Thursday, January 9, 2014

Journal Through the Bible: Week 49 Monday

Ecclesiastes chapters 7 and 8

Does God issue any commands in these chapters?

  • God does not speak directly in these chapters.

Does God make any promises?

  • God does not speak directly in these chapters.

Do these chapters teach anything about Jesus?
  • More than anyone, Jesus proves the validity of 7:1. His good name healed the sick, raised the dead, and gave sight to the blind. And as nice as it is to celebrate His birth, it is His death (and subsequent resurrection) that is the real cause for rejoicing!
  • The book of Proverbs often personifies Wisdom. Jesus is the actual embodiment of wisdom and Solomon lists some of the riches that wisdom provides.
  • Solomon, an earthly king, lectured on propriety when standing before a king so as not to offend him. Jesus, the eternal king, offers us His friendship.

Do these chapters teach anything about yet-future events?
  • The wise person learns the lessons that death and mourning teach. Death is coming for all of us! Be prepared! (7:2-4)
  • Solomon told of the wicked who were buried and forgotten. (8:10) The wicked will be forever separated from the living in eternity.

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Let the words of my mouth, and the meditation of my heart, be acceptable in thy sight, O LORD, my strength, and my redeemer.
Psalms 19:14 (KJV)