|Ecclesiastes 1:2 |
Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity.
Then I looked on all the works that my hands had wrought, and on the labour that I had laboured to do: and, behold, all was vanity and vexation of spirit, and there was no profit under the sun.
Then said I in my heart, As it happeneth to the fool, so it happeneth even to me; and why was I then more wise? Then I said in my heart, that this also is vanity.
Therefore I hated life; because the work that is wrought under the sun is grievous unto me: for all is vanity and vexation of spirit.
And who knoweth whether he shall be a wise man or a fool? yet shall he have rule over all my labour wherein I have laboured, and wherein I have shewed myself wise under the sun. This is also vanity.
Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me:
Behold, thou hast made my days as an handbreadth; and mine age is as nothing before thee: verily every man at his best state is altogether vanity. Selah.
dictionary – “the quality of being worthless or futile” Oxford
What prompted King Solomon to proclaim vanity of vanities?
During his reign, his kingdom was secure; prosperity and riches abound; and yet at the end, he saw that all is vanity.
How can that be?
What did he see that made him tremble at his core?
Is he the same person that wrote “Song of Solomon”?
In all his wisdom, King Solomon allowed idolatry to endure in his family which was his first grave mistake. He allowed too much religious freedom among his many wives and concubines mainly also because many of them were only there due to political alliances or just plain old lusts after strange women and he did not keep the LORD’s Commandments. King Solomon in all his wisdom did not follow after the will of the LORD but followed after the will of his strange wives and their strange gods. In the end, his Kingdom was ripped apart into pieces because he did evil in the sight of the LORD.
1st Kings 11:4
“For it came to pass, when Solomon was old, that his wives turned away his heart after other gods: and his heart was not perfect with the LORD his God, as was the heart of David his father.”
1st Kings 11:5
“For Solomon went after Ashtoreth the goddess of the Zidonians, and after Milcom the abomination of the Ammonites.”
1st Kings 11:6
“And Solomon did evil in the sight of the LORD, and went not fully after the LORD, as did David his father.”
1st Kings 11:7
“Then did Solomon build an high place for Chemosh, the abomination of
, in the hill that is before Moab , and for Molech, the abomination of the children of Ammon.” Jerusalem
1st Kings 11:8
“And likewise did he for all his strange wives, which burnt incense and sacrificed unto their gods.”
Even a wise King should need a good counsellor by his side.
When the Glory and Splendour of the LORD left King Solomon, everything to him had become vanity.
The earth is full of the glory of the LORD.
Can the earth survive without the sunlight?
Can a man survive without the illumination and love of the LORD?
Can the animals and plants give out sunlight by themselves?
Their images that we see, are they merely a reflection of the sunlight?
Without sunlight, all is black; without sunlight all will not be able to exist.
The parables of the sun, moon and stars are just lessons to be learned about and in relation to God.
Please DO NOT go worshipping the sun, moon and stars like heathens do.
Please refrain from witchcraft and black magic; the Lord will destroy those that deal with these strange crafts – to the Israelites first and to the Gentiles also.
All works of man without the LORD is VANITY.
Be it good or bad is all nothing but vanity.
A wise King sitting upon his throne alone is vanity;
A fool and a jester sitting on the floor is vanity;
A person working hard with his hands is vanity;
A lazy person idling about with nothing to do is vanity;
A person with plenty of good food to eat is vanity;
A person dying of hunger is vanity;
A couple in love is vanity;
A lonely man out of love is vanity;
Everything under the sun is VANITY without the LORD.
Cast thy burden upon the LORD, and he shall sustain thee: he shall never suffer the righteous to be moved.
The spirit of a man will sustain his infirmity; but a wounded spirit who can bear?
Who is the sustainer of life; that we can so easily ignore?
Who is the giver of life; that we did not hesitate to crucify HIM ???
A good name is better than precious ointment; and the day of death than the day of one's birth.
I will make a man more precious than fine gold; even a man than the golden wedge of Ophir.
Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD, Behold, I lay in Zion for a foundation a stone, a tried stone, a precious corner stone, a sure foundation: he that believeth shall not make haste.