The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. —Ecclesiastes 12:13 Ray Stedman: Everything hangs upon that word, “Fear God.” I know that this is a difficult word for us to comprehend. Most of us think of it in terms of … More Understanding the FEAR of God
Just as you do not know the path of the wind and how bones are formed in the womb of the pregnant woman,so you do not know the activity of God who makes all things. In Ecclesiastes 11:5 Solomon continues with two more analogies (Keith Krell): Life is unpredictable and mysterious. Solomon says life is … More God’s control over the wind and bones
The words of a wise man’s mouth win him favor, but the lips of a fool consume him. —Ecclesiastes 10:12 We probably all know foolish people who use many words. I know a few wise people who use many words and are discerning and articulate. Using many words is not necessarily an indicator of one’s … More Using many words is not necessarily an indicator of one’s wisdom.
ECCLESIASTES 9:13–16 Joe Guglielmo, commentary on Ecclesiastes: Back in 1925 the Italian Freighter, Ignazio Florio, was sinking in the Atlantic Ocean. To the rescue came the United States Liner, President Harding. But the sea was too rough and the ship was in such distress that they could not get a line aboard her. Thus, the … More The truth will never be extinguished or completely forgotten!
Ecclesiastes 8:12, in our Bible reading passage for today, reminds us: Though a sinner does evil a hundred times and prolongs his life, yet I know that it will be well with those who fear God, because they fear before him. Carrollton, Kentucky, was the site of one of the most deadly bus disasters in United … More I know that it will be well with those who fear God
Ecclesiastes 7:15-18 In my vain life I have seen everything. There is a righteous man who perishes in his righteousness, and there is a wicked man who prolongs his life in his evildoing. Be not overly righteous, and do not make yourself too wise. Why should you destroy yourself? Be not overly wicked, neither be … More Your best life depends on the fear of God.
Ecclesiastes 7:13 Consider the work of God: who can make straight what he has made crooked? We don’t think of God making things crooked. Instead, we usually think of it being a mistake. But God doesn’t make mistakes. And God is sovereign. And the Bible tells us that He makes some paths crooked. When we … More The designer of crooked paths
There is an evil that I have seen under the sun, and it lies heavy on mankind: a man to whom God gives wealth, possessions, and honor, so that he lacks nothing of all that he desires, yet God does not give him power to enjoy them, but a stranger enjoys them. This is vanity; … More Enjoy the Giver, not just His gifts
He who loves money will not be satisfied with money, nor he who loves wealth with his income; this also is vanity. When goods increase, they increase who eat them, and what advantage has their owner but to see them with his eyes? Sweet is the sleep of a laborer, whether he eats little or … More Satisfaction of the Rich and Famous?
Solomon now turns from a beautiful section (Ecclesiastes 3:9-15) about God making everything beautiful in its time, taking pleasure in God’s gifts to us, thanking and fearing our sovereign God… to the section which is our focus for today, verses 16-22. Solomon’s brief interlude into a vertical perspective quickly ends and he turns his attention back to … More Don’t forget the vertical perspective