Recently in class we have discussed the significance of the Book of Ecclesiastes in the Old Testament. I wanted to know what people are saying about chapter 3 these days and in recent history.
Seeger took the lyrics almost verbatim from the book of Ecclesiastes, as found in the King James Version , though the sequence of the words were rearranged for the song. (The title and verse “Turn, Turn, Turn” are the only words Seeger himself wrote.)
“There is a time for being born and a time for dying,” Ecclesiastes 3:2 explains the beginning and end of every living creature, including soccer players. In “John “The Rock” Mensah, Time to Bow Out?” author Adzigodi
Dennis Narterh states that “for football (soccer) players, a time to shine and a time to die out will perhaps be the best phrase to depict their life span…” speaking specifically of John Mensah affectionately called “The Rock of Gibraltar”.
(right: a photo of the actual Rock of Gibraltar)
More recently in the United States there has been a question about the budget and with it, an issue with Planned Parenthood has risen. On CNN.com a blog about abortion and tax money has taken center stage. Author Stephen Prothero, a Boston University religion scholar and author of “God is Not One…,” believes that now is not the time for the Tea Party to bring up abortion laws. What is important is to figure out the remaining budget for the year 2011. He quotes, “As the Bible says, there is a time and a place for everything: “For everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven” (Ecclesiastes 3:1).”
People often turn to Ecclesiastes 3 for comfort when their friends and family members die.
Craig Hensel, Pastor of Community Bible Church and author of “What to do when your Pastor Dies” says it is appropriate to mourn and grieve. But there is a reason for all that happens – It’s God’s Will.
On a more personal note, when I was in high school, a good friend and well-known football player for Paul Laurence Dunbar High School died in a car accident. Zach Stanfield’s memorial service both opened and closed with the words of Ecclesiastes 3. The song “Turn Turn Turn” by The Byrds (as mentioned above) was one of his favorite songs and it fit so well. That year everyone at Dunbar played that song in their cars, while hanging out with friends and whenever they thought of Zach.