Summary: Throughout this series in Ecclesiastes, we have been provided with some directions for life. And in this chapter that we are looking at this morning, we are given the wise direction to fear God and follow His commandments.
FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS
Following directions. It’s a concept that is taught in kindergarten, and ignored every year after that. Following directions is not easy for many, or so it seems…Many of you probably have memories of buying your kids some kind of toy for Christmas. And instead of following the directions that are provided, we usually just wing it…ending up with several parts left over.
Following directions is how we learn. It’s how we learn to do things like tying our shoes or driving a car. Maybe it’s just a lost art. I tell you though, sometimes people’s inability to follow directions really frustrates me. Things like people who use the passing lane to drive 10 miles under the speed limit, or people who think that 30 items are close enough to 10 at the express check-out line at Wal-Mart, or people who allow their kids to cut in line at the concession stand and then pretend not to notice. Following directions. It seems so easy, yet it baffles so many.
Throughout this series in Ecclesiastes, we have been provided with some directions for life. And in this chapter that we are looking at this morning, we are given the wise direction to fear God and follow His commandments.
THE DELIVERY OF WISDOM’S TREASURE (Vv. 9-10)
Throughout this series, we’ve followed Solomon in his search for meaning and purpose to life. We’ve seen him try all sorts of experiences and attitudes. But I don’t think Solomon’s search was included in this book for his benefit, I think it was included for our benefit. Not only was Solomon the possessor of wisdom, he was also the dispenser of wisdom as well. It’s quite possible to have a lot of wisdom and keep it to yourself, but Solomon didn't do that. He’s referred to as “The Preacher” over and over again because he shared his wisdom with others in a way that anyone can understand. Let’s look at the different ways he did this:
1.) He taught the people knowledge (v. 9)
I want you to notice that there are two aspects to Solomon’s teaching:
a.) He taught knowledge: There has to be some sort of subject when you’re teaching. Otherwise, you’re just wasting your time.
b.) He taught the people: A teacher doesn’t really teach unless they are teaching other people. It’s not enough to simply teach a particular subject. You can know everything there is to know about that subject, but if you’re not teaching it to other people in way they can understand it then your teaching is in vain.
A little girl was sitting beside her mom in church when she asked, “Mommy, why does the preacher always pray before his sermon?” Her mom replied, “Well, he’s asking God to help him preach a good sermon in way that people can understand.” “Mommy,” came a second question, “Why doesn’t God answer his prayer?”
Well, Solomon knew people. He knew what made them “tick”, therefore he was able to relate to where they were in life.