Ecclesiastes 12

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God as Creator: God is sovereign over all His creation. We shouldn’t wait until we are old to seek out God after our life is near the end and we are no longer able to enjoy it, we will have piddled away all of the pleasure in it God could have provided. The world challenges me every day to keep my eyes focused on God, but I need help to do that.

Goad: a pointed stick used to drive/guide cattle. Goads are meant to get things moving, nails are meant to fasten and keep things in place. Solomons words in this book are meant to teach us in a way that gets us thinking and anchors us further in the teaching of God. Solomon didn’t spare us in writing this book by making life out to be all rainbows and daisies.. He wrote it in a way that represented honestly the difficulties, draws, and detriment of life on earth.

This is a very concise way to end a book that sort of went on and on about the futile search and ‘vanity’ of all that is life. Fear God, keep His commandments. That is the whole duty of man. God has instructed us to enjoy the life he has given us, make the most of our situations, and live with a heart for God.

Ecclesiastes 12:1-14

1 Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them; 2 While the sun, or the light, or the moon, or the stars, be not darkened, nor the clouds return after the rain: 3 In the day when the keepers of the house shall tremble, and the strong men shall bow themselves, and the grinders cease because they are few, and those that look out of the windows be darkened, 4 And the doors shall be shut in the streets, when the sound of the grinding is low, and he shall rise up at the voice of the bird, and all the daughters of musick shall be brought low; 5 Also when they shall be afraid of that which is high, and fears shall be in the way, and the almond tree shall flourish, and the grasshopper shall be a burden, and desire shall fail: because man goeth to his long home, and the mourners go about the streets: 6 Or ever the silver cord be loosed, or the golden bowl be broken, or the pitcher be broken at the fountain, or the wheel broken at the cistern. 7 Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it. 8 Vanity of vanities, saith the preacher; all is vanity. 9 And moreover, because the preacher was wise, he still taught the people knowledge; yea, he gave good heed, and sought out, and set in order many proverbs. 10 The preacher sought to find out acceptable words: and that which was written was upright, even words of truth. 11 The words of the wise are as goads, and as nails fastened by the masters of assemblies, which are given from one shepherd. 12 And further, by these, my son, be admonished: of making many books there is no end; and much study is a weariness of the flesh. 13 Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man. 14 For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.

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