Posted on April 15, 2010 by braidedcord. He had hundreds of concubines, many stables with the best horses, many wives, lots of pieces of gold. ie a cord is strengthened when there are three. Ecclesiastes 4:8 . Change ), self-reflections of a newbie minister, as I seek to watch my life and doctrine closely (1 Tim 4:16), Reflections on GAFCON #3: Suffering for the gospel, Reflections on GAFCON #2: First reason for going, and was it worth it. Jon & Jessica, the two of you are life-long companions of each other. They would rather mock us for our beliefs and demand signs and wonders to appease their foolish thinking. Printed on a sheet of 3/4″ thick maple wood. Chapter 4 of Ecclesiastes is a prime example of Solomon's various thoughts as it relates to one central, overriding theme. The proverbs are molded into clusters, and furthermore there is a unifying plot line that organizes the units together. Therefore, we must adhere to Scripture's teaching which declares, Are we pessimistic or optimistic? June 7, 2010 kozdesign Leave a comment Go to comments. "A triple braided cord is not easily broken" Ecclesiastes 4:12. We need salvation that not only secures our eternal resting place, but compels us to love our neighbor and endure suffering for the advancement of the Gospel. Therefore, what hope do we have to compel us to remain steadfast in the face of trial and persecution? I don’t think you can plait two cords, so it wouldn’t make sense to refer to a two fold cord. The temptation we must guard ourselves against is to react sinfully toward all that is going on around us. Change ), You are commenting using your Facebook account. By Drs. RECENT POSTS. ( Log Out /  I heartily agree. Ecclesiastes 4:12 . As mentioned in the previous lesson, there are things in life that we cannot avoid... a. There is one alone, and there is not a second; or, without a second—a solitary being, without partner, relation, or friend. And He will judge the living and the dead according to His Word, regardless of whether mankind repents or not. Realists or dreamers? Here, he says, is another instance of man's inability to secure his own happiness. I made a passing comment when looking at loneliness that I didn’t think the three fold cord of verse 12 was about marriage, nor the trinity. There seems to be nothing in the context of the statement to suggest the particular relationship of marriage all of a sudden. Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. Someone, somewhere will always have more. Rather, we must open our hearts to the realization that those who claim to be truly "living" apart from Christ are already dead to begin with, shackled by their pride, self-righteous attitudes, and false sense of security. - AFTB. Ecclesiastes 5:1-7 (Devotion) FEAR GOD - "Guard your steps when you go to the house of God. What is interesting to note within Solomon's theme of "evil under the sun" is the emphasis he places on the role and importance of relationships and community, for pity the man who falls and has no one to lend a hand to help him up. Car Magnet PRAYER … This literary device makes comparisons by using the term “better.” He first uses “better” in verse 3, then again in verse 6, and finally in verse … 4:12). And if one can overpower him who is alone, two can resist him. New Bible Reflections Life, through the lens of The Scriptures. Change ), You are commenting using your Google account. Before we start studying Ecclesiastes 12 meaning I want to deal with a few matters before we get into the text. In this instance, Solomon focuses on the evils of life we experience this side of heaven; tragic events that weigh on our psyche and drive our minds into hopelessness and despair. Together we gain strength to face the world and with God we find meaning in it. To get a proper understanding of those verses, let’s read Ecclesiastes 4:7-12, “Then I returned, and I saw vanity under the sun. That explanation of why a two-fold cord isnt used is where my money is. Ecclesiastes 4:1-16 (Devotion) EVIL UNDER THE SUN - "Again I saw all the oppressions that are done under the sun. That is why. Ecclesiastes 4:12. The vanity of life is increased by oppression, Ecclesiastes 4:1-3; by envy, Ecclesiastes 4:4; by idleness, Ecclesiastes 4:5.The misery of a solitary life, and the advantages of society, Ecclesiastes 4:6-12.A poor and wise child; better than an old and foolish king, Ecclesiastes 4:13.The uncertainty of popular favor, Ecclesiastes 4:14-16. My wife and I, in fact, interpreted the text this way when we chose it as a motto for our marriage. - - - - - - - Even in our biblically illiterate society, everyone knows the line: "To everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven." The reality is that the generation in which we live predominately does not share our faith and hope in Christ. Now, I know nothing about cords and whether or not it is possible to do with four or more. It seems like another proverb. The neighbor's grass will always seem greener. The topic of God is not present in the pericope – so why assume it, even mystically, at the end? What is most intriguing from Solomon's perspective is the advantage those who have already died have over those who are currently living, as well as the unborn who have yet to taste the bitterness of human existence. (Eccl 4:12) Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves.The single traveler may be overcome by a bandit; safety is found in numbers. II. So, what does the statement ‘a threefold cord is not quickly broken’ relate to? The intimacy of personal relationships is paramount to our survival on earth. What we need is revival. The book… What does this have to do with a three fold cord? Like a lot of Ecclesiastes, the writer (who I  refer to as Qohelet – a story for another day), makes a bold statement up front. From this point on you are each other's best friend and companion. s’abaisse … la meule. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. From the beginning of creation, God saw that being alone was not sufficient for man. Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. I certainly have never seen a cord of two. Ecclesiastes 4:12 provides us with an example of a peculiarity of Hebrew writing that is seen in a number of places in the Old Testament. . The basic message of the book is that a life not centered on God is purposeless and meaningless. Malgré sa jeunesse, Timothée doit être le modèle des fidèles, s’appliquer à son œuvre, ne point négliger le don de Dieu qui est en lui (12-14). Maybe they are all illustrations of a road trip. Reading this text back into Ecclesiastes 4:12 could lead us to the idea that the ideal situation for a person is to have a proper relationship with both a partner and with God. Hence I think it most closely relates to the opening proverb of two being better than one. On the side of their oppressors there was power, and there was no one to comfort them. Verses 7 and 8 are about the futility, the vanity of not having an heir to all the rewards of your toil. Indeed, a threefold cord with God as the central thread binding two followers of Christ together is not easily broken. — 1 Timothy 6:17 The question to be answered is. So I don’t think a three fold cord is two people plus God. If you don’t know, basically, the author – whom we know as the Preacher – he describes some of the difficulties associated with growing old. Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 (God-Centred Marriage) GOD-CENTRED MARRIAGE (Ecclesiastes 4:9-12): “Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work (the investment they put into their relationship): (1) If one falls down, his friend can help him up. October 11, 2016 ... "THE BOOK OF ECCLESIASTES" Wisdom To Endure Life's Vanities - II (10:1-11:8) by Mark Copeland "THE BOOK OF ECCLESIASTES" Wisdom To Endure Life's Vanities - II (10:1-11:8) INTRODUCTION 1. . Ecclesiastes 5:18-20 “Reflection” Bible Memory Verse for the Week: Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Maybe they are relating to the journey of life. But, with right, Ginsburg remarks that nowhere else - neither at Ecclesiastes 2:24, nor Ecclesiastes 3:22; Ecclesiastes 5:17; Ecclesiastes 8:15; Ecclesiastes 9:7 - is this moral rendering given to the ultimatum; also טוב ור, 13 a, presupposes for לע טוב a eudemonistic sense. None of us knows the kind of road the Lord has in mind for you. I guess I don’t want to read into it, or any part of the Bible, things that aren’t there. ( Log Out /  - The third instance shows the value of the protection afforded by a companion's presence when danger threatens. But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up! The next part of the travel will take me to Ecclesiastes 1-4. To review where I’ve been over the last few weeks along with a synopsis of the answers, I wrote a poem at this link: Lessons From the Book of Esther. La bouche n’a plus grand-chose à dire. A sense of victory doesn't come from frenzied work. I was preaching last night on Ecclesiastes 4 and looking at various aspects of relationships ‘under the sun’. As they travel and one falls, as they try to keep warm at night, or as they are set upon by another, it is better for there to be two rather than one. What follows in v10-12 are three illustrations to support the main point of v9. Thank you for the suggestion about the additive nature of the “three-fold cord.” I.e. ( Log Out /  But how can one keep warm alone? Truthfully. For in all sincerity, how we view life will determine whether we react or respond to it. There is no indication that the discussion has shifted to consider the relationships between the three persons of the trinity. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken. Reflections on Ecclesiastes 1-3 From deep within the Old Testament comes an oft misunderstood book from the tradition of wisdom literature. Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 NIV. The units fall into the three categories of recollections, reflections, and mood pieces. Change ), You are commenting using your Twitter account. Reflection / Devotion / Commentary Monday, April 4, 2016. And I declared that the dead, who had already died, are happier than the living, who are still alive. A two fold cord is just a loop of one cord joined to another! 4 (12-6) où les deux battants de la porte se ferment sur la rue quand s’abaisse le bruit de la meule, où l’on se lève au chant de l’oiseau, où s’affaiblissent toutes les filles du chant, battants … se ferment. If you’ve ever read the book of Ecclesiastes you’re probably aware of the contents of this last chapter. It’s like a teacher who tells us the main point of the lesson at the beginning and then fleshes out what they mean by it. Verse And if one prevail against him, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken.- King James Version Oppression, Toil, Friendlessness - Again I looked and saw all the oppression that was taking place under the sun: I saw the tears of the oppressed— and they have no comforter; power was on the side of their oppressors— and they have no comforter. Pain is inevitable, oppression exists, truth is relative, jealousy and envy consume our thoughts, and evil runs rampant through the heart of man. Two hundred dollars is better than one hundred. To draw near to listen is better than to offer the sacrifice of fools, for they do not know that they are doing evil. Verse 9 starts a different train of thought with the proverbial statement: Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. Ecclesiastes 4:12 (NASB) Two televisions is better than one. self-reflections of a newbie minister, as I seek to watch my life and doctrine closely (1 Tim 4:16) Home; About; Home > Ecclesiastes, Evening Church, Preaching, Sermon > Ecclesiastes 4.12 – the three fold cord Ecclesiastes 4.12 – the three fold cord. If I think it makes sense where it belongs, then that’s more often than not, going to be my understanding. Du non-sens - L'Ecclésiaste (Lectio divina) (French Edition): Asurmendi, Jesus: Amazon.com.au: Books A cord of three strands is not quickly broken. (Eccl 4.9). In the face of rampant evil, He alone provides the only escape route from bondage and oppression. Instead, like Paul, I must learn to be content no matter the circumstances (Phil. “I don’t think you can plait two cords, so it wouldn’t make sense to refer to a two fold cord.”. Bible Reflections Life, through the lens of the Scriptures. There is no reference to moral rectitude in the reflection, ... Ecclesiastes 4:12. And if one prevail against him, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken. Our judgment is impaired because of our pride and we no longer see danger from afar, but exist in communion with all the evil under the sun Satan throws our way. We all know this. BRAIDED CORD’S vision is to unify like minded believers together in Christ; and to go out on missions to share His light to the world! Verse 12. "THE BOOK OF ECCLESIASTES" Chapter Twelve OBJECTIVES IN STUDYING THIS CHAPTER 1) To consider what further counsel the Preacher offers to the young 2) To note what happens to the spirit when the body dies 3) To hear the Preacher's conclusion after his search for the meaning of life "under the sun" SUMMARY The final chapter begins with a continuation of advice directed to the young. A Time for Everything - There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under the heavens: a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build, a time to weep and … Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. Skip to content. Conseils à Timothée sur son ministère. December 15 th, 2013. Another reflection serves to confirm the uselessness of human efforts. Such was it when I recently read Ecclesiastes 4:12: Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. Reflection / Devotion / Commentary Friday, April 1, 2016. The vanity under the sun is now avarice, with the evils that accompany it. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. For no matter what oppression we experience this side of heaven, the Lord declares, NOTE: For further worship and reflection, click on the following link to listen to. We cannot clench our fists in unrighteous anger toward one another. This is also why I don’t think it is about the trinity. Two are better, he says, and, as you know, cords of three aren’t quickly broken. I’ve since realised I should have substantiated that comment. Les and Leslie Parrott April 20, 2015 February 23rd, 2018 Scripture. Thus we see how ephemeral even royal power is. Thus we see in this text a reflection of the theme in Ecclesiastes that there is a continual succession in life with one thing coming after another and the older things not really being remembered or regarded. In other words, Solomon's final determination is that the world in which we live is so cruel and bathed in suffering that life is not worth living. Hopeless or hopeful? Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. Contentment is at the root of my yearning for work-life balance. ( Log Out /  The three ‘if’ clauses of Ecclesiastes 4:10-12 shows that he is not simply stating that having two of something is better than having one. He presents his conclusion and then goes on to justify it. Explain for me Ecclesiastes 4:9-12. Mar 7, 2017 - Art print of wedding of a couple with Christ at the center of the marriage and featuring the words of Ecclesiastes 4:12. I don’t think this is referring in particular to a marriage situation. According to Ecclesiastes, this is old-fashioned envy, and it never leads to contentment. Turn, Turn, Turning No More: An Eschatological Reflection on Ecclesiastes 3:1-11 In Christ Qoheleth's seasons have run out; The church's patience bleeds its time without. It builds on the argument that one on its own isn’t as good. A … This Bible oriented blog reflects my understanding that The Word of God is with us daily; in all that we see and do. Although Ecclesiastes is wisdom literature, it does not read like a typical collection of proverbs. . But if we live apart from community, thinking more highly of ourselves than we ought like an old and foolish king who no longer knew how to take advice, we live blind to our own blindness. Qohelet is talking about friendship, companionship or mateship. two is better than one; three is even better. (2) Also, if two lie down together, they will keep warm. 10/12/16 "THE BOOK OF ECCLESIASTES" Epilogue & Conclusion (12:8-14) by Mark Copeland "THE BOOK OF ECCLESIASTES" Epilogue & Conclusion (12:8-14) INTRODUCTION 1. And behold, the tears of the oppressed, and they had no one to comfort them! From now on you travel the same road. But how can one k In some ways it’s another illustration from what we know of life, that the weight of numbers brings benefit. A cord of three strands is not quickly torn apart. One Comment . Posted on Mar 7, 2016. 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