Grace Bible Church
Robert R. McLaughlin
January 13, 2019
Even though our Lord knew the plan of God for His life, He did not let that rulership to dictate to Him how he should live His life for others.
Notice what our Lord was thinking at the end of verse 2 where we read that His job or profession did not stop Him from doing so.
(1) This individual was said to be a rich man was called a "chief tax‑gatherer" whose one responsibility was collecting money from other Jews, as well as being rich himself.
Being someone who was known as a "chief tax-gatherer" our Lord did not let Himself be controlled by anything that He was trying so hard to get away from.
For our Lord was trying very hard to destroy the motivations that He had to have to be motivated by the inner happiness and contentment that God the Father had for all of us.
"Are you ready to increase rather than to decease your spiritual relationship with our Lord"?
Here it is in totality JOH 3:30 "He must increase, but I must decrease.
What about the words that you studied and that you also stopped them from multiplying God's life within you or with anyone!
Are you ready to believe what those words that you said were just for you or "Are you ready to increase your love for our God who lives and abides upon us forever?"
(1) This individual was said to be a rich man was called a "chief tax‑gatherer" = the responsibility was collecting money from other Jews, as well as being rich himself.
(2) We are ready because He made us ready.
Our Lord was very happy and content then we noted that the blessings that we received were outstanding blessings that we enjoyed habitually, from that very same goal.
We are now ready and prepared to satisfy our Lord in revealing God's plans for changing our plans over to Him.
We all have a unique spiritual life which also has ways of doing such things that our enemy desires to trap us with , Satan, and the Kingdom of God wants to fight with.
Without a relationship with God and seeing things from the divine viewpoint of life, all of these things are meaningless.
Fatalism comes from the Latin fatum meaning "that which the gods ordain to happen."
Although we believe in divine timing and that there is a time ordained by God for us to function in these areas, when Solomon writes this, he is not viewing it from divine viewpoint.
We believe that God gives you a certain amount of time that you might use it for His glory.
ISA 43:7 "Everyone who is called by My name, I have created for My glory, Those whom I have formed, even whom I have made."
God has created you for His glory and until you believe that and then live for that purpose, you will never find true happiness and contentment in life.
The mature believer regards every day as the Lord's day, Rom 14:5‑6.
Every day we live is a gracious gift from God and it should be a day that we have time set aside for our relationship with Him.
The only time we possess to honor God in this life is the number of days He provides for us in the Christian life, Psa 90:12; Jam 4:13‑15.
JAM 4:14 "Yet you do not know what your life will be like tomorrow. You are just a vapor that appears for a little while and then vanishes away."
JOB 23:12 "I have not departed from the command of His lips; I have treasured the words of His mouth more than my necessary food."
"treasured" is the verb tsaphan which means to esteem; to admire, appreciate, respect, and even worship.
Psa 56:4 In God, whose word I praise, in God I have put my trust;
Psa 56:10 In God, whose word I praise, in the Lord, Whose Word I praise,
Every day is a day when we should be learning doctrine and preparing ourselves to glorify God.
Psa 102:23 "In the course of my life, He broke my strength, He cut short my days."
Eph 5:16‑17 "Constantly buying time, because the days are evil. Because of this, stop being ignorant, but completely understand the will [purpose] of the Lord."
The Philosopher William James said, "The great use for one's life is to spend it for something that will outlast it!
God's timing is perfect and if you are in fellowship with Him, you will have peace of mind with everything you do.
If you are not in fellowship with God and you do not have doctrine resident in your soul, you will concede with Solomon in ECC 3:9 What profit is there to the worker from that in which he toils?
Regardless of the circumstances and events that surround your birth, God gave you life at that moment, so that was the right time for you to be born.
You had nothing to say about your birth and that's why your timing was perfect!
You did not choose your parents; God did.
You did not choose your birthday; God did.
Your volition wasn't involved at all.
If you have any complaints about your parents or your birth, your timing is off!
Don't say you were born too late or too early or you would have been better off if you lived during another generation.
God is perfect, His ways are perfect and you and I were born under the perfect timing of God.
If we complain about anything related to our birth or our environment, or our parents, or our home, we are blaspheming God.
Anyone who resents his parents or his early environment, no matter how bad or how good it was, is totally out of sync with life.
Every time you use your environment as an excuse for your bad habits or your bad decisions, you are so far out of line that you are disoriented to life.
All your bad habits and bad timing can only be corrected by believing in Christ and then taken in His word on a consistent basis.
We are all on God's timetable regarding when we are born and when we die.
Only our perception of what's happening can be wrong, and that will be brought out in this passage.
People are often bitter, upset, and disturbed because of the way someone they love dies, putting themselves out of God's timing for the rest of their lives, as if somehow everything in life is unfair to them.
There is a lot of unfairness in the world, but the minute you react, you're out of God's timing.
Look at all the people who complain about their birth, their parents, their home, their environment, and their circumstances right now.
Becoming very pushy and trying desperately to make things happen is a sign of being on your own timing.
Your wrong timing as a believer will destroy you and make you miserable in life.
Timing is simply defined as the selection of the best time for doing something in order to achieve the desired effect with maximum results.
For the Church-age believer, timing is a matter of adjusting to and synchronizing with the PPOG.
Every time we make a decision that is contrary to some principle found in the word of God, contrary to the mechanics of the PPOG, then we are out of sync with God's plan.
"Bad Timing = a matter of being out of fellowship, falling apart; under pressure; being out of the will of God, having the wrong priorities, making the wrong decisions.
Above all, bad timing is lost opportunity under the equal privilege and equal opportunity of God's plan.
The Hebrew for plant is nata which means to plant, to work, to invest.
Solomon is saying that God has allotted or assigned to you a profession, a business, or a job and also the time to put into that job.
Planting and plowing describe an agricultural economy at the time that Solomon wrote this.
In our day, "there is a right time to invest and there is a right time to reap from that investment."
There is always a right time in business, in the stock market, to buy property, to get into your own business, etc.
This verse says that whatever you do in life by way of making a living, there's a right time and a wrong time.
You were born at the right time and you will die at the right time because those are God's decisions.
Once you're alive, you must make decisions in life.
Knowing when to plant and when to plow is a matter of understanding the soil, the weather and what crops you're trying to produce.
Timing in life is a matter of knowing what you want to do in life, what business you want to be involved in, what you want to do to make money to sustain yourself.
If you don't look at life from the divine viewpoint and you just look at it like life "under the sun".....time is meaningless even when you're doing what you're supposed to be doing.
Uproot is the Hebrew verb aqar which means to root up; to destroy, to exterminate.
Before you can replant after your crop grows you must destroy the old to make room for the new.
This is also means that there could be a time in your life for you to uproot or destroy or to exterminate that which you have been planting.
The key again is being in fellowship with God and He is not the author confusion.
If changes need to be made, God has His ways of revealing that to you.
Don't try to hold on to something that God has taken away.
The Hebrew verb for kill is harag which means to kill the enemy in battle or to execute the criminal.
If you are in the military or law enforcement, there are times when you must practice violence.
In the laws of divine establishment, capital punishment is the way that crime is controlled.
As a result of following this principle, the Jews didn't even need jails.
A "time to kill" refers not only to capital punishment for criminals, but also to the fact that when you serve your country in the military, you should kill the enemy, for that is your job.
You are not a murderer, it is honorable to kill in war, not dishonorable.
The Bible does not say "You shall not kill", it says "You shall not murder."
There is a time to kill and a time to heal.
If you kill when it's time to heal then you're a murderer.
The verb to heal is rapha which means to heal; to bind up wounds, to heal medically, physically, to restore life; to save life; to mend or repair; reconcile.
A time to tear down is the Hebrew paratz which means to demolish, or to break away.
The Hebrew banah is used for construction of something wonderful, something great, it can also mean to repair something.
A time to tear down means to demolish certain things in our life or to break away from those things.|
There's even a time when we need to break away from certain people.
The Hebrew word banah is used for construction of something wonderful, something great, it can also mean to repair something.
It could refer to a friendship, a relationship, a family matter etc.
You never confuse the time to weep and the time to laugh, because once you are in sync with God's plan, you'll know when it's time for both.
God has allotted a certain amount of time in your life for laughing and dancing and weeping and mourning.
Many pastors spend all of their time trying to set people "straight" rather than just teaching the word of God and letting God do it!
There's a time to laugh even when you're behind the pulpit!
If your timing is right, you will enjoy the laughter and the dance and you will also have peace and tranquility while you are weeping and while you are mourning.
Laughter and weeping are used here as opposites yet they are a direct relationship between the mentality of the soul and the emotions.
The verb to weep is bakah and it means legitimate weeping not operation cry baby or the tears of bitterness but an expression of emotion!
Our Lord wept at the tomb of Lazarus, Joh 11:35.
This was weeping of bereavement, indicating our Lord's great capacity for love.
Our Lord wept out of patriotism in Luk 19:41, because of the coming destruction of Jerusalem.
Our Lord also wept at the cross, Heb 5:7; Psa 22.
This expressed the manliness and maturity of Christ.
He could cry and scream under the horribleness of spiritual death and still orient to the grace of God and pray.
Laugh is the Hebrew verb sachaq which refers to legitimate humor because of relaxation not laughing at foolishness or to hurt someone or to make fun of them and mock them.
I hope my children will not remember me so much as a serious person but as a person that it was fun to be with!
God has appointed us times of tension and times of relaxation and if we have doctrine in our souls, we can enjoy both!
God has given us a certain amount of legitimate pressure and relaxation.
A time to mourn is the kal infinitive construct of caphad which means to weep or to beat the breast and it's used for mourning for loved ones at a funeral.
There's a certain amount of time that God has set aside to mourn for those who have died but, only a certain amount of time and then you must pick up the pieces and move on.
You remember them in your soul but you are not to beat your breasts for them over and over again such as weeping over the grave and putting yourself in agony of mind.
If you desire to go to the grave of a loved one, there's nothing wrong with that nor is there anything wrong with memories that may bring tears to your eyes.
A time to dance is the kal infinitive construct of raqad which means to dance as an expression of pleasure and happiness not as the sexual expressions of today.
C.S. Lewis probably said it best, he said "Pain is God's megaphone. He whispers to us in our pleasures but He shouts to us in our pain."
I've seen families throughout my ministry draw strength from one another while in mourning over the death of a loved one.
I have seen that same family laugh and enjoy each others' company right at the funeral.
"gather" = s the Hebrew verb kanac which means to collect materials for building; to collect stones for construction, or to clear a field for plowing, or to prepare the military with weaponry.
Jer 1:10 "See, I have appointed you this day over the nations and over the kingdoms, To pluck up and to break down, To destroy and to overthrow, To build and to plant."
When God gives you rest and peace from problems and difficulties, whether it's to your nation collectively or you individually, it's time to build and prosper.
2CH 14:7 "For he said to Judah, "Let us build these cities and surround them with walls and towers, gates and bars. The land is still ours,
Just like we have a certain amount of time in our lives when we are called to war or peace.
If it's not literal war, it is the spiritual warfare of Eph 6:12.
There is time when destruction is the only alternative, however, a constructive soul with inner grace and inner power can handle the destruction!
Knowing when to be constructive and knowing when to be destructive takes greater wisdom than any of us really have.