Read 151.) Ecclesiastes chapters 10 through 12. Solomon ruled Israel for 40 years. Scholars tell us that period was likely 970 to 930 BC. He was said to have been the wisest man of his time, according to I Kings 4:29 thru 34. This was true, up to a certain point in time. The Lord actually appeared unto Solomon twice. Once very early in his reign, in I Kings 3. And again, some years later, in I Kings 9, almost halfway thru his reign. By verse 13 of I Kings 10, Solomon had attained unto the very pinnacle of both his reign, and Israel’s glory. Just as God had intended to bless Israel unto a point that the gentile nations of the world would see the obvious splendor of the Lord in Israel, and come to Him to be saved… then, everything began to come apart! With I Kings 10:14, Solomon began to think it was all about himself! He turned. He turned away from the Lord. He turned away from God’s commandments. He turned away from the express rules for kings God had given Moses in Deuteronomy 17. He turned, and God came to him again, but not as before. See I Kings 11, especially verses 9 thru 13. What should Solomon have done? Why didn’t he immediately humble himself in dust and ashes; in deepest contrition and repentance?!?!? His father, David had… see II Samuel 12, and Psalm 51! As Adam had ruined God’s beauty in the Garden, so Solomon ruined God’s beauty in Israel. It was why He was going to have to send His Son, Messiah. He would have to do it all… Himself!
Now, from the close of Ecclesiastes. Chapters 10 thru 12 bring us to the conclusion, and 11:9 thru 12:14 marks the epitome of whatever wisdom is to be derived from the book. Unfortunately, as Solomon fell so short, in his later years, so too, does the wisdom contained here. Allow me to explain. The last 2 verses, along with 12:1, conclude: Remember your Creator, Fear God and keep His Commandments, for God will bring every deed into judgment. Solomon relates to God, or Elohim, who is the Creator and Judge, which is all well and good, but constitutes no more than mere religion. Solomon forgot Jehovah, who reveals Himself, and is the Redeemer. He forgot Adonai, his lord and master. He forgot Shaddai, the Almighty One, who acted on his behalf. He forgot Nissi, the Lord his banner. And, he forgot M’Kaddesh, the Lord who sanctifies him. Solomon forgot the God of his father, David; the One whose Face David sought, so as to know Him, and to walk with Him through his days and his life. Turn to Psalms 4:3, 5:3, 9:10, 18:3, 6+30, 27:8, 28:7, 34:15, 37:4+5, 62:8, 70:4, 73:24+25, 88:13, 105:1-4, 119:2, 10, 58, and 145:18 to find the sentiments I am trying to express. David was a man of war, and his life always in grave danger. He desperately needed God to be close to him. Solomon, in all his wealth and ease, did not. Read the verses from Psalms. Meditate upon them, and don’t be like Solomon became! It’s what the Book is all about!
Harold F Crowell