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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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 12F.   Man's Days Are Numbered


According to the Scriptures, Man - that superior being on earth, is clearly helpless and pathetic. 

12F.1   What should man realize early in his life? 

Apostle James likened  the life of man to a vapor,  In James 4:14, this is stated:

Whereas you do not know what will happen tomorrow.  For what is your life?  It is even a vapor that appears for a little time and then vanishes away.  (NKJV)

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

Why do you not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life?  You are a mist that appear for a little while and then vanishes. (NIV)

It is quite unfortunate for man to have a very short life, he is liken to a to a vapor or mist that appear for a little time and the vanishes away. So that those who choose to just "drink and be happy" in this life would finally find it too short for real enjoyment.

12F.2   What should the rich and famous realize during their life in this world?

  In  I Peter 1:24, this is written:.

because "All flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of the grass. The grass withers, and its flower falls away, (NKJV)

The rich and the famous must  realize that their body are like grass and all his earthly glory is like the flower of grass. Their earthly glory are like flower that falls and will be gone forever after their very short life.

12F.3   In the face of death,  does man has an advantage or preeminence over the animal or beast?

 The truth of this statement is emphasized in Ecclesiastes 3:19.  We quote: 

For what happens to the sons of men also happens to beasts; one thing befalls them: as one dies, so dies the other. Surely, they all have one breath; man has no advantage over beasts, for all is vanity. (NKJV)

The same verse in another version of the Bible:

Man's fate is like that of animals; the same fate awaits them both:  As one dies , so dies the other. All have the same breath, a man has no advantage over the animal.  Everything is meaningless. (NIV)

The inevitability of death of both man and beast clearly shows that the former is no better than the latter.  This is the status of man according to the Bible. This is how insignificant a man is despite his achievements in this world.

12F.4   Does man have any reason to be proud of his accomplishment in making earth a better place to live? 

Nothing in reality can be more shocking than this,  Zeph. 1:14, 18 declares.

The great day of the Lord is near; it is near and hastens quickly. The noise of the day of the Lord is bitter; there the mighty men shall cry out.

Neither their silver nor their gold shall be able to deliver them in the day of the Lord's wrath; but the whole land shall be devoured by the fire of His jealousy, for He will make speedy riddance of all those who dwell in the land. (NKJV)

The world will end on the day of judgment or the second advent of Christ.  Man with all the grandeurs and splendors of this material world will be consumed by fire. The destruction of man and the earth he lives in as well as all the works in it, is the end of material glory and wealth.  Man will perish and his material world will vanish.


Man must realize early in his life, that life is too short which is liken to a mist that appear for a little while and then vanishes and that man's life and earthly glory is like a grass that withers and a flower that falls away. Man must not attach too much value to earthly wealth, glory, honor and power but also to reflect what he can get beyond the benefits of this world. 


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