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Ecclesiastes 12:1-3, 6-8
You will recognize that these are the words of King Solomon, the son of the great King David. So far as we know Solomon wrote three of the books in the Old Testament. He wrote the Song of Songs when he was a young man and in love. He wrote the book of Proverbs when he was a man in his middle age, filled with the wisdom of God. He wrote the third book, the book of Ecclesiastes, when he was an old man having wasted his life, getting ready to die, and going into the presence of God to explain his wasted life.
The book of Ecclesiastes is a rather philosophical book. I minored in philosophy when I was in college. I'm not saying that to brag but to say to you that I know absolutely nothing about it. If you want to get confused, just read some philosophy. But I do know that the word philosophy means a love of wisdom. I know that philosophy has to do with the meanings of things and the purpose of life. What is life all about and what does it mean? Why are we here and what is our purpose in life? Where is it all going?
The book of Ecclesiastes in many ways is a philosophical book because it has to do with these kinds of issues. It is also a rather pessimistic book. As you read through the book of Ecclesiastes you have to always be aware of the perspective that is given because if you read some of these things you will have to understand that they are not what God says about the matter. They are what a man named Solomon, who has wasted his life, has to say about the matter.
Solomon, in one lifetime, has gone all the way from the Song of Songs to the vanities of vanities. It is a rather pessimistic book. It is also a book for a backslidden believer. Solomon was a man who had earlier on in his life developed a relationship with God. He had forged a link between himself and heaven. But somewhere along the way, through a series of bad decis ...
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