The Bible says, “The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem. Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity.” (Ecclesiastes 1:1-2) If you own an island, a country, slaves, free men, businesses, partnerships, hair salons, boutiques, airplanes, boats, multiple cars, condos, townhomes, posh vans, golf clubs, membership in a private clubs, coin collections, shoes, purses, jewelry, marbles/jacks, or whatever it is, “ALL IS VANITY!” Even if you dig raggedy cars, raggedy clothing, shoes with holes, custom torn clothing, broken down furniture, common living, like poverty, alcohol and drugs, endorse wicked living, like being a hermit/recluse, or give away all your riches to the poor, or whatever it is, “ALL IS VANITY!”
BRING IT DOWN ON HOME:
If you want to know about world history, the present times, and the future, read the WORD OF GOD! The greatest Preacher (in the Old Testament) was king Solomon. Just before his father (king David) died, he charged Solomon “…to walk with the Lord thy GOD in all His ways, keep His statutues, commandments, judgments, and testimonies as it is written in the law of Moses that thou mayest prosper in all thou doest and whethersoever thou turnest thyself…” (I Kings 2:3)
By 1 Kings 3:3, Solomon “loved the Lord and he walked in the statues of David his father…” The problem is the dying king (David) told Solomon “…to walk with the Lord thy GOD in all His ways …” For sure, David did not tell Solomon do as I do! We all know king David was not perfect but “…he is called a man after God’s own heart…” This statement (by itself) serves notice to the entire world of David’s repenting spirit and character. In fact, all Christians endeavor to be labeled godly men and women (like David) after God’s own heart! One day, we shall stand before the ALMIGHTY LIVING GOD to give an account of our deeds and we want HIM to say, “Well done thy good and faithful servant…come up a little higher…” No doubt very loving parent want his offspring to exceed in life. Unless the parent is totally out-of-the will of GOD, he will guide the child to obey the Word of God and to live a morally clean life.
In truth, Solomon was truly his father’s son: (1) Like king David, Solomon loved the Lord but he had a huge conflict of interest as he loved many, many, many strange women. On record, Solomon loved about one thousand (one thousand) women! That is nine hundred and ninety (990) women to love and to be faithful unto death. Solomon’life was too complicated as one women wanted an altar to worship her false god…another woman wanted an orchard (full of trees, plants, flowers) native to her country…another wanted a house built exclusively for herself and offspring…another wanted a chapel built for her private worship of false gods….another woman wanted her son to be crowned prince…another wanted Solomon all to herself (goodluck). In those days, Solomon did not have an Excel spreadsheet to keep up with all requests or a computer to alphabetize all the women he loved (including the ones on the side lines).
(2) Solomon was walking in the statues of David not God and this led to his down fall as a back slidden Preacher! As a child, Solomon lived in the palace with both parents and he had first hand knowledge about court procedures and the wickedness behind closed doors. The king and queen had servants and the servants talked about this and that and strange happenings in the palace. Frankly, Solomon heard many comments he was too young to understand; but as he grew into young adulthood he understood.
Well into his kingship (being supernaturally blessed and a backslidden Preacher), king Solomon wrote the Book of Ecclesiastes (Old Testament). King Solomon said, “A good name is better than precious ointment and the day of death than the day of one’s birth.” (Ecclesiastes 7:1) Yet (as both king and Preacher over Israel in Jerusalem), Solomon gave his heart “…to know wisdom, madness, and folly.” What kind of mess is this? Thus, Solomon became the preacher of fools one minute and the next day, Solomon was the preacher full of knowledge, wisdom, and understanding. Again, he was NOT right in the head DISPLAYING great wisdom, knowledge and understanding and the next minute a nut. He pivoted back and forth between these concepts (wisdom, madness, and foolishness) like a demonic individual.
As a recipient of wisdom, knowledge, understanding as well as riches and honor, Solomon forfieted his blessings to play the part of a court jester (who sought to please the audience in the court). In the same breath (praising God), king Solomon still played the fool just as the jester!
(3) Solomon found out that the more one has, the more one is accountable to GOD, “For in much wisdom is much grief and he that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow.” (Ecclesiastes 1:18) What does this mean for us today! The more one knows and understands, the more one is responsible and accountable to GOD. When you know the “right way” and folks are going the “wrong way,” it is a grievous thing. For example, a parent raises his child to be obedient and to respect others in authority over him; but, the child rebels and bucks against authority, it is grievous to the parent. Using the model left behind, king Solomon waves a white flag to warn us not to seek wisdom, madness, and folly.
No matter how many blessings the LORD GOD bestows upon us, we are not to put the gifts before the GIVER! If the Lord gives you a brand new vehicle, don’t parade throughout town showing off….if the Lord gives you understanding, don’t sell yourself short to wicked people….if the Lord gives you a beautiful home don’t make it a shrine…whatever the Lord gives you, don’t put it before the LORD GOD, “ALL IS VANITY!”
Have a Blessed Day!