Ecclesiastes 11 Commentary

Ecclesiastes 11 Commentary

The teacher turns to investment. There are no straight equations. Is the teacher again talking about the randomness of events and their outcomes? Probably no. The author is carefully pointing the reader to the sovereignty of the Creator God even in matters of commerce and industry. God has the last word.

Go ahead and invest but know the LORD has the last word.

Invest when parameters are suitable. But what guarantees that the parameters will remain right throughout the lifetime of your investment? Equally, withhold your investment because the parameters are wrong. Are you sure the parameters will remain unfavorable forever?

The teacher carefully introduces the businessman to the world beyond the physical parameters. The chickens can formulate equations based on the location of feeders and the times when the farmer brings feed. But they do well to look up and know that the farmer can change all these parameters. Men don’t have to be chickenheads!

Of course, the wise hen will still instruct her chicks on the location of feeders and meal times.

Enjoy life when you can but understand that hard times always come. The prophet-cum-teacher is drawing our attention to responsibility. Whatever we do has consequences. Probably life isn’t meaningless after all.

Yet the teacher still insists that everything to come is meaningless. Are we looking at another version of the word meaningless? Probably yes. The future is unknown. The details are missing. Even the headlines end with question marks.

Again the prophet-cum teacher is appealing to a world that takes life on the whim. There is more to life. We can always find the feed at location A simply because the farmer is faithfully placing it there. But will the world see it that way?

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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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