Those little phrases – “Everything is meaningless”, “He has made everything beautiful in its time”, “A cord of three strands is not quickly broken”. Six weeks of spending time in the book of Ecclesiastes has really changed my understanding of it. At first, I thought of Solomon in all his wisdom, a king imparting his … More Ecclesiastes P6: The Point of Ecclesiastes
Why do bad things happen to good people? This is one question that is asked over and over again – sometimes with anger, sometimes with regret, sometimes with a deep-seated grief when we see the many injustices in our world. Solomon ponders over this question a number of times in Ecclesiastes. He acknowledges the omnipotence … More Ecclesiastes P5: What is Injustice? Why is Suffering?
We spend much of our life working – indoors, outdoors, home chores, office-work, paper-work. There is always work to do. Walking is work, words are work. What do we get for our work? The gardener sows a seed and eats its fruit, the salesman is paid for his sale, the doctor helps someone to live. … More Ecclesiastes P4: No Gain for Toil?
“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 labour; And this was my reward from all my labour. Then I looked on all the works that my hands had done And on the labour in which I … More Ecclesiastes P3: Meaningless Pleasures?
The word “ecclesiastes” translates as “gatherer, teacher, preacher”. It is a book of the Bible I seem to appreciate more as I grow older. Perhaps it is the reflective nature of the author, perhaps the fact that as I experience more of life, I experience more of what Ecclesiastes describes. In any case, I feel … More Ecclesiastes P1: Who will remember?