He is the Time and Season
A Simple Break Down
Ecclesiastes is most often attributed to King Solomon (Ecclesiastes 1:1--"The words of the Teacher [or leader of the assembly], son of David, king in Jerusalem."). It was originally written for the nation of Israel, as a whole; but, the word of the book of Ecclesiastes are just as important to the world of believers, Jews and Gentiles alike. It is a book for all people in all places. King Solomon wanted the readers to know and understand that, apart from God, in a separation of God, life is meaningless, senseless and futile. Furthermore, most of his words have a greater appeal to the younger generations, those people who are starting out in life, those people who are more susceptible and compliant in regards to the wisdom of the older generations.
Ten Vanities (self-loves)
There are ten very specific vanities, or self-loves, prescribed in the book of Ecclesiastes. For something to be vain, is to be something that condones a self-love or a self-pride. It will also have a quality of emptiness or futility, meaning it has no value or profit. The Bible is very specific in pointing mankind to the fact that God is God of all. Anything worshiped, anything that takes the place of God, anything that becomes a god in our lives becomes meaningless, senseless and futile.
- Then I turned my thoughts to consider wisdom, and also madness and folly. What more can the king's successor do than what has already been done?
- I saw that wisdom is better than folly, just a light is better than darkness.
- The wise man has eyes in his head, while the fool walks in the darkness; but I came to realize that the same fate overtakes them both.
- Then I thought in my heart, "The fate of the fool will overtake me also. What then do I gain by being wise?" I said in my heart, 'This too is meaningless."
- For the wise man, like the fool, will not be long remembered; in days to come both will be forgotten. Like the fool, the wise man too must die!
Human wisdom is a human folly; it's a vain pride. For all man's wisdom, he is still equally subject to life and the happenings and events that life births. Wisdom cannot make you happy, as wisdom leads to an end the same as folly...death. Wisdom cannot make you happy, only God can.
- So my heart began to despair over all my toilsome labor under the sun.
- For a man may do his work with wisdom, knowledge and skill, and then he must leave all he owns to someone who has not worked for it. This too is meaningless and a great misfortune.
- What does a man get for all the toil and anxious striving with which he labors under the sun?
- All his days his work is pain and grief; even at night his mind does not rest. This too is meaningless.
Human labor is human folly; it's a vain pride. A man will work all his life to save; but, will eventually die. All his amassed wealth will go to someone else, who may or may not steward it well. And, that is after the government dips into your estate and acquire its fees and entitlements to what has been saved through arduous toil. Working and saving cannot make you happy, only God can.
- To the man who pleases Him, God gives wisdom, knowledge and happiness, but to the sinner He gives the task of gathering and storing up wealth to hand it over to the one who pleases God. This too is meaningless, a chasing after the wind.
Human purpose is human folly; it's a vain pride. All good comes from God, God alone. God Himself will determine the measure of the eternal reward or eternal punishment that will be issued for our earthly lives. Defining your own purpose in life cannot make you happy, only God can.
- And I saw that all labor and all achievement spring from man's envy of his neighbor. This too is meaningless, a chasing after the wind.
Human rivalry is human folly; it's a vain pride. People will drive themselves to work harder and harder and harder without relaxing because they are always trying to outdo the next person in line. That's one extreme swing of the pendulum, the other extreme swing of the pendulum is complete and total laziness. There must be a middle swing in the pendulum found; a center of life...God. Keeping up with the Joneses cannot make you happy, only God can.
The word "meaningless" is mentioned in the book of Ecclesiastes 39 times. This word means to have no meaning or direction or purpose of life.
Human awareness is human folly; it's a vain pride. Apart from God, we are nothing and have nothing. Seeking a false sense of peace (i.e.-Yoga and Feng Shui) is to thumb your nose at God. Knowing you are because you know who you are cannot make you happy, only God can.
Chasing After the Wind
The phrase "a chasing after the wind" is given seven (7) times in the book of Ecclesiastes. In its simplest form, this means that the actions of man is here one day and gone the next.
Human fame is human folly; it's a vain pride. If a man rises to power; but, refuses to listen to advice or sound council, he is not worthy of the power given him. It does not matter a man's station in life, he will eventually succumb to death the same as every other man on the planet. Your position in life cannot make you happy, only God can.
- Whoever loves money never has money enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with his income. This too is meaningless.
Human dissatisfaction is human folly; it's a vain pride. Even men in powerful positions need the same common everyday things that a poor man has need of. The difference is that while a poor person may be content with that which he has, a rich man wants to get richer, even at the expense of the poor man. A poor man will take better care of what he has verses a rich man who is never satisfied with what he has. A collecting of riches and fame leads to wanting more riches and fame. Money and title and the search for more money and more titles cannot make you happy, only God can.
- 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.
Human coveting is human folly; it's a vain pride. God wants to grant us the desires of our hearts; but we are never satisfied. We tend to want the things that we cannot have. To be jealous or envious of someone's else property and to seek to gain the same for yourself through whatever means you take cannot make you happy, only God can.
It is better to heed a wise man's rebuke that to listen to the song of fools.
Like the crackling of thorns under the pot, so is the laughter of fools. This too is meaningless.
Human frivolity is a human folly; it's a vain pride. A person should much rather want to be sinned against than to prosper as the perpetrator of sin. We would do well to be rebuked by a wise and learned man rather than receive praise and glory from the mouth of a foolish man. Flattery given by man cannot make you happy, only God can.
- There is something else meaningless that occurs on earth: righteous men who get what the wicked deserve, and wicked me who get what the righteous deserve. This too, I say, is meaningless.
Have a human system of rewards and awards is a human folly; it's a vain pride. Man provides justice for man based on the laws of man, according to man's ways. As the faithful of the Lord, we are to walk in the ways of God and in His will, not to gain earthly rewards; but to give glory and honor to God. Rewards and awards given by man's system of justice cannot make you happy, only God can.
His Time, His Season
- There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven:
- A time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot.
- A time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build.
- A time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance.
- A time to scatter stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time to refrain.
- A time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time to throw away.
- A time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time to speak.
- A time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for peace.
God is our time and season, He is our Creator, the heavens and the earth belong to Him, and Him alone. Our destinies and purposes are not our own, for they are held in the safety of His hands. He is the Alpha and Omega, the Beginning and the End. Time started with Him and time will end with Him.
Revelation 1:8--"'I am the Alpha and Omega,' says the Lord God, 'who is and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty."
In the Song of Solomon (or the Song of Songs), He is the lover's dream. This book is a beautiful love poem from start to finish and talks at great length of the love a bridegroom has for his bride. There is a mighty emphasis on the sanctity of marriage through the design of, the blessings of and the consecration of the marriage by the Lord. The book of Song of Solomon is a book of God's love, a true and deep and intimate love, for His people.