Last Words

That’s the whole story. Here now is my final conclusion: Fear God and obey his commands, for this is everyone’s duty. God will judge us for everything we do, including every secret thing, whether good or bad. (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14)

Read: Ecclesiastes 10:1-12:14, 2 Corinthians 8:1-15, Psalm 49:1-20, Proverbs 22:20-21

Relate: “Thomas Jefferson still survives.” Those were supposedly the last words of John Adams. Some claim all that was truly intelligible was “Thomas Jefferson” and the was the best guess by those listening as to what he intended to say. Either way, it was wrong. Thomas Jefferson beat him to the grave three hours earlier. John’s son gave us what I would consider even better last words some 22 years later, “This is the last of earth. I am content.” Then there are the three last words of Pope Alexander VI who said, “wait a minute…” Apparently heaven was a bit too impatient to bring him home.

What beats all in my opinion was the last written entry in the blood splattered diary of a Union Soldier dated June 3, 1864. “June 3. Cold Harbor. I was killed.” That was a man who was seriously devoted to keeping his journal right up to the very end. If I someday have the fortune to die with my hands on this keyboard, please, somebody press the blue “publish” button on the right after I’ve breathed my last. I will tell you I am grateful in advance because at that point I would be dead so gratitude would be a moot point.

I had looked up a youtube sermon video from Two Rivers Church called “Death To Selfie” to share it with a friend just minutes before I sat down to start writing this, on the side were multiple “suggested videos” along the lines of “Last selfie before they died”. Apparently, actually saying something is too much work for this generation. Have you ever wondered what your “Last words” would be? What about your tombstone? Leaving old 90’s commercials aside, what do you want on your tombstone?

React: Very little is recorded of what Solomon actually said after his very long prayer at the Temple dedication. In both Kings and Chronicles there is plenty of recorded activity, rebellions, visits, etc going on but virtually nothing being said. What we do know, however, is that this portion of Ecclesiastes is the last surviving piece of his writing. He was the wisest and smartest of men to walk this earth. Per capita he was also one of the richest to ever live. He definitely was right near the top of the list when it came to women. He had more wives and concubines than most NBA players have… well, maybe I shouldn’t write that. Anyways, this is a man who lived, and when it came time to die, he knew what was what.

Sometimes I wonder what my last words will be. Now that I am in Turkey, I strongly doubt I will end up having a gravestone. If I were to have one back in the States I would like mine to say, “See you later.” I am not sure if the Turkish equivalent: “Daha sonra görüşmek üzere” carries the same tone. In English it has a light side, but ultimately it is a three word message of hope. I know without question where I will be going and I sincerely hope that you reading this, as well as any reading my gravestone, if ever I have one, will be going there as well. If you strive to live up to Solomon’s last words, then you most definitely will.

Respond: Dear God,
I long to be faithful right to the end. Help me to reverence You and obey Your commands with every breath that I take right up to that last exhale. Even from the grave help me to continue to point people to You. You know those who I have been praying for who have wandered from You or have not yet met You. Please continue to draw them and pursue them with Your love as long as there is still time. More than anything I long to see them, and You in the later.

 

 

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12 thoughts on “Last Words

  1. Thank you for this very inspiring post. In the end it is not how long you live or even what you did with your life and what you left behind, but what you did and left behind advancing the love of God.

  2. A number of years ago I had the privilege of being in Jerusalem and I remember when my eyes first beheld the Garden of Gethsemane and the Mount of Olives and I had the strangest feeling as if there was an internal recognition, like being home again. My personal preference would be “Home At Last!” Thanks for sharing BJ.

  3. If I had time to say anything it would be” thanks Jesus for this opportunity.” Life in general to me is pretty much an opportunity to show God what we can do with it, with His help of course … potential. And possibly, going home at last. Great read.

  4. Hi Beejai. Thank you for your site, I have been following it for some time now and have received inspiration at times, challenge at other times.
    I have recently posted what I felt the Lord revealed to me as I was studying for a post for my own site, and felt you may be interested in the last one titled “Prepare for the Rapture”
    I felt a strong presence of the H.S. as the thoughts flowed into my heart. If you disagree with it delete this comment, but if you also feel the Holy Spirit move as you read it, feel free to use it, or to abbreviate it, but I believe we need to get the message out quickly.
    If you agree, please tell people to share it by all means. My site is called “What the Bible Says” get to it using the following URL http://www.lexcullen.com
    God bless you and continue to use your site to bless others.
    Lex Cullen

    • I do not delete posts that contribute to the conversation. I sometimes delete the links within posts but even then, usually that only happens to trolls. You aren’t a troll here.
      I like to call myself an end times agnostic. I understand that Biblical prophesy will be fulfilled, but I take the view that it will happen in ways and at times that we don’t realize until it is or has already happened. It’s what I call the Peter approach (Above all you must understand that no prophesy comes about by man’s interpretation. For prophesy never had its origin in the will of man but men spoke from God as they were carried along by the Holy Spirit) I believe the Pharisee’s biggest mistake was in being absolutely certain they were right. They were so convinced they knew what would happen when the Messiah came that they completely missed it when He arrived in a way that blew their “prophetic charts” out of the water. I think many today are in danger of missing it for the same reason. We are so convinced that when Christ comes back, “this” is how it will happen.
      Also, as a resident in Turkey and a freelance writer of current events I can say with a pretty fair level of confidence that your analysis of what is happening here is wrong. Right now Turkey is making temporary bedfellows of traditional enemies (Russia, Iran, and even Syria) and distancing themselves from others (like the US) for the sole purpose of dealing with what they see as their current enemy #1, the Kurds. The US has not been kicked out of Turkey. Trust me, I know. Not only am I a US citizen gainfully employed here but I spoke with someone from the local consulate just days ago. Yes, many expats have voluntarily left and the US government has given nonessential employees the option of skipping town from now until mid September (and that will likely be extended) but we still have a large community and official presence here. Things are seldom as bad as sensationalist media likes to make it seem.

  5. Yeshua (Jesus) reminds us to do the will of the Father and not our will.Of myself I can do nothing, Yeshua (Jesus) said. Our whole duty is to do the will of the Father, only through the studying of the Holy Scripture-Holy Bible will we know the will of the God of Israel. Peace.

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