In this sermon, we continue our exposition of Jesus's message in Luke chapter 6. We look at his third blessing and woe, and explain how we as Christians can be sorrowful yet always rejoicing in this life, as we look forward to the glories of the next.
Today we're taking a closer look at the second chapter of the Book of Ecclesiastes.
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God writes the script of human history. And he is in back of every event - even when people don't realize it, or recognize Him. You' learn in this message how Queen Vashti's saying "No!" to King Abasuerus starts a chain reaction without which we would have no hope in the world. Learn how counterfeit sovereigns cannot do what only the true Sovereign King Jesus can do.
The Merchant Man is the person who is seeking the best and most beautiful things that life has to offer from all that God has made or given. This merchant man here in this Parable was seeking beautiful pearls, Jesus says. As to what this represents, we can say that in seeking for beautiful pearls he was seeking for things most precious. He is seeking for things of great and lasting beauty and value. He is seeking to have joy and delight in having all these pearls to himself. That is, he was seeking for the things of this world which God has made or that he could experience in relation to what God had made or given him in life. He was seeking to find long lasting joy in the experience of having them or owning them.
Living by the Word.Psalms 1:1-6 Someone has said that happiness is the seed and happiness shared is the flower. A happy person produces flowers for others. They bear fruit and they prosper in all they do.This person in Psalms 1 is not only blessed but they are a blessing to others. They are fruitful and productive with others enjoying the blessings that flow from the life they are experiencing.Real happiness does not depend on what is going on around you.You can be in the middle of a storm and still be happy. It depends on where your source of happiness is. If being happy depends on good things happening to you then bad things will make you unhappy.But if the source of your happiness is the river of God your happiness is not dictated by what is happening around you or to you.The blessed man guards his life by guiding his life by God's Word.
Mirth perfectly describes the atmosphere found in comedy clubs or in theaters (including at home) playing a funny comedy flick. But when that is your source of happiness and joy, it is empty and when a person does not have Christ in his or her life, they are left with a heaviness of depression.
Ever see someone who appears happy only to find out they are miserable. You can rest assured that this is the reality behind the out expressions of happiness and joy among those who do not know Jesus Christ. And, sadly, is true of Christians who are not walking with the Lord as they ought.