BY: MAX ENDE
ECC 1:1 The words of the Teacher, son of David, king in Jerusalem:
ECC 1:2 “Meaningless! Meaningless!” says the Teacher. “Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless.”
ECC 1:3 What does man gain from all his labor at which he toils under the sun?
ECC 1:4 Generations come and generations go, but the earth remains forever.
ECC 1:5 The sun rises and the sun sets, and hurries back to where it rises.
ECC 1:6 The wind blows to the south and turns to the north; round and round it goes, ever returning on its course.
ECC 1:7 All streams flow into the sea, yet the sea is never full. To the place the streams come from, there they return again.
ECC 1:8 All things are wearisome, more than one can say. The eye never has enough of seeing, nor the ear its fill of hearing.
ECC 1:9 What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.
ECC 1:10 Is there anything of which one can say, “Look! This is something new”? It was here already, long ago; it was here before our time.
ECC 1:11 There is no remembrance of men of old, and even those who are yet to come will not be remembered by those who follow.
The lament of Solomon the King was that the wisdom he asked the Lord God for was burdensome because he found out the truth about man and it was sad. There was absolutely no meaning to the life of man and it came to nothing in the end. When a man returned to the dust he was forgotten and no longer existed. His memory faded and was gone and all he built would eventually fall to the same fate… decay.
In the end of Solomon’s Lament we find this conclusion;
ECC 12:13 Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.
ECC 12:14 For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil.
Every deed comes under judgment whether it is good or evil. This is especially interesting since God’s judgments regarding mankind has always ended in Adam’s destruction. This human concept of good and evil is actually a product of the fruit we ate in the Garden. In the “What about Sin?” page of this website I go into more detail about the tree of the knowledge of good and evil. But know and understand this, whether a man does good or evil makes no difference. It all comes to nothing because it was generated in Adam. Everything Adam does, good or bad, comes to nothing. Everything. Even the perfectly obedient Son of God, Jesus, found his righteous life ended on the cross.
God speaking through Solomon’s wisdom shows us that the life we live on this earth has no meaning in Adam. In other words if you are in Adams life your time here is worthless and has no meaning at all. Adam will die in his sin and will be forgotten and all his work and goods will come to nothing. This is tragically sad and a waste.
Solomon is not the only one to see this;
ROM 8:5-8 Those who live according to the sinful nature have their minds set on what that nature desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. 6] The mind of sinful man is death, but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace; 7] the sinful mind is hostile to God. It does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. 8] Those controlled by the sinful nature cannot please God.
The natural mind (Adam’s mind) is hostile to God. Not only does it not submit to God’s laws, it can not do so.
ROM 3:9 What shall we conclude then? Are we (Jews) any better? Not at all! We have already made the charge that Jews and Gentiles alike are all under sin. 10] As it is written:
“There is no one righteous, not even one;
ROM 3:11 there is no one who understands, no one who seeks God.
ROM 3:12 All have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one.”
ROM 3:13 “Their throats are open graves; their tongues practice deceit.” “The poison of vipers is on their lips.”
ROM 3:14 “Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness.”
ROM 3:15 “Their feet are swift to shed blood;
ROM 3:16 ruin and misery mark their ways,
ROM 3:17 and the way of peace they do not know.”
ROM 3:18 “There is no fear of God before their eyes.”
MEAT, THE [Max Ende] 1