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Study_1051 – Fearing God does us good – Ecclesiastes 5:1-7

Study_1051 – Fearing God does us good – Ecclesiastes 5:1-7

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TOPIC: “Fearing God Does Us Good” Ecclesiastes 5:1-7

By instinct the human being is religious. But, it is not necessarily good. At all times it is bad. Men think that with religiosity they can hide the need for their salvation, this being a gift from God. With religiosity an external ritual is made without an internal reality! Because he is a vain man, he seeks to hide behind a life of empty religiosity.

I. Advice given by Solomon to abstain from formalism and exteriority when it comes to a relationship with God.

A. “…but you, fear God.” (Vs. 7) You will do well!

  1. Solomon advises to look carefully at the steps that will be taken when going to the house of God (Vs. 1).
  2. It is to be aware of all reverence in general.
  3. This verse is very specific in terms of being more willing to learn in the house of God than to engage there in speaking a lot of imprudent words.
  4. Hasty promises are the sacrifice of fools (Vs. 2-3).
  5. Solomon takes us prudently and with all reverence to the house of God so that we may see what our duty is there, after having departed from the world when he sees his vanity.
  6. Disappointments with creatures help us LOOK UP TO THE CREATOR!
  7. In God’s Word and in prayer there is balm for all wounds!
  8. Here, in these verses, Solomon commands us to behave properly in the house of God.
  9. To watch our behavior there, to approach with an attitude of obedience to hear.
  10. (Vs. 2) When worshiping one should avoid imprudence in prayers, in the promises.
  11. In the presence of the Almighty (in worship) is not the place to speak in a rash (fast) or compulsive (with an impulse) way.
  12. The fact that God is infinitely tall (is far above man), just as heaven is from earth, should teach man to restrain his words when he approaches Him!
  13. His infinite majesty and greatness demand from the humble creature an inner reverence and paucity (sobriety, moderation) of words.
  14. (Vs. 3) Just as the many worries spoil the rest of the night, so the many words obscure the meaning of the expression.
  15. An overactive mind can produce idle talk, a torrent of often foolish words, even in prayer!
  16. Alexander Pope said: “Words are like leaves, where they abound more less fruit can be found.”
  17. (Vs. 4, 5) In the matter of making vows or promises to God, simple honesty demands that such vows be paid without delay.
  18. The fool who releases a storm of words, but then does not comply, is of no use to God!
  19. Therefore, the advice is this: FULFILL WHAT YOU PROMISE!
  20. The vow is binding (Deuteronomy 23:22).
  21. Only with its faithful fulfillment is one released of it.
  22. (Vs. 5) If you do not intend to comply, start by not promising!
  23. Solomon knew the ease with which man commits himself to God when he finds himself in desperate and dire situations. How many times have they said: “Oh Lord, if you take me out of this, I will serve you all my life.”?
  24. It is easy to quickly forget that promise when the maddening problem comes to an end.
  25. Also, in the moment of spiritual joy, it is very easy to make a vow of dedication, go to the missions, give aid, performs God’s work, etc.
  26. God has never asked the people for such vows; He puts the will as well as the act in the person!
  27. (Vs. 6) Do not let your mouth lead you to sin by breaking your vows.
  28. And don’t try to excuse yourself in front of God’s messenger by saying that it was ignorance and that you really didn’t mean what you said.
  29. In doing so we insult God, because He is not pleased with the foolish.
  30. Because, we hurt ourselves by incurring in the corresponding punishment.
  31. The excuses are useless!
  32. Why say things that are sure to make Him angry?
  33. This will inevitably cause Him to obstruct, frustrate and destroy everything you try to do.
  34. (Vs. 7) In the words spoken, as in the same way that there is tremendous unreality in the abundance of dreams, there is precipitously vanity and ruin!
  35. Solomon tells us that what we must do is, FEAR GOD! “…but you, fear God.”
  36. It is the fear of incurring in this fault in displeasure of the Almighty! Amen.


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