Three thoughts from the Book of Ecclesiastes and the wisdom of King Solomon.
Enjoy life with the wife whom you love, all the days of your vain life that he has given you under the sun, because that is your portion in life and in your toil at which you toil under the sun.
Solomon certainly understood the importance of having a wife, a partner, someone whom you love, to share the experiences of your toil. Continue reading
And I applied my heart to seek and to search out by wisdom all that is done under heaven. It is an unhappy business that God has given to the children of man to be busy with. I have seen everything that is done under the sun, and behold, all is vanity and a striving after wind.
When I read this verse I wasn’t sure what I wanted to write about it, but I knew I had to write something.
King Solomon decided to seek as much wisdom and knowledge as he could about what goes on in the world. Solomon says he is going to “apply his heart” which means his very essence and being, to seeking this knowledge. This is his life’s quest. Continue reading
The soul who sins shall die. The son shall not suffer the iniquity of the father, nor the father suffer for the iniquity of the son. The righteousness of the righteous shall be upon himself and the wickedness of the wicked shall be upon himself.
That’s some pretty powerful stuff right there.
Ezekiel the Old Testament prophet is laying down some twenty first century wisdom. Actually it’s eternal wisdom that will apply throughout time.
What Ezekiel is saying is you are in charge and you are responsible for all you do and all that happens to you. Not the government, not the church, not your family, not your friends, not your enemies, but you and only you are responsible.
Your righteousness and your wickedness are yours to own. You own it, no one else does, no matter what you think of say. Continue reading
2 Chronicles 10:6-10
Then King Rehoboam took counsel with the old men, who had stood before Solomon his father while he was yet alive, saying, “How do you advise me to answer this people?” And they said to him, “If you will be good to this people and please them and speak good words to them, then they will be your servants forever.” But he abandoned the counsel that the old men gave him, and took counsel with the young men who had grown up with him and stood before him. And he said to them, “What do you advise that we answer this people who have said to me, ‘Lighten the yoke that your father put on us’?” And the young men who had grown up with him said to him, “Thus shall you speak to the people who said to you, ‘Your father made our yoke heavy, but you lighten it for us’; thus shall you say to them, ‘My little finger is thicker than my father’s thighs.
King Rehoboam was the son of King Solomon, and even though Solomon was one of the wisest men in history, he too was flawed and corrupted by wealth, power and outside influences. Solomon took wives from foreign lands. These wives brought their false gods with them. Soon Solomon had forsaken the commandments of God and begun worshiping the foreign gods at the request of his wives.
Solomon began to heavily tax his people to furnish his life style of luxury much like today’s leaders. Rehoboam was appointed king after Solomon’s death, and the people of Israel asked Rehoboam for some relief from the heavy burdens which Solomon place upon them. Continue reading
The years of our life are seventy,
or even by reason of strength eighty;
yet their span is but toil and trouble;
they are soon gone, and we fly away.
Who considers the power of your anger,
and your wrath according to the fear of you?
So teach us to number our days
that we may get a heart of wisdom.
How powerful are these words from Psalms?
I don’t care if you do or don’t believe in God or whatever form of God or superior being you worship or deny. There is no denying the power of these words.
Of course I had to write this verse down when I read it.
When you’re younger this doesn’t mean much but as you age and as the seventy years become a hell of a lot closer to you than when you were twenty or thirty, words like these start to take on a whole new meaning.
This is my take on what King David is trying to tell himself with this verse. Note his honesty, David has written this for himself, a reflection on his life. He was one of the most powerful individuals on the earth at the time yet he does not delude himself. Continue reading
(Today marks 40 years since we said, “I do”. Here’s to 40 more.)
The words of King Lemuel. An oracle that his mother taught him
I did some research on King Lemuel. I didn’t know who he was and I thought King Solomon wrote the book of Proverbs. Some scholars think otherwise, but I guess who wrote the book isn’t as important as what is in the book. After reading their arguments I still believe it is the work of King Solomon.
It turns out that King Lemuel was really King Solomon just using another name much like he does in the book of Ecclesiastes. In that book Solomon only refers to himself as “The Preacher”. And so it is likely that the advice being given to King Solomon is from his mother Bathsheba.
As I read Proverbs 31, I came to verses 10 through 31, which in the English Standard Version of the Bible is titled, “The Woman Who Fears the Lord”. And as I read them I thought of my wife.
Today June 16, marks the fortieth year of my life with this woman as my wife, and there is none other in this world with whom I want to spend my remaining days. Continue reading
For there is a time and a way for everything, although man’s trouble lies heavy on him. For he does not know what is to be, for who can tell him how it will be?
King Solomon is speaking of the anxiety that we feel every day. The fear and worry that we go through no matter how wonderful our lives may be. We still operate with a small amount of fear and doubt about the future.
It’s a fear of the unknown. No matter what anyone my try to tell you, there is not, there never has been and there never will be anyone who can honestly predict the future.
You might say, well what about the prophets? Continue reading
Because the sentence against an evil deed is not executed speedily, the heart of the children of man is fully set to do evil.
We have all asked the question how do such evil people get away with doing such evil things and yet here I am toiling away doing it the right way and getting nowhere?
In Ecclesiastes 8:11 King Solomon is addressing that question because just as today, people had the same thoughts in ancient times. To quote Solomon, “there is nothing new under the sun”. Continue reading
King Solomon is one of my favorite persons in history. The wisdom and knowledge that he shares in the book of Proverbs and Ecclesiastes has become the cornerstone for my philosophy of life. Not only does Solomon give us wisdom and truth that is ageless, he does it with simplicity. I love simplicity.
In 1 King 3:5-14 we learn how Solomon gained this wisdom.
Solomon has just been anointed king by his father David who passes away shortly after anointing Solomon.
Solomon has vanquished those who tried to usurp his reign and now realizes just how much power has been placed on his head. Solomon will reign over, “a great people too many to be numbered or counted for multitude.”
God asks Solomon, “What shall I give you?” Continue reading
This post is from May 23, 2015.
One of my favorite, if not the favorite, books of the Bible is the book of Proverbs.
Every morning as part of my daily ritual I read a chapter or two or more depending on their length, the amount of time I have available and how well my eyes are functioning without my glasses.
Over the past number of years I have done this ritual of reading the Bible from beginning to end. I am currently on my fourth or fifth time of completely reading it cover to cover.
The one book that I always look forward to reading is Proverbs. Continue reading