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Basic Life Principles (9 of 11)
Ecclesiastes 10 (ESV)
• At his coronation God made Solomon the wisest man who ever lived.
• Toward the end of his life he wrote the book of Ecclesiastes.
• The interpretive key to the book is the phrase, "life under the sun". That is to say that Solomon is primarily interpreting life apart from faith, apart from the God factor.
• A common word that is woven through the book is the word meaningless or vanity. We said that he is not saying that life has no meaning or purpose, but rather that it is illogical, untraceable... there are a lot of things that do not make a lot of sense.
• Ecclesiastes raises questions more than giving answers, but like every book of the Bible there is this mysterious, enigmatic figure at the end of Chapter 9. One whom Solomon said had wisdom that he found WONDERFUL. It was a poor but wise Savior who delivered his people from impending doom. Rather than giving a series of answers, Solomon points us to a person, wisdom incarnate.
With all of that said, now he comes to the final 3 chapters. Here Solomon is drawing a few conclusions for practical application. Considering all that we have learned about the fact that many things in life seem illogical, unpredictable, unjust, inexplicable - how then should we live?
TEXT: Ecclesiastes 10
1 Dead flies make the perfumer's ointment give off a stench; so a little folly outweighs wisdom and honor.
Folly may be understood as the behavior of a man who does not have an eternal perspective or, the behavior of a man who has an eternal perspective, but fails to operate accordingly.
There is something very peculiar about Wisdom - it doesn't flicker. Once you have God's perspective on something, you always have it. It doesn't leave you. Solomon refers to this truth throughout the book... through all of his excursions into sin, "my wisdom never left me". That means that even though he was making foolish dec ...
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