Ecclesiastes

Introduction to Ecclesiastes 

Solomon wrote a book on the vanity and pointlessness of physical things, teaching us that the only thing that lasts for eternity and really matters is godliness and the keeping of the whole Word of God and to do God’s Will:
Ecclesiastes 12:13  Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.

The Book of Ecclesiastes was appointed by Ezra-Nehemiah to be read during the Feast of Tabernacles. I am posting it just before the Feast because I will have so much work in studying through the book of Deuteronomy this year.

Ecclesiastes is a lesson, that after actual experience with life the first time around, the main harvest of humanity will realize the vanity of the ways of men; and will come to repentance and be brought into the family of God.

Wiki: “Ecclesiastes takes its Hebrew name from the main speaker, Qoheleth, (also Koheleth), a word related to the root which means “to assemble”. The idea behind the name was that probably the Teacher caused a group of students to assemble and hear his words; the Greek title is an attempt to translate this, and the English is taken directly from the Greek. Qoheleth introduces himself as “son of David, king in Jerusalem,” implying that he is Solomon.

It is in the form of an autobiography, at times expressed in aphorisms and maxims, telling of his investigation into the meaning of life and the best way of life. The work emphatically proclaims all the actions of man to be inherently transitory,  “vain”, “futile”, “empty”, “meaningless”, “temporary”, “fleeting,” or “mere breath,” depending on translation, as the lives of both wise and foolish men end in death.

Qoheleth clearly endorses wisdom as a means for a well-lived earthly life, and the book is an instruction that the transitory nature of physical life, points us to the pressing need for the spiritual, while doing our best to enjoy the blessings God has provided. 

The teacher comes to this final conclusion: Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. (Ecc 12:13).” 

The Book is also absolutely applicable to the COG today, as they head into the great tribulation; that we may  learn that what they think is right, will not last; and that  what God commands as being right is the only thing of eternal value.

Solomon was born to be king and grew up in his father’s shadow, personally taught by a man after God’s own heart, his own father, how to be a king.

When Solomon became king he asked God for wisdom as Solomon had been taught to seek by his father David, and God respected that choice and also gave Solomon many other blessings.

Yet, Solomon had one big hole in his education, he had not grown up in adversity, fleeing for his life as his father David had, or being imprisoned like Joseph, or working as a slave in Egypt; instead Solomon was born with the proverbial silver spoon.

Solomon had not learned to persevere through trials; today’s modern generation also has this shortcoming in their spiritual education, which will be corrected in the great tribulation which is coming to perfect the spiritually called out.

As the years passed Solomon became infatuated with his own wisdom and slowly began to forget the commandments of God which are true wisdom. He began to make decisions based on what he thought looked right to him, and even the super-wise Solomon was NOT as wise as God and God’s commandments. 

The Ekklesia has done this same thing, being filled with pride in their own supposed understanding and supposed spiritual wisdom, as they unknowingly depart further and further away from the wisdom of God.

Solomon chose to maintain peace by marrying the daughters of neighboring kings which this God had forbidden. Solomon also chose to multiply wives to himself, which God had forbidden kings to do. 

Even so the Ekklesia today, in our pride;  has turned to the false teachings of idols of men, just as Solomon built up temples to physical idols.

Now consider: If a wife with her needs both physical and emotional, saw her husband maybe once every three years for a day; What kind of marriage and relationship would that be? Obviously the ladies would become lonely and would say: I will go back to my home, back to my family and back to my gods; and they enticed Solomon to build houses for their gods to keep them with him, and to keep the peace with the surrounding nations.

As Solomon grew older, he allowed his wives to turn his heart away from the true wisdom of God and towards what he thought was right in his own eyes.

Today we have forgotten that all true wisdom is contained in every Word of God, and they have turned to doing what seems right in their own eyes; even to the point of making and following their own idols of men, traditions and corporate organizations.

For this sin God rent the ten tribes away from Solomon’s descendants in punishment. Indeed the WHOLE kingdom was taken from Solomon, since the two tribes and the Levites were to remain for David’s sake and not for Solomon’s

At this time the we have done the very same things as Solomon, in turning away from God to do as they think right, above what God says is right.

Like Solomon we too have a kingship as the birthright of EVERY called out person; and many of us have despised and sold that kingship and priesthood, for a bowl of stew [worldly pleasure] like Esau! We make of no effect the commandments of God, to seek our own pleasures and remain in our own traditions, or to avoid the difficulties Satan places on our living as God has commanded.

We pollute Sabbath and High Days for our own pleasures. We reject to keep God’s commanded seven day Feast of ULB, and his New Moons, just because we prefer our traditions to the commandments of Almighty God. Then we seek out the worldly pleasures and our own ways with enthusiasm!

We call the table of the LORD [God’s Word] contemptible [by rejecting truth for our own false ways]  and then we DARE to label ourselves as godly!

Because we will not obey our God and be zealous for his ways; because we have fallen away from God and into an attitude of laxity and lukewarmness for God’s ways, while being HOT for our own ways. We are being rejected by Jesus Christ, Rev 3:16; and our kingdoms and priesthoods are being taken from us; just like Esau list his birthright and Solomon his kingdom.

Yet there is a place of repentance in the great tribulation. We must learn to value God’s wisdom above our own in the crucible of fire!  We shall have to prove our repentance by turning to God and being zealously faithful under severe trials and persecution; and very many will have to prove their repentance by giving up their physical lives.

Even then the lukewarm shall have a lesser reward, for the faithful pillars will be given authority of the highest in the kingdom while the Laodiceans will be at their feet to govern under the pillars; and only if they repent, learn their lessons and give their lives in true zeal for God’s commandments.

As Solomon began to rely on his own wisdom; he tried out and engaged in all manner of sin; and with the wisdom given him he began to understand the truth and ultimately came to repentance before God.  Many of the called of the true spiritual Ekklesia will also learn their lesson and sincerely repent when they learn their lessons!

The story of Solomon’s journey to repentance is one of the most misunderstood and most despised Books of the Bible.

The Book of Ecclesiastes was written by a man of great wisdom, who had been cut off from God by his own pride, and had set out to find his own way, instead of diligently keeping God’s commandments as he had been taught by his father David.

And in his experiences of his own ways, Solomon learns how little meaning the ways of man have, in comparison to eternity, and the wisdom of God’s commandments; and he comes to a place of repentance.

Brethren, we shall shortly be forced to understand and know, that our own ways are not acceptable to God, nor are they of any lasting value whatsoever in the context of eternity.

In the tribulation we shall learn the hard way that the pleasures of this world and our own traditions separate us from God; and the ways of man that are not consistent with God’s commandments; will be revealed to us as only empty vanity and a vexation of spirit.

In very short order, those who will not repent and learn this lesson now; will be forced to learn it in great tribulation.

The commandments are the ONLY way to eternal life. We MUST repent of breaking those commandments or compromising with even the very least commandment, and we MUST then commit to keeping all of God’s commandments forever [which is what baptism is]; and then the sacrifice of Christ will be applied to us, reconciling us to the Father and bringing the birthright of eternal life, as kings and priests over the earth.

Only if we learn the lesson that Solomon learned, will we be fit to be a part of the Bride of Christ.

Ecclesiastes 12:13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.12:14 For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.

  • WIKI “Solomon (Hebrew: שְׁלֹמֹה, Modern Shlomo Tiberian Šəlōmō ISO 259-3 Šlomo; Arabic: سليمان‎ Sulaymān, also colloquially: Silimān; Greek: Σολομών Solomōn), also called Jedidiah (Hebrew יְדִידְיָהּ), was, according to the Book of Kings and the Book of Chronicles, a king of Israel and the son of David. The conventional dates of Solomon’s reign are circa 970 to 931 BC. He is described as the third king of the United Monarchy, and the final king before the northern Kingdom of Israel and the southern Kingdom of Judah split. Following the split, his patrilineal descendants ruled over Judah alone.

According to the Talmud, Solomon is one of the 48 prophets. In the Qur’an, he is considered a major prophet, known as Sulaiman, son of David.

Solomon was loved by God from his birth:”

2 Samuel 12:24 And David comforted Bathsheba his wife, and went in unto her, and lay with her: and she bare a son, and he called his name Solomon: and the Lord loved him. 25 And he sent by the hand of Nathan the prophet; and he called his name Jedidiah [meaning “Beloved of YHVH”], because of the Lord.

Now Solomon had been made heir apparent in his youth; probably because he was the son of Bathsheba David’s favorite, and probably because Solomon was diligent to learn of God and God’s commandments from his father David. The Eternal did not call Solomon his beloved as a young child for nothing; the child must have been faithful and diligent learning of God from David his father, as David educated him to become king over Israel.

1 Kings 1:11 Wherefore Nathan [the prophet] spake unto Bathsheba the mother of Solomon, saying, Hast thou not heard that Adonijah the son of Haggith doth reign, and David our lord knoweth it not?

1:12  Now therefore come, let me, I pray thee, give thee counsel, that thou mayest save thine own life, and the life of thy son Solomon.

1:13 Go and get thee in unto king David, and say unto him, Didst not thou, my lord, O king, swear unto thine handmaid, saying, Assuredly Solomon thy son shall reign after me, and he shall sit upon my throne? why then doth Adonijah reign?

1:14  Behold, while thou yet talkest there with the king, I also will come in after thee, and confirm thy words.

When Solomon became king and had secured the realm he proposed to built a House for God as his father David had wanted [I have no doubt that they discussed this often together, and made plans together; for David laid up a vast sum for Solomon to build.]. Solomon was full of love for God and his commandments; having been zealous for these things from his birth.

At about that time, God who loved Solomon for his love of God’s law from childhood, offered Solomon a blessing, and Solomon being humble before God, as taught by David; asked for wisdom to rule God’s people.

Psalm 111:1 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever.

Solomon had been taught the fear and love of God by his father David.

God granted this request and further blessed Solomon with many other things, for wisdom has her fruits.

Solomon started his rule, very wise in the things and commandments of God, however he began to slowly lose his humility and be ensnared by pride as has happened in the COG today.

Solomon then set out to test God and God’s commandments, and to test also his own wisdom and ways, by considering everything that this world has to offer and judging that for it real value.

The Book of Ecclesiastes is about that testing, and what Solomon learned from his testing and inquiries into all the greatness that this world has to offer.

Ecclesiastes is about pride or humility, worldliness or godliness; and which is transitory and without lasting value, or that which has true lasting real eternal value.

This book is very very vital to the Groups claiming to be God’s people today. God deeply loved Solomon and therefore allowed Solomon to make his mistakes and learn from them.

The same is true today; God deeply loves all his called out, and he is allowing us to do what we think is right so we may make our mistakes and learn from them, in order to perfect us that we might be zealous for all eternity!

Oh how God has loved us, but very many are like rebellious children, preferring our own wisdom to the wisdom of God our Father; preferring our own ways and traditions to the truth and commandments of our loving Father.

God is warning his beloved children of the way that they should go, and we had better heed his warning, before we are destroyed by the wisdom of men and the traditions of men.

Ecclesiastes was written at the end of Solomon’s inquiries, and was inspired by God to teach us the same lesson that Solomon learned; so that we might come to the same conclusion as Solomon; and dedicate ourselves to the ONLY things that really matter and have lasting value; God and his commandments.

The lessons of Ecclesiastes are an analogy of humanity who try out all their own ways to finally learn that only  the ways of God are all that is truly permanent and all that really matters.

Ecclesiastes

The author is identified as the king and son of David, a preacher [teacher]: Strong’s:  collector (of sentences of wisdom), preacher, public speaker, speaker in an assembly, Qoheleth.

 

Ecclesiastes 1

Ecclesiastes 1:1 The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem.

After deep and lengthy study, the Teacher emphatically proclaims all the actions of man to be inherently hevel, a word meaning “vain”, “futile”, “empty”, “meaningless”, “temporary”, “transitory”, “fleeting,” or “mere breath,” depending on translation, as the lives of both wise and foolish men end in death.

Why do men seek physical fame, power or wealth in this life?  Why do the COG leaders and many elders seek their own ways which are vanity and will come to nothing, and reject the truth of God? 

1:2 Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity.

1:3 What profit hath a man of all his labour which he taketh under the sun?

1:4 One generation passeth away, and another generation cometh: but the earth abideth for ever.

Physical things never satisfy for long.

1:5 The sun also ariseth, and the sun goeth down, and hasteth to his place where he arose.

1:6 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.

1:7 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.

1:8 All things are full of labour; man cannot utter it: the eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear filled with hearing.

Physical thing do not last and never satisfy for long.

1:9 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.

1:10 Is there any thing whereof it may be said, See, this is new? it hath been already of old time, which was before us.

1:11 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.

The Preacher or Instructor in Wisdom, is identified as king Solomon.

1:12 I the Preacher was king over Israel in Jerusalem.

Solomon seeks out the meaning of life, and seeks out wisdom concerning all things physical.  He seeks out all the wisdom and pleasures of man, as many other before and after him have done.

1:13 And I gave my heart to seek and search out by wisdom concerning all things that are done under heaven: this sore travail hath God given to the sons of man to be exercised therewith.

Solomon learns what all people will eventually learn; that there is nothing lasting or satisfying in this very temporary physical existence;  ONLY the things of God are permanent and satisfying.

1:14 I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and, behold, all is vanity and vexation of spirit.

1:15 That which is crooked cannot be made straight: and that which is wanting cannot be numbered.

Solomon sought out wisdom and realized wisdom is vexation and madness, for wisdom reveals the emptiness and futility of physical existence.

1:16 I communed with mine own heart, saying, Lo, I am come to great estate, and have gotten more wisdom than all they that have been before me in Jerusalem: yea, my heart had great experience of wisdom and knowledge.

1:17 And I gave my heart to know wisdom, and to know madness and folly: I perceived that this also is vexation of spirit.

When we understand that we shall surely die and our existence will end, all other things become empty, meaningless and hopeless folly.

1:18 For in much wisdom is much grief: and he that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow.

Solomon then seeks out wealth and the pleasures of life to see if he will find meaning there.

 

Ecclesiastes 2

Solomon sought to find meaning in life through pleasure seeking because wisdom revealed that he would die and cease to exist.

Ecclesiastes 2:1 I said in mine heart, Go to now, I will prove thee with mirth, therefore enjoy pleasure: and, behold, this also is vanity.

Solomon then learned that pleasure seeking is pointless and ultimately proves to be empty and meaningless.

2:2 I said of laughter, It is mad: and of mirth, What doeth it?

2:3 I sought in mine heart to give myself unto wine, yet acquainting mine heart with wisdom; and to lay hold on folly, till I might see what was that good for the sons of men, which they should do under the heaven all the days of their life.

Then he sought riches and building p0rojects, only to find them ultimate meaningless as all physical things will ultimately perish.

2:4 I made me great works; I builded me houses; I planted me vineyards:

2:5 I made me gardens and orchards, and I planted trees in them of all kind of fruits:

2:6 I made me pools of water, to water therewith the wood that bringeth forth trees:

2:7 I got me servants and maidens, and had servants born in my house; also I had great possessions of great and small cattle above all that were in Jerusalem before me:

2:8 I gathered me also silver and gold, and the peculiar treasure of kings and of the provinces: I gat me men singers and women singers, and the delights of the sons of men, as musical instruments, and that of all sorts.

2:9 So I was great, and increased more than all that were before me in Jerusalem: also my wisdom remained with me.

2:10 And whatsoever mine eyes desired I kept not from them, I withheld not my heart from any joy; for my heart rejoiced in all my labour: and this was my portion of all my labour.

2:11 Then I looked on all the works that my hands had wrought, and on the labour that I had laboured to do: and, behold, all was vanity and vexation of spirit, and there was no profit under the sun.

Solomon tests wisdom against foolishness.

2:12 And I turned myself to behold wisdom, and madness, and folly: for what can the man do that cometh after the king? even that which hath been already done.

Wisdom is far greater than foolishness, yet what is its advantage at the end of physical life?

2:13 Then I saw that wisdom excelleth folly, as far as light excelleth darkness.

2:14 The wise man’s eyes [are open see and understand] are in his head; but the fool walketh in darkness: and I myself perceived also that one event happeneth to them all.

Then Solomon understood that both the humanly wise and the foolish die and cease to exist.

2:15 Then said I in my heart, As it happeneth to the fool, so it happeneth even to me; and why was I then more wise? Then I said in my heart, that this also is vanity.

2:16 For there is no remembrance of the wise more than of the fool for ever; seeing that which now is in the days to come shall all be forgotten. And how dieth the wise man? as the fool.

Solomon learns that at the end of life, the age old question remains: “Is that all there is?” If so then life itself is foolishness for it has no lasting value.

2:17 Therefore I hated life; because the work that is wrought under the sun is grievous unto me: for all is vanity and vexation of spirit.

Solomon despairs that his heirs will be successful to maintain his projects.

2:18 Yea, I hated all my labour which I had taken under the sun: because I should leave it unto the man that shall be after me.

2:19 And who knoweth whether he shall be a wise man or a fool? yet shall he have rule over all my labour wherein I have laboured, and wherein I have shewed myself wise under the sun. This is also vanity.

2:20 Therefore I went about to cause my heart to despair of all the labour which I took under the sun.

Solomon learns that all physical pursuits are empty and meaningless and loses all desire to pursue them further.

Solomon despairs as he realizes that the fruits of all his wisdom and labours will ultimate be left to another who probably does not deserve it and will make a big mess of them.

2:21 For there is a man whose labour is in wisdom, and in knowledge, and in equity; yet to a man that hath not laboured therein shall he leave it for his portion. This also is vanity and a great evil.

What has a man left for himself of all his labours when he dies?

2:22 For what hath man of all his labour, and of the vexation of his heart, wherein he hath laboured under the sun?

2:23 For all his days are sorrows, and his travail grief; yea, his heart taketh not rest in the night. This is also vanity.

Therefore in physical things, people should enjoy life to the full while they still live. Let men enjoy the fruits of their labours.

2:24 There is nothing better for a man, than that he should eat and drink, and that he should make his soul enjoy good in his labour. This also I saw, that it was from the hand of God.

2:25 For who can eat, or who else can hasten hereunto, more than I?

The wicked build up, so that God will take from them and give to the righteous. Therefore it is vexation [empty foolishness] of spirit to be wicked and break God’s commandments. Those who compromise with God’s commandments or teach tolerance for sin are foolish vain and spiritual empty men.

2:26 For God giveth to a man that is good in his [God’s] sight wisdom, and knowledge, and joy: but to the sinner he giveth travail, to gather and to heap up, that he may give to him that is good before God. This also is vanity and vexation of spirit.

 

Ecclesiastes  3

There is a right time for everything and often patience is in order.

Ecclesiastes 3:1 To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:

3:2 A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;

3:3 A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;

3:4 A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;

3:5 A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;

3:6 A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;

3:7 A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak;

3:8 A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.

The law may allow something, but it is not always expedient to do what the law allows. Wisdom must be exercised in what we do, even regarding lawful things. Carefully choose the right time and place for all your doings, so as to prosper in them.

What profit is there in our labours, except to take pleasure and be satisfied with our work? And to rejoice and enjoy its fruits.

3:9 What profit hath he that worketh in that wherein he laboureth? 3:10 I have seen the travail, which God hath given to the sons of men to be exercised in it.

No carnally minded person who’s thoughts are on physical pursuits, can understand the works and Word of God.

3:11 He [God] hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world [worldliness and limited understanding to the carnal man] in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end.

3:12 I know that there is no good in them [worldliness and physical pursuits], but for a man to rejoice, and to do good [keep the commandments of God] in his life.

All good things including the fruits of our own labour and wisdom, are gifts of God, for he has made and sustains all things.

3:13 And also that every man should eat and drink, and enjoy the good of all his labour, it is the gift of God.

Only the godly things are eternal and have any real meaning, and no person can change what God has ordained. Men should fear God for only he is eternal and is of any importance in the larger scheme of things.

3:14 I know that, whatsoever God doeth, it shall be for ever: nothing can be put to it, nor any thing taken from it: and God doeth it, that men should fear before him.

3:15 That which hath been is now; and that which is to be hath already been; and God requireth that which is past.

Solomon saw that there was unequal justice and wickedness in the judgment and ruler-ship of men. And that in the physical priesthood and temple there was sin. Therefore man can only count on God for righteous judgment.

3:16 And moreover I saw under the sun the place of judgment, that wickedness was there; and the place of righteousness, that iniquity was there.

3:17 I said in mine heart, God shall judge the righteous and the wicked: for there is a time there for every purpose and for every work.

At God’s judgments, God shall demonstrate that physical man is as the brute beasts who cannot understand. Therefore only the spiritual things and commandments of God have any value or really matter.

3:18 I said in mine heart concerning the estate of the sons of men, that God might manifest them, and that they might see that they themselves are beasts.

3:19 For that which befalleth the sons of men befalleth beasts; even one thing befalleth them: as the one dieth, so dieth the other; yea, they have all one breath; so that a man hath no preeminence above a beast: for all is vanity.

3:20 All go unto one place; all are of the dust, and all turn to dust again.

3:21 Who knoweth the spirit [Reuach, spirit, breath] of man that goeth upward, and the spirit [Reuach, spirit, breath] of the beast that goeth downward to the earth?

Serve God in the wisdom of God’s Word and enjoy life to the full, for after death all our physical deeds and wealth will go to another.

3:22 Wherefore I perceive that there is nothing better, than that a man should rejoice in his own works; for that is his portion: for who shall bring him to see what shall be after him?

Solomon considers the state of man, between the oppressed and the oppressors.

 

Ecclesiastes 4

Ecclesiastes 4:1 So I returned, and considered all the oppressions that are done under the sun: and behold the tears of such as were oppressed, and they had no comforter; and on the side of their oppressors there was power; but they had no comforter.

It is better to be dead than to be oppressed and without relief.

4:2 Wherefore I praised the dead which are already dead more than the living which are yet alive.

The person who has not seen oppression or been an oppressor, is blessed to have been saved from exposure to such evil.

4:3 Yea, better is he [who has never seen evil and oppression] than both they [the opressed and the oppressor], [better is the one who has not yet been born or seen such evil] which hath not yet been, who hath not seen the evil work that is done under the sun.

Solomon now considers the labours of men. Great and good accomplishments that make men famous, are pointless without God, because in the end they will come to nothing.

4:4 Again, I considered all travail [work, labour, trials], and every right work, that for this a man is envied of his neighbour. This is also vanity and vexation of spirit.

Yet, it is foolishness to be lazy and do nothing.

4:5 The fool foldeth his hands together, and eateth his own flesh.

It is better to have little, accompanied by peace and peace of mind; than to have much and be in interminable strife and stress.

4:6 Better is an handful with quietness, than both the hands full with travail and vexation of spirit.

4:7 Then I returned, and I saw vanity under the sun.

Greed for physical wealth is a sore and heavy burden, working men to death; and has no reward for all perish in the end.

4:8 There is one alone, and there is not a second; yea, he hath neither child nor brother: yet is there no end of all his labour; neither is his eye satisfied with riches; neither saith he, For whom do I labour, and bereave my soul of good? This is also vanity, yea, it is a sore travail.

It is better to work together with others.

4:9 Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour.

4:10 For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up.

4:11 Again, if two lie together, then they have heat: but how can one be warm alone?

4:12 And if one prevail against him, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken.

The following is especially true spiritually, for the Ekklesia is now full of old and foolish rulers who will not be admonished, while the kingdom of God shall be filled with the wisdom of faithful obedient children.

Matthew 18:2 And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them,

18:3  And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven.

18:4  Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.

Ecclesiastes 4:13 Better is a poor and a wise child than an old and foolish king, who will no more be admonished.

The commandment breaking ruler, leader, elder; is foolish and imprisoned by wickedness, all his subjects will suffer for his wickedness. Again this is especially true in the COG Groups who are led by proud and foolish commandment breakers; and do as they think right, instead of as God commands.

4:14 For out of prison he cometh to reign; whereas also he that is born in his kingdom becometh poor.

The righteous obedient child shall grow up to take the ruler-ship from the foolish leader.

4:15 I considered all the living which walk under the sun, with the second child that shall stand up in his stead.

It is foolishness, not to rejoice in God and his commandments; for the physical works of men shall not be long remembered. The accomplishments of the mighty shall not long be remembered after their death.

4:16 There is no end of all the people, even of all that have been before them: they also that come after shall not rejoice in him. Surely this also is vanity and vexation of spirit.

Seek out the wisdom of God in his word; rather than to teach what we do not really know and understand. the student should study and not teach until he is fully and properly prepared in his studies by inspiration of God.

Be very careful in your prayers and petitions to God. It is vanity and foolishness to pray for an hour each day, just to waste God’s time with much speaking.

Make your prayers sincere and from the heart, and do not engage in empty ramblings to put in time. Better is a prayer of three minutes from the heart, than hours of empty words.

 

Ecclesiastes 5 

It is far better to listen, learn and keep the whole Word of God, than to foolishly commit sin and be required to offer sacrifices for sin.

Ecclesiastes 5:1 Keep thy foot when thou goest to the house of God, and be more ready to hear, than to give the sacrifice of fools: for they consider not that they do evil.

Think before you speak and do not be over quick to answer a matter without thinking.

5:2 Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thine heart be hasty to utter any thing before God: for God is in heaven, and thou upon earth: therefore let thy words be few.

5:3 For a dream cometh through the multitude of business [an active mind]; and a fool’s voice is known by multitude of [empty] words.

5:4 When thou vowest a vow unto God, defer not to pay it; for he hath no pleasure in fools: pay that which thou hast vowed.

5.5  Better is it that thou shouldest not vow, than that thou shouldest vow and not pay.

Do not make promises to God, lest you fail to keep them, for if you make a promise to God, Satan will immediately work to make keeping your word a heavy burden to you. Instead fear God and do HIS will, making no promises to God, except for your baptismal marriage commitment.

5:6 Suffer not thy mouth to cause thy flesh to sin; neither say thou before the angel, that it was an error: wherefore should God be angry at thy voice, and destroy the work of thine hands?

5:7 For in the multitude of dreams and many words there are also divers vanities: but fear thou God.

You oppressors of the flock; you shall be judged of God.

5:8 If thou seest the oppression of the poor, and violent perverting of judgment and justice in a province, marvel not at the matter: for he that is higher than the highest regardeth; and there be higher than they [A higher one than the evil doer, who shall judge him.].

All things come out of the earth that God has made for humanity. Therefore all that humanity has, is a gift of God without which we could not even exist.

5:9 Moreover the profit of the earth is for all: the king himself is served by the field.

No matter what physical thing man desires, when he has achieved it; he will not be satisfied with it. for physical things are not of any real value; only the spiritual is satisfying and everlasting.

5:10 He that loveth silver shall not be satisfied with silver; nor he that loveth abundance with increase: this is also vanity.

What is the point of acquiring more than we can use; except to help others. Let the rich be generous to the poor and they will see treasures laid up for them in heaven.

5:11 When goods increase, they are increased that eat them: and what good is there to the owners thereof, saving the beholding of them with their eyes?

5:12 The sleep of a labouring man is sweet, whether he eat little or much: but the abundance of the rich will not suffer him to sleep.

5:13 There is a sore evil which I have seen under the sun, namely, riches kept for the owners thereof to their hurt.

5:14 But those riches perish by evil travail: and he begetteth a son, and there is nothing in his hand [there is nothing laid up for him in heaven when he dies].

Physical wealth is of no real lasting value, only the spiritual has lasting value. Those who seek the pleasures and wealth of this world shall die and have nothing laid up in heaven for themselves. it is better to do good and keep God’s commandments always, then to lust after worldliness.

5:15 As he came forth of his mother’s womb, naked shall he return to go as he came, and shall take nothing of his labour, which he may carry away in his hand.

5:16 And this also is a sore evil, that in all points as he came, so shall he go: and what profit hath he that hath laboured for the wind?

5:17 All his days also he eateth in darkness, and he hath much sorrow and wrath with his sickness.

Enjoy life and help others as God blesses you; but do not set your heart on ungodly lusts and pleasures.

5:18 Behold that which I have seen: it is good and comely for one to eat and to drink, and to enjoy the good of all his labour that he taketh under the sun all the days of his life, which God giveth him: for it is his portion.

Let us use what God has given us for godly purposes and keep his commandments always.

5:19 Every man also to whom God hath given riches and wealth, and hath given him power to eat thereof, and to take his portion, and to rejoice in his labour; this is the gift of God.

5:20 For he shall not much remember the days of his life; because God answereth him in the joy of his heart.

It is a sore burden to work hard and then have one’s reward taken by another; in usury and taxes, or by fraud or theft, or by cunning words.

 

Ecclesiastes 6

Ecclesiastes 6:1 There is an evil which I have seen under the sun, and it is common among men:

6:2 A man to whom God hath given riches, wealth, and honour, so that he wanteth nothing for his soul of all that he desireth, yet God giveth him not power to eat thereof, but a stranger eateth it: this is vanity, and it is an evil disease.

If a man work hard all his life and enjoy none of it, and if he has not laid up a reward in heaven; it is a great evil.

6:3 If a man beget an hundred children, and live many years, so that the days of his years be many, and his soul be not filled with good, and also that he have no burial; I say, that an untimely [miscarried] birth is better than he.

6:4 For he cometh in with vanity, and departeth in darkness, and his name shall be covered with darkness.

6:5 Moreover he [that has not been born being miscarried and] hath not seen the sun, nor known any thing: this hath more rest than the other.

If a man is rich in physical things, and not knowing God or keeping his commandments, lives for a thousand years; he will still die; the physically rich, or carnally wise; shall still die, like the fool.

The ONLY things that has any real lasting value, are the commandments and teachings of God and our relationship with the Father and the Son!

6:6 Yea, though he live a thousand years twice told, yet hath he seen no [true good thing] good: do not all go to one place?

6:7 All the labour of man is for his mouth, and yet the appetite is not filled.

6:8 For what hath the wise more than the fool? what hath the poor, that knoweth to walk before the living?

It is better to have then to desire and not have.

6:9 Better is the sight of the eyes than the wandering of the desire: this is also vanity and vexation of spirit.

Man cannot contend with God; it is better to keep God’s words and ways than to perish in foolishness.

6:10 That which hath been is named already, and it is known that it is man: neither may he contend with him that is mightier than he.

The day of death of the righteous, is in conscious thought, the day of his birth into the Family of God, therefore it is better than the beginning of his life and physical sorrows at his physical birth. The same is true of the unconverted, for they shall have a new life in the main harvest into the Family of God.

6:11 Seeing there be many things that increase vanity, what is man the better?

6:12 For who knoweth what is good for man in this life, all the days of his vain life which he spendeth as a shadow? for who can tell a man what shall be after him under the sun?  [Only God!]

In this part of the Book, Solomon goes into a series of proverbs.

A good reputation is priceless, however there are many in this evil world who will lie, or use innuendo to destroy good names. Their deceitful work is in vain, for God will bring the truth out in his good time.

 

Ecclesiastes 7

Ecclesiastes 7:1 A good name is better than precious ointment; and the day of death than the day of one’s birth.

Mourning a loss helps put life in its proper perspective and bring us to God. Reveling in carnal events only encourages our carnal nature towards more worldliness and personal pride.

Sadness turns us to understand that the only things of real consequence are the things of God; therefore mourning brings us back to a good understanding of the transitory nature of the physical and the need for God.

7:2 It is better to go to the house of mourning, than to go to the house of feasting: for that is the end of all men; and the living will lay it to his heart.

7:3 Sorrow is better than laughter: for by the sadness of the countenance the heart is made better.

7:4 The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning; but the heart of fools is in the house of mirth.

The correction of God’s word is better than precious jewels; to the one who responds positively and corrects himself.

7:5 It is better to hear the rebuke of the wise, than for a man to hear the song of fools.

The joy of those who break God’s law and compromise with God’s commandments, is the sound of fools running to their own destruction.

7:6 For as the crackling of thorns under a pot, so is the laughter of the fool: this also is vanity.

The godly man hates oppression, and a bribe destroys the righteousness of the godly. The heart being representative of our nature and the bride being a desire for physical wealth above well doing in keeping all of God’s commandments.

7:7 Surely oppression maketh a wise man mad; and a gift destroyeth the heart.

It is better to have successfully completed a project, then to be only beginning and possible fail.

7:8 Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof: and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit.

Control your temper and suppress and control anger; for an uncontrolled temper leads to much shame and evil.

7:9 Be not hasty in thy spirit to be angry: for anger resteth in the bosom of fools.

7:10 Say not thou, What is the cause that the former days were better than these? for thou dost not enquire wisely concerning this.

The greatest inheritance that a parent can give is wise instruction of his children, and the wise person who also inherits wealth with wisdom, will do much good with it.

7:11 Wisdom is good with an inheritance: and by it there is profit to them that see the sun.

7:12 For wisdom is a defence, and money is a defence: but the excellency of knowledge is, that wisdom giveth life to them that have it.

Do not oppose God in his will, for he gives blessings and takes them away, to teach us the vanity of all physical things.

7:13 Consider the work of God: for who can make that straight, which he hath made crooked?

7:14 In the day of prosperity be joyful, but in the day of adversity consider: God also hath set the one over against the other, to the end that man should find nothing after him.

Solomon now gets into self righteousness and the pointlessness of man following the righteousness of men; by doing what he thinks is right, instead of doing what God commands.

7:15 All things have I seen in the days of my vanity: there is a just man that perisheth in his righteousness, and there is a wicked man that prolongeth his life in his wickedness.

Justice or wickedness according to the thoughts of what is right to a man, means nothing in the end; for both what appears just or evil to humanity will fail [men think that abortion and much wickedness is right] . It is those who fear God and are just, by the keeping of all of God’s commandments, who have something of real value for eternity.

Therefore be not self righteous, nor worldly wise; instead be godly righteous and godly wise, through the diligent keeping of all of his teachings and commandments. 

This verse has been badly twisted by the wicked, who declare the zealous for God over righteous, when the verse is actually about the SELF RIGHTEOUSNESS of the wicked, who are zealous for their OWN ways and NOT zealous for the ways of God.

7:16 Be not righteous over much; neither make thyself over wise: why shouldest thou destroy thyself ?

Do not depart from zeal for God and his Word like the wicked.

7:17 Be not over much wicked, neither be thou foolish: why shouldest thou die before thy time?

7:18 It is good that thou shouldest take hold of this; yea, also from this withdraw not thine hand: for he that feareth God shall come forth of them all.

A wise man is better than ten strong men who dissipate their strength in foolishness.

7:19 Wisdom strengtheneth the wise more than ten mighty men which are in the city.

Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

Therefore let us look to God and not to men for righteousness.

Ecclesiastes 7:20 For there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not.

Do not eves drop or be so thin skinned and over sensitive that you take exception to every critical word.  Learn to let little things slide or your life will be miserable and full of vexations.

7:21 Also take no heed unto all words that are spoken; lest thou hear thy servant curse thee:

7:22 For oftentimes also thine own heart knoweth that thou thyself likewise hast cursed others.

Solomon proved out these things by wise thought, but found little understanding of the things of God by human wisdom.

7:23 All this have I proved by wisdom: I said, I will be wise; but it was far from me.

Solomon found that the greatest evil to befall him was the enticements of wicked women who made his life a misery and were his downfall. In this he was speaking of his own desire for strange [unconverted] women.

The righteous man should seek out a righteous woman. This is true of Christ for he will not marry an unclean by sin bride.

7:24 That which is far off, and exceeding deep, who can find it out?

7:25 I applied mine heart to know, and to search, and to seek out wisdom, and the reason of things, and to know the wickedness of folly, even of foolishness and madness:

7:26 And I find more bitter than death the woman, whose heart is snares and nets, and her hands as bands: whoso pleaseth God shall escape from her; but the sinner shall be taken by her.

7:27 Behold, this have I found, saith the preacher [teacher], counting one by one, to find out the account:

7:28 Which yet my soul seeketh, but I find not [any righteous]: one [righteous] man among a thousand have I found; but a [good] woman among all those have I not found.

7:29 Lo, this only have I found, that God hath made man [to be] upright [godly]; but they have sought out many [wicked] inventions.

 

Ecclesiastes 8

A wise man respects authority and submits to the ruler, beginning with God; and then the rulers of the nations.

Ecclesiastes 8:1 Who is as the wise man? and who knoweth the interpretation of a thing? a man’s wisdom maketh his face to shine, and the boldness of his face shall be changed.

We should keep the commandment of the physical king because he exercises physical power over us!  How much more should we keep the commandments of the King of kings who has power of eternal life and death?

8:2 I counsel thee to keep the king’s commandment, and that in regard of the oath of God.

8:3 Be not hasty to go out of his [to be thrust out of the king’s sight, by extension to leave the presence of God; in order to do evil] sight: stand not in an evil thing; for he doeth whatsoever pleaseth him.

8:4 Where the word of a king [God he Father is King of the universe and Christ is King over the earth] is, there is power: and who may say unto him, What doest thou?

8:5 Whoso keepeth the commandment [of God who is the ultimate King] shall feel no evil thing: and a wise man’s heart discerneth both time and judgment.

Man has no power to achieve eternal life; which is the gift of God the King to those who obey him.

8:6 Because to every purpose there is time and judgment, therefore the misery of man is great upon him.

8:7 For he knoweth not that which shall be: for who can tell him when it shall be?

8:8 There is no man that hath power over the spirit to retain the spirit; neither hath he power in the day of death: and there is no discharge in that war; neither shall wickedness deliver those that are given to it.

Men rule over others, dominating and abusing; not believing that God rules over them and will call them to account.

8:9 All this have I seen, and applied my heart unto every work that is done under the sun: there is a time wherein one man ruleth over another to his own hurt.

All men die and there is no profit in the gain of the wicked. Let us obey our God and he shall give the gift of eternal life.

8:10 And so I saw the wicked buried, who had come and gone from the place of the holy, and they were forgotten in the city where they had so done: this is also vanity.

Because there seems to be no immediate bad result of much evil, short sighted men do not see the consequences of their evil deeds.

8:11 Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil.

God’s gift of eternal life in peace, is reserved for those who love him and keep his commandments, while the end of the commandment breaker is his destruction.

8:12 Though a sinner do evil an hundred times, and his days be prolonged, yet surely I know that it shall be well with them that fear God, which fear before him:

8:13 But it shall not be well with the wicked, neither shall he prolong his days, which are as a shadow; because he feareth not before God.

The evil man who persecutes the zealous for God: shall de destroyed.

Matthew 18:6 But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.

When the just before God are attacked by the wicked, it is a great evil, and God will not hold the wicked guiltless.

Ecclesiastes 8:14 There is a vanity which is done upon the earth; that there be just men, unto whom it happeneth according to the work of the wicked; again, there be wicked men, to whom it happeneth according to the work of the righteous: I said that this also is vanity.

Solomon advise us to enjoy our lives with propriety and true godliness.

8:15 Then I commended mirth, because a man hath no better thing under the sun, than to eat, and to drink, and to be merry: for that shall abide with him of his labour the days of his life, which God giveth him under the sun.

Solomon considers the works of man and God.

8:16 When I applied mine heart to know wisdom, and to see the business that is done upon the earth: (for also there is [are those] that neither day nor night seeth sleep with his eyes: [but work always] ) .

The ways of God are beyond carnal man’s understanding:

1 Corinthians 2:11 For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.

Ecclesiastes 8:17 Then I beheld all the work of God, that a man cannot find out the work that is done under the sun: because though a man labour to seek it out, yet he shall not find it; yea farther; though a wise man think to know it, yet shall he not be able to find it. 

 

Ecclesiastes 9

No man knows the things of God; except those to whom God has given his Holy Spirit of understanding.

Ecclesiastes 9:1 For all this I considered in my heart even to declare all this, that the righteous, and the wise, and their works, are in the hand of God: no man knoweth either love or hatred by all that is before them.

Death is a great evil in the earth.

9:2 All things come alike to all: there is one event to the righteous, and to the wicked; to the good and to the clean, and to the unclean; to him that sacrificeth, and to him that sacrificeth not: as is the good, so is the sinner; and he that sweareth, as he that feareth an oath.

9:3 This is an evil among all things that are done under the sun, that there is one event unto all: yea, also the heart of the sons of men is full of evil, and madness is in their heart while they live, and after that they go to the dead.

9:4 For to him that is joined to all the living there is hope: for a living dog is better than a dead lion.

9:5 For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any thing, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten.

9:6 Also their love, and their hatred, and their envy, is now [will perish without repentance] perished; neither have they any more a portion for ever in any thing that is done under the sun.

The faithful to God will be accepted and given the gift of eternal life; therefore be diligent to be faithful to God and to keep ourselves free from the contamination of sin.

Let the called out be diligent to cleave to their espoused Husband and:

9:7 Go thy way, eat thy bread with joy, and drink thy wine with a merry heart; for God now accepteth thy works.

9:8 Let thy garments be always white [let our lives pure free from breaking God’s commandments]; and let thy head lack no ointment [a type of God’s spirit] .

Instructions for a happy and successful life in the flesh.

9:9 Live joyfully with the wife whom thou lovest all the days of the life of thy vanity, which he hath given thee under the sun, all the days of thy vanity: for that is thy portion in this life, and in thy labour which thou takest under the sun.

9:10 Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.

9:11 I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all.

9:12 For man also knoweth not his time: as the fishes that are taken in an evil net, and as the birds that are caught in the snare; so are the sons of men snared in an evil time, when it falleth suddenly upon them.

The wise words of a poor man are despised, for men look to the great according to worldliness, as this world judges men. Men look after the seeing of their eyes, and not according to the wisdom of the spirit of righteousness.

9:13 This wisdom have I seen also under the sun, and it seemed great unto me:

9:14 There was a little city, and few men within it; and there came a great king against it, and besieged it, and built great bulwarks against it:

9:15 Now there was found in it a poor wise man, and he by his wisdom delivered the city; yet no man remembered that same poor man.

9:16 Then said I, Wisdom is better than strength: nevertheless the poor man’s wisdom is despised, and his words are not heard.

Wisdom is found in the quiet of prayer and the careful consideration of the words of God; NOT in partying, or in seeking our own ways.

9:17 The words of wise men are heard in quiet more than the cry of him that ruleth among fools.

There is great strength and much good in wisdom; but one sinner can cause much damage; therefore do not allow the openly unconverted in your assemblies.

Titus 3:10 A man that is an heretick after the first and second admonition reject; 11 Knowing that he that is such is subverted, and sinneth, being condemned of himself.

Ecclesiastes 9:18 Wisdom is better than weapons of war: but one sinner destroyeth much good.

 

Ecclesiastes 10

Here we begin to come to the conclusion of Solomon; that the pursuit of our own ways and physical things is an empty meaningless struggle which has no lasting value.  It is the things of God which are eternal; and the only value of the present physical life is to learn that following and keeping the whole Word of God is the only thing that has meaning and lasting value.  

The next three chapters contain what Solomon has learned in his pursuit of all physical things; which is what the Ekklesia needs to learn today. 

In truth our own ways are empty, meaningless, transitory; while eternity, keeping the whole Word of God, is all that really matters.  The only value that this physical life has, is as a practical lesson in that truth.

Only a little sin, a little compromise with God’s law, teachings and will; causes the otherwise good man to stink in God’s nostrils. Those who teach tolerance of sin for organizational unity, instead of unity with God through the enthusiastic keeping of God’s commandments; are an unclean nauseating odor to God and will be rejected by Christ, Rev 3:16.

Ecclesiastes 10:1 Dead flies cause the ointment of the apothecary to send forth a stinking savour: so doth a little folly him that is in reputation for wisdom and honour.

A wise man will always focus on and look to keep God’s commandments with his strong right hand; while the compromising foolish will turn aside out of the ways of God for his heart is not with God.

10:2 A wise man’s heart is at his right hand; but a fool’s heart at his left.

10:3 Yea also, when he that is a fool walketh by [out of] the way, his [he has no godly wisdom] wisdom faileth him, and he saith to every one that he is a fool.

Do not resist the ruler of all things which is God, by resisting his commandments; for there is no escape from his judgment. When God warns and corrects you repent quickly before him.

10:4 If the spirit of the ruler rise up against thee, leave not thy place; for yielding pacifieth great offences.

It is a great folly for a ruler to teach men to tolerate sin and compromise with God’s commandments for organizational unity or for any other purpose. In that organization the spiritually rich in wisdom are brought low and wickedness is exalted above the people.

10:5 There is an evil which I have seen under the sun, as an error [false doctrine] which proceedeth from the ruler:

10:6 Folly [sin] is set in great dignity [by wicked men], and the [spiritually rich who are zealous for God and his commandments] rich sit in low place.

When wickedness rules; the evil are lifted up, while the faithful to God are brought low.

10:7 I have seen servants upon horses, and princes walking as servants upon the earth.

The man who lays snares for the faithful zealous followers of God shall ultimately fall into his own traps and be destroyed in his own pit [the grave].

10:8 He that diggeth a pit shall fall into it; and whoso breaketh an hedge, a serpent shall bite him.

Various Proverbs

10:9 Whoso removeth stones [Physical work can be dangerous but is necessary to prosper] shall be hurt therewith; and he that cleaveth wood shall be endangered thereby.

Think before acting and you will save yourself much labour.

10:10 If the iron [the tools, ax] be blunt, and he do not whet [sharpen] the edge, then must he put to more strength: but wisdom is profitable to direct [saving much work].

A person who spouts out everything they hear and has no discretion, is no better than a serpent lying in wait to bite, for their words of indiscretion will surely bite many.

10:11 Surely the serpent will bite without enchantment; and a babbler is no better.

A wise man will speak wise things, teaching the wisdom of God’s commandments; but a foolish man will teach foolish rebellion against zeal for God’s commandments, that may appear wise to worldly men, but is foolishness just the same.

10:12 The words of a wise man’s mouth are gracious; but the lips of a fool will swallow up himself.

10:13 The beginning of the words of [the compromiser with God’s law] his mouth is foolishness: and the end of his talk is mischievous madness.

The wicked often bury their false doctrine in a multitude of words.

10:14 A fool also is full of words: a man cannot tell what shall be; and what shall be after him, who can tell him?

10:15 The labour of the foolish wearieth every one of them, because he knoweth not how to go to the city [of God, the temple of God and God’s gift of life eternal].

10:16 Woe to thee, O land, when thy king is a [ignorant and lacking knowledge like a] child, and thy princes [leaders feed themselves first] eat in the morning!

10:17 Blessed art thou, O land, when thy king is the son of nobles [When the king is the son of righteous and Godly wise advisers], and thy princes eat [feed the people and take only what is appropriate for themselves and not to make themselves intoxicated with wealth or worldly pleasures: and in the spiritual sense feed on God’s word] in due season, for strength, and not for drunkenness!

We have been lax, lukewarm and slothful about our spiritual house and we have had a misguided zeal for the physical.

10:18 By much slothfulness the building decayeth; and through idleness of the hands the house droppeth [collapses] through.

One cannot feast or drink wine without wealth. Therefore let us lay up spiritual wealth that we may rejoice in our God.

10:19 A feast is made for laughter, and wine maketh merry: but money answereth all things.

God knows all our heart and he knows the thoughts of our minds. Therefore discipline your very nature to zealously keep all of God’s commandments and internalize them as a part of our very natures.

10:20 Curse not the king, no not in thy thought; and curse not the rich in thy bedchamber: for a bird of the air shall carry the voice, and that which hath wings shall tell the matter.

 

 

Ecclesiastes 11

If we are generous to others we will make friends and have our reward from God.

Ecclesiastes 11:1 Cast thy bread upon the waters: for thou shalt find it after many days.

11:2 Give a portion to seven, and also to eight; for thou knowest not what evil shall be upon the earth.

Be generous to others as God is generous to us, but give out of our blessings, and do not give what we do not have. Also give unto who the money is due; what is needed by our families and creditors.

When we give to the needy [BOTH physically and the spiritual gifts of teaching God’s truth] , and obey God; and in due time God will give to us spiritual riches and eternal life; therefore the gift really remains with us as the fallen tree remains in its place.

11:3 If the clouds be full of rain, they empty themselves upon the earth: and if the tree fall toward the south, or toward the north, in the place where the tree falleth, there it shall be.

The lazy man [physically or spiritually] who will not put effort into his work; shall not reap physical gain or eternal life.

Matthew 25:24 Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed:

25:25  And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine.

25:26  His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed:

25:27  Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury.

25:28  Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents.

25:29  For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath.

25:30  And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Brethren, I tell you the truth. Unless we become zealous to keep God’s commandments and to study to learn and grow in repentance and knowledge; we shall NOT be in the resurrection of first fruits.

Ecclesiastes 11:4 He that observeth the wind shall not sow; and he that regardeth the clouds shall not reap.

Man with the spirit of a man, knows nothing of God. It is only by the spirit of God, given to those who commit to obeying God; that godly things are understood.

11:5 As thou knowest not what is the way of the spirit, nor how the bones do grow in the womb of her that is with child: even so thou knowest not the works of God who maketh all.

Work night and day as did David [Psalm 119] to seek out God and learn of God’s ways to zealously keep them.

11:6 In the morning sow thy seed, and in the evening withhold not thine hand: for thou knowest not whether shall prosper, either this or that, or whether they both shall be alike good.

The light [scriptures and law] of God is sweet to convert the soul; just remember the days of darkness from which God’s word has liberated us, so that we do not return to spiritual Egypt.

11:7 Truly the light is sweet, and a pleasant thing it is for the eyes to behold the sun:

11:8 But if a man live many years, and rejoice in them all; yet let him remember the days of darkness; for they shall be many. All that cometh is vanity.

Live life to the full according to the commandments of God; for we shall all be judged by the same God, out of the same books; according to our works.

Revelation 20:12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.

Ecclesiastes 11:9 Rejoice, O young man, in thy youth; and let thy heart cheer thee in the days of thy youth, and walk in the ways of thine heart, and in the sight of thine eyes: but know thou, that for all these things God will bring thee into judgment.

Put away the evil and excess of youth and learn of God to zealously keep all of his commandments.

11:10 Therefore remove sorrow from thy heart, and put away evil from thy flesh: for childhood and youth are vanity.

 

Ecclesiastes 12

Remember God and his law in your youth; before you are old and your eyes be dimmed; have no more pleasure in life

Ecclesiastes 12:1 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;

12:2 While the sun, or the light, or the moon, or the stars, be not darkened, nor the clouds return after the rain:

12:3 In the day when the keepers of the house [your mind cannot control your body nor keep it from shaking] shall tremble, and the strong men shall bow [be bent over with age] themselves, and the grinders cease because they are few [left as the elders die]  [eyesight is] be darkened,

12:4 And the doors shall be shut in the streets, when the sound of the grinding is low, and he shall rise up at the voice of the bird, and all the daughters of musick shall be brought low;

12:5 Also when they shall be afraid of that which is high, and fears shall be in the way, and the almond tree shall flourish, and the grasshopper shall be a burden, and desire shall fail: because man goeth to his long home [of the grave], and the mourners go about the streets:

12:6 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.

The spirits of the dead return to God to be kept in his care for the resurrections; when they shall be placed in new bodies.

12:7 Then shall the [people] dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.

12:8 Vanity of vanities, saith the preacher; all is vanity.

Even though Solomon was vexed with the vanity of physical life, he still taught the people in many Proverbs. This seems to indicate that the proverbs may have been written after Ecclesiastes.

12:9 And moreover, because the preacher was wise, he still taught the people knowledge; yea, he gave good heed, and sought out, and set in order many proverbs.

12:10 The preacher sought to find out acceptable words: and that which was written was upright, even words of truth.

12:11 The words of the wise are as goads [to do the righteousness of God’s commandments], and as nails fastened by the masters of assemblies, which are given from one shepherd.

The study of physical things is endless; the things of real value are the things of God.

12:12 And further, by these, my son, be admonished: of making many books there is no end; and much study is a weariness of the flesh.

12:13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.

12:14 For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.

 

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