Solomon addresses himself as “the Preacher”. He is the one that will proclaim the spritiual truths of God to those in his nation and to Christians throughout time.
Keep in mind, Solomon learned these truths by trying to find the meaning to life through experiencing all this world has to offer. Solomon was uniquely suited to learn these lessons and share these truths with the people of God…
First of all, very few men possess sufficient wealth and power to be able to sample all this world has to offer (1 Kings 10:23).
Secondly, only Solomon and a few others throughout time, have been universally respected causing his teachings to be taken very seriously and thoughtfully by all (1 Kings 4:30-34). (Keep in mind, even Christ Himself and His teachings were rejected by many of those around Him.)
Solomon was God’s man, in God’s place, at God’s time, by God’s grace, to learn this most important truth and proclaim it with authority to those he loved. May we all listen carefully as Solomon reveals to us the true meaning to life and answer the question… “What Is Our Life If Not Lived for The Lord ?”.
Eccl 3:1-8 –
To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: (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) A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; (4) A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; (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; (6) A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; (7) A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; (8) A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.
Although Solomon is struggling to see the purpose of the events of our life on earth, he still acknowledges that the Lord is in control of all these events and has a purpose behind every one of them. He has a purpose… although we may not be able to recognize what that purpose may be.
To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven:
He expresses the Lord’s sovereignty over all the events in this world by declaring that there has been a “season” and a “time” appointed for each under heaven, and behind each event there lies a “purpose”.
By “season” and “time” Solomon is telling us that there is an appointed time for each event to begin and an appointed duration for that event to continue on. Not only does God control “when” it will happen, but He also controls “how long” it will continue on.
By “purpose” Solomon teaches us that, the Lord has a premeditated, significant, reason for every life event to take place. Every event is significant and holds an opportunity for His people to be faithful and holds an opportunity for Him to be glorified in it.
A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted; A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance; A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away; A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.
Solomon now gives us a comprehensive listing of life events that the Lord controls. Please note that within this list we find every possible type of event that can take place in our lives…. In other words… a purpose lies behind each event in life and the Lord controls the timing of them all…
|Time to be born / die||Physical Life & Death|
|Time to plant / pluck up||Productivity|
|Time to kill / heal||Physical Life & Death|
|Time to break down / build up||Productivity|
|Time to weep / laugh||Emotions|
|Time to mourn / dance||Emotions|
|Time to cast away stones / gather stones||Accumulate & Disperse|
|Time to embrace / refrain from embracing||Relationships|
|Time to get / lose||Accumulate & Disperse|
|Time to keep / cast away||Accumulate & Disperse|
|Time to rend / sew||Productivity|
|Time to keep silence / speak||Relationships|
|Time to love / hate||Relationships|
|Time to war / peace||Relationships|
Also, please notice in the above listing, that Solomon gives us a full range of life events, from insignificant to momentous, from routine to unusual. All of these are under the control of our Lord and take place for a specific purpose.
Folks, do we understand that EVERY life event is under the control of our Lord and holds for us opportunities of service to Him? Whether we understand His purposes or not, our responsibility before the Lord is simply to place our faith in Him whatever may take place in our lives! He is in control, our life events are happening for a purpose and He will be with His children every step of the way!
Dan 2:20-21- “Daniel answered and said, Blessed be the name of God for ever and ever: for wisdom and might are his: And he changeth the times and the seasons: he removeth kings, and setteth up kings: he giveth wisdom unto the wise, and knowledge to them that know understanding:”
Dan 4:34-35 – “And at the end of the days I Nebuchadnezzar lifted up mine eyes unto heaven, and mine understanding returned unto me, and I blessed the most High, and I praised and honoured him that liveth for ever, whose dominion is an everlasting dominion, and his kingdom is from generation to generation: And all the inhabitants of the earth are reputed as nothing: and he doeth according to his will in the army of heaven, and among the inhabitants of the earth: and none can stay his hand, or say unto him, What doest thou?”
Heb 11:6 – “But without faith it is impossible to please him: for he that cometh to God must believe that he is, and that he is a rewarder of them that diligently seek him.”
Rom 14:22-23 – “Hast thou faith? have it to thyself before God. Happy is he that condemneth not himself in that thing which he alloweth. (23) And he that doubteth is damned if he eat, because he eateth not of faith: for whatsoever is not of faith is sin.”
Solomon’s pursuit of the meaning of life included:
|1.||2:1-3||The pursuit of carnal desires (the base pleasures found in a fallen world)|
|2.||2:4-11||The pursuit of material possessions through human labors|
|3.||2:12-17||The pursuit of worldly wisdom, madness and folly|
|4.||2:18-23||The pursuit of responsible (frugal & wise) living to retain worldly goods Prt #1|
|5.||2:24-26||The pursuit of responsible (frugal & wise) living to retain worldly goods Prt #2|
|6.||3:1-8||A Recognition of the Lord’s sovereign control over all life events|
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