Man Goeth to His Long Home
Jesse M. Hendley
Will you turn with me now to the wonderful Book of
Ecclesiastes, chapter 12, and we will study together
the first seven verses. Commentators are generally
agreed that this is an allegory on Death. We have here
a vivid description of the decay of old age. But we
will see the victory that Christ gives.
"Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth,
while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh,
when thou shalt say, 1 have no pleasure in them;
"While the sun, or the light, or the moon, of the
stars, be not darkened, nor the clouds return after
"In the day when the keepers of the house shall
tremble, and the strong men shall bow themselves, and
the grinders cease because they are few, and those
that look out of the windows be darkened,
"And the doors shall be shut in the streets when the
sound of the grinding is low, and he shall rise up at
the voice of the bird, and all the daughters of music
shall be brought low;
"And when they shall be afraid of that which is high,
and fears shall be in the way, and the almond tree
shall flourish, and the grasshopper shall be a burden,
the desire shall fail: because man goeth to his long
home, and the mourners go about in the streets:
"Or ever the silver cord be loosed, or the golden bowl
be broken, or the pitcher be broken at the fountain,
or the wheel broken at the cistern.
"Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was:
and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it."
Then verse 13, the summation:
"Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear
God, and keep His commandments: for this is the whole
duty of man. For God shall bring every work into
judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good,
or whether it be evil."
Now commentators of the Bible down through the years
have felt that this chapter of Ecclesiastes brings to
us an allegory of De ...
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