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I. The Facts. 1. We are growing older . Gn.18:12. Hb.8:13 2. We will die . Hb.9:27 3. We will be judged . Hb.9:27 4. We will reap what we sow. Ga.6:7-8. Life is uncertain, Death is sure, Sin the cause, Christ the cure –Anon. I. The Facts. II. The Focus.

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I. The Facts


1. We are growing older. Gn.18:12. Hb.8:13

2. We will die. Hb.9:27

3. We willbe judged. Hb.9:27

4. We will reap what we sow. Ga.6:7-8

Life is uncertain, Death is sure,Sin the cause, Christ the cure–Anon.


I. The Facts

II. The Focus


After we die, what really matters?

Could say same of rich fool (Lk.12)

  • Had lot of money

  • Well respected

  • Never wasted anything

  • Never hurt anybody

  • Good worker

Jn.9:4

Hb.11:10


I. The Facts

III. The Funeral

II. The Focus


2 Samuel 1

  • Dt.10:6, changing of the guard 1 Sm.20:18

  • Mt.14:12, gone but not forgotten

  • Lk.16:22, life’s reversals

    • Elegies for rich man

    • Disdain for Lazarus

Impossible to convince theliving of their reverses


2 Samuel 1

  • Dt.10:6, changing of the guard

  • Mt.14:12, gone but not forgotten

  • Lk.16:22, reversals

  • Ac.5:…10, tragedy

    • Some funerals: he was a member of human race

      • For some, death = salvation

      • Some think they live only to themselves


2 Samuel 1

  • Dt.10:6, changing of the guard

  • Mt.14:12, gone but not forgotten

  • Lk.16:22, reversals

  • Ac.5:…10, tragedy

  • Ac.8:…2, triumph

  • You must preach his funeral; what to say?

    • Good worker.

    • Humble.

    • Loyal to truth.

    • No grudges.

Could they say these things about us?


What will be said about us?

  • Friendly or grouchy? Pr.18:24; Ep.4:2

  • Worker? Ep.4:28

  • Held grudges? Ep.4:31-32

  • Christian? Ep.5:26

  • Servant? Ep.6:7

  • Student? Ep.6:10, 16-17


I. The Facts

III. The Funeral

II. The Focus

IV. The Farewell


1. Eccl.2, sorrow of death

  • Leave all

  • Leave all to one who may squander it

    • Futility: all this work for nothing?

    • King and pawn

Nebuchadnezzar

Isa.14

Pharaoh

Ezk.31:15-18


1. Eccl.2, sorrow of death2. Eccl. 7, school of death

  • 1-2, joy in delivery room, sorrow in funeral home?

  • 3, visit to funeral home

  • 4, wisdom prepares

  • 5, strength yields to weakness

“Men have been helped to live by remembering that they must die”


1. Eccl.2, sorrow of death2. Eccl. 7, school of death3. Eccl. 12, signs of death

  • 1-7, reminders

    • Life is temporary; this won’t take long

      • 2 Co.5:1; 2 Pt.1:13

      • 1 Sm.20:3


1. Eccl.2, sorrow of death 2. Eccl. 7, school of death3. Eccl. 12, signs of death4. Eccl.12:13-14, success over death

“When you fear God,

you fear nothing else; if you do not fear God, you fear everything else”

The final answer

  • Fear God. Pr.1:7.

  • Obey God.

  • Meet God.

Look ‘above the sun’

The climax of Ecclesiastes


Ecclesiastes prepares usfor the Judgment

  • Power of God

  • God the Creator

  • Immortal soul

  • Man is accountable to God

  • Eternal, universal Judgment

  • Rewards and Punishments


Questions for Paul(Ph.1:21-23)

1.What areyou livingfor?

(21-22)

3.What areyou waitingfor?(24)

2.What areyou dyingfor?(21, 23)


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