Ecclesiastes 5 Commentary
Learn from God’s word. Don’t define your own religion. Is my religion shaped by the word of God or men and women have defined it for me? We cannot afford to be mindless about it.
There is sin in the prayer room. Too many words. Wrong content. Only saying what you think the LORD wants to hear.
Think before you pray. Don’t manipulate heaven with good words. But subject yourself to the manipulation of the word of God. Learn; seek guidance.
Keep your word. Parts of the Sermon on the Mount are probably based on the instructions lifted from this chapter.
Verses 8 to 11 are interesting. Don’t be envious. Don’t worry about what you think is a better position for your neighbor. Your neighbor is also envious of what you have. And you think you don’t have anything of value!
What you think of as ‘next level’ has its own ‘next level’. There are more levels from where you are. Even the President has his own ‘next level’: he depends on the economy of the nation. His greatness is dependent on the field. Who isn’t a dependent?
And so the chase after the wind continues. It is a loop; a never-ending cycle. The next level you are dreaming of has its own next level and the story goes on and on.
We jump into the school bus with nothing. While on the bus, and God knows how long the journey lasts, we hold on to stuff here and there. But a time comes when we are thrown off the bus naked, without any of the things we held on to. Exactly the way I was thrown into the bus, so I will be thrown out. We are not as in control as we often want to think.
A great frustration; an affliction; anger. This is life after Genesis 3. What is the point of life? This is exactly the purpose of this volume – to provoke thoughts like this in the hope that humanity can see the need for God. It is total chaos on this side of existence.
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