This week, we’ll take a look at Solomon’s pursuit of justice. Remember as you study this week that Solomon was the king of his country. He was ultimately responsible for justice in his nation.
(Ecc 7:15) All things have I seen in the days of my vanity: there is a just man that perisheth in his righteousness, and there is a wicked man that prolongeth his life in his wickedness.
(Ecc 8:14) There is a vanity which is done upon the earth; that there be just men, unto whom it happeneth according to the work of the wicked; again, there be wicked men, to whom it happeneth according to the work of the righteous: I said that this also is vanity.
(Ecc 4:1) So I returned, and considered all the oppressions that are done under the sun: and behold the tears of such as were oppressed, and they had no comforter; and on the side of their oppressors there was power; but they had no comforter.
The reality of injustice
As Solomon observed life around him, he often saw injustice. Being a good guy didn’t mean things would always turn out well. Sometimes the wicked would live long, healthy lives. To Solomon, it seemed as though being righteous or wicked didn’t have any bearing on how things went for you in life.
Solomon saw oppression, and the sadness that resulted from it. He saw folks suffering without comfort. And, remember, he was the ruler of his land. He was Israel’s final human authority, but he still saw injustices that he couldn’t remedy.
What About You?
- Have you noticed injustice in the world around you?
- Have you sought to right any of the wrongs you’ve seen?