Tuesday, February 7, 2017

ECCLESIASTES OBSERVATIONS

Ecclesiastes Summary Observations
Solomon’s musings in this book wander like a stream of consciousness, mixing God’s wisdom with the world’s values. Some portions remind us of Job’s searching for answers in the midst of his misery. But Solomon’s misery is spiritual and psychological, arising from his attempts to figure out and explain all things. Although the quest proved futile, he persisted in it.

Ecclesiastes and Doctrine
Individual statements in the book are not intended to be taken as biblical dogma, but as elements of Solomon’s process of thinking. His conclusion in Chapter 12 puts it all in perspective: “Fear God and keep His commandments”; trying to explain everything is futile – “Vanity and striving after the wind.”

The prophetic formula, “Thus says the LORD,” is rarely found in the wisdom books. “The divine imperative in wisdom literature is generally limited to the essential “Fear God”… (C. Hassell Bulloch)
Wisdom literature assumes the revelation of the Law and the Prophets, and it deals with the practical living out of our relationship with God and others.

Use of “LORD” in Poetry & Wisdom
Job, 24 verses                         33 matches
Psalms, 702 verses                 795 matches
Proverbs, 87 verses                 87 matches
Ecclesiastes, 0 verses             0 matches
Song of Songs, 1 verse           1 match

Use of “God” in Poetry & Wisdom
Job, 114 verses                       118 matches
Psalms, 377 verses                 440 matches
Proverbs, 6 verses                  6 matches
Ecclesiastes, 36 verses           41 matches
Song of Songs, 0                     0 matches

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