Ecclesiastes – Chapter 11

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Verse 1 – Cast your bread upon the waters, for you will find it after many days.

I love this verse, because it says many things in just one sentence. I’ll try not to write a book about it.

If you’ve never read the parable of the sower and the seed, please do so. You can find it in Luke chapter 8 or Matthew chapter 13. But this verse concerns two precepts. One being in business adventures; how to avoid poverty by prudent and wise in decisions; taking a risk. We all need a certain amount of prosperity to have a good life and help those in need. The old saying, “Don’t put all your eggs in one basket,” is to not put all your money in one adventure to get a return.

The verse says to cast our bread upon the waters – plural. Bread can be the bread of life – God’s Word. When the Word, which is the seed,  is sown, we don’t just plant one little seed and expect a great harvest. We keep sowing; keep speaking; and keep sharing. Some will listen and take it to heart, some will listen for a time, but we cast it on many people in many places, and soon after, we will see the harvest.

Verse 2 – Give a serving to seven, and also to eight, for you do not know what evil will be on the earth. This verse refers to investment not charity.

Verse 3 – If the clouds are full of rain, they empty themselves upon the earth, and if a tree falls to the south or the north, in the place where the tree falls, there it shall lie.

Verse 4 – He who observes the wind will not sow, and he who regards the clouds will not reap.

Always waiting for the perfect condition means, more than likely to do nothing.

Verse 5 – As you do not know what is the way of the wind, or how the bones grow in the womb of her who is with child, so you do not know the works of God who makes all things.

Just as we don’t know which way the wind will go, neither do we know how God joined the soul and the spirit to the body in the womb. His mighty works are a mystery to us.

Verse 6 – In the morning sow your seed, and in the evening do not withhold your hand; for you do not know which will prosper, either this or that, or whether both alike will be good.

The Bible tells us to not grow weary in doing good (Galatians 6:9). Be ready at all times to sow mercy and continue till evening. Work hard in the hope that at lest one or a few will take root, whether in word or deed.

Verse 7 – Truly the light is sweet, and it is pleasant for the eyes to behold the sun;

Verse 8 – But if a man lives many years and rejoices in them all, yet let him remember the days of darkness, for they will be many. All that is coming is vanity.

In the Bible, light is often associated with life and darkness with death. So saying light is sweet it’s saying, “It’s good to be alive.” In contrast to darkness: Life is short, but death is much longer. Make sure you make the right choice while living.

Verse 9 – Rejoice, O young man, in your youth, and let your heart cheer you in the days of your youth; walk in the ways of your heart, and in the sight of your eyes; but know for all these God will bring you into judgement.

Verse 10 – Therefore, remove sorrow from your heart, and put away evil from your flesh, for childhood and youth are vanity.

We are to beware of the choices we make in our youth, because the wrong choice can bring misery for a lifetime – when we are old. On the other hand, choosing to live for Christ when young, will bring blessing throughout life and joy when we are old.

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