Ecclesiastes | Day Nine
By: Taylor Cage | Sweet Light
Did you know King Solomon also wrote many of the proverbs that you read in the book of Proverbs? It’s true! And this chapter of Ecclesiastes reads like a chapter from the book of Proverbs. Which means that it’s basically a collection of wise sayings.
Read Ecclesiastes 10:1-20.
What are some general themes running through all of these wise sayings that Solomon has listed here in this chapter?
Write out a few of these sayings that stand out to you.
Reread verses 12-14.
Consider the way that you use your words. Words are powerful--powerful to build up or to destroy. Why is it dangerous to be careless with your words?
Read James 3:1-12.
Why is it so important to be careful with the words that we speak and to tame our tongues?
Read James 3:13-18.
What characteristics does wisdom from above possess?
How can you see those characteristics in the wisdom of Ecclesiastes? How can you see those characteristics in your own life?
Read Ecclesiastes 11:1-10.
Until now, the teacher hasn’t talked much about charity, but rather has only mentioned that wealth is but vanity. However, in this chapter Solomon begins to make an argument that charity is a worthwhile way to invest your wealth.
Read verse 1 again. What does it mean to cast your bread upon the waters? (This is a difficult one, take some time and try and come up with some ideas.)
In the Bible, water is often a metaphor and in this verse it seems as though that is probably the case. Sometimes water is a metaphor for a multitude of people - a lot of people - and sometimes it is a metaphor for those who are mourning. Either way this verse is encouraging men to give their bread to others - most likely the poor and impoverished.
In verse 5, to what mystery is he comparing the work of work of God?
Think about verse 7. Light is sweet. In what ways do you consider light to be sweet? What are some of the metaphors that are used for light throughout the Bible?
Read 1 John 1:5-7.
Who is this sweet light?
How do we learn to walk in the light?
What is the alternative to walking in the light?
Read verse 9. Rewrite it in your own words.
It is good to rejoice but what must we always remember?
Why does the teacher urge us to remember God’s judgment?
By urging us to remember judgment, is Solomon forgetting about grace?
Why is it necessary for there to be judgment in order for there to be grace?
Take some time today and consider the judgment and the grace of God. Both of them are necessary and both of them are not to be forgotten by a wise heart.