My favorite Book of the Holy Scriptures is the Book of Ecclesiastes except for the verses that delve into the Saving Graces of Jesus Christ. I say this because it incites, paraphrases, and the knowledge and the communication skills are second to none.
ECCLESIASTES: the book of Qoheleth
Ecclesiastes. The words of the Preacher.
The entire Book is written with the style of writing known as proleptic or by way of anticipation. The conclusions are written first with the explanations thereof to follow.
The entire Book is written so anyone can understand that which is being said and The Book starts out with the conclusion that all is vanity. The Book ends with the conclusion that all are to fear God and everything in between is an expose on life and every day living, and dying.
There is a sub-heading or sub-conclusion throughout the Book, which states that there is nothing new under the sun. Some respond to that pseudo-conclusion that this Preacher must have been some kind of a fool because look what has been accomplished since these words were written. However, everything that has been “created” since these words were written, have been created by elements already on this planet.
Everything that is now made, and is now created, has already been created and made available to the “wondrous” humans that occupy this planet. Nothing has been “made” or “created” from a nothing so therefore, that “something” which creates “things”, has already been created by somebody and that somebody was God Himself. Reference John 1:3 – “All things were made by him; and without him was not any thing made that was made“. It is very difficult to prove me wrong seeing that the things that prove me wrong will actually prove me correct. There is nothing new under the sun. Or, we could turn to Hebrews 11:3 – “Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.”
For a brief synopsis from the Book of Ecclesiastes, please follow these guidelines.
Ecc 1:3-11 talks about Time and the World.
Ecc 1:12-18 talks about Wisdom.
Ecc 2:1-11 talks about Wealth.
Ecc 2:12-17 talks about Wisdom.
Ecc 2:18-26 talks about Wealth.
Ecc 3:1-15 talks about Time and The World.
Ecc 3:16-17 talks about Politics.
Ecc 3:18-22 talks about Death.
Ecc 4:1-3 talks about Politics.
Ecc 4:4-8 talks about Wealth.
Ecc 4:9-12 talks about Friendship.
Ecc 4:13-16 talks about Politics.
Ecc 5:1-7 talks about Religion.
Ecc 5:8-9 talks about Politics.
Ecc 5:10 to Ecc 6:9 talks about Wealth.
Ecc 6:10 to Ecc 7:6 talks about Wisdom.
Ecc 7:7-10 talks about Politics.
Ecc 7:11-15 talks about Wealth.
Ecc 7:16-29 talks about Wisdom.
Ecc 8:1 to Ecc 9:6 talks about Politics and Theodicy.
Ecc 9:7-12 talks about Contentment.
Ecc 9:13 to Ecc 10:17 talks about Politics.
Ecc 10:18-20 talks about transitioning from Politics to Wealth.
Ecc 11:1-6 talks about Wealth.
Ecc 11:7 to Ecc 12:7 talks about Aging, Contentment and Time.
Ecc 12:8-14 talks about the end of the conclusion from Ecc 1:1, 2.
In Ecc 12:8 we read that the theme of Ecclesiastes, all is vanity is confirmed.
In Ecc 12:9, 10 we read that the works and the words of the Preacher have been described.
In Ecc 12:11, 12 we read that there is (are) a final word(s) on Wisdom.
In Ecc 12:13, 14 we read the Final Conclusion of the entire Book of Ecclesiastes and that final word is, Fear God.
Time and the World are talked about twice.
Contentment is talked about twice.
Wisdom is talked about four times.
Wealth is talked about seven times.
Politics is talked about eight times.
Friendship is talked about once.
Death is talked about once.
Theodicy is talked about once.
Aging is talked about once.
Time is talked about once.
Our only way out…
Ecclesiastes 1:1-2; The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem. Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity.
Every thing that we do beneath the Heavens Above are vain. Our appearances are vain. Our actions are vain. Our tempers are vain. Our ignorance of life in general are vain. Our wealth is vain. Our poorness is vain. Everything we do without God sustaining our lives on a daily basis is vanity. When we exist without God in our lives, we are pretty much useless.
Ecclesiastes 12:8; Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher; all is vanity.
Excuse me, but your vanity is showing…and so is mine. At times in my life, I have lived as if God was of no part of my being. The Holy Spirit of which I suppressed, was always talking to me because at least I recognized who He was. In time, God came back to me yet, HE had never left me. I left Him. Is that how your life is going at this moment? I cannot save you because I am not God nor am I a god. I am merely human and only God can fix me and only God can fix you.
I am not saying that we have to cower under a God. Fear God in this respect is to worship and adore God. Period.
Ecclesiastes 12:9-12 — 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. The preacher sought to find out acceptable words: and that which was written was upright, even words of truth. The words of the wise are as goads, and as nails fastened by the masters of assemblies, which are given from one shepherd. 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.
My Dad used to tell me that some people are educated beyond their intelligence. I used to think my Dad was daft yet, now, today, my Dad’s words were those of Scripture.
We can write books; we can write these little quips as this one; we can try to be the wise of the wise where we all fall into the ditch. We can also become weary and weariness of the flesh is an ado I want nothing to do with. Do you? Are you smarter than your own intelligence?
What we must do, is to become knowledgeable of the Words of God because first there was The Word and that Word was the power of God because that Word was God and that Word is in fact God. That is all we need to know. Isn’t it? If we know the Words of God, what else do we need to know? (John 1:1)
Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 — Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.
So, are we being “good” or are we being “evil” as we try to learn all there is to learn? Do we ignore God and go after and learn all about the “world” of which Satan himself is in charge of?
God is in control. Period. End of discussion.
Sic vis pacem para bellum
Igitur qui desiderat pacem, praeparet bellum
(If you want peace, prepare for war.)
Sic Semper Tyrannis!
Death to Tyrants
“Be still and know that I am God: …” Psalm 46:10