We’re going to finish up our study in Ecclesiastes by looking at a few miscellaneous topics from the book. We’ll start by seeing what Solomon had to say about giving.
(Ecc 11:1) Cast thy bread upon the waters: for thou shalt find it after many days. (2) Give a portion to seven, and also to eight; for thou knowest not what evil shall be upon the earth.
(Ecc 11:6) In the morning sow thy seed, and in the evening withhold not thine hand: for thou knowest not whether shall prosper, either this or that, or whether they both shall be alike good.
There isn’t much about giving in the book of Ecclesiastes. What’s there is really more about than receiving. You may have noticed in today’s reading, that Solomon’s concern is about what you get back when you give. It’s not about how you can help others and honor God. In Ecclesiastes, giving is commended because it will benefit you. There’s little concern for others.
Now, it is true that giving is the key to receiving:
Luk 6:38 Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.
2Co 9:6-8 But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully. (7) Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver. (8) And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work:
Yet it’s also clear as you read other Bible passages, that giving is much more than just a way to get something back:
2Co 9:11-12 Being enriched in every thing to all bountifulness, which causeth through us thanksgiving to God. (12) For the administration of this service not only supplieth the want of the saints, but is abundant also by many thanksgivings unto God;
1Jo 3:17-18 But whoso hath this world’s good, and seeth his brother have need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in him? (18) My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth.
What About You?
- Are you a giving person?
- Do you give mainly to help, or to receive?