(3:1-8) "To everything there is a season."
Some nice poetry and a great Byrds song. ("Turn, Turn, Turn" -- written by Pete Seeger)
(3:1) "To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:"
(3:2) "A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;"
(3:3) "A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;"
To kill or not to kill.
(3:4) "A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;"
Is it OK to dance?
(3:5) "A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;"
(3:6) "A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;"
(3:7) "A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;"
Should we rend our clothes?
(3:8) "A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace."
(3:11a) "He hath made every thing beautiful."
Everything is beautiful in its own way. Parasitic worms, cancer cells, bubonic plague. You just have to look at it from God's eyes.
"No man can find out the work that God maketh."
Science is impossible. We can learn nothing at all about the natural world.
(3:12-13) Strive to enjoy and do good in this life. You only get one chance.
(3:12) "I know that there is no good in them, but for a man to rejoice,
and to do good in his life."
(3:13) "Every man should eat and drink, and enjoy the good of all his
(3:14) "God doeth it, that men should fear before him."
Should we fear God?
(3:15) "That which hath been is now; and that which is to be hath already been;
and God requireth that which is past."
God makes everything happen over and over.
(3:19-22) Men and animals both die and their spirits
don't survive death.
Is death final?
Does hell exist?
(3:19) "For that which befalleth the sons of men befalleth beasts; even one thing befalleth them: as the one dieth,
so dieth the other; yea, they have all one breath; so that a man hath no preeminence above a beast: for all is vanity."
(3:20) "All go unto one place; all are of the dust, and all turn to dust again."
(3:21) "Who knoweth the spirit of man that goeth upward, and the spirit of the beast that goeth downward to the earth?"
(3:22) "Wherefore I perceive that there is nothing better, than that a man should rejoice in his own works."