Today’s reading is: Ecc. 11:7-12:14
Ecclesiastes Chapter Eleven
(Outline continues from yesterday)
- 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
- 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).
- 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).
- Loss of night vision and even cloudy eyesight in the daytime (v.2).
- Hand tremors, bent spine, loss of teeth, dullness in the eyes (v.3).
- Hearing loss and sleeplessness (v.4).
- Fears for physical safety, white hair, sexual impotency (v.5).
- Physical death gets the longest description (vv.5-7).
- Solomon concludes his essay on human viewpoint with some summary statements (Eccl. 12:9-14).
- Gather wisdom from many sources, and handle the Word of God accurately (Eccl. 12:9-10; 2nd Tim. 2:15b).
- All wisdom comes from one source, and so the believer should be humble to focus on one book—the Bible (Eccl. 12:11-12).
- 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).