Remembering God’s Word

Text: Ecclesiastes 12:9-12

Recently we studied Ecclesiastes 12:1 (“Remember Your Creator”). In this lesson, we will focus on a related subject – remembering our Creator’s word. In our text, the wise man made a contrast between the words of God and the words of man. As we will see, it is important that we remember God’s words so that we can please Him.

Contrast Between God’s Word and Man’s Word

  • The wisdom Solomon received was from God (1 Kings 3:5, 9, 12; 4:29-30; Ecclesiastes 12:11) – He wrote these words down for the benefit of others, including us (cf. Romans 15:4)
  • Contrast that with the “writing of many books” (Ecclesiastes 12:12) – these are uninspired books
  • Some of these books are helpful, some are not – but there is no end to them
  • No end because man is continually learning/growing but never perfecting wisdom
  • So there is a limited benefit to these books – do not be excessively devoted to them
  • Remember the superiority of God’s word (Isaiah 55:8-9) – this must be our priority

Importance of Our Creator’s Words

  • In Psalm 19, David discussed two types of revelation – natural revelation and special revelation
  • Natural revelation is seen in creation (Psalm 19:1-4) – witness of God (Romans 1:20)
  • Special revelation is God’s revealed word (Psalm 19:7-10) – only way to know His will (Deuteronomy 29:29)
  • God created us for a reason – we were made for His will/pleasure (Revelation 4:11)
  • If we are going to accomplish His will, we must know His word – we are lost otherwise (Jeremiah 10:23); therefore, we must know His word

Why Remembering God’s Word is Important

  • The wise man concluded with our purpose in life – to fear and obey God (Ecclesiastes 12:13)
  • God’s word gives us direction (Psalm 119:105) – life has no ultimate meaning otherwise (Ecclesiastes 12:8)
  • Why must we fear and obey Him? – judgment (Ecclesiastes 12:14; cf. 2 Corinthians 5:10); we will be held accountable for how we have kept God’s word; must remember it to keep it
  • Remembering God’s word keeps us from sin (Psalm 119:11) – example of Peter (Matthew 26:69-75); he denied the Lord, then remembered His word afterward
  • Remembering God’s word will keep us from being led astray by false teachers (Romans 16:17-18) – a safeguard against false teaching is to saturate our minds with God’s word (Acts 20:29-32)

How to Remember God’s Word

  • God wants us to “be able to call these things to mind” (2 Peter 1:15) – how can we do that?
  • Spend time with God’s word (Hebrews 5:12) – takes time to learn and be able to remember God’s word; we must use our time wisely (Ephesians 5:15-16); study is wearying (Ecclesiastes 12:12), so we must use quality time
  • Focus your mind (Hebrews 5:11) – dull of hearing (slow, sluggish, lazy) means not listening/reading with intent to learn; prepare your mind (1 Peter 1:13); avoid distractions (Luke 8:5, 11-12)
  • God’s word must be written on our hearts (Hebrews 8:10; cf. Jeremiah 31:33) – read and study the Scriptures (1 Timothy 4:13; 2 Timothy 2:15; 2 Peter 1:12-15); listen to the word being taught (Nehemiah 8:8; Acts 20:20, 29-31); meditate upon God’s word (Psalm 119:97, 99, 148); put God’s word into practice (Hebrews 5:14; James 1:22-25)

Conclusion

  • God has created us to fulfill His purpose – His purpose for us is found in His word
  • Therefore, we must know His word so that we can obey Him
  • We must also remember His word so that we can continue in obedience

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