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 5:18-20 – 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. 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. For he shall not much remember the days of his life; because God answereth him in the joy of his heart.
After Solomon reveals to us the inability for this world to give Godly satisfaction and lasting joy, he takes a moment to explain to us the benefits that can be had from them…
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.
Solomon sees that it is pleasing to God, and beautiful in His sight for us to partake of the bounty of this world, allow this world to meet our physical needs, and find temporal enjoyment in them. This is one of the great reasons why God gave this world to man.
When men partake of the things found in this world, keeping within God’s bounds, and understanding this world and its benefits are only temporal, God is pleased with them. It is only when we seek sinful pleasures and eternal satisfaction from this world that we abuse God’s very purpose for them.
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.
The same basic principle goes for the riches of this world. God gives the ability to make, partake, and enjoy wealth to man for many reasons, one of which is simple enjoyment and pleasure.
However, a part of that enjoyment lies in an appreciation of the Lord, recognizing He is the One that has given us the undeserved gift of wealth and ability to enjoy it.
For he shall not much remember the days of his life; because God answereth him in the joy of his heart.
When we enjoy the things of this world, it allows us to forget many of the trials and dark moments in our life that we have faced. God will answer the difficult times of life with the ability to enjoy the things of the world around us, reminding us of His greatness and His grace, which soothes and encourages our hearts.
May we all come to understand the benefits of enjoying the things of this world, in a Godly fashion, and allow them to remind us of our Creator’s greatness, grace and temporal joy that only He can give to us.
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 Prt #1|
|7.||3:9-15||A recognition of the Lord’s sovereign control over all life events Prt #2|
|8.||3:16-22||A recognition of our need of Christ to see the nature and purpose of our life.|
|9.||4:1-3||A recognition that never being born is better than the sufferings of this life.|
|10.||4:4-16||The pursuit of earthly wisdom, diligence and living responsibly|
|11.||5:1-7||The pursuit of worldly vows, contracts, and promises|
|12.||5:8-17||The pursuit of worldly riches|
|13.||5:18-20||A recognition that enjoyment of this earthly life is God’s gracious gift to man|
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