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AUTUMN’S DESIRE

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“Be still,” He said, whispering gently to the expectant wood,

The Mighty, Holy Author of all light,

“Cease your leafy labors bearing food.

Let the quiet chill of autumn’s night woo your brilliant beauty to a head.

Delight Me as I fashioned you of old,

Your golden, crimson plumage to behold.”

 

They heard His holy whispers lilting like a hymn, all the verdant leafy columns of the wood,

And yielded, as all nature will attest,

To the Voice of Him whom they understood,

The Master of their seasons of industry and rest,

And surrendered every one, each leaf and limb, to the lullaby of Him who planned of old

That autumn’s light be wreathed in radiant gold.

 

Rejoicing as their foliage flamed in glorious hue, and wond’ring at mankind’s ceaseless, frenzied pace,

They to their Master lifted up their cry,

“Would that men could see You face to face,

And would upon Your Sovereign Will rely,

As they were fashioned to delight all ways in You,  and hear Your call to rest as they behold

The splendor of Your handiwork in autumn’s radiant gold.”

 

“Some men will,” He answered as they cried, “behold My face and love My sov’reign plan as do you,

In your obedience to My voice and My design.

You’ve been created by and for My Son who foreknew

Each frantic, sin-sick soul who sees your golden shine,

And hears My Spirit’s witness that for each He died, upon a tree bearing countless sorrows and untold.

For these His crimson poured, in season, op’ning Heaven’s gold.”

 ©Patricia Stachew, November 2004

Examining Ecclesiastes: The Good News

So, I have not committed suicide after having delved into the book of Ecclesiastes. Although, I once identified so strongly with the truth of the futility of humanism, that I did contemplate how I could reverse my birth and cease to exist…

Ecclesiastes 4.2-3. “Yet, better than both [the dead and the living] is he who has never existed…”

I said in my earlier post that Ecclesiastes 7.29 looks back to Genesis 3.6-7. But Ecclesiastes ends on a good note as it looks forward to the good news of God’s righteous judgment 12.14 (also see Ecclesiastes 8.11-13). That’s correct; I said, “The good news of God’s righteous judgment.” God will ultimately be exposing every secret thing, whether it is good or evil…

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Solomon does not go into detail about his assurance that it will be well with those who fear God, who fear before Him; in fact, he states that when he applied his heart to see, he was unable to discover the work of God…Of course, he could go back and remember what God promised his father David concerning that Holy One who would be revealed as King forever; but still, for all the meditating upon it, Solomon could not lay hold of how this work of God would come to pass. Nevertheless, he writes of his assurance in Ecclesiastes 8.12

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Now, I am on the “other side” of the Greatest Moment in history, that climactic Moment of redemption. Although, by the grace of God, I have the great blessing to see what the work to which God was pointing in Ecclesiastes 8.12 and 12.14, Solomon was granted unshakeable faith by the grace of God in his moment of searching what he could not see…

 The Good News of God’s Righteous Judgment in Ecclesiastes points to the Holy One from David’s line—none other than the Lord Jesus Himself. Jesus plainly states that all judgment has been given to Him by God the Father:

“For the Father judges no one, but has committed all judgment to the Son…and has given Him authority to execute judgment…because He is the Son of Man” (John 5.22,27)

(The description of Jesus as Son of Man can be found in Daniel 7.13-14)… Jesus amplifies the message of judgment when He declares to His disciples that [after His atoning death, resurrection and ascension], the Holy Spirit will be poured out on all flesh and the Holy Spirit will convict the world of sin, of righteousness and of judgment (John 16.7-10)… How will God work this out?

“…Because the ruler of this world is judged…” (John 16.11; also John 12.31; Colossians 1.19-20; 2.15)…

Just take a moment to wrap your little grey cells around that wonder of God’s inscrutable work…

So, is there anything new under the sun? The Word of God says there is…I have many thoughts, but will share in another post. For now, in a world where “there is nothing new under the sun,” I remember this from another holy blogger named Jeremiah who had a great lament:

“Through the LORD’s mercies we are not consumed, because His compassions fail not. They are new every morning…” (Lamentations 3.22-23)

Examining Ecclesiastes-All Is Vanity…

“Is there anything of which it may be said, ‘See, this is new’? It has already been in ancient times before us. There is no remembrance of former things, nor will there be any remembrance of things that are to come by those who will come after.”   –Ecclesiastes 1.10-11

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Examining Ecclesiastes could be depressing, mostly because it reminds the reader of a very great king who was gifted beyond all that I  could ever comprehend, and this king discovered how he lost his memory of the purpose for all the gifting in his life. Ecclesiastes is also very convicting, and I think many of us are scared to read it because the same king who stumbled over his own gifting recognized his “self” was just like all men:

“Truly, this only I have found: that God made man upright, but they have sought out many schemes.”

–Ecclesiastes 7.29.

Here, Ecclesiastes looks back and remembers Genesis 3.6-7 (In my Bible, Ecclesiastes 7.29 is cross referenced to Genesis 3.6-7. Verse 7.29 jumped off the page at me before I even saw the cross reference…)

King Solomon’s blog begins with his observation of the order and rhythm of creation. In Ecclesiastes 1, he writes almost as if he is amazed to observe how the sun rises and sets in its course all the livelong day; the wind has its established patterns; the rivers all run their courses from their source to the seas; the seas are never full and the rivers are all replenished by the rains from the clouds as by established purpose. These elements and others in creation do not hunger for anything new or exotic; creation is content to follow the plan laid out for it, each in its ordained element. Creation never wants for purpose; never seeks to run a different course or entertain itself with a new experience or a new work; creation never worries about satisfying any appetite, whether it be for more wind, more water, more sun, more earth, or whether it be more prodigious in achievement to prove its value or compete with all the other elements. Everything in creation–EXCEPT FOR MAN–obeys God’s purpose for it and is satisfied to do so. The wind blows; the seas stop where God commands them to stay; dirt always becomes mud when the rain falls upon it; molecules always bond according to their atomic structure; (and if the elements did not obey the physical laws ordained by God–indeed, if there is even one stray molecule in the universe–be very afraid when you drink that brew you routinely expect to be coffee…)

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When Solomon remembers man’s activity, he sees that man–like a stray molecule–seeks out many schemes, always hungry for a new experience, a new thrill, not content for very long with an established path. Because man has chosen to reject the purpose for which God has created him, he now always feels deprivation; and unlike the rest of creation, he seeks to satisfy and fill all the emptiness he feels as a result of his own rejection of the God who alone designed him as a vessel to be filled by God’s purpose…

Solomon does not stay stuck in the mire of his disillusionment; his blog in Ecclesiastes also looks forward. But I’m saving that for another post, since I need to ruminate and meditate a bit on the weight of glory I am finding in Solomon’s holy blog…

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