Post by fearnot on Sept 7, 2019 13:06:45 GMT -5
One who gathers (Hebrew)
Author: almost certainly Solomon
It aims to answer some of life's most challenging questions.
The author studied life first with man's empirical wisdom
( rather than Divine Wisdom)
and discovered man's wisdom is vanity, fleeting, and filled with disappointment and vexation.
( including his great intellect) on his own personal pleasure,
rather God's glory....
He tried to enjoy life without fear of God's judgement, in the end he came to grasp the importance of Obedience.
He came to realize the cursed condition of the universe, but if one perceives each day of existence, labor, and basic provision as a gift from God that person will live an abundant life.
All Is Vanity
Without acknowledging God, then, in the end, what is the use of all your labor ( be it for material items: estates, cars, horses, clothing, arts etc etc etc.) if in the end you die and that is the 'end'? There is no 'lasting' good in this life, if it is all there is.
Everything is 'fleeting, transitory, cursed even,
without God, in the end....meaningless.
he sees a difference between permanence and impermanence.
Solomon had tried to discover life's mysteries and critical issues,
by man's empirical knowledge only
( not divines wisdom)
and found it lacking, grievous, full of vexation, and empty.
But this was not for his lack of trying...he had applied his heart to it....this was not just a brief study.
Solomon was a brilliant man with a great mind and brain.