Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Eccl. 6:1-12

v. 1-12 "I have seen another evil under the sun, and it weighs heavily on men: God gives a man wealth, possessions and honor, so that he lacks nothing his heart desires, but God does not enable him to enjoy them, and a stranger enjoys them instead.  This is meaningless, a grievous evil.  A man may have a hundred children and live many years; yet no matter how long he lives, if he cannot enjoy his prosperity and does not receive proper burial, I say that a stillborn child is better off than he.  It comes without meaning, it departs in darkness, and in darkness its name is shrouded.  Though it never saw the sun or knew anything, it has more rest than does that man-even if he lives a thousand years twice over but fails to enjoy his prosperity.  Do not all go to the same place?

All man's efforts are for his mouth,
yet his appetite is never satisfied. 
What advantage has a wise man over a fool?
What does a poor man gain by knowing
how to conduct himself before others?
Better what the eye sees than the roving of the appetite.
This too is meaningless, a chasing after the wind.
Whatever exists has already been named,
and what man is has been known;
no man can contend with one who is stronger than he.
The more the words, the less the meaning,
and how does that profit anyone?

For who knows what is good for a man in life, during the few and meaningless days he passes through like a shadow?  Who can tell him what will happen under the sun after he is gone?"

Having the right attitude can help us deal with injustice in the world.  "Prosperity is not always good, and adversity is not always bad." NIV notes  Throughout all that happens in the world God is good.  The part about God not enabling man to enjoy his lot seems to contradict what it says in Chapter 5 that God enables him to enjoy his lot.  Watch out for what seems like contradictions, do not think the bible is some thoughtless books thrown together.  God put everything right where He wanted it.  There are so many layers to the bible and seldom just one meaning for a passage.  I think here it is talking about that you might die right when you are at your most successful and someone else will enjoy your stuff.  I also think this part in Chapter 6 is telling that God won't force us to enjoy what we are given.  We all have a choice to make whether it is right or wrong. 

When Solomon talks about a still born child I do not think that he was trying to sound cold although it does sound that way.  I think that if a woman lost her baby then great offense would be taken to say that it was meaningless.  Those children have a name and go to God without knowing the evils of this world.  

How can any of us profit from those who spew off at the mouth continually?  After awhile it is just noise.  They speak words of hate and judgment so how is that good?  This verse on words gives us good reason to think before we speak and to not go on and on about something.  I am guilty of this and I'm trying to curb that habit.  For some reason I use to think that saying something over and over would get my point across, but it only frustrated me in the process and the other person would tire of repetitive words.  So now I try to say it once and be done. 

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