Friday, 11 September 2009

VANITY KILLS

Hello again folks! One of the other bands that I always liked [beside ELO of course!] from the 1980's was ABC. I loved the production of Trevor Horn on 'The Lexicon of Love' and I always liked the bittersweet angst of Martin Fry's lyrics. See also my blog entitled: "CALLING ALL JEWISH SINCLAIRS" on the Trevor Horn connection:
One of the songs that stood out for me [beside '15 Storey Halo'] was a 1985 track entitled: "Vanity Kills". As a Christian this always reminds me to the Holy Spirit-inspired wisdom of Solomon and the Book of Ecclesiastes. Even in secular music and with secular lyrics there is a faint glimmer of truth. Vanity does kill ... the soul ... eternally.
"The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem.
Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity.
What profit hath a man of all his labor which he taketh under the sun?
One generation passeth away, and another generation cometh: but the earth abideth for ever.
The sun also ariseth, and the sun goeth down, and hasteth to his place where he arose.
The wind goeth toward the south, and turneth about unto the north; it whirleth about continually, and the wind returneth again according to his circuits.
All the rivers run into the sea; yet the sea is not full: unto the place from whence the rivers come, thither they return again.
All things are full of labor; man cannot utter it: the eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear filled with hearing.
The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.
Is there any thing whereof it may be said, See, this is new? it hath been already of old time, which was before us.
There is no remembrance of former things; neither shall there be any remembrance of things that are to come with those that shall come after."
[Ecclesiastes 1:1-12]
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"Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher; all is vanity."
[Ecclesiastes 12:8]
Jesus stated the vanity [the pointlessness and fruitlessness] of a man gaining the whole world and losing his own soul; echoing the words of the above scriptures. The Living Word citing the written Word under the direction of the Holy Spirit in doing the work of the Father's Work. It's just so beautiful and succinct and it perfectly displays the Triunity of the Godhead. Folks ... it's all about Jesus y'know ... and moreover ... it always was! From Genesis to Revelation ... Praise Him! Be Bereans; watchmen must warn; evangelists must compel; DO NOT BE DECEIVED!
God bless you and God bless Israel ... Keith JS ... 11-Sep-2009

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