Remember also your Creator in the days of your youth, before the evil days come and the years draw near of which you will say, “I have no pleasure in them”; before the sun and the light and the moon and the stars are darkened and the clouds return after the rain, in the day when the keepers of the house tremble, and the strong men are bent, and the grinders cease because they are few, and those who look through the windows are dimmed, and the doors on the street are shut—when the sound of the grinding is low, and one rises up at the sound of a bird, and all the daughters of song are brought low— they are afraid also of what is high, and terrors are in the way; the almond tree blossoms, the grasshopper drags itself along, and desire fails, because man is going to his eternal home, and the mourners go about the streets—before the silver cord is snapped, or the golden bowl is broken, or the pitcher is shattered at the fountain, or the wheel broken at the cistern, and the dust returns to the earth as it was, and the spirit returns to God who gave it. Ecclesiastes 12:1-7 ESV
For as by a man came death, by a man has come also the resurrection of the dead. For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ shall all be made alive. I Corinthians 15:21-22 ESV
Have you ever hear this old riddle?
Little Nanny Etticoat
In a white petticoat
And a red nose.
The longer she stands,
The shorter she grows.
Who is Little Nanny Etticoat? A candle!
The Bible reading for today has a riddle kind of like that, and it’s talking about old age and death. Different people have some different opinions about this riddle, but when the sun, moon, and stars are darkened might be talking about the sadness and gloom of old age. The keepers of the house that tremble might be the arms, and the strong men that are bent could be the legs. Grinders are teeth, and many old people lose their teeth. Looking through windows that are dim might be talking about failing eyesight, while the doors to the street being shut so that the sound of grinding and the daughters of song are low could mean becoming hard of hearing. The almond tree blossoming might be hair becoming white. All of these are pictures of old age. Then there are pictures of death: mourners in the streets, the silver cord snapping, and a bowl, a pitcher, and a wheel breaking.
No one can escape death, and if you don’t die of an accident or disease, you will not escape old age and the wearing out of your body that goes with it. These are very depressing thoughts, and young people usually don’t like to think about old age and death. But the Bible says to remember your Creator when you are young. Old age and death are with us because of sin, and our God has a remedy for sin. He sent Jesus to be our Savior, and in Jesus we have eternal life. We will die someday, but death isn’t the end for us. Death takes us to our eternal home and brings our spirits back to the God who made us. Because of Jesus’ death and resurrection, not only will our spirits live on in God’s heavenly kingdom, but even our bodies will one day rise to a new life that will last forever!
Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for sending Jesus to give us life forever with you. In His Name, Amen.