Ecclesiastes 3:1-8, To everything there is a season, how could we get through a series on time without it. Let’s look at the text, I already have a post about a time to heal, but we will cover them all today and perhaps a few more individually. So here is a great passage.
A Time For Everything
For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:a time to be born, and a time to die;
a time to plant, and a time to pluck up what is planted; a time to kill, and a time to heal;
a time to break down, and a time to build up; a time to weep, and a time to laugh;
a time to mourn, and a time to dance; a time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together;
a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;
a time to seek, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
a time to tear, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;
a time to love, and a time to hate; a time for war, and a time for peace.
Without going into commentaries and word studies, I will just give you my thoughts on it and ask you to do the same. What does it mean to you? Write it down, journal it. Do a Bible study.
None of us have control over being being born, but God has knit us together, He brought us into the world. Though not all children are actually conceived in loved, He covers the unbelieving spouses. He will sanctify and bless the children of believers
While we live in a fallen world with death as an enemy Jesus defeated, most people have no control over it, and yet, the believer has the authority to pray, be healed, and stand against it. I have read of people who were just ready to go, but I believe you can live and not die, be here at the Rapture.
A time to plant, of course, we sow and reap, both in the natural with crops and in the supernatural with words and prayer. Sometimes, we may have to pluck up, like the moat and beam, something wrong in our lives, and Jesus will separate the wheat and tares, if you recall the story, He said leave them.
A time to break down and a time to build up, like the walls of Jericho, some things just come tumbling down, or the house on the sand that is not built on the solid rock, even the Jewish temple was destroyed. Many things in our lives will come apart, breakdown. especially, communication. And there will be a time to build, the temple was built, Peter was told the church would be built on him and the revelation He was given that Jesus was the Messiah. So there are times that we will build in our lives.
A time to weep and a time to laugh. Jesus wept and He laughed. He wept tears over Jerusalem, at the tomb of Lazarus, on the cross for me and you. I know He laughed because He told us to ask that our joy would be full. He warned us that people would try to take it. Angels rejoice when people are saved and so does He, He endured the cross for the joy of believers.
A time to mourn and a time to dance. It would like funerals and weddings. But mourning or grief does not necessarily involve a death, some things just feel like it. Left unchecked grief can morph into an evil spirit that will ruin you life. I pray you are delivered if you are suffering in this. Don’t spend another day in sackcloth and ashes. The one who is altogether lovely will give you beauty for ashes. He will turn sorrow into joy and dancing. He rejoices over you with singing and quiets you with His love, Zephaniah 3:17, I think God did dance when we were born.
A time to cast away stones and a time to gather stones together, we all know how people were stoned in those days but we want to cast the stones away, we don’t need to be filling the wells of others or condemning them. Don’t throw them if you live in a glass or not. As for gathering them together, rocks were used for lots of things in the Bible, Jacob slept on one, and saw angels, Commandments, some built altars and then there were Ebenezers and stones of remembrances and in heaven He will gives us a new name on a white stone. Samuel set up stone called Ebenezer and it means a stone of help because God had helped them. Believers, today will think of their past Ebenezers when going through a trial to remember how He helped. Joshua put stones in the Jordan where the Ark was carried and David picked five smooth ones for Goliath, he only need one and the Spirit of God, Goliath had four brothers. And Peter’s name. Stone.
A time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing, that appears obvious but there is more to it. There are times to embrace truths and people and a time not to. There were people considered unclean and not to be touched according to law, and there was abstinence in marriage during certain times or holidays. Though Jesus fulfilled the law and prophets, and touched unclean people, not all of us walk in that wisdom like He did. There are people, as believers we should not embrace or be intimate with, the enemy goes from person to person seeking whom he may devour. While believers will not be possessed, they can be very oppressed. Acts 10:38, and in marriage men and women are supposed to be intimate, the exception of prayer and fasting still applies, but to more than an embrace.
A time to seek, and to lose. We just did a study on hearts and read if we seek Him wholeheartedly, we will find Him. Time to lose is the opposite of stones of remembrance, we should not look back. Jesus even said so. Paul says, forgetting the past. It is a good idea, even trying to figure out what I had done wrong, was a bad idea. Jesus forgives and forgets, it is harder for us but we need to to be an overcomer. Don’t rehash the past.
A time to keep and a time to cast away. There were certain feasts that were mandatory. Appointed times. And others that were celebrated that were not obligatory. I believe it also has to do with keeping promises and sowing and reaping. The Sabbath rest was something they should have kept and refused or threw away in Isaiah, thankfully Jesus offered it again.
A time to tear and a time to sew. Many people would rend or tear their clothes in mourning. The veil of the temple was rent when Jesus died. His flesh was type of veil allowing us access to the Father. There is a time to sew or repair, Lydia made garments in the book of Acts.
A time to keep silence and a time to speak. One we all have had trouble with no doubt. We really have to rely on the Holy Spirit, I am always amazed at how Jesus took that punishment, He really demonstrated keeping quiet, He was authoritative without being argumentative and did not fall into the snare of His accusers, driven by the devil. He knew when to speak and use the Word to get rid of him. The Spirit will help us. Christians are not to be doormats or brawling women, there is a balance. And Jesus asked the disciples to rest with Him in a quiet, silent or lonely, place but He loves to come out of that place and help us.
A time to love and a time to hate. In the natural, they are opposites. In the supernatural fear is the opposite only His love puts it out. We are to love as He loved, each other and God, the new commandment that gives grace and keeps all of them. We are to love sinners and hate the sin, that is not always easy to do. there will people you may have to avoid. The Spirit will guide you.
A time for war and a time for peace. In the natural, there have always been wars. Ever read wars of the Jews by Josephus? there have been wars since the devil tried to overthrow heaven .Jesus said there would be wars and rumors of wars. He also left us His peace which is not like the world’s. We have had peacetime and peace treaties, and they have been broken. His shalom has nothing broken in it. It literally makes us whole. It is for believers. He has to put His Spirit and His peace in new wineskins or else they would crack, like chosen vessels can. In the Old Testament, they were repaired with a mixture inluding lamb’s blood, sound familiar? He left us a gift like no other His peace. John 14:27
So there you have it, I hope you have a clearer understanding and something to think about as you study and redeem the time. To everything there is a season. and a time.