Ecclesiastes – Chapter 7

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Verse 1 – A good name is better than precious ointment, and the day of death than the day of one’s birth.

Verse 2 – It is better to go to the house of mourning than to go to the house of feasting, for that is the end of all men; and the living will take it to heart.

Verse 3 – Sorrow is better than laughter, for by a sad countenance the heart is made better.

Verse 4 – The heart of the wise is in the house of mourning, but the heart of the foot is in the house of mirth.

And I don’t agree with Solomon on any of these verses. I think laughter is like medicine to the body. It sounds like Solomon got very cynical about living, because he had too much. He had too many wives, too many houses, and too much riches. He may have been the wisest man that ever lived but he sure wasn’t happy. No one likes to be sad or depressed and if you focus on the sorrow long enough, it will make you miserable.

Verse 5 – It is better to hear the rebuke of the wise than for man to hear the song of fools.

Verse 6 – For like the crackling of thorns under a pot, so is the laughter of the fool. This also is vanity.

Verse 7 – Surely oppression destroys a wise man’s reason, and a bribe debases the heart.

Those who are truly wise will not take a bribe. Bribes are given to hurt those who tell the truth and help those who oppose it.

Verse 8 – The end of a thing is better than its beginning, and the patient in spirit is better than the proud in spirit.

Whatever we set as goals or projects, we must see it through. You don’t start a ministry and then quit halfway through. On the other side, a hardship or crises, when it has run its course, we are glad. When things are complete, it is better than when it started. Patience will help us complete a thing.

Verse 9 – Do not hasten in your spirit to be angry, for anger rests in the bosom of fools.

Verse 10 – Do not say, “Why were the former days better than these?” For you do not inquire wisely concerning this.

We are not to grieve or wish for the former things. If you are a Christian, God brought you out of that old life to take you into the new. You are exactly where you are supposed to be and have what you have, because God is directing your path.

Verse 11 – Wisdom is good with an inheritance, and profitable to those who see the sun.

Verse 12 – For wisdom is a defense as money is a defense, but the excellence of knowledge is that wisdom gives life to those who have it.

Wisdom will choose Christ and that choice of following Christ will be as money is to your survival. But keep in mind; money cannot buy wisdom, nor can it buy salvation. Money is not what we seek. Only Christ can satisfy the soul.

Verse 13 – Consider the work of God; for who can make straight what He has made crooked?

Verse 14 – In the day of prosperity be joyful, but in the day of adversity consider: Surely God has appointed the one as well as the other, so that man can find nothing that will happen after him.

God allows both good times and bad times in each of our lives. We tend to take credit for the good times, but put blame on another or even God when the bad times come. Sometimes, the bad times are a way for you to return back to Him, if you have drifted. Just remember this: God can turn anything in your life around that was meant for evil back around for your good. He’s a good God!

Verse 15 – I have seen all things in my days of vanity: There is a just man who perishes in his righteousness, and there is a wicked man who prolongs his life in his wickedness.

Verse 16 – Do not be overly righteous, nor be overly wise: Why should you destroy yourself?

Verse 17 – Do not be overly wicked, nor be foolish: Whey should you die before your time?

Verse 18 – It is good that you grasp this, and also not remove your hand from the other; for he who fears God will escape them all.

These verses are not saying a little sinning is OK or a little wickedness is alright. This passage is about extreme zeal for religious duties that make life unbearably harsh; like fasting to the brink of death or doing damage to your body. It’s simply referring to being unreasonably demanding on yourself about moral or religious duties. Being overly rigid or narrow in your own view about things will also make you critical of others – legalism comes to mind.

Verse 19 – Wisdom strengthens the wise more than ten rulers of the city.

Verse 20 – For there is not a just man on earth who does good and does not sin.

Verse 21 – Also do not take to heart everything people say, lest you hear your servant cursing you.

Verse 22 – For many times, also, your own heart has known that even you have cursed others.

We do the same thing we accuse others of doing.

Verse 23 – All this I have proved by wisdom. I said, “I will be wise”; but it was far from me.

Verse 24 – As for that which is far off and exceedingly deep, who can find it?

Verse 25 – I applied my heart to know, to search and seek out wisdom and the reason of things, to know the wickedness of folly, even of foolishness and madness.

Even though Solomon was the wisest man in the world, he knew there were still mysteries that he would never understand.

Verse 26 – And I find more better than death the woman whose heart is snares and nets, whose hands are fetters, he who pleases God shall escape from her, but the sinner shall be taken by her.

Verse 27 – “Here is what I have found,” says the Preacher, “Adding one thing to the other to find out the reason,

Verse 28 – Which my soul still seeks but I cannot find: One man among a thousand I have found, but a woman among all these I have not found.

Solomon is not saying that women are unwise, but that hardly anyone, man or women, are upright before the Lord. Solomon found that goodness and wisdom were scarce. In other words: He only found one in a thousand people who were wise before God.

Verse 29 – Truly, this only have I found; that God made man upright, but they have sought out many schemes.”

God made man to be upright before Him, but chose to follow his own path and his own desires.

 

 

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Spiritual Covering and Authority

God created everything to have order. Genesis 1:1 – In the beginning…He also designed a covering; a covering for marriage and a covering for the church. What’s even more amazing, He designed authority for man.

This order and authority got switched around in the Garden of Eden when Satan tempted Eve. God had spoken to Adam, not Eve, not to eat of the tree of the knowledge of good and evil or you shall surely die (Genesis 2:17).

Adam disobeyed, his (help mate) wife,  listened to Satan and Adam’s world became cursed.

Satan is not only the father of lies, he also likes confusion and getting things out of God’s divine order. He will do this in a marriage; in the home; on the job; in a church service; and in relationships. His goal is to cause division. He knows whatever he can divide, he can control and then destroy it. When Satan brings deception and confusion into a situation, he can create disorder which brings lawlessness and a loss of blessings and loss of spiritual authority.

The Apostle Paul wrote about this in 1 Corinthians 11:16 – But if anyone seems to be contentious, we have no such custom, nor do the churches of God.

The key to understanding this is found in 1 Corinthians 11, starting at verse 3: But I want you to know that the head of every man is Christ, the head of woman is man, and the head of Christ is God.

Paul is speaking to the Christians at Corinth about ordinances. These following verse are about our spiritual covering and authority.

Every Christian man is under the headship of Christ. When Christ walked on this earth as a man, He was under the authority of God. He said several times, “Not my will be done, but Thine will be done.” Under the headship of God, He provided, protected, and guided.

Christian men are to be the headship of the household, meaning, they are to follow under the authority of Christ.

When husbands complain that their wives aren’t submitting, they need to look at their actions; are they submitting to Christ, because if they are, they will treat their wives according to how Christ treats the church!

There is to be no unisex. Nowhere in the Bible do the husband and wife switch roles. A woman is under their husband’s covering for provision, protection, and guidance. That is God’s divine order.

In the Garden, Satan went straight to Eve and Eve listened to him, and then she went to Adam and told him to “eat” (Genesis 3:6)! When divine headship was broken, authority was lost, for a while.

God’s divine order does not change with time or culture. We don’t dismiss the parts of God’s Word that we don’t like.

This next section is concerning the church and why things have to be aligned in order to receive the blessing and favor of God. I realize some will not like this but these next scriptures have nothing to do with the time of history we live in or our culture.

1 Timothy 2:11-14 – Let a woman learn in silence with all submission. (Verse 12) And I do not permit a woman to teach or to have authority over a man, but to be silent. Why? Because of verses 13 and 14. (Verse 13) For Adam was formed first, then Eve. (Verse 14) And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived, fell into transgression.

Now, before you start arguing in your mind with scripture, let me explain. You have to understand what covering and divine order is.

A woman cannot be the final authority in the church so she cannot be a pastor over men. Can she teach? Yes, because she is either under her husband whom is under Christ, or if she is single, she is under the covering of her pastor. The pastor gives the permission for her to teach with his covering.

The gifts of the Spirit are not gender based though. Women were used throughout the Bible, so if a woman has the gift of prophecy, that includes teaching. If a woman speaks in tongues in a service, she is under the covering of the pastor. That means she has protection and permission.

Now, let me cover another small area concerning the church.

Paul wrote to the church at Corinth because the women had taken their speaking out loud, to the level of disrupting the teaching. Not only can women disrupt if they don’t know about divine order or covering, but this can happen with men also.

Christ is the head of the church, then comes the pastor. He is the one that has the final authority of which direction the service will go. God will speak through that pastor because He has anointed him to preach the gospel. We as Christians look to our pastors for guidance from the Lord.

However, when someone voices their opinion in the midst of a service and says I believe the Lord wants us to so and so, that is clearly out of divine order. Since God has put that pastor in as the final authority, don’t you think God would tell the Head Pastor what direction to take instead of someone sitting in the congregation?

When things stay in alignment, you will see miracles, blessings and favor. This divine order is to be in every aspect of our lives. God doesn’t bless confusion and He’s not the author of it.

Ecclesiastes – Chapter 6

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Verse 1 – There is an evil which I have seen under the sun, and it is common among men;

Verse 2 – a man to whom God has given riches and wealth and honor, so that he lacks nothing for himself of all he desires; yet God does not give him power to eat it, but a foreigner consumes it. This is vanity, and it is an evil affliction.

A person can have all the wealth in the world and not enjoy it. God has the power to give enjoyment as much as the power to give blessings.

Verse 3 – If a man begets a hundred children and lives many years, so that the days of his years are many, but his soul is not satisfied with goodness, or indeed he has no burial, I say that a stillborn child is better than he –

Verse 4 – for it comes in vanity and departs in darkness, and its name is covered with darkness.

Verse 5 – Though it has not seen the sun or known anything, this has more rest than that man,

Verse 6 – even if he lives a thousand years twice over – but has not seen goodness. Do not all go to one place?

Solomon was saying it was futile to work hard all your life and not enjoy the goodness of God. People will work hours to accumulate wealth or keep their bodies in good physical shape, but how much time is spent on the spirit? The body ends up in the same place – the grave, but the spirit lives on.

Verse 7 – All the labor of man is for his mouth, and yet the soul is not satisfied.

Verse 8 – For what more has the wise man than the fool? What does the poor man have, who knows how to walk before the living?

Verse 9 – Better is the sight of the eyes than the wandering desire. This also is vanity and grasping for the wind.

Both the rich and the poor labor for the necessities of life. One may work harder than the other but both have desires they don’t have, yet.

Verse 10 – Whatever one is, he has been named already, for it is known that he is man; and he cannot contend with Him who is mightier than he.

Our understanding of life and God is limited. Therefore, the truly wise will give attention to the fact of where they are going to spend eternity. People may not believe in either heaven or hell, but that doesn’t make it not so. Life may not be all sunshine and lollipops, but it’s better with Christ than without.

Verse 11 – Since there are many things that increase vanity, how is man the better?

Verse 12 – For who knows what is good for man in life all the days of his vain life which he passes like a shadow? Who can tell a man what will happen after him under the sun?

Solomon says that we cannot know the future, only in one area can we know for sure, where we go after our bodies die. Our destiny is designed by God All Mighty, because He says in Jeremiah 29:11, that He gives us a future and hope. His thoughts toward us are of peace not of evil.

The only hope we have to make it through this life and into the next, is in and through Jesus Christ.

Please don’t ever think that because your circumstances are extreme that God doesn’t love you, because He does. He may take the thing that hurt you the most and use it to bless you the biggest. If you love Him, He will turn it around all for your good!

Ecclesiastes – Chapter 5

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Verse 1 – Walk prudently when you go to the house of God, and draw near to hear rather than to give sacrifice of fools, for they do not know that they do evil.

Verse 2 – Do not be rash with your mouth, and let not your heart utter anything hastily before God. For God is in heaven, and you on earth; therefore let your words be few.

We check our attitude before entering the house of God. Are we willing to listen rather than interrupt? Do we give offerings out of trying to impress God? Watch when making a vow because you might not be able to keep your end of what was promised.

Verse 3 – For a dream comes through much activity, and a fool’s voice is known by his many words.

Verse 4 – When you make a vow to God, do not delay to pay it; for He has no pleasure in fools. Pay what you have vowed.

Verse 5 – It is better not to vow than to vow and not pay.

Solomon warns against making vows (promises) to God. Have you ever said to God, “If you get me out of this I will never do …again?” Then after a while you forget what you have promised. How about promises that you’ve made to others, do you keep that promise? If you can’t then don’t make it.

Verse 6 – Do not let your mouth cause your flesh to sin, nor say before the messenger of God that it was an error. Why should God be angry at your excuse and destroy the work of your hands?

Verse 7 – For in the multitude of dreams and many words there is also vanity. But fear God.

Verse 8 – If you see the oppression of the poor, and the violent perversion of justice and righteousness in province, do not marvel at the matter; for high official watches over high official, and higher officials are over them.

Verse 9 – Moreover the profit of the land is for all; the king himself is served from the field.

Again, these verses are political. Solomon tells us to not be surprised at corruption in government. So should we abandon the idea of government? No, God is the highest authority and watches over all.

Verse 10 – He who loves silver will not be satisfied with silver; nor he who loves abundance, with increase. This also is vanity.

Verse 11 – When goods increase, they increase who eat them; so what profit have the owners except to see them with their eyes?

Isn’t it funny that we always want more than what we have? Solomon observed that those who had an obsession for money, it never brought them true happiness. If we try to create happiness by accumulating wealth, you will never have enough. Wealth from God has to have an assignment.

Verse 12 – The sleep of a laboring man is sweet, whether he eats little or much; but the abundance of the rich will not permit him to sleep.

Verse 13 – There is severe evil which I have seen under the sun; riches kept for their owner to his hurt.

Verse 14 – But those riches perish through misfortune; when he begets a son, there is nothing in his hand.

Verse 15 – As he came from his mother’s womb, naked shall he return, to go as he came; and he shall take nothing from his labor which he may carry away in his hand.

Verse 16 – And this also is a severe evil, that just exactly as he came, so shall he go. And what profit has he who has labored for the wind?

Solomon makes it sound like working hard in life to have a house over our head or have any accumulation of wealth is all for nothing. No, we do not take anything out of this world when we leave, but the point of living is to whom did you do it all for? Did you acquire wealth to help others, or did you close a blind eye to those around you?

Verse 17 – All his days he also eats in darkness, and he has much sorrow and sickness and danger.

Verse 18 – Here is what I have seen: It is good and fitting for one to eat and drink, and to enjoy the good of all his labor in which he toils under the sun all the days of his life which God gives him; for it is his heritage.

Verse 19 – As for every man to whom God has given riches and wealth, and given him power to eat of it, to receive his heritage and rejoice in his labor – this is the gift of God.

Verse 20 – For he will not dwell unduly on the days of his life, because God keeps him busy with the joy of his heart.

Are you satisfied with what you have? Whether it is little or much, we should look at it with the right perspective. Our possessions are not the source of our joy. I’ve seen people lose everything they owned through floods and fires, but when they speak, they say they are thankful for their lives. Everything we have, we have because God gave it to us. When we keep a humble heart before God, it will be His good pleasure to give us all good things that pertains to life. He knows what you have need of before you ask, but Jesus said, “You have not, because you do not ask” (James 4:2). There’s a caution in that verse though: Ask yourself why you ask for it – motive.

Ecclesiastes – Chapter 4

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Verse 1 – Then I returned and considered all the oppression that is done under the sun: And look! The tears of the oppressed, but they have no comforter – on the side of the their oppressors there was power, but they had no comforter.

This is political corruption because it does not allow common people to enjoy their days “under the sun.” Some people live in oppressed areas and have for decades, but yet they continue to vote the same politicians into office year after year. Change who you place in charge to someone who has a heart after God and watch things change.

Verse 2 – Therefore I praised the dead who were already dead, more than the living who are still alive.

Verse 3 – Yet, better than both is he who has never existed, who has not seen the evil work that is done under the sun.

Solomon was simply saying that the ones who were never born, will never see all the sorrows that come with life.

Verse 4 – Again, I saw that for all toil and every skillful work a man is envied by his neighbor. This also is vanity and grasping for the wind.

Verse 5 – The fool folds his hands and consumes his own flesh.

Verse 6 – Better is a handful with quietness than both hands full, together with toil and grasping for the wind.

It is better to have little with peace in your life than to be a workaholic who never enjoys what God has so freely given.

Verse 7 – Then I returned, and I saw vanity under the sun:

Verse 8 – There is one alone, without companion: He has neither son nor brother. Yet there is no end to all his labors, nor is his eye satisfied with riches. But he never asks, “For whom do I toil and deprive myself of good?”

Verse 9 – Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor.

Verse 10 – For if they fall, one will lift up his companion. But woe to him who is alone when he falls, for he has no one to help him up.

Verse 11 – Again, if two lie down together, they will keep warm; but how can one be warm alone?

Verse 12 – Though one may be overpowered by another, two can withstand him and a threefold cord is not quickly broken.

Friendship is the theme of these verses. Some have maybe only one true friend, but Jesus had 3. There’s always advantages to having a close friend. Sometimes close friends are hard to find, but when you do, you will cherish that relationship. In verse 11, it is talking about two friends keeping warm while traveling.

Verse 13 – Better is a poor and wise youth than an old and foolish king who will be admonished no more.

Verse 14 – For he comes out of prison to be king, although he was born poor in his kingdom.

Verse 15 – I saw all the living who walk under the sun; they were with the second youth who stands in his place.

Verse 16 – There was no end of all the people over whom he was made king; yet those who come afterward will not rejoice in him. Surely this also is vanity and grasping for the wind.

There are two people in these verses. The first person is an old king who in his youth was poor, but rose to power through skill and perseverance. The king is now old and foolish. He has been in power so long he has lost touch with political changes. The second person is a youth who possessing the political skills the king once had, is ready to take his place. But even though the youth is successful for a time and pleases the crowd, he will eventually get old, lose touch, and be abandoned. Political power and popularity are by nature fleeting.

Ecclesiastes – Chapter 3

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Verse 1 – To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven:

These verses must be read in the context that; we are mortals; we all die; and that our work dies when we do, with the exception of the things that are eternal. We live in time, and each season of life will pass and a new season will begin.

Verse 2 – A time to be born, and a time to die; a time to plant, and a time to pluck what was planted;

Verse 3 – A time to kill, a time to heal; a time to break down, and a time to build up;

Verse 4 – A time to weep, and a time to laugh; a time to mourn, and a time to dance;

Verse 5 – A time to cast away stones, and a time to gather stones; a time to embrace, and a time to refrain from embracing;

Verse 6 – A time to gain, a time to lose; a time to keep, and a time to throw away;

Verse 7 – A time to tear, a time to sew; a time to keep silent , and a time to speak;

Verse 8 – A time to love, and a time to hate; a time of war and a time of peace.

What things are we as Christians allowed to hate? We hate sin but we don’t hate the person. (I hate snakes!)

Verse 9 – What profit has the worker from that in which he labors?

Verse 10 – I have seen the God-given task with which the sons of men are to be occupied.

Verse 11 – He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also He has put eternity in their hearts, except that no one can find out the work that God does from beginning to end.

God placed that yearning for eternity in our hearts. He has given us a glimpse of heaven through His Word.

Verse 12 – I know that there is nothing better for them than to rejoice, and to do good in their lives,

God wants us to enjoy what He has given us. Our joy will be determined by our perspective on life. Those who put their trust in Christ can know that every good thing comes from Him.

Verse 13 – And also that every man should eat and drink and enjoy the good of his labor-it is the gift of God.

Verse 14 – I know that whatever God does, it shall be forever. Nothing can be added to it, and nothing taken from it. God does it, that men should fear before Him.

Life has no meaning unless God is in your life. To fear Him is to worship Him. Why? Because He is worthy. He is the creator of all the earth, including you and I. When we put Him first in our lives, our purpose will become clear.

Verse 15 – That which is has already been, and what is to be has already been and God requires an account of what is past.

There is a connection of events –  past, present, and future-and that this connection exists in the justice of God All Mighty who controls it all.

Verse 16 – Moreover I saw under the sun: In the place of judgment, wickedness was there; and in the place of righteousness, iniquity was there.

Verse 17 – I said in my heart, “God shall judge the righteous and the wicked, for there shall be a time there for every purpose and for every work.”

There will come a time when the believers works will be tested with fire – that which is for the kingdom will remain; that which was done for selfish motives, will be burned up. However, the works of the un-saved, were all done in vain.

Verse 18 – I said in my heart, “Concerning the estate of the sons of men, God tests them, that they may see that they themselves are like beasts.”

Verse 19 – For what happens to the sons of men also happens to beasts; one thing falls them; as one dies, so dies the other. Surely they all have one breath; man has no advantage over beasts, for all is vanity.

Verse 20 – All go to one place; all are from the dust, and all return to dust.

Verse 21 – Who knows the spirit of the sons of men, which goes upward, and the spirit of the beasts, which goes down to the earth?

Verse 22 – So I perceived that there is nothing better than that a man should rejoice in his own works, for that is his heritage. For who can bring him to see what will happen after him?

Our physical bodies can’t live forever, so we return to the dust as the animals do. But God has given people the hope of eternity. Because man has eternity set in his heart, we all have a unique purpose in God’s overall plan. Yet we cannot discover God’s purpose for our lives through our own efforts, only through a relationship with Jesus Christ.

When you become born-again, the Holy Spirit will come upon you and lead you into all truth!

Ecclesiastes – Chapter 2

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Verse 1 – I said in my heart, “Come now I will test you with mirth; therefore enjoy pleasure”; but surely this was also vanity.

Solomon conducted his search for life’s meaning as an experiment. Do you also search for life’s meaning, or do you search out God who gives meaning to life?

Verse 2 – I said of laughter, “It is madness”; and of mirth, “What does it accomplish?”

Verse 3 – I searched in my heart how to gratify my flesh with wine, while guiding my heart with wisdom, and how to lay hold on folly, till I might see what was good for the sons of men to do under heaven all the days of their lives.

Even pleasures perused in moderation will not bring happiness.

Verse 4 – I made my works great, I built houses, and planted myself vineyards.

Verse 5 – I made myself gardens and orchards, and I planted all kinds of fruit trees in them.

Verse 6 – I made myself water-pools from which to water growing trees of the grove.

Solomon built houses, a temple, a kingdom, and a family. In Psalm 127:1, he wrote, “Unless the Lord builds the house, its builders labor in vain. Unless the Lord watches over the city, the watchmen stand guard in vain.” These are part of Solomon’s testimony to what happens when people forget God.

Verse 7 – I acquired male and female servants, and had servants born in my house. Yes, I had greater possessions of herds and flocks than all who were in Jerusalem before me.

Verse 8 – I also gathered for myself silver and gold and the special treasures of kings and of provinces. I acquired male and female singers, the delights of the sons of men, and musical instruments of all kinds.

Verse 9 – So I became great and excelled more than all who were before me in Jerusalem. Also my wisdom remained with me.

Even though Solomon had all the riches; all the power in Jerusalem, he did not become an addict or lose self-control. Take the time to read the stories of all the people who became large lottery winners, where they ended up losing it all. Money in the hand of someone who does not have self-control or God’s wisdom, will end up as broke as when they first started.

Verse 10 – Whatever my eyes desired I did not keep from them. I did not withhold my heart from any pleasure, for my heart rejoiced in all my labor; and this was my reward from all my labor.

Verse 11 – Then I looked on all the works that my hands had done and on the labor in which I had toiled; and indeed all was vanity and grasping for the wind. There was no profit under the sun.

All the accomplishments in a life-time are so meaningless, unless done through and for the Lord. If everything we do in life is for self-gratification, it will seem like we were just grasping the wind when it’s all over.

Verse 12 – Then I turned myself to consider wisdom and madness and folly; for what can the man do who succeeds the king? – Only what he has already done.

Verse 13 – Then I saw that wisdom excels folly as light excels darkness.

Verse 14 – The wise man’s eyes are in his head, but the fool walks in darkness. Yet I myself perceived that the same event happens to them all.

The fool will fall into all kinds of trouble because of the decisions he makes. All these choices brings ruin, but they both have to die. One just may live a better life because of better decisions.

Verse 15 – So I said in my heart, “As it happens to the fool, it also happens to me, and why was I then more wise?” Then I said in my heart, “This also is vanity.”

The same thing may happen to the just and the unjust, but the end of a thing is not the same.

Verse 16 – For there is no more remembrance of the wise than of the fool forever, since all that now is, will be forgotten in the days to come. And how does a wise man die? As the fool!

The wise man may die as the fool, but wisdom in life will choose Jesus Christ. The eternity will not be the same for the person who says there is no God, in comparison to the one who chose Christ!

Verse 17 – Therefore I hated life, because the work that was done under the sun was grievous to me, for all vanity and grasping for the wind.

Verse 18 -Then I hated all my labor in which I had toiled under the sun, because I must leave it to the man who will come after me.

Verse 19 – And who knows whether he will be a wise man or a fool? Yet he will rule over all my labor in which I toiled and in which I have shown myself wiser under the sun. This also is vanity.

Solomon’s real question was: Was it worth it to acquire all this wealth to leave it to someone that  will be foolish with it and lose it all, or will they take great care in stewardship? None of us truly know if what we leave will be taken care of or not, but that doesn’t mean we give up and stop working towards a productive life.

Verse 20 – Therefore I turned my heart and despaired of all the labor in which I had toiled under the sun.

Verse 21 – For there is a man whose labor is with wisdom, knowledge, and skill; yet he must leave his heritage to a man who has not labored for it. This also is vanity and a great evil.

Verse 22 – For what has man for all his labor, and for the striving of his heart with which he has toiled under the sun?

Verse 23 – For all his days are sorrowful, and his work grievous; even in the night his heart takes no rest. This also is vanity.

This is a picture of a heart absent from the love of God. Only God can fill that void.

Verse 24 – There is nothing better for a man than that he should eat and drink, and that his soul should enjoy good in his labor. This also I saw, was from the hand of God.

Verse 25 – For who can eat or who can have enjoyment, more than I?

Verse 26 – For God gives wisdom and knowledge and joy to a man who is good in His sight; but to the sinner He gives work of gathering and collecting, that he may give to him who is good before God. This also is vanity and grasping for the wind.

All blessings and all good things come from the hand of God. Christians are aware of where their blessings come from and are grateful , giving praises to the giver. On the other side, is the lost. The one who does as they please for self-gratification, never giving thanks to God or anyone else. That which they have toiled for will one day end up in the hands of the righteous.