In today's society few topics can quell a lively discussion like the subject of death and dying. In this study of Ecclesiastes and Psalm 139:16, we are directed to give the subject of death careful consideration because no one escapes it. Despite this reality, the Christian can welcome it with hope and assurance. Listen as Alistair Begg uncovers the reason for the believer's hope and broaches the sensitive issues of cremation and the body/soul connection.
1Remember also your Creator in the days of your youth, before the evil days come and the years draw near of which you will say, “I have no pleasure in them”; 2before the sun and the light and the moon and the stars are darkened and the clouds return after the rain, 3in the day when the keepers of the house tremble, and the strong men are bent, and the grinders cease because they are few, and those who look through the windows are dimmed, 4and the doors on the street are shut—when the sound of the grinding is low, and one rises up at the sound of a bird, and all the daughters of song are brought low— 5they are afraid also of what is high, and terrors are in the way; the almond tree blossoms, the grasshopper drags itself along,1 and desire fails, because man is going to his eternal home, and the mourners go about the streets— 6before the silver cord is snapped, or the golden bowl is broken, or the pitcher is shattered at the fountain, or the wheel broken at the cistern, 7and the dust returns to the earth as it was, and the spirit returns to God who gave it. 8Vanity2 of vanities, says the Preacher; all is vanity.
9Besides being wise, the Preacher also taught the people knowledge, weighing and studying and arranging many proverbs with great care. 10The Preacher sought to find words of delight, and uprightly he wrote words of truth.
11The words of the wise are like goads, and like nails firmly fixed are the collected sayings; they are given by one Shepherd. 12My son, beware of anything beyond these. Of making many books there is no end, and much study is a weariness of the flesh.
13The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.3 14For God will bring every deed into judgment, with4 every secret thing, whether good or evil.
A great disservice has been done to the cause of Christ by those who have tended to suggest that Christianity is all brightness and laughter. Such a perspective is neither true to the biblical record, nor to the human experience. The joy of which the Bible speaks is not found in isolation from the rigors of life. James encourages us to "count it all joy" when we face trials of various kinds. The studies contained in this album make it very clear that Christians grieve, too. They, also, seek to provide a biblical framework for dealing with affliction, trial, and disappointment. Underpinning it all is the doctrine of God’s providence, which affords the believer the opportunity to rest in the awareness that our times are in His hands. This album may well prove to be a great help to friends and neighbors who are trying to make sense of some of life’s storms.
|Why Suffering||Job 16:7-17|
|God's Faithfulness in Affliction||1 Peter 4:12-19|
|When Trials Come, Part One||James 1:1-3|
|When Trials Come, Part Two||James 1:2-4|
|Good News, Bad News||Genesis 40:1-23|
|Lessons from the Dungeon, Part One||Genesis 40:1-23|
|Lessons from the Dungeon, Part Two||Genesis 40:1-23|
|Stilling Life's Storms||Mark 4:35-41|
|On Death and Dying||Ecclesiastes 12:1-14|
|Christians Grieve Too||1 Thessalonians 4:13|
|My Times in Your Hands, Part One||Psalms 31:1-24|
|My Times in Your Hands, Part Two||Psalms 31:1-24|