ecclesiastes 12

Strength In Numbers

Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken. -Ecclesiastes 4:12

This episode was all about strength, presenting us with the classic complex of whether love means strength or love means weakness. The reason (Original) Team Arrow works so well is because they trust one another, which yes requires vulnerability. But just like with fraying cord ends, when you wrap these pieces together, what was once a weakness in isolation becomes even stronger than before. The reason OTA has been falling apart lately is because they have not been trusting one another with real issues, which is something we finally got a taste at resolving tonight, with Oliver confronting Felicity and Diggle dishing out sage advice to Oliver as always.

In this episode, Oliver’s past and Felicity’s present are presented in parallel with one another. Helix is like the Bratva, demanding a “quid pro quo” in order to become a team member. Yet the only way to belong in such an environment is to slowly spiral deeper into darkness. Wonderful, loyal, brilliant Felicity is going to sink deep into Helix to save Oliver. And I cannot fault her for that. Just like Oliver sacrificed himself to Ra’s to save Thea (and his team, so by extension her), and I could not fault him for that either. These two have made their choices, willing to sacrifice the best parts of themselves, willing to destroy the very fabric of their identities, in order to save the people they love.

What’s interesting is that Adrian/Prometheus/Simon(?) seeks to destroy Oliver by not killing him (hello, Slade 2.0), and he’s hoping to break Oliver by ripping the darkness out of him (hello, Ra’s 2.0). So what’s cool is that everything is really coming full circle this season; all the past issues and flashbacks are overlapping, leading to one final paramount parallel that will push us into the next stage in the show. 

And what’s going to be beautiful is that despite the pain or whatever nonsense Prometheus makes Oliver believe, and despite Oliver’s recent doubts and protestations to the contrary this episode, Oliver is changing. He already has changed for the better. He knows he’s stronger with his team. He knows who he is, but most importantly he knows who he is not. And he is definitely not the man he was five years ago. So whatever happens next episode and in the coming episodes, the core of who Oliver is now is not darkness but light. And just like Oliver needs his team, the team, the city needs Oliver Queen.

The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. For God will bring every deed into judgment, with every secret thing, whether good or evil.
—  Ecclesiastes 12:13-14
Remember your Creator.
   Remember him while you are still young.
Think about him before your times of trouble come.
   The years will come when you will say,
   “I don’t find any pleasure in them.
—  Ecclesiastes 12:1

anonymous asked:

I've been wondering this for a while. As a gentile who has come to the truth, how do we worship the Most High the right way? Do we follow the law too? Dress the same? Celebrate the holy days? If any of your followers know, could they please also reply in the comments? I just want serve correctly and am confused. God bless everyone!

Yes worship the same way 🙌🏽 also pray and ask the most High to guide you, lean on him.

Ecclesiastes 12:13
“Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.”

Bless you ❤️

God will judge everything people do.
   That includes everything they try to hide.
   He’ll judge everything, whether it’s good or evil.
—  Ecclesiastes 12:14
Everything has now been heard.
   And here’s the final thing I want to say.
Have respect for God and obey his commandments.
   This is what he expects of all human beings.
—  Ecclesiastes 12:14

We learn about the grace of God all the time. How loving and how gracious He is, how His love covers over all things. But we lack teaching of how to fear God. How can we truly understand His grace without fearing God, without realizing the power and extent that God can damn you. How in every aspect and way He has the right to do so, but still be perfect, righteous and good all the while. Revering God is something that cannot be ignored otherwise a false understanding of God’s grace develops. Knowing the true grace of God requires a fear of God.

The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. For God will bring every deed into judgment, with every secret thing, whether good or evil.

Ecclesiastes 12:13-14

Remember.

Remember your Creator 
   in the days of your youth, 
before the days of trouble come 
   and the years approach when you will say, 
   “I find no pleasure in them”— 
 before the sun and the light 
   and the moon and the stars grow dark, 
   and the clouds return after the rain; 
 when the keepers of the house tremble, 
   and the strong men stoop, 
when the grinders cease because they are few, 
   and those looking through the windows grow dim; 
 when the doors to the street are closed 
   and the sound of grinding fades; 
when people rise up at the sound of birds, 
   but all their songs grow faint; 
 when people are afraid of heights 
   and of dangers in the streets; 
when the almond tree blossoms 
   and the grasshopper drags itself along 
   and desire no longer is stirred. 
Then people go to their eternal home 
   and mourners go about the streets.

  Remember him—before the silver cord is severed, 
   and the golden bowl is broken; 
before the pitcher is shattered at the spring, 
   and the wheel broken at the well, 
 and the dust returns to the ground it came from, 
   and the spirit returns to God who gave it.

Meaningless, meaningless. Everything is meaningless.

Fear God and keep His commandments , for this is the duty of all mankind.
For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil.
—  Ecclesiastes 12:13-14