Solomon addresses himself as “the Preacher”. He is the one that will proclaim the spiritual 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 ?”.
For all this I considered in my heart even to declare all this, that the righteous, and the wise, and their works, are in the hand of God: no man knoweth either love or hatred by all that is before them. (2) All things come alike to all: there is one event to the righteous, and to the wicked; to the good and to the clean, and to the unclean; to him that sacrificeth, and to him that sacrificeth not: as is the good, so is the sinner; and he that sweareth, as he that feareth an oath. (3) This is an evil among all things that are done under the sun, that there is one event unto all: yea, also the heart of the sons of men is full of evil, and madness is in their heart while they live, and after that they go to the dead.
For all this I considered in my heart even to declare all this, that the righteous, and the wise, and their works, are in the hand of God:
Solomon set his desires to publically declare that those who are righteous, possessing Godly wisdom, and all that they do are protected and led by the hand of God. God is actively intervening in the lives of His people. He is leading them and watching over them as they seek to serve the Lord as they live their lives on earth.
no man knoweth either love or hatred by all that is before them. All things come alike to all: there is one event to the righteous, and to the wicked; to the good and to the clean, and to the unclean; to him that sacrificeth, and to him that sacrificeth not: as is the good, so is the sinner; and he that sweareth, as he that feareth an oath.
The full spectrum of life events is experienced by both the righteous and the wicked. Many times we cannot see the love and care of God coming upon His people. His people, just like the wicked, still face trials, hardships, and sorrows in this life.
Because of this we cannot perceive whom God loves or hates through the events that take place on earth. In spite of this, we can be certain that God’s love and care remains upon His people.
This is an evil among all things that are done under the sun, that there is one event unto all: yea, also the heart of the sons of men is full of evil, and madness is in their heart while they live, and after that they go to the dead.
There is one destructive characteristic that is shared by all mankind and there is one event that touches the lives of everyone.
All men share in possessing the character of a fallen sinful creature. Their desires are full of wickedness and obsessive pride rules in the heart of all. Because of their fallen, sinful nature all mankind faces removal from this earth through physical death.
Folks, as God’s people, we should rest assured that God loves us, protects us, and leads us on a daily basis. Although we realize that all of life’s events are shared by both lost and saved, it is no reason for us to doubt the Lord’s personal intervention and enablement of His people.
As we look about us we are constantly reminded of the great need of shining as lights in the midst of a sin darkened world. All men are touched by sin, condemned to physical death, and in desperate need of Christ in their lives.
May we all seek to show Christ to others through our words, actions and lifestyles, exercising confidence that He is with us protecting us and leading us every step of the way.
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|
|14.||6:1-2||A recognition of man’s inability to enjoy that which God has given to him.|
|15.||6:3-10||A recognition of man’s sinfulness, mortality and need of humility before God|
|16.||6:11-12||A recognition of the vanity of all that lies under the sun.|
|17.||7:1-10||The pursuit of prideful living|
|18.||7:11-23||The recognition of the value of Godly wisdom|
|19.||7:24-29||The pursuit of Godly enabling|
|20.||8:1-5||The pursuit of proper submission to authority based upon Godly wisdom|
|21.||8:6-15||The recognition man needs Godly wisdom because he cannot control his own life nor see the eternal benefits of service to the Lord.|
|22.||8:16-17||The recognition that men cannot fully understand the work of God on earth|
|23.||9:1-3||The Recognition That Righteous and Wicked Share Common Life Events|
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