"What is the Chief Good; Man in Himself."
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You will never understand the Book of Ecclesiastes unless you understand that it is written to and about the man that walks under the sun. That is referring to the man in the flesh, of this flesh age. This is God's personal instructions through Solomon, in a vision given from God to him, to allow us to rightly judge and lead people. This entire book is given to show us how to find peace of mind, and be content while living in our flesh bodies.
The past chapters looked at many different places to find this peace of mind, and we saw that wealth didn't do it, and even riches and we also found out that public opinion is fickle in giving satisfaction to ones mind. So the search continues on. In the last chapter we say that reality is only found when we search for it in our heavenly Father. This chapter continues in that line of thought.
Ecclesiastes 6:1 "There is an evil which I have seen under the sun, and it is common among men:"
This evil that happens here on earth is common among men, or it happens to every person that lives in the flesh body the same.
Ecclesiastes 6:2 "A man to whom God hath given riches, wealth, and honour, so that he wanteth nothing for his soul of all that he desireth, yet God giveth him not power to eat thereof, but a stranger eateth it: this is vanity, and it is an evil disease."
When God so blesses a person in this flesh body, so much so that he has everything that he desires, yet God did not give him the power to enjoy the things that he has. Though the man has this wealth, he does not have the time to enjoy it, but others come to enjoy the wealth in his possession. This is vanity, which is emptiness. This can grow on the person, for it is an evil disease or disorder. It is the desire to have and obtain things that you cannot enjoy, but others around you enjoy the desires that God has given to you.
God will never give you peace of mind. He will give you gifts if your are deserving, but it is up to you, the man that walks under the sun, to find peace and contentment in what God has given to you. Why? You must reach out to His love for you, that demands your love in return, and acceptance of what He has blessed you with. It is only you that can find your peace of mind by wisdom and knowledge that comes through His Word. God is the only one that can give you peace of mind, and as we have seen in the prior chapters, all wealth and blessings without God's love is vanity and emptiness. It is the vexation of the wind, and at death is as you never possessed a thing. All your labor is emptiness, but what works you take with you, that was done for God.
What is important then is the separation of the things that is of the flesh that you leave behind at death, and become vanity, or emptiness, and the spiritual, which you take with you, that stays with your soul throughout eternity. It seems like man will never learn through all the ages. Wealth comes and power to do what ever man desires, yet he cannot find peace of mind and happiness. Yet, man refuses to to learn from the generations that have lived and died before him that wealth doesn't last or give true contentment, only strive and worry. It is time to learn from God plan, for only in that plan will peace of mind come to any one that lives in the flesh body. The seeking of God and His love is the beginning of knowledge, wisdom and finding of peace of mind.
Ecclesiastes 6:3 "If a man beget an hundred children, and live many years, so that the days of his years be many, and his soul be not filled with good, and also that he have no burial; I say, that an untimely birth is better than he."
If a man live to have an hundred children, and live many years, and he is not satisfied with anything that he has, and he dies and does not have an honorable funeral. God is saying that a miscarriage is better for this man then that he lived to that type of life. The subject is finding peace of mind and satisfaction with your life, and one living without peace of mind is better off not seeing the light of day, then living a miserable life, separated from God.
What is the sense of having many children if you don't enjoy those children, or living many years when they are all days of misery and drudge. Why would you continue in this type of life, when you can change it all by seeking after the things that only the Heavenly Father can rightly give. God is telling you here, to strive to find peace of mind, and even having a hundred children just won't do it.
Ecclesiastes 6:4 "For he cometh in with vanity, and departeth in darkness, and his name shall be covered with darkness."
Remember the thought for the subject for this verse is a untimely birth, a miscarriage. The soul that arrives with the conception, in a untimely birth, arrives without announcement, either in abortion, or a miscarriage, and is eliminated in the darkness of the mothers mind, and is forgotten, and is never named. The soul of the child that is unborn has no name, and is not remembered.
Ecclesiastes 6:5 "Moreover he hath not seen the sun, nor known any thing: this hath more rest than the other."
This untimely birth, the miscarriage will not see the sun, nor have any knowledge of the toils of this life. In other words, God is saying that the soul of the miscarriage finds more rest then the grump, and all those that seek not God and peace of mind. In other words it would have been better off for them if they would have been the soul in miscarriage, then have been born, as far as having peace of mind on this earth. God expects you to have peace of mind while living on this earth.
Why is this? God has duties and obligations for you as a Christian, and He has a purpose for your living your life. An untimely birth just doesn't see the troubles that man creates for himself, while living in the flesh in this earth age.
Ecclesiastes 6:6 "Yea, though he live a thousand years twice told, yet hath he seen no good: do not all go to one place?"
Though the flesh man had lived for two thousand years, and if he has seen and done no good in his life, in the end of that flesh body and life he would still end up in the same place, the grave. This is comparing the man that lived two thousand years with the soul that died in the untimely birth of the miscarriage, and God is saying that without peace of mind, when they both are passed away, the bodies of both become the dust of the earth.
God is saying that if you can't find happiness on this earth, then you probably can't find eternal life either. This is not to depress anyone, but it is so easy to find the good in this life, and happiness is serving our heavenly Father, and receiving His love with understanding. One thing is for sure, all flesh will end in death, and whether the soul will have eternal life is determined by what you do in the flesh body, and that determines whether you even have eternal life.
Ecclesiastes 6:7 "All the labour of man is for his mouth, and yet the appetite is not filled."
Remember we are not talking about the spiritual man here, we are talking about the flesh man, and all that he labors for is to eat, and live to please his instincts and survive this life. The flesh man simply does not have the ability to find true satisfaction, and it is not meant that he will. Food, and fleshly desires are not lasting satisfaction, only spiritual union with our heavenly Father can give true satisfaction.
Ecclesiastes 6:8 "For what hath the wise more than the fool? what hath the poor, that knoweth to walk before the living?"
The poor man that learns to walk in society, and get along with his fellow man, will become rich in his wisdom. It is better to learn to enjoy what you have, then burn all your life over what others have and you can not obtain. Be wise and learn how to find peace where ever you stand in the walk of life that you are in. Learn to thank God for what you do have, because there is probably not one of us that deserves what God has allowed us to have.
Ecclesiastes 6:9 "Better is the sight of the eyes than the wandering of the desire: this is also vanity and vexation of spirit."
Here again we see the emptiness, and "feeding on your own spirit", which is "vanity and vexation of spirit". If you don't reach out to God to feed your spirit, you will waste away in your feeding on your own inner desires. When you do nothing by chase the vexation of your spirit, you are chasing the wind, and in the end, you become nothing by the dust of the earth, and a lifeless spirit.
Let your eyes look at what you have and be grateful for what you see, and take your wandering eyes of the wealth of your neighbors. Evaluate what you have and thank God for that, and He will bless you with more. Learn to take care of it, for He will only give you what you can care for.
Ecclesiastes 6:10 "That which hath been is named already, and it is known that it is man: neither may he contend with Him That is mightier than he."
"Man" here is "Adam". There is a play on the word "Adam" here, and it is in reference to the word "clay". Man is man and he is made of things that existed before his existence. He is made of the elements of the earth, the things that he eats from the earth, yet man just can't seem to realize that his flesh is nothing more or less than what he takes in and consumes.
Just like Adam, you were born, then you go through the twenty eight steps of life in the flesh body, and in the end, you will pass on, with the flesh going back into the earth, and the soul going back to the Father. Learn the seasons of life, and be happy in them. Learn to make the best of what God has given you in the flesh, and grow spiritually as you live in the flesh. Learn to live with the spiritual part of your life, and know that there is one that is mightier than you. The sooner you learn to live by His standards and find contentment in them, the more peace of mind you will have.
Ecclesiastes 6:11 "Seeing there be many things that increase vanity what is man the better:"
"Things" here in the Hebrew text is "words". Seeing there be many words that increase his emptiness, what advantage can man find in his empty words. This is in reference to a man that is a chatterer, or ratchet jaw. When a man becomes a philosopher in man's world, and leaves out all matters and wisdom of God's Word, he brings on nothing but emptiness.
Listen to one of them. Go to a church with a one verse Charlie, that reads just one verse and spouts out his earthy wisdom for the next hour, and see the blank faces of the flock, and emptiness of his words. This is what Solomon is talking about, when he says, vexation of spirit, or chasing of the wind. All you have is confusion of spirit. You simply can not have peace of mind with the chattering of man.
God the creator created our bodies, and sent a set of instruction how we can get along while living in the bodies of clay. All parts of the life and struggles we will face are discussed in His Word, and all we have to do to understand is to read it. Those instructions will tell you exactly how to keep your body happy and contend, healthy and find peace of mind.
Ecclesiastes 6:12 "For who knoweth what is good for man in this life, all the days of his vain life which he spendeth as a shadow: for who can tell a man what shall be after him under the sun?"
We are talking about flesh life [vain life] here. Who can tell any man after he dies and is in the grave what is going to happen to him. If you don't know what is going to happen before you die, after studying this chapter, I don't know how to explain to where you can understand. God has written in this letter to you and I, explaining that there is no way that flesh man can find peace and lasting eternal life, out side of God. For only through the Father can flesh man, walking under the sun, find peace of mind, and with that peace comes eternal life.
For you to understand what tomorrow has in store for you, you have to come out of the flesh man, and get into the spiritual and get into His prophecies and instructions of His Word, for those prophesies will come to pass exactly as it is prophesied.
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