Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Solomon Decoded: Vanity - Taking Action Without God Ecclesiastes 1:2

"Solomon's reputation for possessing extraordinary wisdom fits the Ecclesiastes profile. David recognized his son's wisdom (1 Kings 2:6 & 9) before God gave Solomon an additional measure. After he received a 'wise and understanding heart' from the Lord (1 Kings 3:7-12), Solomon gained renown for being exceedingly wise by rendering insightful decisions (1 Kings 3:16-28), a reputation that attracted 'all the kings of the earth' to his courts (1 Kings 4:34). In addition, he composed songs and proverbs  (1 Kings 4:32), activity befitting only the ablest of sages. Solomon's wisdom, like Job's wealth, surpassed the wisdom 'of all the people of the east' (1 Kings 4:30)." -The MacArthur Study Bible (NKJV Version), The Book of Ecclesiastes: Background and Setting

"'Vanity of vanities,' says the Preacher. 'Vanity of vanities! All (that is done without God's guidance) is vanity (futile, meaningless - a wisp of smoke, a vapor that vanishes, merely chasing the wind)."

1) Vanity - hebel - n. masculine breath, vapour 

In verse 2 of Ecclesiastes 1, King Solomon declares that everything done without the guidance of God (Yehovah) is futile or meaningless because it vanishes like a wisp of smoke or a vapor. He uses the word "vanity" or hebel. According to Gesenius's Lexicon, hebel means a gentle breeze similar to breath from the mouth. This use is meant to reflect frailty and evanescence (disappearing gradually; fading away). (Gesenius's Lexicon) Hebel is also used as the proper name for Abel, the second son of Adam, probably so called because of the shortness of his life. (Gesenius's Lexicon) The Apostle Paul explains that the opposite of this - consulting the Lord for His plan and purpose - leads to everything working together for the good of the ones who love Him. (Romans 8:28) This is why Jesus teaches His disciples (and us) to pray to the Father, "Your will be done." (Read more HERE)

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