The Autumn of Life
- SCRIPTURE READING:
64:6 = "
We all do fade
as a leaf; and our iniquities, like the wind,
taken us away."
12 = "These are spots in your feast
of charity, when they feast with you,
feeding themselves without fear: clouds they are without
water, carried about of winds; trees whose
fruit withereth, without fruit, twice dead, plucked
up by the roots."
NOTE: Both of these
phrases in the Hebrew and in the Greek have reference
to the season
known as "Autumn": when trees shed their leaves
and they fall to the ground. VINESS
EXPOSITORY DICTIONARY OF BIBLICAL WORDS , SAYS, [Phthinoporinos,
adjective signifying autumnal (from phthinoporon, "late
autumn," from phthino, "to waste away,"
or "wane," and opora, "autumn"),
is used in, Jude 12, where unfruitful and worthless
men are figuratively described as trees such as
they are at the close of "autumn," fruitless
and leafless (KJV, "trees whose fruit withereth").]
(Copyright (C) 1985, Thomas Nelson
- This is the season of the year
when leaves in many parts of the country begin to
fall to the ground, reminding us that summer with
all of its life energetic warm colors of
life fade away into the cold colors of gloomy winter.
- The passage in Isaiah
64:6, has specific reference to the gloomy
spiritual state of the Jewish
nation, as they had, by transgression, separated themselves
from God, the source of life.
NOTE: What Jehovah
had said in Deuteronomy
30:17-20 = "But if thine heart
away, so that thou wilt not hear, but shalt be drawn
away, and worship other gods, and serve them;
I denounce unto you this day, that ye shall surely
perish, and that ye shall not prolong your days
upon the land, whither thou passest over Jordan to
go to possess it. I call heaven and earth to record
this day against you, that I have set before
you life and death, blessing and cursing: therefore
choose life, that both thou and thy seed may
live: That thou mayest love the Lord thy God,
and that thou mayest obey his voice, and that thou
mayest cleave unto him: for he is thy life, and
the length of thy days: that thou mayest dwell
in the land which the Lord sware unto thy fathers,
to Abraham, to Isaac, and to Jacob, to give them."
As a result of their withdrawal
from God, they began to fade as doth a leaf
the same as
a leaf in the autumn fades and dies.
- I will use the thought of Isaiah
Fade as a leaf
, Or Autumn, to represent the
last season of physical strength.
- It is in our Autumn of life that
we all do fade the same as a leaf.
- The thoughts of the hour are
presented with a combination of feelings mixed with
sadness and joy.
- AUTUMN IS A SEASON OF DECLINE:
- The season is seen in several ways
- Days become shorter.
- The rays of the sun are not as
- The green vegetation begins to
- The season is also seen in the
decline of physical life:
- The energetic strength of our
youth is not what it was.
- The mental powers of knowledge
begin to fail.
- The winter of death is just outside
the door of life. I
Corinthians15:22 = "For as in
Adam all die, even so in Christ shall all be made
- In view of the changes that the
Autumn of life brings forth, how should I spend my
in the Spring of life?
- I should be cautious not to waste
them in worldliness and "riotous living"
- I should be concerned about what
the Lord would have me to do:
9:4 = "I must work the works of him
that sent me, while it is day: the night cometh, when
no man can work."
4:4 = "Rejoice in the Lord always:
and again I say, rejoice."
3:1-2 = "If ye then be risen with
Christ, seek those things which are above, where Christ
sitteth on the right hand of God. Set your affection
of things above, not on things on the earth."
- AUTUMN IS A SEASON FOR REVIEW, OR
- The season when the farmer looks
back and considers:
- The work activities before the
- The cost involved in preparation
for the harvest.
- The inventory of the bounty from
- Those of us in the Autumn of life
need to make a similar review.
- Examine the leaves (pages) of
your book of life and take a long, steady, and prayerful
look at your life.
Corinthians 13:5 = "Examine yourselves,
whether ye be in the faith; prove your own selves.
Know ye not your own selves, how that Jesus Christ
is in you, except ye be reprobates?"
21:27 = "And there shall in no
wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither
whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie;
but they which are written in the Lambs book
- We are concerned about physical
growth, the Lord is concerned about spiritual growth.
Peter 3:18 = "But grow in grace,
and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus
NOTE: Have you grown
from a baby to an adult? I
Corinthians3.1-2 = "And I, brethren,
could not speak unto you as unto spiritual, but
as unto carnal, even as unto babes in Christ. I
have fed you with milk, and not with meat: for hitherto
ye were not able to bear it, neither yet now are
- The Lords is expecting us to
walk. What improvement have you made since you began
walk in newness of life"
REMEMBER what Paul wrote
4:1 = "I therefore, the prisoner
of the Lord, beseech you that ye walk worthy of the
vocation wherewith ye are called."
- AUTUMN IS A SEASON OF REJOICING IN
- The farmer as this season has gathered
in his harvest.
- We need to look back at the fruit
from our labors as well.
- The fruit of our influence (Matthew
- The fruit of the Spirit working
in us (Galatians
- The fruit of spiritual growth
making our "calling and election sure"
- The fruit from the harvest of
good works (Colossians1:10).
- The fruit of leading others to
9:37 = "The harvest truly is
plenteous, but the labourers are few;"
10:2 = "The harvest truly is
great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore
the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth
labourers into his harvest."
- How tragic to have lived through
the Spring and Summer of life, and have no fruit in
- CONCLUSION: AUTUMN IS THE SEASON
- THE FARMER MAKES PREPARATION FOR:
- The approaching winter (night,
death, or when no more work can be done).
- The coming Spring time (when life
is full, bright and rejoicing).
- THE CHRISTIAN SHOIULD PREPARE FOR:
- The winter of death:
- As recorded in Amos
4:12 = "
Prepare to meet
thy God, O Israel."
- Now the working time is past.
9:4 = "I must work the works
of him that sent me, while it is day: the night
cometh, when no man can work."
- All the work now must already
have been done: It is past the plant work stage.
What has been left undone will not be done. John
17:4= "I have glorified thee
on the earth: I have finished the work which thou
gavest me to do."
- The eternal springtime The
joys that await in the heavenly home.
- The anxiety of the harvest is
14:1-3 = "Let not your heart
be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in
me. In my Fathers house are many mansions:
if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to
prepare a place for you, And if I go and prepare
a place for you, I will come again, and receive
you unto myself; that where I am, there ye may be
- Having a right to "the tree
of life" (whose leaves and fruit will never
fail), being obedient to the Lords commands.
22:14-15 = "Blessed are they
that do his commandments, that they may have right
to the tree of life, and may enter in through the
gates into the city. For without are dogs, and sorcerers,
and whoremongers, and murderers, and idolaters,
and whosoever loveth and maketh a lie."
- Remembering that the only things
that we can carry from the Spring of life into the
Autumn of life is the beneficial works of the Spring.
14:13 = "And I heard a voice from
heaven saying unto me, Write, blessed are the dead which
die in the Lord from henceforth: yea, saith the Spirit,
that they may rest from their labours; and their works
do follow them."
- HOW PREPARED ARE YOU FOR THE AUTUMN
WINTER OF LIFE?
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