One purpose of fasting is to use physical hunger and thirst to teach us how we are to hunger and thirst after the righteousness of God. The word righteousness means “to be right” and in the scriptural sense means to be like God, to live as Christ lived, to live by every Word of God.
We know John tells us that Jesus is the Logos the Word of God who inspired the entirety of Holy Scriptures and we know that God gave Israel manna [the Bread of Life] to eat and living waters from the rock to drink in the wilderness.
This manna was an allegorical type that God would feed spiritual Israel with the whole Word of God the Bread of Life. This manna was sweet like honey:
Exodus 16:31 And the house of Israel called the name thereof Manna: and it was like coriander seed, white; and the taste of it was like wafers made with honey.
David teaches us that God’s Word is sweeter than honey like the Manna; and God’s Word is the sweetest thing, more to be desired than great physical treasure, for the faithful of God.
What is a man beside God? Who are we to question his Word? The Greatness of God is seen in his Magnificent Law.
Psalm 19:7 The law of the LORD is perfect, converting the soul [men are converted from sin (and death)through living by the Word of God]: the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple [giving knowledge of life to the ignorant].
19:8 The statutes of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart: the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes. 19:9 The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring for ever: the judgments of the LORD are true and righteous altogether. 19:10 More to be desired are they than gold, yea, than much fine gold: sweeter also than honey and the honeycomb.
Why do we desire gold and the perishable things of this world, and have not cleaved with all our hearts and all our strength, to the Commandments of our God?
John 6:35 And Jesus said unto them, I am the bread of life: he that cometh to me shall never hunger; and he that believeth on me shall never thirst.
Jesus also said that he was the fountain of Living Waters – the Holy Spirit of God.
Matthew 5:6 Blessed are they which do hunger and thirst after righteousness: for they shall be filled.
It is important to realize that while Atonement pictures the sin offering of Christ being extended to the main harvest and the removal of Satan forever; the fasting aspect is about sincere repentance and developing a deep hunger and thirst for the righteousness [the Word] of God.
Those who hunger and thirst after the righteousness [God is TRUTH] would welcome any gift of understanding from God with great rejoicing. Those who fight claw and fang and even lie, to defend false traditions against the Word of God; have no love for God and no love for the truth; no matter what they claim.
During the Feast of Tabernacles we are commanded to live in temporary dwellings, to act out the history that when Israel left Egypt they also dwelt in tabernacles until they entered the promised land.
This physical dwelling in tents in the wilderness after leaving the bondage of Egypt before receiving more permanent dwellings in the promised land; is an allegory.
The spiritual meaning and lesson is that when we are delivered from Satan and bondage to sin by our calling and sincere repentance; we no longer belong to this world but are temporary sojourners in the flesh, traveling towards a permanent spiritual Promised Land of eternal life.
The book of Ecclesiastes expounds on this same lesson, which is that physical things are temporary and transitory, having no lasting value; while God and God’s Word are spiritual and will continue forever; bringing eternal life to all those who live by every Word of God.
Ecclesiastes and tabernacle dwelling, are most appropriate for the Feast of Tabernacles, as the billions who have lived and died in the flesh; will thoroughly understand the temporary nature of all physical things and the need for godliness and the eternal life which living by every Word of God brings: when they are taught in their resurrection during the resurrection to flesh and the Ingathering of nations into eternal life in the Family of God.
Introduction to Ecclesiastes
The Book of Ecclesiastes was appointed by Ezra-Nehemiah to be read during the Feast of Tabernacles. I am posting it just before the Feast because I will have so much work in studying through the book of Deuteronomy this year.
Ecclesiastes is a lesson, that after actual experience with life the first time around, the main harvest of humanity will realize the vanity of the ways of men; and will come to repentance and be brought into the family of God.
Wiki: “Ecclesiastes takes its Hebrew name from the main speaker, Qoheleth, (also Koheleth), a word related to the root which means “to assemble”. The idea behind the name was that probably the Teacher caused a group of students to assemble and hear his words; the Greek title is an attempt to translate this, and the English is taken directly from the Greek. Qoheleth introduces himself as “son of David, king in Jerusalem,” implying that he is Solomon.
It is in the form of an autobiography, at times expressed in aphorisms and maxims, telling of his investigation into the meaning of life and the best way of life. The work emphatically proclaims all the actions of man to be inherently transitory, “vain”, “futile”, “empty”, “meaningless”, “temporary”, “fleeting,” or “mere breath,” depending on translation, as the lives of both wise and foolish men end in death.
Qoheleth clearly endorses wisdom as a means for a well-lived earthly life, and the book is an instruction that the transitory nature of physical life, points us to the pressing need for the spiritual, while doing our best to enjoy the blessings God has provided.
The teacher comes to this final conclusion: Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. (Ecc 12:13).”
Solomon was born to be king and grew up in his father’s shadow, personally taught by a man after God’s own heart, his own father, how to be a king.
When Solomon became king he asked God for wisdom as Solomon had been taught to seek by his father David, and God respected that choice and also gave Solomon many other blessings.
Yet, Solomon had one big hole in his education, he had not grown up in adversity, fleeing for his life as his father David had, or being imprisoned like Joseph, or working as a slave in Egypt; instead Solomon was born with the proverbial silver spoon.
Solomon had not learned to persevere through trials; today’s modern generation also has this shortcoming in their spiritual education, which will be corrected in the great tribulation which is coming to perfect the spiritually called out.
As the years passed Solomon became infatuated with his own wisdom and slowly began to forget the commandments of God which are true wisdom. He began to make decisions based on what he thought looked right to him, and even the super-wise Solomon was NOT as wise as God and God’s commandments.
The Ekklesia has done this same thing, being filled with pride in their own supposed understanding and supposed spiritual wisdom, as they unknowingly depart further and further away from the wisdom of God.
Solomon chose to maintain peace by marrying the daughters of neighboring kings which this God had forbidden. Solomon also chose to multiply wives to himself, which God had forbidden kings to do.
Even so the Ekklesia today, in our pride; has turned to the false teachings of idols of men, just as Solomon built up temples to physical idols.
Now consider: If a wife with her needs both physical and emotional, saw her husband maybe once every three years for a day; What kind of marriage and relationship would that be? Obviously the ladies would become lonely and would say: I will go back to my home, back to my family and back to my gods; and they enticed Solomon to build houses for their gods to keep them with him, and to keep the peace with the surrounding nations.
As Solomon grew older, he allowed his wives to turn his heart away from the true wisdom of God and towards what he thought was right in his own eyes.
Today we have forgotten that all true wisdom is contained in every Word of God, and they have turned to doing what seems right in their own eyes; even to the point of making and following their own idols of men, traditions and corporate organizations.
For this sin God rent the ten tribes away from Solomon’s descendants in punishment. Indeed the WHOLE kingdom was taken from Solomon, since the two tribes and the Levites were to remain for David’s sake and not for Solomon’s
At this time the we have done the very same things as Solomon, in turning away from God to do as they think right, above what God says is right.
Like Solomon we too have a kingship as the birthright of EVERY called out person; and many of us have despised and sold that kingship and priesthood, for a bowl of stew [worldly pleasure] like Esau! We make of no effect the commandments of God, to seek our own pleasures and remain in our own traditions, or to avoid the difficulties Satan places on our living as God has commanded.
We pollute Sabbath and High Days for our own pleasures. We reject to keep God’s commanded seven day Feast of Unleavened Bread and his New Moons, just because we prefer our traditions to the commandments of Almighty God. Then we seek out the worldly pleasures and our own ways with enthusiasm!
We call the table of the LORD [God’s Word] contemptible [by rejecting truth for our own false ways] and then we DARE to label ourselves as godly!
Because we will not obey our God and be zealous for his ways; because we have fallen away from God and into an attitude of laxity and lukewarmness for God’s ways, while being HOT for our own ways. We are being rejected by Jesus Christ, Rev 3:16; and our kingdoms and priesthoods are being taken from us; just like Esau list his birthright and Solomon his kingdom.
Yet there is a place of repentance in the great tribulation. We must learn to value God’s wisdom above our own in the crucible of fire! We shall have to prove our repentance by turning to God and being zealously faithful under severe trials and persecution; and very many will have to prove their repentance by giving up their physical lives.
Even then the lukewarm shall have a lesser reward, for the faithful pillars will be given authority of the highest in the kingdom while the Laodiceans will be at their feet to govern under the pillars; and only if they repent, learn their lessons and give their lives in true zeal for God’s commandments.
As Solomon began to rely on his own wisdom; he tried out and engaged in all manner of sin; and with the wisdom given him he began to understand the truth and ultimately came to repentance before God. Many of the called of the true spiritual Ekklesia will also learn their lesson and sincerely repent when they learn their lessons!
The story of Solomon’s journey to repentance is one of the most misunderstood and most despised Books of the Bible.
The Book of Ecclesiastes was written by a man of great wisdom, who had been cut off from God by his own pride, and had set out to find his own way, instead of diligently keeping God’s commandments as he had been taught by his father David.
And in his experiences of his own ways, Solomon learns how little meaning the ways of man have, in comparison to eternity, and the wisdom of God’s commandments; and he comes to a place of repentance.
Brethren, we shall shortly be forced to understand and know, that our own ways are not acceptable to God, nor are they of any lasting value whatsoever in the context of eternity.
In the tribulation we shall learn the hard way that the pleasures of this world and our own traditions separate us from God; and the ways of man that are not consistent with God’s commandments; will be revealed to us as only empty vanity and a vexation of spirit.
In very short order, those who will not repent and learn this lesson now; will be forced to learn it in great tribulation.
The commandments are the ONLY way to eternal life. We MUST repent of breaking those commandments or compromising with even the very least commandment, and we MUST then commit to keeping all of God’s commandments forever [which is what baptism is]; and then the sacrifice of Christ will be applied to us, reconciling us to the Father and bringing the birthright of eternal life, as kings and priests over the earth.
Only if we learn the lesson that Solomon learned, will we be fit to be a part of the Bride of Christ.
Ecclesiastes 12:13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man.12:14 For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.
- WIKI “Solomon (Hebrew: שְׁלֹמֹה, Modern Shlomo Tiberian Šəlōmō ISO 259-3 Šlomo; Arabic: سليمان Sulaymān, also colloquially: Silimān; Greek: Σολομών Solomōn), also called Jedidiah (Hebrew יְדִידְיָהּ), was, according to the Book of Kings and the Book of Chronicles, a king of Israel and the son of David. The conventional dates of Solomon’s reign are circa 970 to 931 BC. He is described as the third king of the United Monarchy, and the final king before the northern Kingdom of Israel and the southern Kingdom of Judah split. Following the split, his patrilineal descendants ruled over Judah alone.
According to the Talmud, Solomon is one of the 48 prophets. In the Qur’an, he is considered a major prophet, known as Sulaiman, son of David.
Solomon was loved by God from his birth:”
2 Samuel 12:24 And David comforted Bathsheba his wife, and went in unto her, and lay with her: and she bare a son, and he called his name Solomon: and the Lord loved him. 25 And he sent by the hand of Nathan the prophet; and he called his name Jedidiah [meaning “Beloved of YHVH”], because of the Lord.
Now Solomon had been made heir apparent in his youth; probably because he was the son of Bathsheba David’s favorite, and probably because Solomon was diligent to learn of God and God’s commandments from his father David. The Eternal did not call Solomon his beloved as a young child for nothing; the child must have been faithful and diligent learning of God from David his father, as David educated him to become king over Israel.
1 Kings 1:11 Wherefore Nathan [the prophet] spake unto Bathsheba the mother of Solomon, saying, Hast thou not heard that Adonijah the son of Haggith doth reign, and David our lord knoweth it not?
1:12 Now therefore come, let me, I pray thee, give thee counsel, that thou mayest save thine own life, and the life of thy son Solomon.
1:13 Go and get thee in unto king David, and say unto him, Didst not thou, my lord, O king, swear unto thine handmaid, saying, Assuredly Solomon thy son shall reign after me, and he shall sit upon my throne? why then doth Adonijah reign?
1:14 Behold, while thou yet talkest there with the king, I also will come in after thee, and confirm thy words.
When Solomon became king and had secured the realm he proposed to built a House for God as his father David had wanted [I have no doubt that they discussed this often together, and made plans together; for David laid up a vast sum for Solomon to build.]. Solomon was full of love for God and his commandments; having been zealous for these things from his birth.
At about that time, God who loved Solomon for his love of God’s law from childhood, offered Solomon a blessing, and Solomon being humble before God, as taught by David; asked for wisdom to rule God’s people.
Psalm 111:1 The fear of the Lord is the beginning of wisdom: a good understanding have all they that do his commandments: his praise endureth for ever.
Solomon had been taught the fear and love of God by his father David.
God granted this request and further blessed Solomon with many other things, for wisdom has her fruits.
Solomon started his rule, very wise in the things and commandments of God, however he began to slowly lose his humility and be ensnared by pride as has happened in the COG today.
Solomon then set out to test God and God’s commandments, and to test also his own wisdom and ways, by considering everything that this world has to offer and judging that for it real value.
The Book of Ecclesiastes is about that testing, and what Solomon learned from his testing and inquiries into all the greatness that this world has to offer.
Ecclesiastes is about pride or humility, worldliness or godliness; and which is transitory and without lasting value, or that which has true lasting real eternal value.
This book is very very vital to the Groups claiming to be God’s people today. God deeply loved Solomon and therefore allowed Solomon to make his mistakes and learn from them.
The same is true today; God deeply loves all his called out, and he is allowing us to do what we think is right so we may make our mistakes and learn from them, in order to perfect us that we might be zealous for all eternity!
Oh how God has loved us, but very many are like rebellious children, preferring our own wisdom to the wisdom of God our Father; preferring our own ways and traditions to the truth and commandments of our loving Father.
God is warning his beloved children of the way that they should go, and we had better heed his warning, before we are destroyed by the wisdom of men and the traditions of men.
Ecclesiastes was written at the end of Solomon’s inquiries, and was inspired by God to teach us the same lesson that Solomon learned; so that we might come to the same conclusion as Solomon; and dedicate ourselves to the ONLY things that really matter and have lasting value; God and his commandments.
The lessons of Ecclesiastes are an analogy of humanity who try out all their own ways to finally learn that only the ways of God are all that is truly permanent and all that really matters.
The author is identified as the king and son of David, a preacher [teacher]: Strong’s: collector (of sentences of wisdom), preacher, public speaker, speaker in an assembly, Qoheleth.
Ecclesiastes 1:1 The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem.
After deep and lengthy study, the Teacher emphatically proclaims all the actions of man to be inherently hevel, a word meaning “vain”, “futile”, “empty”, “meaningless”, “temporary”, “transitory”, “fleeting,” or “mere breath,” depending on translation, as the lives of both wise and foolish men end in death.
Why do men seek physical fame, power or wealth in this life? Why do the COG leaders and many elders seek their own ways which are vanity and will come to nothing, and reject the truth of God?
1:2 Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity. 1:3 What profit hath a man of all his labour which he taketh under the sun? 1:4 One generation passeth away, and another generation cometh: but the earth abideth for ever.
Physical things never satisfy for long.
1:5 The sun also ariseth, and the sun goeth down, and hasteth to his place where he arose. 1:6 The wind goeth toward the south, and turneth about unto the north; it whirleth about continually, and the wind returneth again according to his circuits. 1:7 All the rivers run into the sea; yet the sea is not full; unto the place from whence the rivers come, thither they return again. 1:8 All things are full of labour; man cannot utter it: the eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear filled with hearing.
Physical thing do not last and never satisfy for long.
1:9 The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun. 1:10 Is there any thing whereof it may be said, See, this is new? it hath been already of old time, which was before us. 1:11 There is no remembrance of former things; neither shall there be any remembrance of things that are to come with those that shall come after.
The Preacher or Instructor in Wisdom, is identified as king Solomon.
1:12 I the Preacher was king over Israel in Jerusalem.
Solomon seeks out the meaning of life, and seeks out wisdom concerning all things physical. He seeks out all the wisdom and pleasures of man, as many other before and after him have done.
1:13 And I gave my heart to seek and search out by wisdom concerning all things that are done under heaven: this sore travail hath God given to the sons of man to be exercised therewith.
Solomon learns what all people will eventually learn; that there is nothing lasting or satisfying in this very temporary physical existence; ONLY the things of God are permanent and satisfying.
1:14 I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and, behold, all is vanity and vexation of spirit.
1:15 That which is crooked cannot be made straight: and that which is wanting cannot be numbered.
Solomon sought out wisdom and realized wisdom is vexation and madness, for wisdom reveals the emptiness and futility of physical existence.
1:16 I communed with mine own heart, saying, Lo, I am come to great estate, and have gotten more wisdom than all they that have been before me in Jerusalem: yea, my heart had great experience of wisdom and knowledge. 1:17 And I gave my heart to know wisdom, and to know madness and folly: I perceived that this also is vexation of spirit.
When we understand that we shall surely die and our existence will end, all other things become empty, meaningless and hopeless folly.
1:18 For in much wisdom is much grief: and he that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow.
Solomon then seeks out wealth and the pleasures of life to see if he will find meaning there.
Solomon sought to find meaning in life through pleasure seeking because wisdom revealed that he would eventually die and cease to exist anyway.
Ecclesiastes 2:1 I said in mine heart, Go to now, I will prove thee with mirth, therefore enjoy pleasure: and, behold, this also is vanity.
Solomon then learned that pleasure seeking is pointless and ultimately proves to be empty and meaningless.
2:2 I said of laughter, It is mad: and of mirth, What doeth it? 2:3 I sought in mine heart to give myself unto wine, yet acquainting mine heart with wisdom; and to lay hold on folly, till I might see what was that good for the sons of men, which they should do under the heaven all the days of their life.
Then he sought riches and building p0rojects, only to find them ultimate meaningless as all physical things will ultimately perish.
2:4 I made me great works; I builded me houses; I planted me vineyards: 2:5 I made me gardens and orchards, and I planted trees in them of all kind of fruits: 2:6 I made me pools of water, to water therewith the wood that bringeth forth trees:
2:7 I got me servants and maidens, and had servants born in my house; also I had great possessions of great and small cattle above all that were in Jerusalem before me:
2:8 I gathered me also silver and gold, and the peculiar treasure of kings and of the provinces: I gat me men singers and women singers, and the delights of the sons of men, as musical instruments, and that of all sorts.
2:9 So I was great, and increased more than all that were before me in Jerusalem: also my wisdom remained with me.
2:10 And whatsoever mine eyes desired I kept not from them, I withheld not my heart from any joy; for my heart rejoiced in all my labour: and this was my portion of all my labour.
2:11 Then I looked on all the works that my hands had wrought, and on the labour that I had laboured to do: and, behold, all was vanity and vexation of spirit, and there was no profit under the sun.
Solomon tests wisdom against foolishness.
2:12 And I turned myself to behold wisdom, and madness, and folly: for what can the man do that cometh after the king? even that which hath been already done.
Wisdom is far greater than foolishness, yet what is its advantage at the end of physical life?
2:13 Then I saw that wisdom excelleth folly, as far as light excelleth darkness. 2:14 The wise man’s eyes [are open see and understand] are in his head; but the fool walketh in darkness: and I myself perceived also that one event happeneth to them all.
Then Solomon understood that both the humanly wise and the foolish die and cease to exist.
2:15 Then said I in my heart, As it happeneth to the fool, so it happeneth even to me; and why was I then more wise? Then I said in my heart, that this also is vanity. 2:16 For there is no remembrance of the wise more than of the fool for ever; seeing that which now is in the days to come shall all be forgotten. And how dieth the wise man? as the fool.
Solomon learns that at the end of life, the age old question remains: “Is that all there is?” If so then life itself is foolishness for it has no lasting value.
2:17 Therefore I hated life; because the work that is wrought under the sun is grievous unto me: for all is vanity and vexation of spirit.
Solomon despairs that his heirs will be successful to maintain his projects.
2:18 Yea, I hated all my labour which I had taken under the sun: because I should leave it unto the man that shall be after me. 2:19 And who knoweth whether he shall be a wise man or a fool? yet shall he have rule over all my labour wherein I have laboured, and wherein I have shewed myself wise under the sun. This is also vanity.
2:20 Therefore I went about to cause my heart to despair of all the labour which I took under the sun.
Solomon learns that all physical pursuits are empty and meaningless and loses all desire to pursue them further.
Solomon despairs as he realizes that the fruits of all his wisdom and labours will ultimate be left to another who probably does not deserve it and will make a big mess of them.
2:21 For there is a man whose labour is in wisdom, and in knowledge, and in equity; yet to a man that hath not laboured therein shall he leave it for his portion. This also is vanity and a great evil.
What has a man left for himself of all his labours when he dies?
2:22 For what hath man of all his labour, and of the vexation of his heart, wherein he hath laboured under the sun? 2:23 For all his days are sorrows, and his travail grief; yea, his heart taketh not rest in the night. This is also vanity.
Therefore in physical things, people should enjoy life to the full while they still live. Let men enjoy the fruits of their labours.
2:24 There is nothing better for a man, than that he should eat and drink, and that he should make his soul enjoy good in his labour. This also I saw, that it was from the hand of God. 2:25 For who can eat, or who else can hasten hereunto, more than I?
The wicked build up, so that God will take from them and give to the righteous. Therefore it is vexation [empty foolishness] of spirit to be wicked and break God’s commandments. Those who compromise with God’s commandments or teach tolerance for sin are foolish vain and spiritual empty men.
2:26 For God giveth to a man that is good in his [God’s] sight wisdom, and knowledge, and joy: but to the sinner he giveth travail, to gather and to heap up, that he may give to him that is good before God. This also is vanity and vexation of spirit.
There is a right time for everything and often patience is in order.
Ecclesiastes 3:1 To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven: 3:2 A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck up that which is planted;
3:3 A time to kill, and a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up; 3:4 A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;
3:5 A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones together; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing; 3:6 A time to get, and a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to cast away;
3:7 A time to rend, and a time to sew; a time to keep silence, and a time to speak; 3:8 A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war, and a time of peace.
The law may allow something, but it is not always expedient to do what the law allows. Wisdom must be exercised in what we do, even regarding lawful things. Carefully choose the right time and place for all your doings, so as to prosper in them.
What profit is there in our labours, except to take pleasure and be satisfied with our work? And to rejoice and enjoy its fruits.
3:9 What profit hath he that worketh in that wherein he laboureth? 3:10 I have seen the travail, which God hath given to the sons of men to be exercised in it.
No carnally minded person who’s thoughts are on physical pursuits, can understand the works and Word of God.
3:11 He [God] hath made every thing beautiful in his time: also he hath set the world [worldliness and limited understanding to the carnal man] in their heart, so that no man can find out the work that God maketh from the beginning to the end.
3:12 I know that there is no good in them [worldliness and physical pursuits], but for a man to rejoice, and to do good [keep the commandments of God] in his life.
All good things including the fruits of our own labour and wisdom, are gifts of God, for he has made and sustains all things.
3:13 And also that every man should eat and drink, and enjoy the good of all his labour, it is the gift of God.
Only the godly things are eternal and have any real meaning, and no person can change what God has ordained. Men should fear God for only he is eternal and is of any importance in the larger scheme of things.
3:14 I know that, whatsoever God doeth, it shall be for ever: nothing can be put to it, nor any thing taken from it: and God doeth it, that men should fear before him.
3:15 That which hath been is now; and that which is to be hath already been; and God requireth that which is past.
Solomon saw that there was unequal justice and wickedness in the judgment and ruler-ship of men. And that in the physical priesthood and temple there was sin. Therefore man can only count on God for righteous judgment.
3:16 And moreover I saw under the sun the place of judgment, that wickedness was there; and the place of righteousness, that iniquity was there.
3:17 I said in mine heart, God shall judge the righteous and the wicked: for there is a time there for every purpose and for every work.
At God’s judgments, God shall demonstrate that physical man is as the brute beasts who cannot understand. Therefore only the spiritual things and commandments of God have any value or really matter.
3:18 I said in mine heart concerning the estate of the sons of men, that God might manifest them, and that they might see that they themselves are beasts.
3:19 For that which befalleth the sons of men befalleth beasts; even one thing befalleth them: as the one dieth, so dieth the other; yea, they have all one breath; so that a man hath no preeminence above a beast: for all is vanity. 3:20 All go unto one place; all are of the dust, and all turn to dust again.
3:21 Who knoweth the spirit [Reuach, spirit, breath] of man that goeth upward, and the spirit [Reuach, spirit, breath] of the beast that goeth downward to the earth?
Serve God in the wisdom of God’s Word and enjoy life to the full, for after death all our physical deeds and wealth will go to another.
3:22 Wherefore I perceive that there is nothing better, than that a man should rejoice in his own works; for that is his portion: for who shall bring him to see what shall be after him?
Solomon considers the state of man, between the oppressed and the oppressors.
Ecclesiastes 4:1 So I returned, and considered all the oppressions that are done under the sun: and behold the tears of such as were oppressed, and they had no comforter; and on the side of their oppressors there was power; but they had no comforter.
It is better to be dead than to be oppressed and without relief.
4:2 Wherefore I praised the dead which are already dead more than the living which are yet alive.
The person who has not seen oppression or been an oppressor, is blessed to have been saved from exposure to such evil.
4:3 Yea, better is he [who has never seen evil and oppression] than both they [the oppressed and the oppressor], [better is the one who has not yet been born or seen such evil] which hath not yet been, who hath not seen the evil work that is done under the sun.
Solomon now considers the labours of men. Great and good accomplishments that make men famous, are pointless without God, because in the end they will come to nothing.
4:4 Again, I considered all travail [work, labour, trials], and every right work, that for this a man is envied of his neighbour. This is also vanity and vexation of spirit.
Yet, it is foolishness to be lazy and do nothing.
4:5 The fool foldeth his hands together, and eateth his own flesh.
It is better to have little, accompanied by peace and peace of mind; than to have much and be in interminable strife and stress.
4:6 Better is an handful with quietness, than both the hands full with travail and vexation of spirit.
4:7 Then I returned, and I saw vanity under the sun.
Greed for physical wealth is a sore and heavy burden, working men to death; and has no reward for all perish in the end.
4:8 There is one alone, and there is not a second; yea, he hath neither child nor brother: yet is there no end of all his labour; neither is his eye satisfied with riches; neither saith he, For whom do I labour, and bereave my soul of good? This is also vanity, yea, it is a sore travail.
It is better to work together with others.
4:9 Two are better than one; because they have a good reward for their labour. 4:10 For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow: but woe to him that is alone when he falleth; for he hath not another to help him up.
4:11 Again, if two lie together, then they have heat: but how can one be warm alone? 4:12 And if one prevail against him, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken.
The following is especially true spiritually, for the Ekklesia is now full of old and foolish rulers who will not be admonished, while the kingdom of God shall be filled with the wisdom of faithful obedient children.
Matthew 18:2 And Jesus called a little child unto him, and set him in the midst of them, 18:3 And said, Verily I say unto you, Except ye be converted, and become as little children, ye shall not enter into the kingdom of heaven. 18:4 Whosoever therefore shall humble himself as this little child, the same is greatest in the kingdom of heaven.
Ecclesiastes 4:13 Better is a poor and a wise child than an old and foolish king, who will no more be admonished.
The commandment breaking ruler, leader, elder; is foolish and imprisoned by wickedness, all his subjects will suffer for his wickedness. Again this is especially true in the COG Groups who are led by proud and foolish commandment breakers; and do as they think right, instead of as God commands.
4:14 For out of prison he cometh to reign; whereas also he that is born in his kingdom becometh poor.
The righteous obedient child shall grow up to take the ruler-ship from the foolish leader.
4:15 I considered all the living which walk under the sun, with the second child that shall stand up in his stead.
It is foolishness, not to rejoice in God and his commandments; for the physical works of men shall not be long remembered. The accomplishments of the mighty shall not long be remembered after their death.
4:16 There is no end of all the people, even of all that have been before them: they also that come after shall not rejoice in him. Surely this also is vanity and vexation of spirit.
Seek out the wisdom of God in his word; rather than to teach what we do not really know and understand. the student should study and not teach until he is fully and properly prepared in his studies by inspiration of God.
Be very careful in your prayers and petitions to God. It is vanity and foolishness to pray for an hour each day, just to waste God’s time with much speaking.
Make your prayers sincere and from the heart, and do not engage in empty ramblings to put in time. Better is a prayer of three minutes from the heart, than hours of empty words.