To Whom, For Whom

Because it wasn’t enough to know that the primary reason for being alive is to know, love, and serve God, my thirst and curiosity guided me to the only reliable source available for further edification: the bible. In relation to life, what it means, trustworthy examples to follow (or not), and how it all began were a few of the reasons that I found respite in prayerfully reading and studying the bible. Each book holds its own wisdom, and in my judgment, fascination, but only in-depth instruction could even begin to satiate my inquisitiveness about the words inspired by the Holy Spirit.

That God unceasingly loves and tolerates the human experience despite our multitudinous faulty choices bewilders me. That is a love so profound it motivates every level within me to relish it, and ignites a burning desire to return it to the source as I strive to also distribute it to His people as I sojourn through this place of exile.

Like my favorite flavor of tea, the drink of knowledge is warm and satisfying. When I first drank Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, right through to the goodness of Job who suffered far beyond his due I received the reward of a happy ending for all of the torture he was allowed to experience. The five books of hymns and prayers in Psalms did not disappoint my search for novel expressions of praise and worship, forgiveness, blessings, and a variety of petitions. I sipped Proverbs as it explained the sapience of exercising humility, patience, respect, self-control, and other moral insights.

The second pot of tea was a new blend. I poured the stimulant expecting a shout of delight from my taste buds only to find uncertainty once the essence registered. The moniker, Ecclesiastes, neither offered an indication of the characteristics to expect nor did the aroma, but my interest was amplified over this unique mix of leaves.

On the one hand Ecclesiastes speaks of the uselessness and injustices of life, midstream it gives advice on how to live it, and ends praising God, advising his readers to revere Him and to remember that we were created just for that purpose.

I was right back to the teaching of my second grade religion class: we were created to know, love, and serve God!

Research to uncover the author of Ecclesiastes proved unproductive. It only referred me to speculation and supposition. Ultimately, we only know that “the Philosopher” was David’s son and was possibly King Solomon. But King David’s nineteen (!) sons are listed in 1 Chronicles: Amnon, Daniel, Absalom, Adonijah, Shephatiah, and Ithream were born in Hebron while David lived there. In Jerusalem Bathsheba bore four sons, and another nine were born of David: Ibhar, Elishua, Elpelet, Nogah, Nepheg, Japhia, Elishama, Eliada, and Eliphelet – AND, these known sons do not include ones born of David’s concubines!

Much of it sounded like an extension of King Solomon’s Proverbs, perhaps during a downward spiral in his life; but as with a cup of tea, maybe the heart of the writings should not be on the author or on the frustration they present or not even for whom they were written, but only in the benefits they tender and how one feels eventually.

After all, the wisdom and experiences chronicled in Ecclesiastes are enough to impart adequate instruction to those who will receive and act on it as their spirit discerns appropriate.

 

Sorrow is better than laughter; it may sadden your face, but it sharpens your understanding.                                    Ecclesiastes 7:3

 

{Thank you for spending some time with me. May God Bless you.}

One thought on “To Whom, For Whom

  1. How strange! We both wrote about the bible in our blog! I enjoyed this post. It’s always good to be reminded of the importance of the Bible in our lives. Many thanks and God bless

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