King Solomon was the Preacher.
“In addition to being a wise man, the Preacher also taught the people knowledge; and he pondered, searched out and arranged many proverbs. The Preacher sought to find delightful words and to write words of truth correctly.” (Ecclesiastes 12:9-10)
Remember Tavye singing “If I Was a Rich Man” in “Fiddler on the Roof”? The priorities of Tavye’s heart were beautifully expressed. The Preacher would have had Tavye’s ear if his life had been different. “If I were rich, I’d have time that I lack To sit in the Synagogue and pray. And maybe have a seat by the Eastern wall. And I’d discuss the holy books with the learned men several hours a day. That would be the sweetest thing of all.”
Unlike Tavye, God has given me time to ponder, search out and write words of truth several hours a day. I am blessed beyond measure reading Scripture. “The words of wise men are like goads, and masters of these collections are like well driven nails; they are given by one Shepherd. (Ecclesiastes 12:11) Jesus is our Shepherd who leads us to His pasture and bids us to eat the fruit of truth.
“But beyond this, my son, be warned: the writing of many books is endless, and excessive devotion to books is wearing to the body.” (Ecclesiastes 12:12) When Scripture says, “be warned” it is good to listen. Excessive devotion to “Christian” opinions is counterproductive to a personal experience. When the Holy Spirit reveals God’s word to us, through His Holy Scriptures, truth is experienced and our faith becomes unshakeable. “It is written in the prophets, ‘AND THEY SHALL ALL BE TAUGHT OF GOD.'” (John 6:45, Isaiah 54:13)
The Preacher ends his sermon.
The wisdom of the king who pondered, searched out and wrote words of truth correctly comes to an end. “The conclusion, when all has been heard, is: fear God and keep His commandments, because this applies to every person. For God will bring every act to judgment, everything which is hidden, whether it is good or evil.” (Ecclesiastes 12:13-14)
Father, we bow in awe before You. Our every evil act has been judged on the cross of Christ. Instead of death You have given us life. Your perfect love drives away our fear of punishment. You have become our Father. Draw near to us as we draw near to You. May the passion of Jesus burn as a flame within the hearts of Your children as we keep His commandments of love. Thank You for giving us a Shepherd, a Savior and becoming our God. In Jesus’ name we bow before You.
“….. I will put My laws within them and on their hearts I will write it; And I will be their God and they will be My people.” (Jeremiah 31:33)