Jesus is the beginning of all in Proverbs. Proverbs prescribes piety. At the opposite end of it is Ecclesiastes; the souls autobiography. In the latter is the origin of tragic sin of forsaking God ; seeking satisfaction in science and many other things “under the sun.” Solomon sought satisfaction apart from God in philosophy, materialism, and fatalism.
Solomon wonders “Is life worth living” as he experimented in wisdom, pleasure, architecture as he attends to great works of state. What about gardening , which was the rage in Jerusalem as were cattle breeding and art collecting……and on and on.
In Ecclesiastes 8, he concludes; “Fear God, and keep his commandments; for this is the whole duty of man.” What a summation. His phrase “under the sun” was repeated twenty-eight times in this book. His conclusion was; under-the-sun- life was not worth living.
Solomon’s closing call addresses the youth of every age; “Remember now thy creator in the days of thy youth.” We can avoid the emptiness of “things”.
It has been suggested that the Bible is the complete Word of God. Examination reveals that much of it comes (perhaps under His direct dictate), in the form of testimony. Both Psalms and Ecclesiastes are observations based upon wisdom – and in the case of Psalms the joy and the heartache that we feel in the gain or loss of God’s presence and pleasure.
We are, in many ways, less subject to the direct admonitions of God, than in the words of his many followers who found out the hard way from whence comes all good and teachable things. Were they “His words?”We are left, each of us, to decide. It is in the deciding, the examination of alternatives that we learn. Fortunately Solomon relieves us of a lot of guesswork………. and, God did have his (Solomons’) back through it all.
We find life’s riches only “Under the SON”.