The Theology of Ecclesiastes (1)

Introduction

This week, we’re going to take a look at the theoloy of Ecclesiasted. It will be helpful for us to understand Solomon’s view of God as we interpret the rest of the book.

Bible Reading

(Ecc 3:14) I know that, whatsoever God doeth, it shall be for ever: nothing can be put to it, nor any thing taken from it: and God doeth it, that men should fear before him.

(Ecc 7:13) Consider the work of God: for who can make that straight, which he hath made crooked?

(Ecc 8:17) Then I beheld all the work of God, that a man cannot find out the work that is done under the sun: because though a man labour to seek it out, yet he shall not find it; yea further; though a wise man think to know it, yet shall he not be able to find it.

(Ecc 11:5) As thou knowest not what is the way of the spirit, nor how the bones do grow in the womb of her that is with child: even so thou knowest not the works of God who maketh all.

(Ecc 3:18) I said in mine heart concerning the estate of the sons of men, that God might manifest them, and that they might see that they themselves are beasts.

The Creator’s Works are Enduring and Unsearchable.

Even though Solomon was searching for meaning using only experience, observation and contemplation, he still talked about God in his writings. Solomon spoke of God as the Creator. He mentions God’s works. An honest person who observes the creation will admit the existence of God:

Psa 19:1-3 The heavens declare the glory of God; and the firmament sheweth his handywork. (2) Day unto day uttereth speech, and night unto night sheweth knowledge. (3) There is no speech nor language, where their voice is not heard.

Rom 1:19-20 Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them; for God hath shewed it unto them. (20) For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead; so that they are without excuse:

God Wants Men to Know They Are Beasts.

Not only did Solomon admit God’s existence, he also acknowledged that God’s works were beyond man’s ability to fully understand or to change. Compred to the Creator, men are beasts – ignorant and impotent. Solomon was humbled as he considered God’s creation.

What About You?

  • Are you honest enough to consider creation and admit that God exists?
  • Does it humble you to think of what God has done when you compare it to what you can do? Do you see yourself as a beast before God?

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