OYB September 2
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- 2009 Sep 02
Get the Prozac. It's time for...Ecclesiastics! Woohoo! Everyone needs a day or two of melancholy in their lives. I'd be melancholy too if I were a Christ-type gone antichrist type. Talk about role reversal. I wonder if there was therapy for this in those days!
1:9 & 3:15 History merely repeats itself. It has all been done before. Nothing under the sun is truly new. What is happening now has happened before, and what will happen in the future has happened before, because God makes the same things happen over and over again. Here we see where the Jewish perspective is that everything happens in circles or cycles! We must always remember this when looking at events and ordinances in the Bible.
1:18 The greater my wisdom, the greater my grief. To increase knowledge only increases sorrow. I once felt this way, but now I feel that there is a place of "coming out" on the other side where the understanding begins to shed the light of joy again. Do I hear an amen?
2:8 I collected great sums of silver and gold, the treasure of many kings and provinces. I hired wonderful singers, both men and women, and had many beautiful concubines. I had everything a man could desire! Uh, oh. Little reminder...
Moreover, [the king] shall not multiply horses for himself, nor shall he cause the people to return to Egypt to multiply horses, since the LORD has said to you, "You shall never again return that way." He shall not multiply wives for himself, or else his heart will turn away; nor shall he greatly increase silver and gold for himself. Deuteronomy 17:16-17
2:26 God gives wisdom, knowledge, and joy to those who please him. Maybe in the long run, but there are seasons of growing and stretching where this is not true! In fact, I would say the wisdom, knowledge, and joy come as a result of the lessons learned in foolishness and despair, even when one is trying to please God!
3:11 He has made everything appropriate [beautiful] in its time. He has also set eternity in their heart, yet so that man will not find out the work which God has done from the beginning even to the end. (NASB) I am not sure why NASB changed "beautiful" to "appropriate" as the Hebrew and every other version agrees with beautiful. However, I love the message inside this verse! It's that everything in its season again. And that God has hidden this work through the age.
3:14 And I know that whatever God does is final. Nothing can be added to it or taken from it. God's purpose is that people should fear him. We could add to this, whatever God makes is final! Nothing can be added or taken away. NASB says, "For God has so worked that men should fear Him."
"My counsel shall stand, and I will do all my pleasure" (Is. 46:10).
"Even from eternity (lit. "the day") I am He, and there is none who can deliver out of My hand; I act and who can reverse it?" Is. 43:13
3:17 I said to myself, "In due season God will judge everyone, both good and bad, for all their deeds." There is a lot in the Bible about seasons and harvests! This goes along with the NT teaching!
3:18 I said to myself concerning the sons of men, "God has surely tested them in order for them to see that they are but beasts." So true!
46:4-5 A river brings joy to the city of our God, the sacred home of the Most High. God dwells in that city; it cannot be destroyed. From the very break of day, God will protect it. There is some beautiful prophetic pictures in today's Psalm. Revel in the thought of our impending home.
45:8-11 Come, see the glorious works of the Lord: See how he brings destruction upon the world. He causes wars to end throughout the earth. He breaks the bow and snaps the spear; he burns the shields with fire. "Be still, and know that I am God! I will be honored by every nation. I will be honored throughout the world." The Lord of Heaven's Armies is here among us; the God of Israel is our fortress.