Ecclesiastes 9 - Life Is Short

Ecclesiastes 9:2-6 - Solomon recognizes the problem of the earth that many lament. Good thing and bad things happen to everyone, there is no rhyme or reason. The good have evil befall them and the evil have good events. It's random, not related to our own behavior. The rain falls on the righteous and the sinner and the sun shines on them both as well. Solomon says it's "an evil in all that is done under the sun, that the same event happens to all."

But he recognizes that the unfair, random acts of the Earth is better than the alternative. life may be unfair and tragic, but in death there is no more opportunity for joy, happiness or good fortune. "For the living know that they will die, but the dead know nothing, and they have no more reward, for the memory of them is forgotten."

Ecclesiastes 9:7-10 - So what's the answer that Solomon has to this? Life is short, so enjoy it. Give it your all, love those you have near and be happy. All those cliches - "Don't worry, be happy", "Eat, drink and be merry, for tomorrow we die.", "Life comes at you fast." - Solomon thought of it first.

Ecclesiastes 9:13-18 - In verse 11 he says "Again I saw that under the sun the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, nor bread to the wise, nor riches to the intelligent, nor favor to those with knowledge, but time and chance happen to them all." but right after, he extols the virtues of wisdom over folly, including a vague story about a poor, wise man who saved a small town from a King's onslaught. I don't think anyone would argue about the benefits of wisdom, but it seems at odds with his prior statements.

I guess it's more of a continuation of his rant on the unfair nature of life. The wise man isn't remembered, because he was poor. Though wisdom is superior, sin can still do a lot of damage.

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Thanks for that...when I loose my focus, I can always turn to your site and pull it together. Very good my brother...I love Solomon so very much. In too many ways I am like him, and that is why I loose focus.

It is true, God can't show favoritism or else everybody would become a Christian to get good stuff, and not because they already love God because of Christ. If we all prospered fiscally, only the righteous would have money. Gratefully, things bad and good happen to both the righteous and the wicked, so that God is completely fair and just. Praise God.



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