Church of Jesus EM

Sun, Dec 18, 2016

All the Toil Under the Sun


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All the Toil Under the Sun
(Ecc1:1-11; Rev14:13)

God is omniscient.
He watches over and
He remembers for generations to come (Ps33:13-15).

Faith is acknowledging Him and His omniscience, and
The life of this faith is toiling in order to receive God’s eternal comfort.

Everyone who wants to live must toil —
Whether a student, a soldier, a farmer or a laborer.
Among them, the ones who toil the most would probably be
Those who through painful labor give birth to children and raise them,
Though the children do not remember such toil.
Thus, all the toil under the sun are meaningless and meaningless (Ecc1:1, 11).

This is the price of the sin committed by Adam, the ancestor of all men,
For dust he is and to dust he will return (Ge3:4-6, 19).

Nevertheless, for the wages of the righteous is life (Pr10:16),
Like his name, Noah was comforted by God for his painful foil (Ge5:29) as
He and his family were saved by the ark which he built for decades and
Became an heir of righteousness (He11:7).

At the end of his servitude for 20 years
Jacob did not return home with empty hands but rather became wealthy (Ge31:42).
After decades of living in prison and as a stranger in a foreign land
God made Joseph to be fruitful in the land (Ge41:52).

As the Israelites left Egypt after 430 years of slavery (Ex12:35-36, 41),
They plundered their silver and gold, with which
They later built the sanctuary where the name for the Lord Jehovah was and
It reminded them to remember for generations
The God who watches over their painful toil and comforts them.

However, Yeshua said, “Destroy this temple and I will raise it again in three days” (Jn2:19), because
Through the death and the resurrection of the temple of His body,
He would tear down the temple built by the toil of sinners with earthly things and
Raise a new temple not part of this creation by the toil of the righteous (He9:11-12).

With one word He filled up with fish
Two boats that had been empty in spite of toiling all night (Lk5:4-8),
Revealing the toil of the righteous is not in vain.

As He died, Yeshua said, “It is finished” (Jn19:30), declaring that He:
1) Commended His soul to the Father at the height of His painful toils and sought only the
Father’s comfort (Lk23:46);
2) Condemned the devil who without any toil stole (1Jn3:8); and
3) Through painful labor of tearing His flesh gave birth to children of God (Rm8:9; 1Pe1:23).

His resurrection and ascension proved that
The wages of the righteous is life (Pr10:16).

The Holy Spirit whom He sent comes in the name Yeshua to believers and
Lets them know that the toil of the righteous is never in vain.

The man of the Spirit, therefore, is he who
Willingly works harder than anyone (1Co4:12, 15:10; Php2:16)
For His body the church, whatever the work (Col1:24; 2Co11:3-27)
Giving birth to children in the gospel through painful labor for
When his toil ends
He longs to rest in the Father’s house (Rev14:13).

O Lord,
This year has already reached its end.
It went by like a flash while I was busy with my day-to-day life.
How I meaninglessly spent the year 2016 which will never come back in my life…
Lord, if You allow me another year
Let me no longer live in vain and
Let me instead toil for Your name, Your church and the gospel!
Amen.
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