Up until now the book has been pretty decisively down on life with folly, foolishness and all the stress and anxiety that comes out of it. This particular chapter presents a shift by raising a question, what do we do now that life is foolishness?
As we move into this section Solomon moves from a discussion that wisdom is better than folly and foolishness to a collection of short proverbs that build on this whole theme.
Welcome as we turn to part 9 of our study. As we go through this, the same themes of wisdom Solomon whirls around, anchoring it back into that common theme that the best we can do in the stance of wisdom and faith that we find joy in the moment with gratitude to the gifts
In chapter 8 Solomon and Luther go into a discussion how it is proper to obey the authorities that are set over us, and for the sake of wisdom, this doesn’t disagree with the Old Testament teaching that it is better to obey God over men recognizing that you can have a bad ruler or
In this chapter there is a decisive shift within the way Solomon or the author of Ecclesiastes writes. Their theme of vanity doesn’t disappear but it does shift towards grappling with wisdom and how to find wisdom.
This chapter continues all this talk with the miser and the tragic person that the miser is, Solomon then Luther in his comments reflect upon that. As we dig into this sense of tragedy of life where there is struggle, there is suffering, there is a restlessness in our hearts that chases after all these