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2014.Oct.
21 Tue
 
Concluding Thoughts
[ Ecclesiastes 12:9 - 12:14 ]
 
9. Not only was the Teacher wise, but also he imparted knowledge to the people. He pondered and searched out and set in order many proverbs.
10. The Teacher searched to find just the right words, and what he wrote was upright and true.
11. The words of the wise are like goads, their collected sayings like firmly embedded nails--given by one Shepherd.
12. Be warned, my son, of anything in addition to them. Of making many books there is no end, and much study wearies the body.
13. Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.
14. For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil.
 

Reflection
The Words of the Wise (12:9–12)
Ecclesiastes concludes with a few thoughts about the words of the wise as well as a word to the wise. While life is difficult and there are no guarantees, a life yielded to the wisdom of God does avoid many pitfalls. The words of the wise are like goads, their collected sayings like firmly embedded nails—given by one shepherd (v. 11). Wisdom, however, is not found in an endless pursuit of knowledge (v. 12). You cannot avoid every difficulty in life by analyzing all the angles to figure out a solution. The only way through it is through it.

The Wise Man (12:13–14)
Ecclesiastes is summarized in these words: Fear God and keep his commandments (12:13b). Every sin, injustice, and misery comes from the belief that you know better than God, and when you act on that belief, everything begins to fall apart. Jesus feared God and kept His commandments, and He went to the cross for it. He was obedient even to death because He knew that God would bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil (v. 14). God vindicated Jesus by raising Him from the dead. In and of ourselves, we are not capable of observing the wisdom of the last two verses in todays passage. In Christ, however, we now have the spiritual resources to fear God, keep His commandments, and do what is good.

Application
- By the power of His Spirit, God will give you the wisdom to face each situation as it comes while you walk with a head and a heart full of His Word.

- As you look back on your time of reflection and study of this complex book, what was the most encouraging word you heard from the Lord? What struck you the most?

A Letter to
God
Father, as I reflect on my life in light of Your wisdom, I pray that I would grow in my reverence of You and obedience to Your commandments through the grace of the Lord Jesus and the fellowship of the Spirit. In Jesus name. Amen.
 
 
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