Daily reading

Today’s reading is: Ecc. 11:7-12:14


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Ecclesiastes Chapter Eleven

(Outline continues from yesterday)

  1. Human viewpoint strives to enjoy life when it can (Eccl. 11:7-10). This passage is quite reflective for Solomon, and a veiled admission to the wisdom of his younger days and the judgment he faces for following his heart and eyes in his older years.

Ecclesiastes Chapter Twelve

  1. Solomon urges his audience to learn from the Lord in youth (Eccl. 12:1; Prov. 22:6). Learn and do not forget! (Prov. 3:1; 4:5).
  2. Old age is a difficult test, and the physical infirmities of the elderly must be faced with the Word of God, in order to glorify the Lord through the testing (Eccl. 12:1b-8; 2nd Cor. 12:10).
    1. Loss of night vision and even cloudy eyesight in the daytime (v.2).
    2. Hand tremors, bent spine, loss of teeth, dullness in the eyes (v.3).
    3. Hearing loss and sleeplessness (v.4).
    4. Fears for physical safety, white hair, sexual impotency (v.5).
    5. Physical death gets the longest description (vv.5-7).
  3. Solomon concludes his essay on human viewpoint with some summary statements (Eccl. 12:9-14).
    1. Gather wisdom from many sources, and handle the Word of God accurately (Eccl. 12:9-10; 2nd Tim. 2:15b).
    2. All wisdom comes from one source, and so the believer should be humble to focus on one book—the Bible (Eccl. 12:11-12).
    3. Wisdom urges the believer to live a Godly life, in the fear of the Lord, and in view of the eternal judgment (Eccl. 12:13-14).