Remember Your Creator
31 May 2020 AM – Ecclesiastes 11-12 – Ecc20 – Scott Childs
Welcome: Welcome to our Sunday morning online church service.
Introduction: (George Wald in “Innovation and Biology,” Scientific American, Vol. 199, Sept. 1958, p. 100) “There are only two possibilities as to how life arose. One is spontaneous generation arising to evolution; the other is a supernatural creative act of God. There is no third possibility. Spontaneous generation, that life arose from non-living matter was scientifically disproved 120 years ago by Louis Pasteur and others. That leaves us with the only possible conclusion that life arose as a supernatural creative act of God. I will not accept that philosophically because I do not want to believe in God. Therefore, I choose to believe in that which I know is scientifically impossible; spontaneous generation arising to evolution.” The Bible states, (Psalms 53:1) “The fool hath said in his heart, There is no God…” The complexity of every atom in the universes declares the glory of its divine Creator. In Isaiah 45:12 God states, “I have made the earth, and created man upon it: I, even my hands, have stretched out the heavens, and all their host have I commanded.“
Transition: As Solomon ends the book of Ecclesiastes, he gives you four important reminders about your Creator that you ought to heed.
Your first reminder in (Ecc 11:1-6) is that …
You do not know as much as your Creator
a. You do not know the future
1) Casting your bread upon the waters (11:1) pictures being hospitable and helping others. You never know what might come from your hospitality. (Hebrews 13:2) “Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.“
2) Giving a portion to seven and also to eight (11:2) pictures generosity. It is giving more than what is expected. It may be in kindness, in work, in food, in money or something else. You do not know what evil may come that your generosity may help. A little love goes a long way to a needy soul.
b. You do not know how to control nature
1) You cannot control the rain (11:3).
2) You cannot control which way a tree will fall. I have cut down many trees. I used wedges to encourage the tree to fall where I wanted it to fall, but I had little control.
3) Farmers may watch the wind and the clouds to make farming decisions (11:4), but weather changes and man has no say.
c. You do not know how to create life
1) You do not know how the life and bones of a child in the womb grow (11:5). God affirms that life begins at conception; how it takes place is a mystery.
2) You do not know whether the seeds you plant in your garden will sprout, grow and produce or not (11:6).
God is the Creator of all and He knows all these answers (11:5)