Monday, June 1 2015
Ecclesiastes 3: To Every Thing There Is A Season
"To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven"
The English-language word "season" originated from a Latin word, satio, that meant to sow i.e. spring (the English-language word "spring" itself originated from an Anglo-Saxon word, springan, that meant to rise, or to come forth). The term was later used to describe the other "seasons" of the year that have their own characteristics and purpose:
- "Summer" originated from an Anglo-Saxon word sumor, which meant warm i.e. to simmer
- "Autumn originated from a Latin word, atumnus that meant to increase i.e. the time of harvest
- "Winter" originated from an Anglo-Saxon word, vinter, that meant windy and wet
"Season" is used to translate a number of Hebrew words of the Holy Scriptures, including:
- The Hebrew word, pronounced yome, that means a duration of time. Example:
"15:3 Now for a long season Israel hath been without the true God, and without a teaching priest, and without law.
15:4 But when they in their trouble did turn unto the LORD God of Israel, and sought him, he was found of them." (2 Chronicles 15:3-4 KJV)
- The Hebrew word, pronounced moh-aw-daw, that means appointed time. Example:
"13:9 And it shall be for a sign unto thee upon thine hand, and for a memorial between thine eyes, that the LORD'S law may be in thy mouth: for with a strong hand hath the LORD brought thee out of Egypt.
13:10 Thou shalt therefore keep this ordinance in his season from year to year." (Exodus 13:9-10 KJV)
- The Hebrew word, pronounced ayth, that means proper time. Example:
"26:3 If ye walk in my statutes, and keep my commandments, and do them;
26:4 Then I will give you rain in due season, and the land shall yield her increase, and the trees of the field shall yield their fruit." Leviticus 26:3-4 KJV)
- The Hebrew word, pronounced zem-awn, that means appointed time. Example:
"3:1 To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:" (Ecclesiastes 3:1 KJV)
Salvation is expressed in the Holy Scriptures as seasons of sowing, growth, harvest - and weeding (see the Fact Finder question below).
"13:18 Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower.
13:19 When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side.
13:20 But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it;
13:21 Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended.
13:22 He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful.
13:23 But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.
13:24 Another parable put he forth unto them, saying, The kingdom of heaven is likened unto a man which sowed good seed in his field:
13:25 But while men slept, his enemy came and sowed tares among the wheat, and went his way.
13:26 But when the blade was sprung up, and brought forth fruit, then appeared the tares also.
13:27 So the servants of the householder came and said unto him, Sir, didst not thou sow good seed in thy field? from whence then hath it tares?
13:28 He said unto them, An enemy hath done this. The servants said unto him, Wilt thou then that we go and gather them up?
13:29 But he said, Nay; lest while ye gather up the tares, ye root up also the wheat with them.
13:30 Let both grow together until the harvest: and in the time of harvest I will say to the reapers, Gather ye together first the tares, and bind them in bundles to burn them: but gather the wheat into my barn." (Matthew 13:18-30 KJV)
Solomon's famous "To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven" (verse 1 below) did not actually originate with Solomon. It is Scripturally historic and prophetic, as found throughout the Bible. Solomon was aware of it because he became aware of it during the time that he was a faithful man of God. It was only when he became corrupt that he began to wrongly see the Creation as a dead end - something that the Creation definitely isn't, but which Solomon may well have chosen for himself (see Solomon's Ballad To Losers and Solomon's Bubbles). The seasons are a cycle toward an end - not an end in themselves.
"3:1 To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
3:2 A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
3:3 A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;
3:4 A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
3:5 A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
3:6 A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
3:7 A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
3:8 A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.
3:9 What profit hath he that worketh in that wherein he laboureth?
3:10 I have seen the travail, which God hath given to the sons of men to be exercised in it.
3:11 He hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end.
3:12 I know that there is no good in them, but for a man to rejoice, and to do good in his life.
3:13 And also that every man should eat and drink, and enjoy the good of all his labour, it is the gift of God.
3:14 I know that, whatsoever God doeth, it shall be for ever: nothing can be put to it, nor any thing taken from it: and God doeth it, that men should fear before him.
3:15 That which hath been is now; and that which is to be hath already been; and God requireth that which is past.
3:16 And moreover I saw under the sun the place of judgment, that wickedness was there; and the place of righteousness, that iniquity was there.
3:17 I said in mine heart, God shall judge the righteous and the wicked: for there is a time there for every purpose and for every work.
3:18 I said in mine heart concerning the estate of the sons of men, that God might manifest them, and that they might see that they themselves are beasts.
3:19 For that which befalleth the sons of men befalleth beasts; even one thing befalleth them: as the one dieth, so dieth the other; yea, they have all one breath; so that a man hath no preeminence above a beast: for all is vanity.
3:20 All go unto one place; all are of the dust, and all turn to dust again.
3:21 Who knoweth the spirit of man that goeth upward, and the spirit of the beast that goeth downward to the earth?
3:22 Wherefore I perceive that there is nothing better, than that a man should rejoice in his own works; for that is his portion: for who shall bring him to see what shall be after him?" (Ecclesiastes 3:1-22 KJV)
Fact Finder: How is salvation going to be a harvest?
See The Harvests Of Salvation and Let Both Grow Together Until The Harvest
This Day In History, June 1
193: Roman Emperor Marcus Didius was assassinated in his palace (see also A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars, A History Of Jerusalem: The Herodian Dynasty, A History Of Jerusalem: Titus And The Zealots and A History Of Jerusalem: Hadrian and Simon bar Kokhba).
987: Hugh Capet was elected King of France.
1215: Ending the Battle of Beijing, the city was captured by Mongol forces under Genghis Khan (see also Gog and Magog).
1252: Alfonso X was elected King of Castile and Leon.
1609: In the wilderness of northeastern North America, Samuel de Champlain discovered (the native people already knew that the lake was there) the lake that was named after him - Lake Champlain (see also Thanksgiving In History and Prophecy).
1648: During the Second English Civil War, the Roundheads defeated the Cavaliers at the Battle of Maidstone.
1670: Charles II of England and Louis XIV of France signed the treaty of Dover (signed in Dover, England). It resulted in England becoming involved in the Third Anglo-Dutch War.
1679: The Scottish Covenanters defeated John Graham of Claverhouse at the Battle of Drumclog.
1813: During the War of 1812 (1812-1814), James Lawrence, the wounded commander of the USS Chesapeake (a 38 gun frigate with a crew of 340), uttered his famous final order, "Don't give up the ship!" while in a naval battle with the Royal Navy HMS Shannon (a 38 gun frigate with a crew of 330). The crew gave up the ship anyway; the USS Chesapeake was captured by the Shannon and taken to Halifax, Nova Scotia where it entered service as the Royal Navy warship HMS Chesapeake.
Britain's wars in North America (the New England Rebellion of 1776, and the War of 1812-1814 that was declared by U.S. President James Madison with the publicly-stated goal of conquering Canada) were fought at the same time as far-greater wars all across Europe i.e. the wars to stop Napoleon Bonaparte from conquering Europe and Russia - that ended in the famous Battle of Waterloo (in present-day Belgium) in June of 1815. Only a small fraction of Britain's Royal Army, Navy and Marines were diverted to the colonial wars of 1776 and 1812 in North America.
1816: The rivalry between the North West Company and the Hudson's Bay Company erupted in violence in the Battle of Seven Oaks. While attempting to transport supplies, Metis allies of the North West Company clashed with 21 men from the Hudson's Bay Company post in Red River Colony, now Winnipeg. Robert Semple, governor for the Hudson's Bay Company, most of his party and 1 Metis were killed. The incident led to the eventual merger of the two companies.
1831: Sir James Ross discovered the position of the north magnetic pole.
1861: The first skirmish of the U.S. Civil War took place, at the Fairfax Court House in Virginia.
1867: Viscount Monck became the first Governor General of Canada. He had held the position in British North America and his term was to have expired in 1866, but Queen Victoria extended his appointment to give him the honor of being the first Governor General of the free, civilized democracy that he helped to create.
1915: Germany made the first zeppelin air raid over England.
1941: British forces entered Baghdad and returned the regent, six year-old King Faisal, to power (see also A History Of Jerusalem: The British Mandate).
1958: During the political crisis created by the civil war in Algeria, Charles De Gaulle became premier of France with the power to rule by decree for six months; a new constitution was drawn up, and in 1959 De Gaulle became the first president of "The Fifth Republic."
1961: The incinerated ashes of captured Nazi war criminal Adolf Eichmann were dumped into the sea outside the 3 mile territorial limit of Israel. He had been hung by the Israelis the day before.
1963: King Victor Emmanual III of Italy became Emperor of Ethiopia.
1963: In defiance of a U.S. Supreme Court ruling 10 days earlier that Alabama's segregation laws were unconstitutional, Alabama governor George Wallace stood at a school door and stopped black teenagers from court-ordered integration of the University of Alabama. President Kennedy responded by using federal troops to force integration.
1974: The new "Heimlich Maneuver" for saving choking victims was published in the journal Emergency Medicine.
1980: Cable News Network (CNN) began operation.
1991: Mount Pinatubo in the Philippines erupted for the first time in 600 years.
2009: General Motors filed for bankruptcy.