Ecclesiastes 10 Commentary

Ecclesiastes 10 Commentary

Of what use is a parachute that only pops out after the user has cracked his skull? Yes, Wisdom is important, but the delayed application of Wisdom can be useless. The scripture is urging the wicked to acknowledge the lordship of the Messiah at the right time.

Doing so at the wrong time, at judgment day, when the LORD returns to make all things square, is of no use at all. At this point, “the charmer receives no fee.”

“Blessed is the land whose king is of noble birth and whose princes eat at the right time – for strength and not for drunkenness.” Again the scripture emphasizes doing the right thing at the right time.

This chapter and the rest of the chapters in this book repeat many of the lines in the Book of proverbs but the context is different. For example, the author laments the evil of having fools in high positions. It is an error he claims comes from a ruler. Since the LORD God rules over all, could there be a suggestion that we have an error in God’s creation? Could this state of affairs justify his statement that everything is meaningless?

We are back to riddles, but again the context is different. Meaningless. Even these riddles are meaningless. Yet the author still has them in print. There is more value to be had from these lines based on the context. The axe is dull; its edge unsharpened. Could we be looking at God’s creation whose design is impossible to navigate without skill?

And if skill is also meaningless, since everything is meaningless, what then is meaningful? The author has given hints already. He will conclude his thoughts in chapter 12 but for now, we have more teachings.

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Published by Joseph Malekani

Joseph Malekani is a born-again Christian with a strong PAOG/Baptist background. He is heavily involved in student ministry with ZAFES – an IFES movement with focus on student ministry in Zambia. He is married to Audrey and they have two lovely children.

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