the sun this example of wisdom that greatly impressed me: 14 There was once a small city with only a few people in it. And a powerful king came against it, surrounded it and built huge siege works against it.

9 Ecclesiastes 9: Now there lived in that city a man poor but wise, and he saved the city by his wisdom. But nobody remembered that poor man. 16 So I said, “Wisdom is better than strength.” But the poor man’s wisdom is despised, and his words are no longer heeded. 17 The quiet words of the wise are more to be heeded than the shouts of a ruler of fools. 18 Wisdom is better than weapons of war, but one sinner destroys much good.”

10 Solomon’s perspective is under the sun. Solomon’s perspective is under the sun.

11 The Uncertainty of Life What tomorrow brings is unknown. What tomorrow brings is unknown. The outcomes of life are not predictable. The outcomes of life are not predictable. Proverbs 22:6 “Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it.” Proverbs 11:29 “the fool will be servant to the wise.”

12 The Uncertainty of Life What tomorrow brings is unknown. What tomorrow brings is unknown. The outcomes of life are not predictable. The outcomes of life are not predictable. Don’t bank on counterfeit Christian currency. Don’t bank on counterfeit Christian currency. Ecclesiastes 8:14 “righteous men who get what the wicked deserve, and wicked men who get what the righteous deserve. This too, I say, is meaningless.”

13 The Certainty of Death Death defies all categories. Death defies all categories. Death erases the memory of our existence. Death erases the memory of our existence. You have hope if you are alive. You have hope if you are alive.

14 Living in This Reality Ecclesiastes 9:7-10 Go, eat your food with gladness, and drink your wine with a joyful heart, for it is now that God favors what you do. 8 Always be clothed in white, and always anoint your head with oil.

15 Living in This Reality Ecclesiastes 9: Enjoy life with your wife, whom you love, all the days of this meaningless life that God has given you under the sun— all your meaningless days. For this is your lot in life and in your toilsome labor under the sun. 10 Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, for in the grave, where you are going, there is neither working nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom.”

16 Living in This Reality Choose to enjoy the goodness of the day. Choose to enjoy the goodness of the day. Psalm 118:24 “This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.”

17 “There has always been within the Christian tradition an ascetic tendency that understands true spirituality as involving the shunning of created things (e.g., food, wine, sex) rather than the enjoyment of these things in thankfulness to God who blessed us with them. [The Preacher] helps us see that the latter is the truer spirituality. We are certainly not to worship created things, but neither are we to behave as if God did not make the world good (Gen. 1)... Jesus himself, although he knew alienation, pain, and eventually death, was also to be found feasting and partying with friends.” (Dr. Iain Provan, Ecclesiastes, page 186)

18 Living in This Reality Choose to enjoy the goodness of the day. Choose to enjoy the goodness of the day. Enjoy not indulge. Enjoy not indulge. Live a healthy balanced life. Live a healthy balanced life.

19 A New Reality in Christ. God is working out his plan through our lives. God is working out his plan through our lives. Romans 8:28 “And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”

20 A New Reality in Christ. God is working out his plan through our lives. God is working out his plan through our lives. Death has been conquered. Death has been conquered. “I am the resurrection and the life. He who believes in me will live, even though he dies; and whoever lives and believes in me will never die.” John 11:25-26

21 A New Reality in Christ. God is working out his plan through our lives. God is working out his plan through our lives. Death has been conquered. Death has been conquered. “For to me, to live is Christ and to die is gain.” Philippians 1:21

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