Thursday, September 6, 2012
I have always appreciated the Book of Ecclesiastes, at one time if for no other reason, it seemed so intriguing to me. Here is Solomon, likely writing it as an older man, who had by that time made quite a few mistakes and had gone away from the Lord, yet under divine inspiration, wrote a great work for us, to show us basically that God alone is our Life. The verse that is the clincher, or the key at least to me is the next to last one in the entire Book, chapter 12 & verse 13: "Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man." To say that as we would today, after Jesus has come and given His lifeblood for us on the cross and risen again, it is like, "Trust Him and be made whole!" The word "duty" is supplied by the translators and this seems to me at least one time when it would have been better left out since it was not in the original. His commandment is to believe on Him (1 Jn.3:23) and this certainly makes us whole! Just wanted to share that Good News with you tonight. May the Lord bless you.