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Come back and try saying it like a teenager again when you are a lot older..


You can’t do it.

You can be asked to read Ecc. Chapter One when you are sixteen in church. You do a good job: you pronounce everything perfectly and don’t stumble over a word here and there. But in the end, you read it like it was a newspaper and it really meant nothing to you. You had no experience to match it with. Okay, actually you did, but everyone kept saying you had free will and so you were not supposed to notice. So you didn’t until God showed it to you.

You can’t keep something out of your voice the older you get. The something you can’t keep out is not fatalism. It’s just truth and honesty before God that he runs everything. All the time. The deepening tone has nothing to do with ‘evolution’. It’s the creep of experience and mortality.

Here is German speaker, Peter Sodann, reading Der Prediger ( Ecclesiastes ) One in German. Free download. You can read it online here as you listen. A bit artsy perhaps in its slow enunciation, but still..

..Es ist alles ganz eitel, sprach der Prediger, es ist alles ..ganz eitel.

It is all completely vain, said the Preacher, it is all completely vain.

The KJV has: “Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity.”

He sounds a bit incredulous and then disappointed that he is actually reading what he is reading. But that is a certain kind of honesty not often heard. I suspect you have to come at it from outside of German to really hear him reading it. If you are German, I suspect you miss the truth of what is happening as he reads it because you have been taught that of course, you understand every word.

You understand that and you are almost ready to throw a leg over an ride to whatever end if you know Christ. It doesn’t matter.

Reminds me of a story I have heard:

Somebody asked one of the last surviving Confederate soldiers to give a rebel yell. They wanted to hear it, having heard so much about it. He said; “It’s not a sound you can make on a full stomach.”

Luke 7:24 -28 And the messengers of John having departed, he began to speak to the crowds concerning John: What went ye out into the wilderness to behold? a reed shaken by the wind?  But what went ye out to see? a man clothed in delicate garments? Behold, those who are in splendid clothing and live luxuriously are in the courts of kings.  But what went ye out to see? a prophet? Yea, I say to you, and what is more excellent than a prophet.  This is he concerning whom it is written, Behold, *I* send my messenger before thy face, who shall prepare thy way before thee;   for I say unto you, Among them that are born of women a greater prophet is no one than John the baptist ; but he who is a little one in the kingdom of God is greater than he.

In the Name of Jesus Christ, Amen

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