Gems 2015 — September 22 Scripture Selection: Ecclesiastes 7-12

Guest post by Jeanette Andrade

September 22 Scripture Selection: Ecclesiastes 7-12

Food for Thought: Eccl. 7:10

I bet we’ve all been guilty of this. Everyone looks back on the past and nostalgically calls it “the good ol’ days.” Those were the days when everything was fine, people were nice, and life was good. But ironically, the people living back then said the same thing!

Of course, we can list things that were measurably better in earlier ages. So what’s wrong with such a statement? Well for starters, it ignores God’s perfect purpose for your life and bountiful blessings of the present. It projects an attitude of complaining and discontent instead of gratitude that the Lord has chosen us for something wonderful for this day and age. He put us here “for such a time as this (Esther 4:14).” And with Him, life is good. We can do all things through Christ Who strengthens us (Phil. 4:13), and He makes all things work together for our good (Rom. 8:28).

Continuously looking back and wishing we could go back in history keeps us from “pressing toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus (Phil. 3:14).” We’ve been gifted with today. God chose us for this day and specially designed it for us. “This is the day that the Lord has made; we will rejoice and be glad in it (Ps. 118:24)!”

Digging Deeper (What scriptures can further enhance today’s reading?):

Getting Personal (What has God shown you in today’s reading?):

Confession of Faith (Example: Lord, based on Mat. 1:21 and 23, I understand that Jesus is God, and I receive Him as my personal Lord and Savior.):

Important Events on This Day (birthdays, anniversaries, etc.):

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6 Responses to Gems 2015 — September 22 Scripture Selection: Ecclesiastes 7-12

  1. suyts says:

    You said that right! ……

    You said, “And with Him, life is good. We can do all things through Christ Who strengthens us (Phil. 4:13), and He makes all things work together for our good (Rom. 8:28).” ….. and I think that is the larger point of Ecclesiastes.

    Here, we have the wisest person on earth, given wisdom from God. He was, perhaps, the richest man on earth during his time. Nothing was withheld from Solomon. He knew and revered God. Indeed, he saw what was coming …..

    13 Now all has been heard;
    here is the conclusion of the matter:
    Fear God and keep his commandments,
    for this is the duty of all mankind.
    14 For God will bring every deed into judgment,
    including every hidden thing,
    whether it is good or evil.

    All things through Christ, but, only with Christ. Even for the wisest of us, the richest of us, nothing matters. It’s all vanity without Christ. Without Christ, we all go to our Maker and meet the same end, as “the teacher” stated.

    Of course, I’d be remiss if I didn’t also mention this passage, which, I often do in partial jest ….

    while I was still searching
    but not finding—
    I found one upright man among a thousand,
    but not one upright woman among them all.
    29 This only have I found:
    God created mankind upright,
    but they have gone in search of many schemes.”

    On it’s face, it’s a dig at women, and recalls the “original sin”. Eve did, indeed, commit the “original sin”, but, not the only sin in the ordeal. You see, Eve’s sin didn’t have to cause Adam to sin. They were separate sins. What if Adam, rather than agreeing with Eve, corrected Eve and said, “no”? What if Eve accepted the correction?

    Woman was made for man. Man was made for God. It is the weakness of man which is why there can be such a woman. If we read the previous verses ….

    26 I find more bitter than death
    the woman who is a snare,
    whose heart is a trap
    and whose hands are chains.
    The man who pleases God will escape her,
    but the sinner she will ensnare.

    Adam forgot what his purpose was. I think it was his sin which led us to eternal death, which caused Christ to come to earth, live, die, and defeat Death/Satan. He had to because of Man’s weakness, our faithlessness.

    I know I’m replying to a woman, but, the comment is directed at the men who may read this comment. Eve didn’t do this to us all. She tempted Adam, Adam failed us all. He reflected all of our weakness. Worse, because they both ate of the “Tree of Knowledge”, we all should already know right from wrong. And, we all do. Often times, we do wrong, knowing that we do wrong, because, well …. it makes this beautiful woman in front of me happy, or seemingly so. Which, is understandable, on an earthly level. Woman, after all, was made for man. No man is complete without a woman. God would not have made woman were it not so. Yet, it remains for us to be Godly.

    It is small wonder that we see, as Solomon saw, the traps of the “woman who is a snare”. Women were created for us, we’re the ones who made this happen! Is it any wonder why there are so many porn sites on the internet? Is it any wonder why people like Miley Cyrus do the things they do? It is because men have their eyes looking to things other than God!

    Don’t get me wrong, I’m as guilty as the next. It is for us to keep our eyes, hearts, and minds on God. The woman is to help us. But, when the woman continues to help us, and our eyes, hearts, and minds are not on God, ….. well, then, haven’t we then created a Jezebel? That’s a rhetorical question. The answer is, “yes, we did”.

    For those who may wish to ignore this comment, or say to themselves, “that doesn’t apply to me”, it may not, but, it certainly applies to your daughters …. and all the young men out there who are not taught to keep their eyes on God. And, it applies to your sons, and all the godless young women out there. Consider Samson. All of us reading the story would say, “what a fool”! But, then, have you ever been held by a beautiful, but, wicked woman? If you have, then, you know. Your strength is the wisdom God imparted on us all. When you reject His wisdom, then, you get this depraved world we live in now.

  2. jsue says:

    Well, I may be just splitting hairs, but the Bible says that Eve was deceived (Ii Cor. 11:3:), but that Adam sinned (Rom. 5:12). The whole of the responsibility was laid on Adam, because, as you said, Adam did not have to follow Eve. In fact, he could have stopped her, or interceded for her. And regarding Solomon, he disobeyed God and began collecting pagan women–lots of them–and fell to the lowest of levels by worshiping their gods which included human sacrifice and extremely lewd rituals. Not just any woman was his downfall. Had he married a good Jewish girl, just one, he would not have found himself in such a desperate, guilty position of self condemnation.

    • suyts says:

      Heh! Yes, that’s what I just said! Being gullible is easy if your eyes aren’t where they’re suppose to be. Eve was suppose to be Adam’s helpmate. She certainly didn’t help him in this case. She went contrary to God’s intent, God’s will. I’m going to call that a sin. But, maybe that’s just me. But, yes, it was Adam’s sin which condemned us all, be it his failure to intercede (perhaps …. he had not yet ate of the tree of knowledge ….) or his acceptance of temptation, which was contrary to the knowledge already imparted to him by God. Either way, it was Adam.

      And, yes, that’s one of the many, many points of Ecclesiastes. Consider …. Solomon was the wisest of men throughout the history of the world. God granted him such wisdom.

      The simple notion would be to say to stay simple. But, that would be contrary to the wisdom God gave to Solomon. Solomon’s judgments from his wisdom, bequeathed from God, were and are correct. Even the wisest of men cannot understand God’s ways. Even the wisest of men fail, even though they know better. Wisdom won’t save you. It should, but, it doesn’t. (This is what Solomon describes as evil.)

      Yet, it is still better to be wise, than a fool. It is still, better to enjoy your life, your work, and your wife (or, in your case, husband), rather than to dwell on all of our impending return to the dust.

      The whole book is nothing but fantastic wisdom, true and right. Only, we must add Christ to the teachings. Yes, it’s a morose book. But, then, it would be, because Solomon didn’t know Christ.

  3. That should have been , “thank you both”.

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