objective of these ‘Frameworks' is to provide an easy-to-read
layout of the text in order then to use these individual verses
for meditation. To achieve this we have used a variety of means,
notes, headings, verse summaries.)
Ecclesiastes 3: Right Times & A God-ordained world
Comments: This chapter is known for its famous songs
of times [v.1-8] but we rarely think of it as the Prologue to
the rest of the chapter about accepting how God has made the world
[v.9-22]. In the second part Solomon shows a world where work
is predominant and yet there is in the background, so to speak,
a sense that there is more than this, there is an eternity to
come [v.9-11]. As we cannot change this, he considers the best
thing is to be content while living the good life [v.12,13] because
God has fixed the world as it is [v.14,15]. Having said that,
sin pervades the world and God will judge it [v.16,17]. In this
world God tests us to become aware of who we are, on one hand
like other sentient beings but on the other, something greater
- implied [v.18] for like them we will all die [v.19,20] and so
as we can't change that the best we can do it learn to be contented
with our lot [v.21,22].
1: v.1-8: A Time for Everything
A Right time for everything [Consider what they are.]
is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under
time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time
time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time
time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to
a time to scatter
stones and a time to gather them, a time to embrace and a time
to refrain from embracing,
time to search and a time to give up, a time to keep and a time
to throw away,
time to tear and a time to mend, a time to be silent and a time
time to love and a time to hate, a time for war and a time for
2: v.9-22: Coming to terms with God's world
Life is about work but eternity is more important, revealed only
do workers gain from their toil?
have seen the burden God has laid on the human race.
has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity
in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from
beginning to end.
Again contentment is the key to happiness
know that there is nothing better for people than to be happy
and to do good while they live.
each of them may eat and drink, and find satisfaction in all their
toil—this is the gift of God.
God has fixed the world as it is
know that everything God does will endure forever; nothing can
be added to it and nothing taken from it. God does it so that
people will fear him.
is has already been, and what will be has been before; and God
will call the past to account.
Sin pervades all of life but God will judge it
I saw something else under the sun: In the place of judgment—wickedness
was there, in the place of justice—wickedness was there.
said to myself, “God will bring into judgment both the righteous
and the wicked, for there will be a time for every activity, a
time to judge every deed.”
God humbles every person to see their limitations
also said to myself, “As for humans, God tests them so that they
may see that they are like the animals.
Just like all living creatures we all will one day die
the fate of human beings is like that of the animals; the same
fate awaits them both: As one dies, so dies the other. All have
the same breath ; humans have no advantage over animals. Everything
go to the same place; all come from dust, and to dust all return.
God along knows our outcome, so be content in your daily work
knows if the human spirit rises upward and if the spirit of the
animal goes down into the earth?”
I saw that there is nothing better for a person than to enjoy
their work, because that is their lot. For who can bring them
to see what will happen after them?
to Ecclesiastes 4