The ending passage of the book of Ecclesiastes doesn’t close things out. You see close outs in many writers especially Paul. This book gives us wisdom to the last verse. It was needed for people in that day; it is needed now.
Ecclesiastes 12: 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.
With every passing grade in school the books got harder. I was okay until 7th grade. I had a hard time moving to a new school. There was a new environment and harder and harder classes and tests. There were lots of books. As a Christian we have one book in which we find all the text we need to please the Lord and get through life. I’m thankful for the textbook Christians have. It gives us assurance. All we need is there. It has gotten us through to this moment in time and always will. God works for us when we approach him according to his Word.
The Christian’s enemy, the devil, uses the Word for a major assault on us. As he did in the Garden of Eden, he wants us to doubt the Word. He asked Eve “hath God said?” trying to put doubt in her mind. He works on our minds and attacks the validity of God’s Word. He continually casts doubt. He worked on the disciples that first Easter. What should have been a joyous event was clouded by doubt. Jesus scolded them for it. The devil tries to make the Word hazy and vague. We understand highly technical things in life but stumble at the Word of God. Why? The devil doesn’t care how much I know about flying airplanes or astronomy, but when I study the Word he’s there to keep it away from me.
The devil will turn truth into a lie, and we’ll swallow it. We lose when we do that. The Word is forever settled in heaven. The books of Proverbs and Ecclesiastes are full of wisdom. Solomon said this is our textbook. The Bible is the only trusted source of truth. Some look and sound good but aren’t right. The Word never fails. We can know the mind of God and the will of God through the Word. It keeps us safe because it is truth.
It took a great effort to get the Word in our hands. The Master is wise, and in spite of the vanity of life, we have a truth to go by. Where did the Bible originate? In the mind and heart of God. It was brought down first on Mount Sinai when God came to the mountain. Before Adam and Eve sinned, God walked with them daily in the Garden. The first experience with the written Word was from God himself. With his own fingers he wrote the Law of God. It was put on tablets of stone. The Word was brought down and then holy men of God were inspired to write down the words God wanted us to have. The scripture is holy writing of a holy God. The Word became flesh and dwelt among us when Jesus was born. Don’t doubt the authenticity of it. We need the Bible so that we continually know what to do. He teaches us through the Word. It is fresh and new each day. It still gives us knowledge after all these years of reading it. The Word is set in order. God gave heed to what was written down. He stooped real low when he wrote us a Bible. It’s to each of us as if it was only for us.
Take these verses phrase by phrase and see how the Word teaches us each day. Look at James 3:13-18. He uses three words to describe earthly wisdom. Look them up. Look at how he describes heavenly wisdom and put it with Ecclesiastes. You’ll find victory. It’s God’s Word forever.
We’ll pick up next week.