Time Truly is Relative

Time Truly is Relative

Ecclesiastes 3:1-17

The passage for this lesson is a familiar passage. It has been quoted from many times and even used in secular songs. The passage is speaking about time and how there is a season for everything. In this lesson we are going to look at how God views time as we as how we view time and make some spiritual applications that should helps us live for the Lord.

How do we view time?

In the passage before us there are 28 things that are said to be connected with time. This is interesting because in takes the moon 27.3 days to orbit the earth and there are 29.5 days from new moon to new moon. This should not be a surprise to us because the sun and the moon were given to us so that we should know the times and the seasons (Genesis 1:14-19). For us time is truly relative. In other words, everything that we know concerning time, days, years etc. is based on what is happening in our solar system.

How God views time?

God is not bound by our solar system nor is he even located with in it. Therefore, time with him cannot be viewed like we view time. This is why 2 Peter 3:8 tells us that one day is as a 1000 years and 1000 years is a one day with the Lord.  

It is also interesting to note that when we think of the word eternity, we think of time never ending. But the word eternity only occurs one time in the KJB and it is in Isaiah 57:15. What is unique about that verse is that God is said to dwell in eternity. So, eternity is a place.

In verse 11 of the passage for our text we see that God has made all things beautiful in his time. This should also help us when we do not understand why things maybe happening to us in our life that God’s timing is always right and beautiful even if we cannot see it.

In verse 17 we see that God will judge the righteous and the wicked. This should be a sobering warning that we will be judged and give an account for the time that we were given under the sun.

Some lesson for us from this passage:

1)  In the world we live in time is fixed (James 4:14-17).

  • This means that there is only a certain amount of time that we have on earth, we must make it count

2)  We must number our days (Psalm 90:12)

  • If our time is going to count, we must number our days.

3)  Time is the most valuable thing we have outside of our souls.

  • The most wealthy man in the world cannot buy back one second.

Time Truly is Relative : Handout

Ecclesiastes 3:1-17

1)  What can we learn from the first nine verses of this passage regarding time?

2)  What do we see in verse 15 regarding time?

3)  What do we see in verse 17 regarding time?

4)  What applications can we make for ourselves regarding time from this lesson?