Ecclesiastes 12:5-7 Going Home

Ecclesiastes 12:5-7 (KJV)
Also when they shall be afraid of that which is high, and fears shall be in the way, and the almond tree shall flourish, and the grasshopper shall be a burden, and desire shall fail: because man goeth to his long home, and the mourners go about the streets:
Or ever the silver cord be loosed, or the golden bowl be broken, or the pitcher be broken at the fountain, or the wheel broken at the cistern.
Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.

The older I get the more at peace I am with going to my “long home.” Today’s reflection is on the phrases describing death.

The silver cord be loosed
Life is a thread on which we hold. As the years go on our strength to hang on grows weaker. The cord of life is not weaker. It continues on for generations unknown. We simply lose our hold.

The golden bowl be broken
How precious we view our life. The body which contains it is treasured as godlike to some. Youth often see their vessel as invincible. Eventually that bowl loses its luster and finally succumbs. 

The pitcher broken at the fountain 
In youth, we serve as a channel. We not only contain life but reproduce life, enable life, train equip, and feed life. At some point we lose the ability to reproduce and not much after we are no longer those who serve as vessels to sustain life. 

The wheel broken at the cistern
The wheel denotes work, production. In youth our hands and feet produce goods and services deemed valuable to others. One day that wheel will break. 

God gave us life. One day we who are saved, enter into the presence of God. 

Are you ready to go to your long home?

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Marvin McKenzie was born in the Pacific Northwest and became a Christian at the age of eighteen. He has been in the Baptist ministry for thirty years and has planted and pastored churches in Washington and Oregon. Besides his pastoral ministry, Marvin has been actively involved in training men for the Baptist ministry. He has conducted local church Bible Institutes in those churches he has pastored, from which a number of men have entered the ministry. Marvin also served as: Vice President of the Western States Baptist Bible Fellowship, The Board of Directors of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA, Dean of men at Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, Executive Vice President of Pacific Coast Baptist Bible College in San Dimas, CA and Executive Vice President of Heartland Baptist Bible College in Oklahoma City, OK. Marvin is married to Anita. They have two sons, Bohannan and Caleb. Both are Baptist pastors in Washington State. Marvin enjoys camping, fishing and horses.

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