Ecclesiastes is from the Greek word ekklesiastes which means assembly. The name in Hebrews is qohelet which means one who assembles.
Some bible scholars believe that Solomon, the author of several chapters of the book of Proverbs also wrote Ecclesiastes.
On the other hand, there are scholars who argue that Solomon was not the writer of this book. Despite this debate, they concluded that Solomon, son of King David was the central figure in the book.
There are many life lessons and wise sayings that you and I can use to benefit our daily lives from the book of Ecclesiastes.
Let’s take a look at each of these.
The Wonder of Creation
This book starts by expressing marvel and wonder of creation.
Chapter 1 vs. 7: all the rivers run into the sea; yet the sea is not full; unto the place from whence the rivers come, thither they return again.
There is nothing new under the sun
Ecclesiastes explains that there is nothing new under the sun. No idea or no thought is totally unique or novice.
Chapter 1 vs. 9: The thing that hath been, it is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.
Understanding what is profitable
This book explains that all labour was unprofitable. Ecclesiastes describes these as vanity and vexation of spirit.
Chapter 2 vs. 11: Then I looked on all the works that my hands had wrought, and the labour that I had labored to do: and, behold, all was vanity and vexation of spirit, and there is was profit under the sun.
To everything there is a season
There is a season for everything and there is a purpose for everything.
Chapter 3 vs. 1: To everything there is a season, and a time to every purpose under heaven.
Chapter 3 vs. 17: I said in my heart, God shall judge the righteous and the wicked: for there is a time there for every purpose and for every work.
Chapter 8 vs. 6: Because to every purpose there is time and judgment, therefore the misery of man is great upon him.
Chapter 9 vs. 11: I returned, and saw under the sun, that the race is not to the swift, nor the battle to the strong, neither yet bread to the wise, nor yet riches to men of understanding, nor yet favour to men of skill; but time and chance happeneth to them all.
Keep the vows that you make to God
It is essential that you honour each and every commitment that you make to God.
Chapter 5 vs. 4: When thou vowest a vow unto God, defer not to pay it: for he hath no pleasure in fools: pay that which thou hast vowed.
Fear the Lord
Ecclesiastes emphasises the importance of maintaining a fear of the Lord
Chapter 5 vs.7: For in the multitude of dreams and many words there is also divers vanities: but fear thou God.
Calmness and stillness
One of the wise sayings of Ecclesiastes urges us to maintain calmness and stillness.
Chapter 4 vs. 6: Better is a handful with quietness, than both the hands full with travail and vexation of spirit.
Chapter 7 vs.9: Be not hasty in thy spirit to be angry: for anger resteth in the bosom of fools.
The importance of wisdom
There are several verses that explain the value of getting wisdom.
Chapter 2 vs. 13: Then I saw that wisdom excelleth folly, as far as light excelleth darkness.
Chapter 7 vs. 11: Wisdom is good with an inheritance: and by it there is profit to them that see the sun.
Chapter 7 vs.19: Wisdom strengtheneth the wise more than ten mighty men which are in the city.
Chapter 9 vs.18: Wisdom is better than weapons of war: but one sinner destroyeth much good.
There is no perfect timing for anything
Ecclesiastes helps us to understand that there is nothing as the ideal time. This can be helpful when making decisions. On many occasions, timing could be the thing that cripples you and I from moving forward with a dream or project.
Chapter 11 vs.4: He that observeth the wind shall not sow; and he that regardeth the clouds shall not reap.
The value of hardwork
Ecclesiastes admonishes us to work hard at anything that we do and aspire to do.
Chapter 9 vs.10: Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with all your might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave whither thou goest.
The author reminds us of how great and mighty God is.
Chapter 11 vs. 5: As thou knowest not what is the way of the spirit, nor how the bones do grow in the womb of her that is with child: even so thou knowest not the works of God who maketh all.
The power of diversification
This verse from Ecclesiastes is one that I have highlighted for some time now in my bible. I cannot remember the name of the sermon but it was by Dr. Myles Munroe. This verse reminds us to consider diversifying our income sources by not withholding our hands in the evening.
Chapter 11 vs. 6: In the morning sow thy seed, and in the evening withhold not thine hand: for thou knowest not whether shall prosper, either this or that, or whether they both shall be alike good.
Discovering God early in life
The author explains that we should seek to honour and discover God during our youth. To live a life that pleases him during our early years.
Chapter 12 vs. 1: Remember now thy creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them.
Watch your words
The importance of watching our words was expressed by the author.
Chapter 10 vs. 20: Curse not the king, no not in thy thought; and curse not the rich in thy bed chamber: for a bird of the air shall carry the voice, and that which hath wings shall tell the matter.
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