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Preparing the Way of the Lord

Ecclesiastes 5 – 12

Ecclesiastes 5 

It is far better to listen, learn and keep the whole Word of God, than to foolishly commit sin and be required to offer sacrifices for sin.

Ecclesiastes 5:1 Keep thy foot when thou goest to the house of God, and be more ready to hear, than to give the sacrifice of fools: for they consider not that they do evil.

Think before you speak and do not be over quick to answer a matter without thinking.

5:2 Be not rash with thy mouth, and let not thine heart be hasty to utter any thing before God: for God is in heaven, and thou upon earth: therefore let thy words be few.  5:3 For a dream cometh through the multitude of business [an active mind]; and a fool’s voice is known by multitude of [empty] words.

5:4 When thou vowest a vow unto God, defer not to pay it; for he hath no pleasure in fools: pay that which thou hast vowed.  5.5  Better is it that thou shouldest not vow, than that thou shouldest vow and not pay.

Do not make promises to God, lest you fail to keep them, for if you make a promise to God, Satan will immediately work to make keeping your word a heavy burden to you. Instead fear God and do HIS will, making no promises to God, except for your baptismal marriage commitment.

5:6 Suffer not thy mouth to cause thy flesh to sin; neither say thou before the angel, that it was an error: wherefore should God be angry at thy voice, and destroy the work of thine hands?  5:7 For in the multitude of dreams and many words there are also divers vanities: but fear thou God.

You oppressors of the flock; you shall be judged of God.

5:8 If thou seest the oppression of the poor, and violent perverting of judgment and justice in a province, marvel not at the matter: for he that is higher than the highest regardeth; and there be higher than they [A higher one than the evil doer, who shall judge him.].

All things come out of the earth that God has made for humanity. Therefore all that humanity has, is a gift of God without which we could not even exist.

5:9 Moreover the profit of the earth is for all: the king himself is served by the field.

No matter what physical thing man desires, when he has achieved it; he will not be satisfied with it. for physical things are not of any real value; only the spiritual is satisfying and everlasting.

5:10 He that loveth silver shall not be satisfied with silver; nor he that loveth abundance with increase: this is also vanity.

What is the point of acquiring more than we can use; except to help others. Let the rich be generous to the poor and they will see treasures laid up for them in heaven.

5:11 When goods increase, they are increased that eat them: and what good is there to the owners thereof, saving the beholding of them with their eyes?

5:12 The sleep of a labouring man is sweet, whether he eat little or much: but the abundance of the rich will not suffer him to sleep.

5:13 There is a sore evil which I have seen under the sun, namely, riches kept for the owners thereof to their hurt.  5:14 But those riches perish by evil travail: and he begetteth a son, and there is nothing in his hand [there is nothing laid up for him in heaven when he dies].

Physical wealth is of no real lasting value, only the spiritual has lasting value. Those who seek the pleasures and wealth of this world shall die and have nothing laid up in heaven for themselves. it is better to do good and keep God’s commandments always, then to lust after worldliness.

5:15 As he came forth of his mother’s womb, naked shall he return to go as he came, and shall take nothing of his labour, which he may carry away in his hand.  5:16 And this also is a sore evil, that in all points as he came, so shall he go: and what profit hath he that hath laboured for the wind? 5:17 All his days also he eateth in darkness, and he hath much sorrow and wrath with his sickness.

Enjoy life and help others as God blesses you; but do not set your heart on ungodly lusts and pleasures.

5:18 Behold that which I have seen: it is good and comely for one to eat and to drink, and to enjoy the good of all his labour that he taketh under the sun all the days of his life, which God giveth him: for it is his portion.

Let us use what God has given us for godly purposes and keep his commandments always.

5:19 Every man also to whom God hath given riches and wealth, and hath given him power to eat thereof, and to take his portion, and to rejoice in his labour; this is the gift of God.  5:20 For he shall not much remember the days of his life; because God answereth him in the joy of his heart.

It is a sore burden to work hard and then have one’s reward taken by another; in usury and taxes, or by fraud or theft, or by cunning words.

 

Ecclesiastes 6

Ecclesiastes 6:1 There is an evil which I have seen under the sun, and it is common among men:

6:2 A man to whom God hath given riches, wealth, and honour, so that he wanteth nothing for his soul of all that he desireth, yet God giveth him not power to eat thereof, but a stranger eateth it: this is vanity, and it is an evil disease.

If a man work hard all his life and enjoy none of it, and if he has not laid up a reward in heaven; it is a great evil.

6:3 If a man beget an hundred children, and live many years, so that the days of his years be many, and his soul be not filled with good, and also that he have no burial; I say, that an untimely [miscarried] birth is better than he.  6:4 For he cometh in with vanity, and departeth in darkness, and his name shall be covered with darkness.

6:5 Moreover he [that has not been born being miscarried and] hath not seen the sun, nor known any thing: this hath more rest than the other.

If a man is rich in physical things, and not knowing God or keeping his commandments, lives for a thousand years; he will still die; the physically rich, or carnally wise; shall still die, like the fool.

The ONLY things that has any real lasting value, are the commandments and teachings of God and our relationship with the Father and the Son!

6:6 Yea, though he live a thousand years twice told, yet hath he seen no [true good thing] good: do not all go to one place?

6:7 All the labour of man is for his mouth, and yet the appetite is not filled.

6:8 For what hath the wise more than the fool? what hath the poor, that knoweth to walk before the living?

It is better to have then to desire and not have.

6:9 Better is the sight of the eyes than the wandering of the desire: this is also vanity and vexation of spirit.

Man cannot contend with God; it is better to keep God’s words and ways than to perish in foolishness.

6:10 That which hath been is named already, and it is known that it is man: neither may he contend with him that is mightier than he.

The day of death of the righteous, is in conscious thought, the day of his birth into the Family of God, therefore it is better than the beginning of his life and physical sorrows at his physical birth. The same is true of the unconverted, for they shall have a new life in the main harvest into the Family of God.

6:11 Seeing there be many things that increase vanity, what is man the better?

6:12 For who knoweth what is good for man in this life, all the days of his vain life which he spendeth as a shadow? for who can tell a man what shall be after him under the sun?  [Only God!]

 

In this part of the Book, Solomon gets into a series of proverbs.

A good reputation is priceless, however there are many in this evil world who will lie, or use innuendo to destroy good names. Their deceitful work is in vain, for God will bring the truth out in his good time.

Ecclesiastes 7

Ecclesiastes 7:1 A good name is better than precious ointment; and the day of death than the day of one’s birth.

Mourning a loss helps put life in its proper perspective and bring us to God. Reveling in carnal events only encourages our carnal nature towards more worldliness and personal pride.

Sadness turns us to understand that the only things of real consequence are the things of God; therefore mourning brings us back to a good understanding of the transitory nature of the physical and the need for God.

7:2 It is better to go to the house of mourning [repentance], than to go to the house of feasting: for that is the end of all men; and the living will lay it to his heart.

7:3 Sorrow is better than laughter: for by the sadness of the countenance the heart is made better.

7:4 The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning; but the heart of fools is in the house of mirth.

The correction of God’s word is better than precious jewels to the one who responds positively and corrects himself.

7:5 It is better to hear the rebuke of the wise, than for a man to hear the song of fools.

The joy of those who break God’s law and compromise with God’s commandments, is the sound of fools running to their own destruction.

7:6 For as the crackling of thorns under a pot, so is the laughter of the fool: this also is vanity.

The godly man hates oppression, and a bribe destroys the righteousness of the godly. 

The heart is representative of our nature and a bribe is a desire for physical wealth above well doing in keeping all of God’s commandments.

7:7 Surely oppression maketh a wise man mad; and a gift destroyeth the heart.

It is better to have successfully completed a project, then to be only beginning and possible fail.

7:8 Better is the end of a thing than the beginning thereof: and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit.

Control your temper and suppress and control anger; for an uncontrolled temper leads to much shame and evil.

7:9 Be not hasty in thy spirit to be angry: for anger resteth in the bosom of fools.

7:10 Say not thou, What is the cause that the former days were better than these? for thou dost not enquire wisely concerning this.

The greatest inheritance that a parent can give is wise instruction of his children, and the wise person who also inherits wealth with wisdom, will do much good with it.

7:11 Wisdom is good with an inheritance: and by it there is profit to them that see the sun.

7:12 For wisdom is a defence, and money is a defence: but the excellency of knowledge is, that wisdom giveth life to them that have it.

Do not oppose God in his will, for he gives blessings and takes them away, to teach us the vanity of all physical things.

7:13 Consider the work of God: for who can make that straight, which he hath made crooked?

7:14 In the day of prosperity be joyful, but in the day of adversity consider: God also hath set the one over against the other, to the end that man should find nothing after him.

Solomon now gets into self-righteousness and the pointlessness of man following the righteousness of men; by doing what he thinks is right, instead of doing what God commands.

7:15 All things have I seen in the days of my vanity: there is a just man that perisheth in his righteousness, and there is a wicked man that prolongeth his life in his wickedness.

Justice or wickedness according to the thoughts of what is right to a man, means nothing in the end; for both what appears just or evil to humanity will fail [men think that abortion and much wickedness is right] . It is those who fear God and are just, by the keeping of all of God’s commandments, who have something of real value for eternity.

Therefore be not self-righteous, nor worldly wise; instead be godly righteous and godly wise, through the diligent keeping of all of his teachings and commandments. 

This verse has been badly twisted by the wicked, who declare the zealous for God over righteous, when the verse is actually about the SELF-RIGHTEOUSNESS of the wicked, who are zealous for their OWN ways and NOT zealous for the ways of God.

7:16 Be not righteous over much; neither make thyself over wise: why shouldest thou destroy thyself?

Do not depart from zeal for God and his Word like the wicked.

7:17 Be not over much wicked, neither be thou foolish: why shouldest thou die before thy time?

7:18 It is good that thou shouldest take hold of this; yea, also from this withdraw not thine hand: for he that feareth God shall come forth of them all.

A wise man is better than ten strong men who dissipate their strength in foolishness.

7:19 Wisdom strengtheneth the wise more than ten mighty men which are in the city.

Romans 3:23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;

Therefore let us look to God and not to men for righteousness.

Ecclesiastes 7:20 For there is not a just man upon earth, that doeth good, and sinneth not.

Do not eves drop or be so thin skinned and over sensitive that you take exception to every critical word.  Learn to let little things slide or your life will be miserable and full of vexations.

7:21 Also take no heed unto all words that are spoken; lest thou hear thy servant curse thee:

7:22 For oftentimes also thine own heart knoweth that thou thyself likewise hast cursed others.

Solomon proved out these things by wise thought, but found little understanding of the things of God by human wisdom.

7:23 All this have I proved by wisdom: I said, I will be wise; but it was far from me.

Solomon found that the greatest evil to befall him was the enticements of wicked women who made his life a misery and were his downfall. In this he was speaking of his own desire for strange [unconverted] women.

The righteous man should seek out a righteous woman. This is true of Christ for he will not marry an unclean by sin bride.

7:24 That which is far off, and exceeding deep, who can find it out?

7:25 I applied mine heart to know, and to search, and to seek out wisdom, and the reason of things, and to know the wickedness of folly, even of foolishness and madness:

7:26 And I find more bitter than death the woman, whose heart is snares and nets, and her hands as bands: whoso pleaseth God shall escape from her; but the sinner shall be taken by her.

7:27 Behold, this have I found, saith the preacher [teacher], counting one by one, to find out the account:

7:28 Which yet my soul seeketh, but I find not [any righteous]: one [righteous] man among a thousand have I found; but a [good] woman among all those have I not found.

7:29 Lo, this only have I found, that God hath made man [to be] upright [godly]; but they have sought out many [wicked] inventions.

 

Ecclesiastes 8

A wise man respects authority and submits to the ruler, beginning with God; and then the rulers of the nations.

Ecclesiastes 8:1 Who is as the wise man? and who knoweth the interpretation of a thing? a man’s wisdom maketh his face to shine, and the boldness of his face shall be changed.

We should keep the commandment of the physical king because he exercises physical power over us!  How much more should we keep the commandments of the King of kings who has power of eternal life and death?

8:2 I counsel thee to keep the king’s commandment, and that in regard of the oath of God.

8:3 Be not hasty to go out of his [to be thrust out of the king’s sight, by extension to leave the presence of God; in order to do evil] sight: stand not in an evil thing; for he doeth whatsoever pleaseth him.

8:4 Where the word of a king [God the Father is King of the universe and Christ is King over the earth] is, there is power: and who may say unto him, What doest thou?

8:5 Whoso keepeth the commandment [of God who is the ultimate King] shall feel no evil thing: and a wise man’s heart discerneth both time and judgment.

Man has no power to achieve eternal life; which is the gift of God the King to those who obey him.

8:6 Because to every purpose there is time and judgment, therefore the misery of man is great upon him. 8:7 For he knoweth not that which shall be: for who can tell him when it shall be?

8:8 There is no man that hath power over the spirit to retain the spirit; neither hath he power in the day of death: and there is no discharge in that war; neither shall wickedness deliver those that are given to it.

Men rule over others, dominating and abusing; not believing that God rules over them and will call them to account.

8:9 All this have I seen, and applied my heart unto every work that is done under the sun: there is a time wherein one man ruleth over another to his own hurt.

All men die and there is no profit in the gain of the wicked. Let us obey our God and he shall give the gift of eternal life.

8:10 And so I saw the wicked buried, who had come and gone from the place of the holy, and they were forgotten in the city where they had so done: this is also vanity.

Because there seems to be no immediate bad result of much evil, short sighted men do not see the consequences of their evil deeds.

8:11 Because sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil.

God’s gift of eternal life in peace, is reserved for those who love him and keep his commandments, while the end of the commandment breaker is his destruction.

8:12 Though a sinner do evil an hundred times, and his days be prolonged, yet surely I know that it shall be well with them that fear God, which fear before him:

8:13 But it shall not be well with the wicked, neither shall he prolong his days, which are as a shadow; because he feareth not before God.

The evil man who persecutes the zealous for God: shall de destroyed.

Matthew 18:6 But whoso shall offend one of these little ones which believe in me, it were better for him that a millstone were hanged about his neck, and that he were drowned in the depth of the sea.

When the just before God are attacked by the wicked, it is a great evil, and God will not hold the wicked guiltless.

Ecclesiastes 8:14 There is a vanity which is done upon the earth; that there be just men, unto whom it happeneth according to the work of the wicked; again, there be wicked men, to whom it happeneth according to the work of the righteous: I said that this also is vanity.

Solomon advises us to enjoy our lives with propriety and true godliness.

8:15 Then I commended mirth, because a man hath no better thing under the sun, than to eat, and to drink, and to be merry: for that shall abide with him of his labour the days of his life, which God giveth him under the sun.

Solomon considers the works of man and God.

8:16 When I applied mine heart to know wisdom, and to see the business that is done upon the earth: (for also there is [are those] that neither day nor night seeth sleep with his eyes: [but work always] ) .

The ways of God are beyond carnal man’s understanding:

1 Corinthians 2:11 For what man knoweth the things of a man, save the spirit of man which is in him? even so the things of God knoweth no man, but the Spirit of God.

Ecclesiastes 8:17 Then I beheld all the work of God, that a man cannot find out the work that is done under the sun: because though a man labour to seek it out, yet he shall not find it; yea farther; though a wise man think to know it, yet shall he not be able to find it. 

 

Ecclesiastes 9

No man knows the things of God; except those to whom God has given his Holy Spirit of understanding.

Ecclesiastes 9:1 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.

Death is a great evil in the earth.

9:2 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.

9:3 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.

9:4 For to him that is joined to all the living there is hope: for a living dog is better than a dead lion.

9:5 For the living know that they shall die: but the dead know not any thing, neither have they any more a reward; for the memory of them is forgotten.

9:6 Also their love, and their hatred, and their envy, is now [will perish without repentance] perished; neither have they any more a portion for ever in any thing that is done under the sun.

The faithful to God will be accepted and given the gift of eternal life; therefore be diligent to be faithful to God and to keep ourselves free from the contamination of sin.

Let the called out be diligent to cleave to their espoused Husband and:

9:7 Go thy way, eat thy bread with joy, and drink thy wine with a merry heart; for God now accepteth thy works.

9:8 Let thy garments be always white [let our lives pure free from breaking God’s commandments]; and let thy head lack no ointment [a type of God’s spirit] .

Instructions for a happy and successful life in the flesh.

9:9 Live joyfully with the wife whom thou lovest all the days of the life of thy vanity, which he hath given thee under the sun, all the days of thy vanity: for that is thy portion in this life, and in thy labour which thou takest under the sun.

9:10 Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.

9:11 I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all.

9:12 For man also knoweth not his time: as the fishes that are taken in an evil net, and as the birds that are caught in the snare; so are the sons of men snared in an evil time, when it falleth suddenly upon them.

The wise words of a poor man are despised, for men look to the great according to worldliness, as this world judges men. Men look after the seeing of their eyes, and not according to the wisdom of the spirit of righteousness.

9:13 This wisdom have I seen also under the sun, and it seemed great unto me:

9:14 There was a little city, and few men within it; and there came a great king against it, and besieged it, and built great bulwarks against it:

9:15 Now there was found in it a poor wise man, and he by his wisdom delivered the city; yet no man remembered that same poor man.

9:16 Then said I, Wisdom is better than strength: nevertheless the poor man’s wisdom is despised, and his words are not heard.

Wisdom is found in the quiet of prayer and the careful consideration of the words of God; NOT in partying, or in seeking our own ways.

9:17 The words of wise men are heard in quiet more than the cry of him that ruleth among fools.

There is great strength and much good in wisdom; but one sinner can cause much damage; therefore do not allow the openly unconverted in your assemblies.

Titus 3:10 A man that is an heretick after the first and second admonition reject; 11 Knowing that he that is such is subverted, and sinneth, being condemned of himself.

Ecclesiastes 9:18 Wisdom is better than weapons of war: but one sinner destroyeth much good.

 

Ecclesiastes 10

Here we begin to come to the conclusion of Solomon; that the pursuit of our own ways and physical things is an empty meaningless struggle which has no lasting value.  It is the things of God which are eternal; and the only value of the present physical life is to learn that following and keeping the whole Word of God is the only thing that has meaning and lasting value.  

The next three chapters contain what Solomon has learned in his pursuit of all physical things; which is what the Ekklesia needs to learn today. 

In truth our own ways are empty, meaningless, transitory; while eternity, keeping the whole Word of God, is all that really matters.  The only value that this physical life has, is as a practical lesson in that truth.

Only a little sin, a little compromise with God’s law, teachings and will; causes the otherwise good man to stink in God’s nostrils. Those who teach tolerance of sin for organizational unity, instead of unity with God through the enthusiastic keeping of God’s commandments; are an unclean nauseating odor to God and will be rejected by Christ, Rev 3:16.

Ecclesiastes 10:1 Dead flies cause the ointment of the apothecary to send forth a stinking savour: so doth a little folly him that is in reputation for wisdom and honour.

A wise man will always focus on and look to keep God’s commandments with his strong right hand; while the compromising foolish will turn aside out of the ways of God for his heart is not with God.

10:2 A wise man’s heart is at his right hand; but a fool’s heart at his left.

10:3 Yea also, when he that is a fool walketh by [out of] the way, his [he has no godly wisdom] wisdom faileth him, and he saith to every one that he is a fool.

Do not resist the ruler of all things which is God, by resisting his commandments; for there is no escape from his judgment. When God warns and corrects you repent quickly before him.

10:4 If the spirit of the ruler rise up against thee, leave not thy place; for yielding pacifieth great offences.

It is a great folly for a ruler to teach men to tolerate sin and compromise with God’s commandments for organizational unity or for any other purpose. In that organization the spiritually rich in wisdom are brought low and wickedness is exalted above the people.

10:5 There is an evil which I have seen under the sun, as an error [false doctrine] which proceedeth from the ruler:

10:6 Folly [sin] is set in great dignity [by wicked men], and the [spiritually rich who are zealous for God and his commandments] rich sit in low place.

When wickedness rules; the evil are lifted up, while the faithful to God are brought low.

10:7 I have seen servants upon horses, and princes walking as servants upon the earth.

The man who lays snares for the faithful zealous followers of God shall ultimately fall into his own traps and be destroyed in his own pit [the grave].

10:8 He that diggeth a pit shall fall into it; and whoso breaketh an hedge, a serpent shall bite him.

Various Proverbs

10:9 Whoso removeth stones [Physical work can be dangerous but is necessary to prosper] shall be hurt therewith; and he that cleaveth wood shall be endangered thereby.

Think before acting and you will save yourself much labour.

10:10 If the iron [the tools, ax] be blunt, and he do not whet [sharpen] the edge, then must he put to more strength: but wisdom is profitable to direct [saving much work].

A person who spouts out everything they hear and has no discretion, is no better than a serpent lying in wait to bite, for their words of indiscretion will surely bite many.

10:11 Surely the serpent will bite without enchantment; and a babbler is no better.

A wise man will speak wise things, teaching the wisdom of God’s commandments; but a foolish man will teach foolish rebellion against zeal for God’s commandments, that may appear wise to worldly men, but is foolishness just the same.

10:12 The words of a wise man’s mouth are gracious; but the lips of a fool will swallow up himself.

10:13 The beginning of the words of [the compromiser with God’s law] his mouth is foolishness: and the end of his talk is mischievous madness.

The wicked often bury their false doctrine in a multitude of words.

10:14 A fool also is full of words: a man cannot tell what shall be; and what shall be after him, who can tell him?

10:15 The labour of the foolish wearieth every one of them, because he knoweth not how to go to the city [of God, the temple of God and God’s gift of life eternal].

10:16 Woe to thee, O land, when thy king is a [ignorant and lacking knowledge like a] child, and thy princes [leaders feed themselves first] eat in the morning!

10:17 Blessed art thou, O land, when thy king is the son of nobles [When the king is the son of righteous and Godly wise advisers], and thy princes eat [feed the people and take only what is appropriate for themselves and not to make themselves intoxicated with wealth or worldly pleasures: and in the spiritual sense feed on God’s word] in due season, for strength, and not for drunkenness!

We have been lax, lukewarm and slothful about our spiritual house and we have had a misguided zeal for the physical.

10:18 By much slothfulness the building decayeth; and through idleness of the hands the house droppeth [collapses] through.

One cannot feast or drink wine without wealth. Therefore let us lay up spiritual wealth that we may rejoice in our God.

10:19 A feast is made for laughter, and wine maketh merry: but money answereth all things.

God knows all our heart and he knows the thoughts of our minds. Therefore discipline your very nature to zealously keep all of God’s commandments and internalize them as a part of our very natures.

10:20 Curse not the king, no not in thy thought; and curse not the rich in thy bedchamber: for a bird of the air shall carry the voice, and that which hath wings shall tell the matter.

 

Ecclesiastes 11

If we are generous to others we shall make friends and have our reward from God.

Ecclesiastes 11:1 Cast thy bread upon the waters: for thou shalt find it after many days.

11:2 Give a portion to seven, and also to eight; for thou knowest not what evil shall be upon the earth.

Be generous to others as God is generous to us, but give out of our blessings, and do not give what we do not have. Also give unto who the money is due; what is needed by our families and creditors.

When we give to the needy [BOTH physically and the spiritual gifts of teaching God’s truth], and obey God; and in due time God will give to us spiritual riches and eternal life; therefore the gift really remains with us as the fallen tree remains in its place.

11:3 If the clouds be full of rain, they empty themselves upon the earth: and if the tree fall toward the south, or toward the north, in the place where the tree falleth, there it shall be.

The lazy man [physically or spiritually] who will not put effort into his work; shall not reap physical gain or eternal life.

Matthew 25:24 Then he which had received the one talent came and said, Lord, I knew thee that thou art an hard man, reaping where thou hast not sown, and gathering where thou hast not strawed: 25:25 And I was afraid, and went and hid thy talent in the earth: lo, there thou hast that is thine.

25:26 His lord answered and said unto him, Thou wicked and slothful servant, thou knewest that I reap where I sowed not, and gather where I have not strawed: 25:27 Thou oughtest therefore to have put my money to the exchangers, and then at my coming I should have received mine own with usury.

25:28 Take therefore the talent from him, and give it unto him which hath ten talents.

25:29 For unto every one that hath shall be given, and he shall have abundance: but from him that hath not shall be taken away even that which he hath. 25:30 And cast ye the unprofitable servant into outer darkness: there shall be weeping and gnashing of teeth.

Brethren, we have been deceived and distracted into doing a business

Brethren, I tell you the truth. Unless we become zealous to keep God’s commandments and to study to learn and grow in repentance and knowledge; we shall NOT be in the resurrection of first fruits.

Ecclesiastes 11:4 He that observeth the wind shall not sow; and he that regardeth the clouds shall not reap.

Man with the spirit of a man, knows nothing of God. It is only by the spirit of God, given to those who commit to obeying God; that godly things are understood.

11:5 As thou knowest not what is the way of the spirit, nor how the bones do grow in the womb of her that is with child: even so thou knowest not the works of God who maketh all.

Work night and day as did David [Psalm 119] to seek out God and learn of God’s ways to zealously keep them.

11:6 In the morning sow thy seed, and in the evening withhold not thine hand: for thou knowest not whether shall prosper, either this or that, or whether they both shall be alike good.

The light [scriptures and law] of God is sweet to convert the soul; just remember the days of darkness from which God’s word has liberated us, so that we do not return to spiritual Egypt.

11:7 Truly the light is sweet, and a pleasant thing it is for the eyes to behold the sun:

11:8 But if a man live many years, and rejoice in them all; yet let him remember the days of darkness; for they shall be many. All that cometh is vanity.

Live life to the full according to the commandments of God; for we shall all be judged by the same God, out of the same books; according to our works.

Revelation 20:12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.

Ecclesiastes 11:9 Rejoice, O young man, in thy youth; and let thy heart cheer thee in the days of thy youth, and walk in the ways of thine heart, and in the sight of thine eyes: but know thou, that for all these things God will bring thee into judgment.

Put away the evil and excess of youth and learn of God to zealously keep all of his commandments.

11:10 Therefore remove sorrow from thy heart, and put away evil from thy flesh: for childhood and youth are vanity.

 

Ecclesiastes 12

Remember God and his law in your youth; before you are old and your eyes be dimmed and there is no more pleasure in life

Ecclesiastes 12:1 Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them;

12:2 While the sun, or the light, or the moon, or the stars, be not darkened, nor the clouds return after the rain:

12:3 In the day when the keepers of the house [your mind cannot control your body nor keep it from shaking] shall tremble, and the strong men shall bow [be bent over with age] themselves, and the grinders cease because they are few [left as the elders die]  [eyesight is] be darkened,

12:4 And the doors shall be shut in the streets, when the sound of the grinding is low, and he shall rise up at the voice of the bird, and all the daughters of musick shall be brought low;

12:5 Also when they shall be afraid of that which is high, and fears shall be in the way, and the almond tree shall flourish, and the grasshopper shall be a burden, and desire shall fail: because man goeth to his long home [of the grave], and the mourners go about the streets:

12:6 Or ever the silver cord be loosed, or the golden bowl be broken, or the pitcher be broken at the fountain, or the wheel broken at the cistern.

The spirits of the dead return to God to be kept in his care for the resurrections; when they shall be placed in new bodies.

12:7 Then shall the [people] dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.

12:8 Vanity of vanities, saith the preacher; all is vanity.

Even though Solomon was vexed with the vanity of physical life, he still taught the people in many Proverbs. This seems to indicate that the proverbs may have been written after Ecclesiastes.

12:9 And moreover, because the preacher was wise, he still taught the people knowledge; yea, he gave good heed, and sought out, and set in order many proverbs.

12:10 The preacher sought to find out acceptable words: and that which was written was upright, even words of truth.

12:11 The words of the wise are as goads [to do the righteousness of God’s commandments], and as nails fastened by the masters of assemblies, which are given from one shepherd.

The study of physical things is endless; the things of real value are the things of God.

12:12 And further, by these, my son, be admonished: of making many books there is no end; and much study is a weariness of the flesh.

Conclusion

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.

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