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The Suffering Sage (8 of 11)
CONTEXT: Ecclesiastes written by Solomon the son of Israel's 2nd and greatest King - David.
• When we do a movie about Samson, we want someone who looks like, "the Rock". I tend think Samson looked more like Don Knots or Bill Gates. Why? Because everyone was shocked that he could do these feats of strength.
• Well, they might imagine Solomon as something like a Forrest Gump. That guy becomes the King of Israel. Everyone is thinking, "It's over". But God offer's Solomon a blank check. God says, "Solomon, ask me for anything and it's yours". Solomon asked God for wisdom to lead God's people. God granted him great wisdom more than all of the people before or after.
• Great leaders came from all over the world to observe Solomon's wisdom.
• Early in his life he wrote - the Song of Solomon, wisdom for marriage
• at Middle Age he wrote - Proverbs, wisdom for everyday life
• at the End he wrote - Ecclesiastes, wisdom for life's ultimate questions.
But as Solomon pens his final book, under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit. He raises a lot more questions than he does answers. This is one of the most mysterious books in all the bible.
The Interpretive key to the book is the phrase, "Under the Sun". That is, Solomon is looking at life apart from the Divine influence.
TEXT: Chapter 9 however is a little different. He is beginning to bring God into the equation.
He begins with a statement of fact in verse 1-
1 But all this I laid to heart, examining it all, how the righteous and the wise and their deeds are in the hand of God. Whether it is love or hate, man does not know; both are before him.
So throughout the book Solomon has been observing life as if there were NO GOD, life "under the sun". But now he has come to the conclusion that there is an all powerful God, and the deeds of man are in His hand.
This theological concept is called, "Providence". Th ...
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