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Bible Study Lesson 12

What Is Man? . . . . . That God Is Mindful Of Him
   A.   Man's Perception About Himself
   B.   Man's Body And Mind
   C.   Man's Spirit, Soul And Body
   D.   What Happens To The Soul When A Man Dies?
   E.   Man's Material Glory
   F.   Man's Days Are Numbered 

.   Why God Is Mindful of Man



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 12E.   Man's Material Glory


Men since the ancient times has been preoccupied in amassing riches to improve his life. In his effort to improve his living condition he has forgotten God and the true reason for being in this world.

12E.1   Could man benefit from his acquired earthly glory when he dies?

Psalm 49:16-17 provides the answer: 

Do not be afraid when one becomes rich, When the glory of his house is increased; 
For when he dies he shall carry nothing away; His glory shall not descend after him. (NKJV)

Obviously, man will not benefit from his earthly glory or from any earthly riches he has reaped in his lifetime. When he dies " he shall carry nothing away" and  "his glory shall not descend after him."

12E.2   How does King Solomon, the wisest and one of the riches king, say about the reality of man's earthly life? 

It is not surprising, why King Solomon lamented: In Ecclesiastes 2:17, it is written:

Therefore I hated life because the work that was done under the sun was grievous to me, for all is vanity and grasping for the wind. (NKJV)

The same verse in another version of the Bible for clarity:

So I hated life, because the work that is done under the sun was grievous to me. All is meaningless, a chasing after the wind. (NIV)

He declared that the reality of man's earthly life is vanity or meaningless.
In verse 22-23, he writes further:

For what has man for all his labor, and for the striving of his heart with which he has toiled under the sun? 
For all his days are sorrowful, and his work grievous; even in the night his heart takes no rest. This also is vanity.

The same verse in another version of the Bible:

What does a man get for all the toil and anxious striving with which he labors under the sun?
All his days his work is pain and grief; even at night his mind does not rest.  This too is meaningless.

It is not ironical for a man as rich and as wise as King Solomon to say that all man's days are sorrowful, and that man's heart "takes no rest in the night".  He even declared that all the work he had done was grievous to him and all are meaningless.

12E.3  What should a man realize about greed and insatiable pursuit of wealth which add anxieties and sap the joy out of life?

In Luke 12:15, the Lord Jesus said this:

And he went on to say to them all, "Watch out and guard yourselves from every kind of greed; because a person's true life is not made up of the things he owns, no matter how rich he may be." (TEV)

A person's true life is not made up of the things he owns, no matter how rich he may be.


Ironical, yet true for hasn't the science of economics concluded that man's desire or wants are insatiable?  Man, even if he could manage to prosper in a world where scarcity of resources is undeniable reality, will never find true and permanent happiness in this temporary world.  This is true whether man who is constantly hounded by death accepts it or not.


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