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Wisdom About Death (22 of 40)
An old legend tells of a merchant in Baghdad who one day sent his servant to the market. Before long the servant came back, white and trembling, and in great agitation said to his master: "Down at the market place I was jostled by a woman in the crowd and when
I turned around I saw it was Death that jostled me.
She looked at me and made a threatening gesture. Master, please lend me your horse, for I must hasten away to avoid her. I will ride to Samarra and there I will hide, and Death will not find me."
The merchant lent him his horse and the servant galloped away in great haste. Later the merchant went down to the market place and saw Death standing in the crowd. He went over to her and asked,
"Why did you frighten my servant this morning? Why did you make a threatening gesture?"
"That was not a threatening gesture, Death said. "It was only
a start of surprise. I was astonished to see him in Baghdad, for
I have an appointment with him tonight in Samarra (80 miles)."
We don't like to think about or face death because we are afraid.
We don't know what really will happen to us when we die.
Actor Woody Allen has said, "It's not that I'm afraid to die.
I just don't want to be there when it happens."
Death is just as much a really as life even though we don't like
to think about it even if our life does not seem to have meaning.
Solomon has sought to find meaning in life through building, pleasure, wealth, and work but has found that without God none
of these things can fill our lives with meaning and purpose.
He now goes on to look at life through the lens of wisdom about what is important and significant instead of personal pleasure.
CERTAIN DEATH :1-2
Character Matters :1a
In scripture the name of a person represented their character.
There name was to be a symbol of who they were on the inside.
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