Sunday, January 18, 2015
“The End of the Matter- 01-16-15”
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Core Scriptural Text: Ecclesiastes 12:13-14
Ecclesiastes 12:13 All has been heard; the end of the matter is: Fear God [revere and worship Him, knowing that He is] and keep His commandments, for this is the whole of man [the full, original purpose of his creation, the object of God’s providence, the root of character, the foundation of all happiness, the adjustment to all inharmonious circumstances and conditions under the sun] and the whole [duty] for every man. 14 For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it is good or evil.
Bryce was born on 12-13-14:
Name denotes the nature of God’s intent:
The Lord would name the prophets children in a parabolic way to reveal what He was going to do with the people and in their lifetimes...
"Bryce" means: Son of a nobleman. Swift. Force. Strength. Valor.
Let's look at: “The end of the matter:” (The nature of God's intent for man)
***The very foundation of our faith; the beginning point of our growth and maturity; the goal to aim towards:
1. this is the whole of man [the full, original purpose of his creation
2. the object of God’s providence, (God’s forseeing care, guidance, direction)
3. the root of character, (James 3:2)
4. the foundation of all happiness, (spirit, soul, body- in harmony with God)
5. the adjustment to all inharmonious circumstances and conditions under the sun]
6. the whole [duty] for every man.
See: Micah 6:8, Lev 26:12, Deu 10:12, Jer 7:23, Gal 5:16, and Eph 2:22…
*** James 3:2 For we all often stumble and fall and offend in many things. And if anyone does not offend in speech [never says the wrong things], he is a fully developed character and a perfect man, able to control his whole body and to curb his entire nature.
The Glory functioning in our midst to bring us to the end of the matter:
Ecclesiastes 12:14 For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it is good or evil.
· The bad- to remove everything that resists His Kingdom and ways
· The good- to mature it and to build upon it, His Kingdom and ways
*** The Lord is showing us the end, from the beginning. We are at the end of one age, and the dawning of the new age before us. He is showing us what He wants to do, where He wants to take us, and what He will accomplish through us, so we can cooperate with Him.
Daniel 7:27 And the kingdom and the dominion and the greatness of the kingdom under the whole heavens shall be given to the people of the saints of the Most High; His kingdom is an everlasting kingdom, and all the dominions shall serve and obey Him. 28 Here is the end of the matter. As for me, Daniel, my [waking] thoughts troubled and alarmed me much and my cheerfulness of countenance was changed in me; but I kept the matter [of the interpreting angel’s information] in my heart and mind.
“The interpretation of the matter:”
Daniel 5:24 Then was the part of the hand sent from the presence of [the Most High God], and this writing was inscribed. 25 And this is the inscription that was written, mene, mene, tekel, upharsin—numbered, numbered, weighed, divisions. 26 This is the interpretation of the matter: mene, God has numbered the days of your kingship and brought them to an end; 27 tekel, You are weighed in the balances and are found wanting; 28 peres, Your kingdom and your kingship are divided and given to the Medes and Persians. [Foretold in Isa. 21:2, 5, 9.] 29 Then Belshazzar commanded, and Daniel was clothed with purple and a chain of gold put about his neck, and a proclamation was made concerning him that he should be the third ruler in the kingdom.
Footnotes: Daniel 5:25
For many people it may be difficult to understand why all the wise men, the magicians, the soothsayers, the Chaldeans, and the astrologers were unable to translate a few simple words, especially when Daniel’s prescribed education in languages was the same as their own—and he had no difficulty translating.
The answer is that any wise man who was present there probably could recognize the four inscribed words, but only the uncompromising man of God—who knew God through daily fellowship and communion with Him, who was so dedicated to Him that God could speak to him and through him—only such a man could tell what the words really meant.
Blessed (happy, fortunate, prosperous, and enviable) are those who dare to be a Daniel!
- Susan O’Marra