Hello Loves! It’s day 4 of our of Bible Journaling with Deb the friendship plan. So glad you could make it. Today we will be bible journaling Ecclesiastes 4 :9-10, and discussing how it pertains to God’s message regarding friendships.
Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 – What is God telling us?
NIV translation of Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 reads:
“Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their labor: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up.”
Now let’s look at another translation.
Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 (KJV) reads:
Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labor. For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up.
They read a little different but definitely mean the same. So when you read this verse what do you think of? Do you think of maybe your spouse? I used to believe that Ecclesiastes was written for marriage and God’s orders on marriages. These two verses can be used for both friendships and marriages.
Deeper into Ecclesiastes 4:9-10
The first part of verse 4:9 states: Two are better than one. It’s clear from the beginning God didn’t want us to be alone. He created Adam and then gave him Eve. Then if we think of the story of Noah, God tells him to gather Two of every kind of animal.
But why are two better than one? That answer is found in the second part of 4:9: because they have a good reward for their labor. It’s easier to accomplish more when two are working at the task. Not only does this message pertain to “work” but it also works great for our friendships & relationships. If you’re one that tends to be quick to do things, and your friend thinks about it more, then you’re balancing out one another. Same goes to say for marriage too.
Deeper into verse Ecclesiastes 4:10
The beginning of 4:10 says: If either of them falls down, one can help the other up. So God’s message on friendship here is, when you stumble, get sad, feel lonely, need someone to talk too, your friend is there for all that. So friendships are great for morale, emotional, and physical strength. Now the second part of verse 4:10 says: But pity anyone who falls and has no one to help them up. God’s message here is straight forward and to the point. He’s basically saying, that He pities anyone that falls, gets sad, lonely, or need physical support that is friendless. Because you’re on your own.
So, God’s message about friendship in 4:9-10 is that He has always wanted us to have friends, that’s why He sends them to us. Secondly, He’s telling us that friendships are meant for support, not only emotionally but physically. We should be there for our friends to help out with getting things done. Lastly, make friends so when you do fall, need support you aren’t left alone to deal with it all by yourself.
Bible Journaling Ecclesiastes 4
I had fun doing this page. A while back I got some faceless dolls prints from a swap, I’ve been waiting for the right time to use them. This was the perfect verse for them.
The supplies I used to create this page weren’t anything special, or expensive. I believe most of them were bought off Amazon, but I know I’ve seen them at Walmart as well. So, I used watercolored pencils and a black jelly roll pen for the date. Very simple but pretty.
First I traced the dolls on the page, my pages are pretty see-through so most of the time tracing works great. I then colored them with my watercolored pencils, to get a more vibrant color I dipped the tips in the water. As I was looking through my cutouts I found a scrap piece of sheet music and decided to incorporate it into my page. Then I added some color to the page again using the pencils. This time I didn’t wet the ends because I only wanted to add a bit of color. I then dipped my pink into the water and highlighted the verses.
After drying the page with my heat tool, I added little dots along the bottom and top of the page. Then I added little crosses in opposite corners and wrote the word friends on the page. Next, I found a sticker with black dots on it and added it to the edges, afterwards I wrote the date and added the tab to the page.
Bible Journaling Ecclesiastes 4 – Final Thoughts
Again, these two verses explain why God wants us to have friends. It’s a great reminder of ways we should be there for our friends. We do this because we care, not because we expect something in return. As followers of Jesus Christ, it’s something He expects us to do.
I want everyone to understand that throughout this series, I am only explaining the things I’ve learned from the verse. We can all read the same verse and have a slightly different take of it. I believe that as we go through different seasons, we see things in a different light.
My hopes for Faith Crafts and Coffee is to inspire others to seek our Savior, Jesus Christ. That’s all it took for me, was seeing my sister-in-law reading her bible during our vacation. She was dealing with some difficult hardships but always seemed calm/happy. I kept thinking it had to be her faith that kept her strong. I turned to God in Sept 2018, and I’ll never look back.
Remember . . .
“If you seek him, he will be found by you” – 1 Chronicle 28:9. All it takes is you asking Him to come into your life. Then grab your Bible and seeking Him through His words.
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