The Dead Know Not Anything
Jesse M. Hendley
Now friends if you have your Bibles, turn with me to Ecclesiastes 9:5 and we are going to speak today on the subject, "The Dead Know Not Anything." Now that is exactly what the book says here in Ecclesiastes 9:5, "For the living know that they shall die; but the dead know not anything, neither have they any more a reward, for the memory of them is forgotten." Well that is a shocker, isn't it? The dead know not anything. That is a very interesting statement, and we want to talk about it for a moment.
In this particular passage, we learn the importance of rightly dividing the Word of Truth. That is, all the truth in the Bible is to be taken together so that we can understand any particular verse. The importance of studying all the Bible in order to arrive at any particular truth.
The other day I had a telephone call and a loved one said, "Isn't it true that to be absent from the body is to be present with the Lord?" I said, "Yes." This voice said, "But I have here a gentleman who says that when people die they are dead and they do not know anything. That nobody lives after death. How do you answer that? Would you talk to this man?" I said, "Yes." He put him on the phone and this man quoted this particular passage in Ecclesiastes 9:5, where it says plainly the dead know not anything, which seems to say that when people die, they go into oblivion. They do not know anything at all. What about that?
Notice this is in Ecclesiastes 9:5. When this man quoted this to me, I quoted him the passages of Paul, in which the apostle Paul in the Philippian letters says "For me to die is gain," and it wouldn't be gain just to be blotted out, and to depart and be with Christ is to be with Christ and is far better. Now these are plain statements and when a person dies he gains something. He is with Christ and he is far better off then he is in this present world then that great statement in II ...
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