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Summary: Life is full of tragedy—sickness, lost of jobs, lost of possessions, lost of health, and death. But the greatest tragedy in life is living a life apart from God.

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October 23, 2003

INTRODUCTION:

Cemetery Marker

Some time ago, a man was trying to trace his family origin. In the process of his research he visited several cemeteries collecting information from the markers. At one place he came across a monument with the following inscription:

Pause now stranger, as you pass by

As you are now, so once was I

As I am now, so soon you’ll be.

Prepare yourself to follow me.

Next to the marker, he noticed someone had placed a board with the following words:

To follow you, I’m not content

Until I know, which way you went.

BODY:

The Truth About Death

1. Death is inevitable

a. Hebrews 9:27 "And as it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment.”

b. Genesis 3:19, “In the sweat of thy face shalt thou eat bread, till thou return unto the ground; for out of it wast thou taken: for dust thou art, and unto dust shalt thou return.”

2. Death is impartial

a. It comes both to the young and the elderly

b. It comes both to a man and a woman

c. It comes to the rich and the poor

d. It comes to the educated and the less educated

3. Death is unpredictable

a. It takes us by surprise

b. It comes when we least expect it

c. It comes in the prime of life

d. Ecclesiastes 8:6-8, “Because to every purpose there is time and judgment, therefore the misery of man is great upon him. For he knoweth not that which shall be: for who can tell him when it shall be? There is no man that hath power over the spirit to retain the spirit; neither hath he power in the day of death: and there is no discharge in that war; neither shall wickedness deliver those that are given to it.”

Tragedies of life as Illustrated in the book of Job

1. Lost earning—Job 1:14

2. Lost possessions—Job 1:16

3. Lost health—Job 2:7

4. Lost friends—Job 2:11-13

5. Lost loved ones—Job 1:18-19

Greatest tragedy in life—Job 2:9

1. Lost integrity

2. Lost faith

3. Lost trust

4. Lost obedience

5. Lost God

a. The greatest in life in not the loss of employment, or the loss of material possessions, or the loss of one’s health, or the loss of friends, of the loss of a loved one.

b. The greatest tragedy in life is the loss of one’s faith.

c. The greatest tragedy in life is the loss of a personal God

d. There are some of us here who are no better than those who have died.

Lessons from Solomon’s life

1. Solomon spent most of his life establishing his kingdom.

2. He spent most of his time acquiring wealth and material possessions

3. He spent his life on women

4. At the end of his life, he realized that most of the things where he spent his life were meaningless

a. Wisdom is meaningless—Ecclesiastes 1:17, “And I gave my heart to know wisdom, and to know madness and folly: I perceived that this also is vexation of spirit.”

b. Pleasures are meaningless—Ecclesiastes 2:1, “I said in mine heart, Go to now, I will prove thee with mirth, therefore enjoy pleasure: and, behold, this also is vanity.”

c. Toil is meaningless—Ecclesiastes 2:17, “Therefore I hated life; because the work that is wrought under the sun is grievous unto me: for all is vanity and vexation of spirit.”


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