May 29, Reading 2 – Ecclesiastes 9:11-10:20

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SAA Notes

Solomon advances several reasons as to why wisdom is still better than folly/stupidity.

SJA Notes

As we make our way through Ecclesiastes we read the preacher exhorting us on how, even with the folly/vanity of life, wisdom is better than folly.

And in this passage, or the chapter 10 segment, we see a tight bond/mirror with Proverbs, the proverbial coin-truths.

“If the anger of the ruler rises against you, do not leave your place, for calmness will lay great offenses to rest.”

“The words of a wise man’s mouth win him favor, but the lips of a fooly consume him.”

There are some interesting commentaries on activities that are often linked in our minds with folly.

Ch10 v17 seems to be saying that feasting can be for strength or for drunkenness. This echoes what the preacher has been telling us all along, to eat and drink and be joyful in the toil that God has given to us (under the sun).

Ch10 v19 layers on that, “Bread is made for laughter, and wine gladdens life, and money answers everything.”

God gives bread and wine and money. There is good in the enjoyment (right and true) of these gifts from God.

One chief aspect of this enjoyment that we especially saw as we read through Psalms is that of THANKSGIVING.

Psalm 118 v1 says, “Oh give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; for his steadfast love endures forever!”

* Father God, thank You for the gifts of bread and wine and money.

Thank You for all the gifts that you give, both temporal and spiritual. Gifts of encouragement and exhortation, of skill and excellence in our vocation, of mind and body and spirit.

Thank You for the way You have put each of us together, different body parts yet one under Christ, separate uniquely individual and yet together in hopeful unity of that great day.

Help us Lord to enjoy what You have given us, acknowledging You in all things.

And as we read through Ecclesiastes, help us to remember that truth from Your word in Proverbs, that “Blessed is the one who finds wisdom, and the one who gets understanding,”

Amen.

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