Hengstenberg on Ecclesiastes


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Ecclesiastes is part of the wisdom literature of the Old Testament. Wise are the words of Solomon, the author of this book. I have found three particular sayings in this book to be wise beyond measure: First, “Vanities of vanities, all is vanity!” — The key to understanding Ecclesiastes in my opinion is to see that the book paints a realistic picture of what life is like under the Fall. Perhaps the best commentary on Ecclesiastes is Romans 8:20, which tells us God subjected all creation to futility in hope that the creation would be set free from bondage.

Second, “Remember your Creator.” Paul makes clear in Romans 8:20ff that the Creator had a design in mind in redeeming the world from its futility. Thus, Ecclesiastes points to the redemptive work of Christ.

Finally, “Fear God and keep his commandments.” The Covenant God requires fidelity from his people. Yet, God’s commands are not burdensome; they are the gracious commands of a gracious God.

Grace,
Bill