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A Look At The Possible Author Of Ecclesiastes

I have started a series of posts on Ecclesiastes to get a deeper look at the book but I wanted to talk about the writer, or supposed writer. If the writer was Solomon and you are not familiar with his story, I’ll go over it.
I have listed some quotes from verses of the story:
1 Kings 3:5-“In Gibeon the Lord appeared to Solomon in a dream at night; and God said, “Ask what you wish me to give you.”
Vs 7-“And now, O Lord my God, Thou hast made thy servant king in place of my father David, yet I am but a little child; I do not know how to go out or come in.”
Vs 8-“And Thy servant is in the midst of Thy people which thou hast chosen, a great people who cannot be numbered or counted for multitude.”
Vs 9-“So give Thy servant an understanding heart to judge Thy people to discern between good and evil. For who is able to judge this great people of Thine?”
In other words, God was pleased with Solomon’s good behavior (earlier in the book, it says that he loved God like his father, David), soon after he became king and came to him in a dream, offering him whatever he wanted. Solomon asked for wisdom. We know he was young but we dont know how old he was-not old enough to have gained wisdom. Back to the verses:
Vs 10-“And it was pleasing in the sight of the Lord that Solomon had asked this thing.”
Vs 11-“And God said to him, ‘Because you have asked this thing and have not asked for yourself long life, nor have you asked riches for yourself, nor have you asked for the life of your enemies, but have asked for yourself discernment to understand justice,”
Vs12-“behold, I have done according to your words. Behold, I have given you a wise and discerning heart, so that there has been no one like you before you, nor shall one like you arise after you.”
Vs 13-“And I have also given you what you have not asked, both riches and honor, so that there will not be any among the kings like you all your days.”
Vs 14-“And if you walk in My ways, keeping My statutes and commandments, as your father, David walked, then I will prolong your days.’ ”
God was pleased with Solomon’s request, taking note that he did not ask for revenge or wealth. In addition, God gives him wealth and a long life. This can show us that if we ask for the right things, not selfish things, God will reward us. He will give us what we ask, if it is His will, plus more, sometimes. I’m not saying every time. Have you ever been going along in your life and something good happens that you wanted but did not ask for? How had you been behaving, lately? We’re you trying to follow God’s commands? I we live like we should, God blesses us, not just materially, but helps our stress, takes care of a problem, steers us in the right way in a confusing time, or in a time where we need to make a decision fast. God blesses us in so many ways, I cannot even list them right now.
Anyway, back on the subject, Solomon was given great wisdom and wealth, which he uses to his advantage, to find out everything he possibly can about life.
Whether or not the author of Ecclesiastes is Solomon, he had a lot of wisdom and had tried everything in life, only to find it vain. How many celebrities can say the same thing, having tried just as many things, and how many ended up putting a gun to their head because they had no hope of heaven. They did not have God in their lives. We can learn from the wise man and from the hopelessness of these celebrities.

Ecclesiastes Shows Us Reality-Overview

In class on Sunday morning, we’ve been studying the book of Ecclesiastes. It used to be my favorite book, because of the poetry in it-things like, “Dead flies make a perfumer’s oil stink,” and phrases like, “under the sun”, and “striving after the wind”.
I don’t know what it is, maybe because Stephanie has gone to college but I’ve been in a real depression. The kind that makes your body hurt and makes you sick, and Ecclesiastes hit home with me. It even made things worse. The thing is, you have to get to the end of the book to see the positive ending.
The whole message of the book: Life stinks and then you die. Pretty encouraging, isn’t it? It sounds familiar, doesn’t it? We say that in today’s world. Who would have thought it was in the Bible, too?
The message at the end of the book, life stinks, but enjoy it anyway because what you do in this life matters. God is in control of the whole thing, no matter how crazy it may be and He is working in everybody’s lives. If we just hang on, there is something better at the end, in another place.
The writer of the book is believed to be Solomon. Personally, I can’t imagine it being anybody else, since he says he is the king of Israel and the son of David. He also talks about wisdom that he has and how he was richer than any king in the world.
Solomon was David’s son and was king of Israel. In his youth, God came to him and was pleased with his behavior and attitude and offered him anything he wanted but we’ll talk more about that in the next post. Anyway, what God ends up giving him is wisdom and more riches than any king who came before or after him. So, this does sound like Solomon to me, but since he doesn’t say, “I, Solomon”, we cannot say for sure.
Our preacher, Phillip, said that if you can get somebody in the Bible at all, just to get them to look at one thing, show them the book of Ecclesiastes, and they’ll end up saying, “Yeah, I know exactly what he’s talking about.”

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