Tuesday, January 09, 2007

Ecclesiastes is a book about man “under the sun” reasoning about life. Scofield (1843-1921) divided it into 5 parts:

1. Theme (1:1-3)
2. Theme proved (1:4-3:22)
3. Theme unfolded in the light of human sufferings, hypocrisies, uncertainties, poverty and riches (4:1-10:20)
4. The best thing possible to the natural man apart from God (11:1-12:12)
5. The best thing possible to man under the law (12:13-14)

Though universally received into the canon, it is not without some controversy. Gill provided some instances where Jesus and his apostles may have alluded to Ecclesiastes. I found this one interesting:

Ecclesiastes 11:5
As you do not know the way the spirit comes to the bones in the womb of a woman with child, so you do not know the work of God who makes everything.

John 3:8
The wind blows where it wishes, and you hear its sound, but you do not know where it comes from or where it goes. So it is with everyone who is born of the Spirit.

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