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Life in the Kingdom of Men — part 5 of Ecclesiastes sermon series by Ps Sam Powell

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Life in the Kingdom of Men
by Ps Sam Powell
Ecclesiastes 4 (KJV)

Chapter 4 So I returned, and considered all the oppressions that are done under the sun: and behold the tears of such as were oppressed, and they had no comforter; and on the side of their oppressors there was power; but they had no comforter.

2 Wherefore I praised the dead which are already dead more than the living which are yet alive.

3 Yea, better is he than both they, which hath not yet been, who hath not seen the evil work that is done under the sun.

4 Again, I considered all travail, and every right work, that for this a man is envied of his neighbour. This is also vanity and vexation of spirit.

5 The fool foldeth his hands together, and eateth his own flesh.

6 Better is an handful with quietness, than both the hands full with travail and vexation of spirit.

7 Then I returned, and I saw vanity under the sun.

8 There is one alone, and there is not a second; yea, he hath neither child nor brother: yet is there no end of all his labour; neither is his eye satisfied with riches; neither saith he, For whom do I labour, and bereave my soul of good? This is also vanity, yea, it is a sore travail.

9 Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour.

10 For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up.

11 Again, if two lie together, then they have heat: but how can one be warm alone?

12 And if one prevail against him, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken.

13 Better is a poor and a wise child than an old and foolish king, who will no more be admonished.

14 For out of prison he cometh to reign; whereas also he that is born in his kingdom becometh poor.

15 I considered all the living which walk under the sun, with the second child that shall stand up in his stead.

16 There is no end of all the people, even of all that have been before them: they also that come after shall not rejoice in him. Surely this also is vanity and vexation of spirit.

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Listen to the sermon by clicking on the link above.

[Go to part 4 of the series]

And here is a hymn about how Jesus comforts the oppressed. The first version is massed congregational singing with lyrics. The second is very sensitively played on the piano with the score and lyrics.

 

 

 

 

3 Comments

  1. Anon.

    So, this is off-topic and all. It may not be appropriate. If so, please, by all means, disregard and don’t post. But it is Sunday and this website has become kind of like an online church of sorts for me……I don’t if I am saying that right or not, but anyhow, here is my question for the pastor:

    Matthew 12:31-32 – The Unforgivable Sin

    What is that talking about and who commits such and do they know if they have committed it? I mean, it’s scary to read and I wonder if I haven’t committed such or if I will commit such eventually at some point in time. I guess I’ve come to find out in my life so far that if there is a way to fail or mess up, I am apparently very, very prone to do such. Maybe not, as pretty much all of the failures have been deliberately orchestrated by others, to ensure that I fail, that I have nothing going for me, that I am but a disabled, unemployable, homeless woman who resides in the streets, which is where they deem me to belong, as I am considered to be worth less than a dog and all.

    But what is the unforgivable sin? Is there an example or situation or illustration you could provide so I understand what it is as I surely do not ever want to be apart from God, nor do I wish to go to hell for all eternity.

    • Hi Anon, your question is fine! And there is nothing wrong with seeing our website as a kind of online church of sorts. If the bricks and mortar churches were teaching the whole counsel of God, there would be little need for a site like ours. But so many churches are led by hired shepherds rather than true men of God, that many of us find it difficult to get sustenance and good fellowship in local churches.

      Pastor Jeff will reply to you, but in the meantime, here are our posts which touch on the unforgivable sin.

      John Piper’s Erroneous Teaching on the Unpardonable Sin

      A Story of Abuse and Shame: Setup by the Religion of the Pharisees and How Jesus Set Her Free!

      To pray for our abusers… or not? (we don’t need to pray for the sin that leads to death)

      (((hugs))) from Barb

    • Jeff Crippen

      Anon – The unpardonable sin is always committed by people who refuse to repent. They are people who (see Hebrews 6:4-6) have been so privileged as to be recipients of the Spirit’s ministry in showing them the reality of Christ, the truth of the gospel, etc that they KNOW it is good and true, BUT they harden their hearts and refuse to repent and believe. You see the thing in Judas for example. He intimately knew Christ, yet short of salvation. He became reprobate like Esau so that repentance and salvation became impossible for him. Such people may cry and shed big tears and complain woe is me, but in fact they never wanted Christ and still do not. Do they know they have committed the unpardonable sin? Probably not. These kind, like so many abusers, still believe they are entitled and that God owes them heaven. Both 2 Peter and Jude speak of these very kind who creep in among us in the church and who are destined for hell though they love to play Christian. Bottom line, nope, they aren’t worried at all. They are angry at God.

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