“Life seems strangely fixed between a battle-field and a first-aid station.” (Swindoll). The most famous passage is Proverbs 8:22-31, however. “Almond tree” = hair turns white. Ecclesiastes 2:2, "The wise man's eyes are in his head." Give freely, give as the Father giveth, without regard to self, in no way seeking a reward, is the burden of His teaching, and such a passage as Luke 6:27-38 seems to have been aimed at the head of such writers as Sirach. You can help bring about change. “Explore” – to experiment. The role of wisdom in experiencing success surfaces repeatedly, particularly when Solomon must acknowledge that God has not revealed all of the details. And do not protest to the angel, (or temple messenger) 'My vow was a mistake!' A purpose profound enough, big enough, consuming enough, that it grabs us by the shirt collar and demands our attention. Ecclesiastes, F B MEYER He’s teaching balance in life! In Eccl 10 Solomon offers us some common sense instructions about “The Meaning of Life.” This chapter is a bit difficult, not because of its interpretation, but because of its organization. A. Ecclesiastes.The school to which Jermin belonged delighted to display their learning, of which they had no small share; they excelled in wise sayings, but not in unction. Ecclesiastes 2:1-11 Are You Losing Touch? Author and Date - No time period or writer’s name is mentioned in the book, but several passages suggest that King Solomon may be the author (Eccl 1:1,12,16; 2:4–9; 7:26–29; 12:9; cf. It’s possible he could have saved the city, but didn’t. When all is said and done, when the red-headed, pony-tailed, guitar strumming philosopher sings “Turn out the lights, the party’s over” (That’s Willie Nelson for all non-cultured people), what’s the advantage? Ecclesiastes But it must be remembered that he speaks only of that which is ''under the sun,'' a phrase that is used 29 times in Ecclesiastes. Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them.' Remember the Creator. Reference Notes But he did, and now he’s writing his memoirs. Commentary on the book of Ecclesiastes : Multnomah Press, 1985. (Excerpt from Ecclesiastes Overview). Relax. Ecclesiastes 1:9-10, "That which is crooked, cannot be made straight." This theme occurs seven times in the book: Eccl 2:24–26; 3:12–13, 22; 5:18–20; 8:15; 9:7–9; 11:8–9. Ecclesiastes 1:1-2 Authorship, Date, Theme and Structure, Ecclesiastes 1:3-11 Introduction of the Book of Ecclesiastes, Ecclesiastes 1:12-18 Surveying All Done On Earth Is Vanity, Ecclesiastes 2:12-17 Great Knowledge Is Vanity, Ecclesiastes 2:18-4:16 Hard Work Is Vanity, Ecclesiastes 5:1-5 Hasty Speech Is Vanity, Ecclesiastes 5:8-6:9 Great Wealth Is Vanity, Ecclesiastes 6:10-7:29 Self-Righteousness Is Vanity, Ecclesiastes- 8:1-9:10 Human Wisdom Is Vanity, Ecclesiastes 9:11-11:8 Human Achievement Is Vanity, Ecclesiastes 12:9-12 Excessive Study Is Vanity, Ecclesiastes 1:1-11 Here Today, Gone Tomorrow, Ecclesiastes 6:1-12 I CAN Get Satisfaction, Ecclesiastes 7:15-8:1 Wise Words for Wise Ones, Ecclesiastes 8:1-17 Living Under the Thumb, Ecclesiastes 9:1-12 Living While You Live, Ecclesiastes 9:13-10:20 Wise Beyond Words, Ecclesiastes 11:7-12:8 Live While You Are Dying, Ecclesiastes 1:4: What Passes and What Abides, Ecclesiastes 1:9: The Past and the Future, Ecclesiastes 5:1-12: Lessons for Worship and for Work, Ecclesiastes 11:9, 12:1: A New Years Sermon to the Young, Ecclesiastes 12:1-7, 13-14: The Conclusion of the Matter, Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 The Value of Friendship (ODW), Gleason Archer - The Linguistic Evidence for the Date of Ecclesiastes, Robert McCabe - Message of Ecclesiastes - 27 page paper, Robert McCabe - Navigating Life in a World that has Been Scarred by the Fall: Reflections on Ecclesiastes 9;7-10 and Living in a World of Suffering, Ecclesiastes Bibliography (Ted Hildebrandt). 1856. Bible Answer: The verse you are referring to is Ecclesiastes 4:12. [Ecc 1:3; cp. I can’t explain the why. Proud member Ecclesiastes. To learn the true meaning of life … first view life apart from God – see it in all of its futility … then the layer of God-connectiveness can be added and it will mean something. I wonder how many can’t receive God’s love because they are “mad” at Him for any number of reasons. If only we could grasp this truth, how many hours and years of grief would be spared us. Ecclesiastes is not a book to be expounded verse by verse; but Cotton does it as well as anyone. Ecclesiastes 5:10-17 Working For The Wind, Ecclesiastes 6:1-8 The Difference God Makes, Ecclesiastes 7:9 Beware Of Jumping To Conclusions, Ecclesiastes 9:11 The Testimony Of A Tortoise, Ecclesiastes 9:11-12 It's Not Over Till It's Over, Ecclesiastes 9:16-10:10 Tiny Evils, Big Fall, Ecclesiastes 9:16-10:10 No One Remembered, Ecclesiastes 12:1-7 Land Of Eternal Spring. I/6. ''Those that seek Me early shall find Me.'' B. For it is not wise to ask such questions." The verdict is, ''All is vanity. It is not the kid of book man would write if he could or could write if he would. The statement of the methods and ideals of the Wisdom school is also virtually a statement of our Lord's attitude toward it and an explanation of why much of His teaching took the form it did. C. Get ready for the Judgment (Eccl 12:14) – He holds us accountable. Ecclesiastes 2:17 - vexation of spirit. The pronoun of the first-person hardly occurs; he is taken up with the contemplation of God, of Christ, of the Spirit. VI. Illustrate with the story of the publican and Pharisee (Lk 18:10-14+). He can’t sleep. Even though riches are nothing in themselves (Proverbs 10:2; 11:28; 23:4,5; 28:11; Ecclesiastes 5:13; Sirach 11:19; 31:5-7; all the literature denounces the unrighteous rich), yet Wisdom is to be desired as bringing not only righteousness but riches also (Proverbs 8:21; 11:25; 13:18; Sirach 4:15; 20:27,28; The Wisdom of Solomon 6:21). Life without God is meaningless! Generation (Eccl 1:4): He speaks here of nature’s cycle. Portland, Oreg. But I want to use these verses to speak to those in positions of spiritual leadership. Is it circumstances, things, people, worry, adversaries, sickness, family conflicts? Ecclesiastes 4:1 - such as were oppressed. Man in himself cannot find meaning (Ecclesiastes 2:24-26). For use by the well-informed student. This writer is no doubt a profound thinker, but we do not set much store by the result of his thinkings. Why? Get rid of your ‘rabbit’s foot” – it didn’t bring the rabbit any luck! Ecclesiastes 9:17, "Wisdom is better than weapons of war." Beloved, if you are struggling with trying to find the rare jewel of Christian contentment, Ecclesiastes is for you! 7:13-23 Choices That Matter, Eccl. We depart as we came – in our birthday suit without a skinny penny! One of the most satisfying expositions on this portion of Scripture. The Conflicts of Belief: Ecclesiastes 3:16-4:16, Inequity, oppression, rivalry, materialism, and popularity. What's the big idea? There is the announcement of a theme, a brief -introduction, a developing of the theme, and a practical application in conclusion. Stop drooling. C. Creation (Eccl 1:5-7): “Sun”. Here’s some sound advice on wealth. Live under the sun, rise no higher, and doubt and unbelief will ensue. Solomon reigned for forty years (from 970 to 930 BC). Such is the case of the unfilled life of a rich man. How do you explain it? on Ecclesiastes. A.) – More money-more people-more worries-more anxiety-less sleep (see Proverbs 19:4-7). D. He Who Hoards His Money will Find that his Sickness is Intensified (Eccl 5:13). Note: NETBible notes are in the right panel. “Goads” (Eccl 12:11) – a long stake with an iron point. Look at Eccl 9:11. It is a reference to the trinity. Swindoll, Charles Rozell. then I saw all the work of God, that a man cannot find out the work that is done under the sun. Even the Messianic hope of the nation is in the background in Pr (2:21,22 (? Let me make three observations from these verses. And as the 'wells of salvation' in Isaiah XlI. Craig Bartholomew, "Qoheleth in the Canon? Pointer: “What you hear is not always what you need.” Don’t take seriously everything you hear. Under the firm hand of Persia there were no political questions, and in later times the nation was too weak to play any part in the conflicts between Antioch and Alexandria. Sermons on Ecclesiastes, JAMES M. MACDONALD NISBET (ALEXANDER. 1874. Sermon Notes on Ecclesiastes Nothing? Commentary on Ecclesiastes. Matthew 5:4 The 2nd Beatitude 018. In his pursuit of life away from God, he went to Hollywood and Dollywood. Stoicism's prime directives are virtue, reason, and natural law, abided to develop personal self-control and mental fortitude as means of overcoming destructive emotions. This combination of Jewish and Greek thought was still further elaborated by Philo--and still further confused. III. The lover is usually seen as God or Christ, with the beloved as either God’s people (Israel) or the Church. 2. It’s better to have a few things (one handful) and be satisfied than to have many things (two handfuls) and lose your health and peace of mind. Evil is in the heart. There has never been a man who had more than Solomon, only to come to the end of his life and find that true and lasting contentment is found ONLY in God, ultimately ONLY in Christ Jesus, "in Whom are hidden all the treasures of wisdom and knowledge." Working (Eccl 4:10) – Two can get more done. You will always have a few “bad apples” in the basket. To which are appended: Treatises on the Song of Solomon; on the Book of Job; on the Prophet Isaiah, &c.Edinb., T. & T. Clark. In Ecclesiastes, Job and Proverbs it is hardly mentioned (Proverbs 28:7-9; 29:18 (?)). There is always such a savor of the Lord Jesus Christ in Dr Hawker that you cannot read him without profit....not as a substantial dish but as a condiment, place the Plymouth vicar's work on the table. Peshat (פְּשָׁט ) – "surface" ("straight") or the literal (direct) meaning. Solomon's Sermon to the People, with an Exposition. I worked, I played, I worked. ALEXANDER MACLAREN If you can’t handle criticism (and who among us can?) JAMES NISBET'S CHURCH PULPIT COMMENTARY Note: Brief comments from a more modern perspective. It reads like the morning headlines. Conclusion: Think about these. It means super vain, completely empty, nothing to it. “He had an affair and he seems to be happy. Some things cannot be solved and some things we can never find out. You might even keep a small "Ecclesiastes Notebook" to record your own observations (see the value of inductive Bible study), the points you need to apply to your life and the prayers you would like to pray to your God. The point here, also, is that I cannot change someone else’s spirit. He began his reign 2 Ecclesiastes at the age of 20 and ended it at the age of 60. III. Love God. Writing (Eccl 12:9-10) – Solomon “wrote” “right words” that were upright and true. Commentary on the book of Ecclesiastes So we can live (add years to our life). The closing admonition of Ecclesiastes, only implied in the main body of the book, is to "Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man" ( 12:13 ). Is there anything of which one can say, 'Look! Give a fool enough rope and he will eventually hang himself. Of particular significance is his interpretation of the text. Vast numbers of godly men and women have been oppressed and persecuted—sometimes even executed—for their Christian stand (e.g., John the Baptist, Paul the apostle), and they seemed to have had "no comforter," but they did have the divine Comforter (John 14:16; 2 Corinthians 1:4, 5). There are many enemies lurking around us seeking to destroy and demolish. It’s simple. It jabs and prods. Accept the invitation. It is an inspired, an accurate book. Sadly, some never learn. The undergirding philosophy of life has to be the point of reference for all choices. What should we learn from the life of Solomon? Rather, it is to recognize that God spoke the law to the nation of Israel, and similarly the prophets spoke basically to the nation. He seems here to assume the role of a pastor over his flock rather than as a king over his subjects. Don’t let things go – get things done. It is not reading too much into Wisdom Literature to say that wisdom's way of building the society that reflected Yahweh's will for humankind was to work from the individual up, whereas law and prophecy tended to work from the corporate nation down to the individual. He Make Life Beautiful (Eccl 3:11) – Note the words “appropriate” (beautiful), “everything” and “in it’s time.”. General Editor. The one notable exception is James, which has even been classed as "Wisdom literature," and with some justice. Ecclesiastes 4:1-5:20 Why Does God Allow This? Ecclesiastes – Sure Footing in an Unsure World. He guards his words carefully (Eccl 10:12-14), 6. Fix your face. Ecclesiastes 10:12, "He does not even know how to go to the city!" She is the origin (or "mother") of all creatures (The Wisdom of Solomon 7:12; compare 8:6), continualiar active in penetrating (The Wisdom of Solomon 7:24), ordering (The Wisdom of Solomon 8:1), and renewing (The Wisdom of Solomon 7:27) all things, while carrying inspiration to all holy souls (The Wisdom of Solomon 7:23), especially to Israel (The Wisdom of Solomon 10:17,18). So "right" and "wrong" become confused with "advantage" and "disadvantage." Who was this preacher-author of Ecclesiastes? It’s the Hebrew word (Nephesh) than means soul. Looking For the Good Life: The Search for Fulfillment in the Light of Ecclesiastes. Devotionals from It’s taken some people a long time to learn this. Introduction: In chapter 8 Solomon continues his theme on wisdom. - Lectures to My Students, RALPH WARDLAW Waco, Tex. He’s enough. Matthew 5:10 The 8th Beatitude 024. Verse by Verse We’re either under authority or in a position of authority. Whatever the case may be here is a man who had an opportunity for greatness. His explanations were composed for the pulpit and delivered there. Outline - The book chronicles Solomon’s investigations and conclusions regarding man’s lifework, which combine all of his activity and its potential outcomes including limited satisfaction. Rely on His grace. Ecclesiastes 7:10, "Wisdom is good with an inheritance." A. Two makes the difficult jobs easier. Lectures on Ecclesiastes. The Quest for Contentment When we look around what will we see? . “I can’t get no satisfaction.”, II. Ecclesiastes 9:9 - Live joyfully. Ecclesiastes 10:15, "Because of laziness, the building decays; and through idleness of hands, the house leaks." Dead flies make a perfumer’s oil stink, so a little foolishness is weightier than wisdom and honor. See same resource but in verse by verse format, CHARLES BRIDGES He seems to think that his point is proved, but it is the merest surmise possible. 1811. 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