Kick the Bucket

November 3, 2010 at 10:19 am | Posted in Common Expressions | 1 Comment
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This is one of the expressions we use when someone has died. It originated with the buckets that people would place under the wooden frames used to hang animals when their throats were cut. The animals’ feet would kick the “bucket.”

And when we were all fallen to the earth, I heard a voice speaking unto me, and saying in the Hebrew tongue, Saul, Saul, why persecutest thou me? it is hard for thee to kick against the pricks.

Acts 26:14, emphasis added

Kicking is associated with wild, stubborn, or disobedient animals in the Bible. Like ox-goads, pricks would prod or force the animals to go forward or go in a certain direction.

Did you “kick against the pricks” before you were saved? Was there a time when you were under conviction by the Holy Ghost, and yet you resisted coming to Christ?

Unless Jesus comes back first, we are all going to “kick the bucket” one day. When you look at the statistics, hopefully you won’t be surprised at the death rate these days: It is “one per person.” One time I met a man who told me he did not want to come to church because, “Me and God have a problem.” That was only true in a sense. What he really needed to understand is that he might have had a problem with God, but that God does not really have a “problem” with anyone. God is not a man – He’s not a human being like you or me – who sometimes gets into petty squabbles with other human beings. God loves you and wants to save you. Before you kick the bucket, make the decision to stop kicking against the Holy Spirit and trust Jesus Christ as your Savior.

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