May 25, Reading 2 – Ecclesiastes 3:16-4:16

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SAA Notes

We take satisfaction in our work and this is right, but the terrible reality we must face in the earth is that we more often meet with injustice and corruption than with justice.

SJA Notes

“And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him – a threefold cord is not quickly broken.”

It does seem that Solomon’s words here are pointing us to the folly of SELF-centeredness and the wisdom of OTHER-centeredness.

When we are together, it is better. We help each other up. We share warmth.

It is wisdom (better) for God’s people to be together, striving for unity (See 1 Corinthians 1:10 and Ephesians 4:11-13).

Of primary important is that we are found (together) with Jesus, rooted and established in Him, as we read in Colossians 2:6-7,

“Therefore, as you received Christ Jesus the Lord, so walk in him, rooted and built up in him and established in the faith, just as you were taught, abounding in thanksgiving.”

We are not alone when we are found in Jesus.

* Gracious Father,

Thank You for the wonderful goodness that You bring about when Your people when we gather together in Your love.

Please remind us that gathering together is a good thing for us to do, it is for our benefit!

And thank You Lord for Jesus – He is the vine from which we the branches gather. He is the head of the body, He is the capstone, the cornerstone, the crux of all that matters.

Amen.

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