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July 19 - Morning

"Remember your Creator
in the days of your youth,
before the days of trouble come
and the years approach when you will say,

'I find no pleasure in them'

before the sun and the light
and the moon and the stars grow dark,
and the clouds return after the rain;
when the keepers of the house tremble,
and the strong men stoop,
when the grinders cease because they are few,
and those looking through the windows grow dim;
when the doors to the street are closed
and the sound of grinding fades;
when people rise up at the sound of birds,
but all their songs grow faint;
when people are afraid of heights
and of dangers in the streets;
when the almond tree blossoms
and the grasshopper drags itself along
and desire no longer is stirred.
Then people go to their eternal home
and mourners go about the streets.
Remember him — before the silver cord is severed,
and the golden bowl is broken;
before the pitcher is shattered at the spring,
and the wheel broken at the well,
and the dust returns to the ground it came from,
and the spirit returns to God who gave it.

'Meaningless! Meaningless!'
says the Teacher.
'Everything is meaningless!' "

- Ecclesiastes 12:1-8

Sunset on the Sea of Galilee; Click to go to next devotion  
The Final Days of a Man's Life    

These are the final words of Solomon in the book of Ecclesiastes. In 12:9 the writing switches to the third person. Solomon concludes his teaching in 12:8 with the same words he began with in 1:2:

“Meaningless! Meaningless!” says the Teacher.
    “Everything is meaningless!”

12:1-7 is one long sentence in the Hebrew which if read out loud leaves the reader in the same condition as the old man, the subject of the poem, -  out of breath!

Solomon begins by reminding the reader to remember and serve God in the prime years of life. Although Solomon encourages us to enjoy life throughout his teaching, he is also consistent in urging us not to forget God. The knowledge of God will bring meaning into an otherwise meaningless existence. The knowledge of God will allow you to enjoy the good things God has given to man in an otherwise cruel and unfair world. Because the knowledge of God brings meaning and allows for enjoyment of life it is imperative that we remember God before the hardest days of life come. Solomon warns his young readers that life and opportunities are going to change. And, they will change for the worse! In fact there are days coming that when compared to younger days you will say,

“I have no pleasure in them!”

In other words, if you do not learn to find meaning and to enjoy life through your understanding of God in your youth, then you will really, really experience meaninglessness in the coming days when the things that accompany old age begin to set in.

In a series of colorful, and even humorous, metaphors, Solomon describes old age in a way the younger person can understanding and gain some insight into what growing old is like.

First, Solomon describes the good days of youth as days with light. The light refers to eyesight.
Sun and light are referring to vision during the day. The moon and stars is referring to vision used at night.

"Remember your Creator in the days of your youth,
before the days of trouble come and the years approach when you will say,
    “I find no pleasure in them”—
before the sun and the light
and the moon and the stars grow dark,
    and the clouds return after the rain."

- Ecclesiastes 12:1-2

The rain could refer to sadness and crying. The disappointments and tears of youth often clear the mind and soon hope returns. This is not the case for the elderly. After a time of disappointment the clouds of despair roll back in:

“the clouds return after the rain.”Ecclesiastes 12:2

The breakdown of the list of metaphors could be something like this:

  • Keepers of the house = hands and arms
  • Strong men = shoulders and upper body
  • Grinders = teeth
  • Windows = eyes and sight
  • Sounds in the street and sounds of grinding = ears and hearing
  • Rise early with the birds = sleeplessness
  • Daughters of music = singing voice
  • Fear of heights = loss of balance
  • Terrors in the way = legs and tripping over simple things when walking
  • Almond tree blossoms = grey/white hair
  • Grasshopper = young energetic man has slowed to a crawl and gained weight
  • Desire = sexual drive
  • Eternal home = death, grave
  • Mourners in the Street = Funeral procession

Death is described as a drastic change of something beautiful and useful into something broken and useless in these final four metaphors:

  • Severed silver cord = nervous system inactive
  • Broken golden bowl = brain activity has stopped
  • Shattered pitcher at the well = heart has stopped beating
  • Broken wheel at the well = blood circulation has ceased

Remember, everything is meaningless without a perspective of God your creator.

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"If a man, even a born again man, is going to walk in God's way he will need to know Gods' Word."
- Galyn Wiemers
Something to Ponder??

The projected church attendance in America in 2050 is 11.7% of the U.S. population. This is half of what it was in the 1990’s.
(source here)

Hebrew and Greek Word Study   Facts and Information

Nqm (Hb) – to avenge (Eng) - nqm means “to avenge,” “avenge oneself,” “take revenge.”
The Hebrew nqm may have originally been a term from a legal system since punishment, or nqm, brings justice to correct a wrong.

The OT use of nqm includes many uses of nqm as a reference to the vengeance for a community of people such as Israel:

Nqm is also used as vengeance for or against an individual:


A seal from the time of Sargon II (722-705 BC) was found in northern Israel at Omrit (2 2/3 miles southwest of Caesarea Philippi in the Hula Valley). The seal was found behind a wall built 700 years later by the Romans in a temple dedicated to Emperor Augustus. The cylinder seal includes the engraved image of a battle between a winged being and a bull standing on its back legs. Sargon II was the Assyrian king who finalized the destruction and deportation of Israel in 721 BC (2 Kings 17:24). Seals were used to identify a person’s identity and to roll their personal impression (signature) into clay.
(Details HERE and HERE.
Photo HERE)  

Confession to Action   Facts and Information
I will look at my life today through the prism of God's revelation of himself as Creator, Lord and Judge.
I will not allow today's thoughts and activities to be interpreted in the mirror
of meaninglessness with no reflection of God and his wisdom.
  "A foolish son is his father's ruin, and a quarrelsome wife
is like a constant dripping."

- Proverbs 19:13
Read the Bible in a Year; Bible Reading Program
Read one chapter each day to read through the narrative portion (or, the story line) of the whole Bible Genesis-Acts in one year. Read the General Text of the Bible Read the Complete Text of the Bible in a Year
1 Chronicles 23 Ezekiel 21 2 Kings 18:1-8; 2 Chron. 29
Prayer for Today
Personal Prayer Church Prayer Item National Prayer Concerns World Prayer Concerns

To be a
good friend

Maturity in understanding
and life

Secretary of Education

Photo of Jerusalem; Pictures of Israel Bible Map and Diagram
Beautiful mosaic tile on the Muslim Dome of the Rock on the Jewish Temple Mount.

Details of the Valley of Elah where David killed Goliath and the Philistines fled as recorded in 1 Samuel 17:1-3, 51-54.

Details of the Valley of Elah where David killed Goliath and the Philistines fled as recorded in 1 Samuel 17:1-3, 51-54.

(More photos and details here.)

Beautiful mosaic tile on the Muslim Dome of the Rock on the Jewish Temple Mount. It was built 1,300 years ago in 691-692 AD. It is octagonal and covered with black, red and cream colored marble inlays while glazed tiles of royal blue, white, yellow and green cover the upper portion of the walls. There are long quotes from the Koran written all around the outside of the building.
(More detail here.)
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