Verse one of chapter one tells us that this chapter at least (if not ALL of Ecclesiastes) is words from “son of David, king of Jerusalem,” which would be King Solomon who is proclaimed as the wisest man that ever lived. Remember he was praised for asking God for wisdom…
There are a few passages that stuck out to me upon reading Ecclesiastes chapter one.
The first verse to grab my attention is
Ecclesiastes 1:18~ For in much wisdom is much grief: and he that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow.
This reminded me of the cliche:
There really are so many examples of this in life, I am sure that you can relate! You have probably observed a happy joyful soul with a very simple mind, before and noticed that with the disability there was also blessing. Caring and responsible individuals oversaw and tended to needs and a joy was visible, as realities and pressures that may bother the rest of us, are not fathomed in their mind.
Sometimes we wish for such simple joy and happiness un-dimmed by worldly matters, that the simple mind does not even comprehend.
The whole rest of chapter one seems to poetically and eloquently describe the futility of man’s existence, which by verse 18, I would say that Solomon found a bit depressing, but the transverse futility of man’s existence highlights our HOPE!
This world, this life, IS FAST, FLEETING, with many cycles and ways repeating, and we are but a speck in matter and time, but GOD.
John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
And we are so blessed that we have the New Testament to teach us more, reveal more, about our great and magnificent HOPE that is in Christ Jesus our Messiah, our savior.
In the middle of King Solomon’s words in chapter one, is another verse that stands out to me:
Ecclesiastes 1:11 ~ There is not remembrance of former things; neither shall there be any remembrance of things that are to come with those that shall come after.
In the eternal sense this is comforting because it could be an interation of what we are told in the New Testament about there being “no more tears” in Heaven. As so many other things of this life, this earth, also our pains and fears and regrets are temporary if saved in Christ. In Heaven these tearful matters will be no more remembered.
If this verse refers to the present world, then to me it is also comforting, in that each generation has its own experiences, challenges, hurts, pains, joys and celebrations. This is God’s design. His pursuit of each of us is individual to the unique person that we each are, and I am grateful for this.
Acts 10:34 ~ …God is no respecter of persons
From generation to generation, God sees us as we are, with out prejudice or unjust perception. He and He alone knows the full truth.
Yes that could be scary, but I am righteous through the blood of my savior, and you can be too:
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