Ecclesiastes 12

Matthew 11. 28-30


In the final chapter of this book of wisdom by Solomon, the readers are exhorted to remember their Creator, Jehovah, while they are still young.  That is not to merely recollect that He is, and his work of creation, but to pursue Him, to keep His commandments.  The days of youth really are fleeting, though to the youth they seem endless, to those who have run their race and are no longer able to run, they are able to gauge how fast life goes by.  At the time of these writings the prophecies of a Messiah were being disclosed, the book of Psalms had already revealed a coming Savior, as in Psalms 2.7, 45.6, 91.4, 11-12, 102. 26, 104.4, to name a few.  Yet such thought was in it’s infancy and the greater theme here is, life is short and you are to know and love your God, to keep in mind and obey the Commandments, and to love your brother.

In the New Testament Jesus reiterates the whole concept of knowing God from our youth when Jesus told the Disciples in Mark 10.14 to ” Permit the children to come to Me; do not hinder them; for the kingdom of God belongs to these.  Truly I say to you, whoever does not receive the Kingdom of God like a child will not enter it at all.”  The over reaching concept is salvation can come to man at any age, but knowing the salvation of God from our youth is of great benefit to us, saving many years of wasted time pursuing the cares of this world, and developing habits, and prejudices that are hard to overcome later in life.

Mathew 11.28-30.  As the Preacher in Ecclesiastes called for the reader to heed the words of the commandments of God, the labor of keeping the Law was burdensome and there was no power built into it to sustain the effort.  The Messiah, the Savior,  Jesus cried out for them that were seeking God to ” Come unto Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.  For My yoke is easy and My burden light.”

The call to Israel was to pursue Jehovah, the call from Scripture to us is the same, seek Jehovah through the free gift of salvation in Jesus Christ, from the days of your youth for maximum benefit.  But at any age don’t waste your time on earth seeking temporal ideals, but rather things of eternal value.