Saturday, January 11, 2014

Journal Through the Bible: Week 49 Tuesday

Ecclesiastes chapters 9 and 10

Solomon considered that some things happen to all men, whether they be good or whether they be evil.

Does God issue any commands?

  • God did not speak directly in these chapters.

Does God make any promises?

  • God did not speak directly in these chapters.

Do these chapters teach anything about Jesus?

  • Solomon declared that all works of men are in the hand of God. (9:1-10) The New Testament teaches that it is appointed unto men once to die, but after this the judgment. (Hebrews 9:27. Also see Revelation 20:12) When the Apostle John said he saw the dead small and great stand before God he is referring to Jesus, the Judge of all men.
  • Solomon stated that men do not know how long they have to live.(9:12) It was not so for Jesus. He knew when it was His time and when it was not His time. (The whole gospel of John!)
  • Solomon stated that wisdom is better than weapons. Jesus was the master of using wisdom against His enemies.
  • Solomon saw servants on horses while princes walked as servants upon the earth. (10:7) Jesus was just such a prince. He took on the form of man and made himself of no reputation. (Philippians 2:5-7)
  • Solomon warned not to curse the king even in private. (10:20) This is where the platitude "A little bird told me!" originated. Jesus, the omniscient God, knows all the thoughts of our hearts.

Do these chapters teach anything about yet-future events?

  • The warnings about the works of men's hands being examined and the "event" that comes to all is a warning to all of the judgment to come.

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