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08/02/2010

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"There is something else meaningless that occurs on earth; righteous men who get what the wicked deserve, and wicked who get what the righteous deserve. This too, I say, is meaningless" (Eccl.8:14).

There are times when we read Ecclesiastes, that we may think that Solomon just has a bit too much time on his hands. He seems to have spent a lot of time and diligent effort on some of the those confusing issues of life that he did not think were equitable. In his wisdom, he realized this simple fact...No matter how much money one has, there are just some things that a human cannot control. Humans cannot tell the future and even though modern medicine is very advanced, cannot control death. He saw undeserved respect paid to those in life who did not deserve it and was perplexed. Jesus addressed this in the story of the rich man and Lazarus in Luke 16. Today's verse shows some of Solomon's frustration. Even in death, the wicked are often lauded and commended as if their lives were exemplary. And of course, these accolades were given to them right where they had done those evil deeds. In verse 11 he rightly concluded that if justice was not meted out quickly for a crime, that the perpetrator and others would be emboldened to do more evil. (V 11)...

These issues were obviously not new ones. Isaiah dealt with them too and this is what he wrote; "Tell the righteous it will be well with them, for they will enjoy the fruits of their deeds. Woe to the wicked! Disaster is upon them! They will be paid back for what their hands have done" (3: 10-11). What we must realize in our lives today are the dangers that lurk in doing things that our lifestyle might afford us. Solomon's unlimited wealth allowed him to engage in anything that his heart desired, but in them found no real satisfaction. When Jesus talked about judging in the beginning of Matthew 7, I see an applicable connection here. "Do not judge, or you too will be judged. For the same way you judge others, you will be judged, and with the measure you use, it will be measured to you" (Vs 1-2). My experience tells me that people are pretty lousy at judging. The bottom line to Solomon's difficult things to explain things are settled by Jesus once and for all..."Do not be amazed at this, for a time is coming when all who are in their graves will hear His voice and come out---those who have done good will rise to live and those who have done evil will be condemned" (John 5: 28-29) The chickens will all come home to roost...God is in control...

Have a great beginning to your week...Start it with a RAK... Love mark Phil. 4:11

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