October 29, 2015: Daily Bible Reading with Commentary for Ecclesiastes 3-4
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Context: In chapter 3, Solomon explores the belief that there is a time in life for everything and nothing we say or do can change what will happen. How many times did the Lord refrain from destroying Israel because a king, a prophet, or a leader, intervened, repented, and asked for God’s mercy? Our actions and words are considered by the Lord. In the latter part of the chapter, Solomon considers politics and death. Without the Lord, what is the purpose of life? Chapter 4 continues examining a life without the Lord. It is not a happy life, but a life with no meaning. Solomon looks at politics (1-3, 13-16), wealth (4-8), and friendship (9-12).