Ecclesiastes 11-12, Song of Solomon 1
Ecclesiastes Chapter 11
Much of the Holy Bible is literal, pure and simple. But much can also be dual in physical or spiritual meaning and purpose. For example, "cast thy bread upon the waters" (Ecclesiastes 11:1 KJV) uses terminology that was also utilized by Jesus Christ (see Christ, The Bread of Life and Living Waters).
"Cast thy bread upon the waters: for thou shalt find it after many days.
Give a portion to seven, and also to eight; for thou knowest not what evil shall be upon the earth [see also Why Does God Allow Evil?].
If the clouds be full of rain, they empty themselves upon the earth: and if the tree fall toward the south, or toward the north, in the place where the tree falleth, there it shall be [see No Pain, No Gain to understand why some "trees" fall]. He that observeth the wind shall not sow; and he that regardeth the clouds shall not reap.
As thou knowest not what is the way of the spirit [see The Spirit Of God], nor how the bones do grow in the womb of her that is with child [see When Does Life Begin?]: even so thou knowest not the works of God who maketh all.
In the morning sow thy seed, and in the evening withhold not thine hand [see Could Christ Return Tonight?]: for thou knowest not whether shall prosper, either this or that, or whether they both shall be alike good.
Truly the light is sweet [see Awaken To The Light and The Light Of Life], and a pleasant thing it is for the eyes to behold the sun: But if a man live many years, and rejoice in them all; yet let him remember the days of darkness; for they shall be many. All that cometh is vanity.
Rejoice, O young man, in thy youth; and let thy heart cheer thee in the days of thy youth, and walk in the ways of thine heart, and in the sight of thine eyes: but know thou, that for all these things God will bring thee into judgment [see When Will You Be Judged?]. Therefore remove sorrow from thy heart [see A Pure Heart], and put away evil from thy flesh: for childhood and youth are vanity." (Ecclesiastes 11:1-10 KJV)
Ecclesiastes Chapter 12
Ecclesiastes ends with profound statements of Bible History (e.g. "Remember now thy Creator" in verse 1; see Christ The Creator) and Prophecy (e.g. "while the sun, or the light, or the moon, or the stars, be not darkened" in verse 2; see Therefore You Also Must Be Ready).
"Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not [see Trials and Tribulations], nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them; While the sun, or the light, or the moon, or the stars, be not darkened, nor the clouds return after the rain: In the day when the keepers of the house shall tremble, and the strong men shall bow themselves, and the grinders cease because they are few, and those that look out of the windows be darkened, And the doors shall be shut in the streets, when the sound of the grinding is low, and he shall rise up at the voice of the bird, and all the daughters of music shall be brought low;
Also when they shall be afraid of that which is high, and fears shall be in the way, and the almond tree shall flourish, and the grasshopper shall be a burden, and desire shall fail: because man goeth to his long home, and the mourners go about the streets:
Or ever the silver cord be loosed, or the golden bowl be broken, or the pitcher be broken at the fountain [see also Fountains], or the wheel broken at the cistern [see Wells and Cisterns]. Then shall the dust return to the earth as it was: and the spirit shall return unto God who gave it.
Vanity of vanities, saith the preacher; all is vanity. And moreover, because the preacher was wise, he still taught the people knowledge; yea, he gave good heed, and sought out, and set in order many proverbs. The preacher sought to find out acceptable words: and that which was written was upright, even words of truth.
The words of the wise [i.e. God's Wisdom] are as goads, and as nails fastened by the masters of assemblies, which are given from one shepherd.
And further, by these, my son, be admonished: of making many books there is no end; and much study is a weariness of the flesh.
Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep His Commandments [see Do You Know Him?]: for this is the whole duty of man. For God shall bring every work into judgment, with every secret thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil." (Ecclesiastes 12:1-14 KJV)
Song of Solomon Chapter 1
Song of Solomon (also known as "Song of Songs") is, superficially, a love song between two people who are faithful to one another. But it is also an allegory of the love between Christ and His "bride" e.g. "Jesus said unto them, Can the children of the bridechamber mourn, as long as the bridegroom is with them?" (Matthew 9:15 KJV), "He that hath the bride is the bridegroom ... He that cometh from above is above all" (John 3:29,31 KJV), "For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church" (Ephesians 5:23 KJV), "Let us be glad and rejoice, and give honour to him: for the marriage of the Lamb is come, and his wife hath made herself ready. And to her was granted that she should be arrayed in fine linen, clean and white: for the fine linen is the righteousness of saints" (Revelation 19:7-8 KJV). Listen also to the 60 minute sermon The Divorce and Remarriage of Jesus Christ from our Sermons page.
"The song of songs, which is Solomon's.
Let him kiss me with the kisses of his mouth: for thy love is better than wine. Because of the savour of thy good ointments thy name is as ointment poured forth, therefore do the virgins love thee. Draw me, we will run after thee: the king hath brought me into his Chambers: we will be glad and rejoice in thee, we will remember thy love more than wine: the upright love thee.
I am black, but comely, O ye daughters of Jerusalem [see Daughter of Zion], as the tents of Kedar, as the curtains of Solomon. Look not upon me, because I am black, because the sun hath looked upon me: my mother's children were angry with me; they made me the keeper of the vineyards; but mine own vineyard have I not kept. Tell me, O thou whom my soul loveth, where thou feedest, where thou makest thy flock to rest at noon: for why should I be as one that turneth aside by the flocks of thy companions?
If thou know not, O thou fairest among women, go thy way forth by the footsteps of the flock, and feed thy kids beside the shepherds' tents.
I have compared thee, O my love, to a company of horses in Pharaoh's chariots. Thy cheeks are comely with rows of jewels, thy neck with chains of gold. We will make thee borders of gold with studs of silver.
While the king sitteth at his table, my spikenard sendeth forth the smell thereof. A bundle of myrrh is my wellbeloved unto me; he shall lie all night betwixt my breasts. My beloved is unto me as a cluster of camphire in the vineyards of Engedi.
Behold, thou art fair, my love; behold, thou art fair; thou hast doves' eyes.
Behold, thou art fair, my beloved, yea, pleasant: also our bed is green. The beams of our house are cedar, and our rafters of fir." (Song of Solomon 1:1-17 KJV)
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