In “dogs and lions” Jefferson Vann explains some ancient wisdom about the reality of death, and why Jesus is our only hope of a life after death.
Ecclesiastes 9:4-6 (JDV)
4 Because whoever is connected with all the living has hope, because a living dog is better than a dead lion. 5 Because the living ones are aware of the fact that they will die, but the dead ones are aware of nothing, and they get no more wages, because people forget to even mention their name. 6 Their love and their hate and their envy have already been erased, and they have no more involvement in all that is done under the sun permanently.
dogs and lions
Solomon had first concluded that it was better to be dead than alive, but then he changed his mind. Now he argues that it is better to be alive, even though it is only temporary. Life means awareness: the dead are not aware of what is happening. Life means the ability to enjoy wages: the dead enjoy nothing. Life means being remembered by others. The dead are eventually forgotten.
His observations of life under the sun have led Solomon to reject all that religious nonsense about survival of death. He recommends enjoying life now because it is a precious gift from God. If there will be any life after this – that also will be a gift from God. Immortality is not a given. It is conditional. The conditions were met by Christ. He is our only hope or resurrection life. Without him, even great lions are just dead animals.
LORD, thank you for Christ, our only hope for eternal life.