Was Man Created for Time or Eternity? by J. Gerald Harris

Was Man Created for Time or Eternity?
Dr. J. Gerald Harris
Job 14:14

The Bible is full of questions. The first question is recorded in Genesis 3:9. Adam had sinned, and because of the shame and guilt of his sin, he hid himself from the presence of the Lord God amongst the trees of the garden.

And the Bible says, "The Lord God called unto Adam, and said unto him, Where art thou?" That is the first question in the Bible.

Do you remember when God called Moses to be the deliverer of the children of Israel from the land of Egypt? Moses was tending sheep on the back side of the desert. God appeared to him in a burning bush and asked him a question. He said to Moses, "What is that in thine hand?" (Exodus 4:2).

And then I remember when Samuel went to the house of Jesse to select, under the direction of God's Spirit, one of Jesse's seven sons to anoint as the next king over Israel. Samuel interviewed six of Jesse's sons and realized that not a one of them was God's choice. And so he asked the question of Jesse, "Are here all thy children?" (I Samuel 17:11). Of course, after that question was asked, David stepped on the scene.

And then I think about the question that the psalmist asks in Psalm 24. He asks, "Who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord? or who shall stand in his holy place?" Good questions; questions that deserve an honest answer.

And then I think about the question of the rich young ruler in Mark 10:17. The Bible says that he came running to Jesus and asked him, "Good Master, what shall I do that I may inherit eternal life?"

Indeed, the Bible is full of questions. But it is also full of answers. And the preacher who preaches on the great questions of the Bible and gives not his own answers, but the answers of the Scriptures will touch on all the major issues of life.

One of man's greatest and most earnest questions is found in our text. "If a man dies, shall he live again?" Since Job is the oldest book in the Bible, this is probably ...


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