Through Solomon’s pen the Holy Spirit gave us some fantastic help in the final chapter of Ecclesiastes [12:6]. It’s a short chapter and I urge you to read it slow and carefully. Let me give you Solomon’s description for the death of the body {and notice I said the “death of the body” and not ‘your death’} in verse 6 “Or ever the silver cord be loosed, or the golden bowl be broken, or the pitcher be broken at the fountain, or the wheel broken at the cistern” Notice that the “silver cord” is “loosed” from something. Notice that something is broken and what is therein is released. Verse 7 tells us all what happens next in the ordained order: then shall the dust return to the earth as it was [Genesis 3:19] and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it”.
Solomon is hitting the nail right on the head when he says “the silver cord be loosed” for the representation is that when this ‘pitcher’ [used for carrying something] is broken then that which it carried is freed from it. The clay pitcher is tossed to the ground now useless. In Exodus 13:19 we are told that Joseph had charged the children of Israel that when they left Egypt, he wanted them to take his bones with them. Watch how it is written “…and ye shall carry up my bones away hence with you”. Notice that Joseph didn’t say “dig ME up and carry ME with you”. See, his bones were part of the pitcher that time had broken, but those bones were NOT part of the silver cord that was loosed from within. In other words, Joseph knew quite well that while his bones were an important part of the clay body in which he’d lived for so long, those bones were not part of the real Joseph that lived within that body of dust. Let me ask you to turn to Matthew 14 and look with me at John the Baptist. You may remember he was beheaded for preaching against Herod’s adultery {because Herod was shacked up with his own brother’s wife} [so much for all this don’t judge me garbage – sin is sin]. So, Herod, being a proper liberal and I suspect a democrat, had John thrown in prison and later had him killed by beheading. In verse 12 we read something important! After John’s “silver cord was loosed” from the “golden bowl” [Ecclesiastes 12:6] his body is thereafter referred to as a corpse [Mark 6:29] and we are told that his head was an “it” and his body was an “it” – none of which are thereafter called John. Why is that? Because the body is just that…a bowl, a box, a pitcher…it isn’t important. What is important is what is carried within it. So, in Job we are told that the “body” [Job 19:26] will be destroyed by the process of decay and over time it will return to the dust from which is was made [Genesis 3:19] and that the real us which has lived within that pitcher will return to God. As such when we go to the funeral home to “make the arrangements”, those arrangements are for the body, NOT our loved one. What is important is that you do all you can to prepare for the day when that golden bowl will be broken!