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Current Trends in the Interpretation of Ecclesiastes. The blossoming of the almond tree refers to the hair turning white. The grasshopper losing the spring in its step refers to the greater difficulty of walking. The caper berry has no effect is a Hebrew idiom referring to the loss of sexual desire. The body is failing as he is preparing to go to his eternal home.
Verses These are all images of the coming of death. The dust is going to return to the earth, that is, our bodies will be buried. Further, our spirit will go back to God who gave it. While this is true, and has been a point that has been made by the Teacher, I do not think that is point being made here at this moment.
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Carefully read the first verse of chapter 12 again and see the point the Teacher wants us to know. Start with God early before life grows difficult. Get close to God early in life to help you get through all of the adversities and troubles that will come in life. Develop a good relationship with God while you are young and it will help when the difficult days arrive.
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I believe one of the implicit points is that it is easier to turn to God when you are young than when you are older. Like any habit, the longer you are away from something the easier it is to stay away. In the same way, the longer a person remains away from God the easier it becomes to stay away from God.
The longer one goes without praying, the easier it is to continue not praying. The longer one goes without reading and studying the scriptures, the easier it is to not read and study the scriptures. The more often you miss services, the easier it is to continue to miss services. This is just human nature. Therefore, get close to God while you are young.
A relationship with God will help you keep from being completely demoralized and depressed when problems in life arise. Start with God early in life. The sayings of the wise are like goads, and those from masters of collections are like firmly embedded nails. The sayings are given by one Shepherd. A goad was a pointed stick to keep cattle going in the right direction. These wise sayings by the Teacher are goads. These words are to be pointed sticks that keep us going in the right direction. These sayings are not in question.
They are teachings that are firmly embedded nails that you can rely on your life.
Ecclesiastes’ Teacher is not an atheist. He’s a crummy christ
Consider what we have learned from the Teacher in his journal writings:. But beyond these, my son, be warned: there is no end to the making of many books, and much study wearies the body. God has given you the words that are useful. But anything else is not useful. Everything else is not going to help. No end to books of philosophy. Just listen to God and follow his scriptures and you will do well. After having heard it all, this is the conclusion: Fear God, and keep his commands, for this is the whole of humanity.
For God will bring every act to judgment, including every hidden thing, whether good or evil. Here is the meaning of life. Here is where true satisfaction can be found.
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Fear God and keep his commands. After this life journey the Teacher realizes that this is what life is all about. This is the whole of mankind.
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