We’ve heard and read a lot of good things in the Bible including topics such as wisdom, love, and life. However, there’s one book that is somehow unsettling for the readers, the book of Ecclesiastes. Maybe because it is somewhat depressing and teaches us simple, practical things about life’s uncertainties. Regardless of all the conjectures of this book, what is it really all about?
The book of Ecclesiastes is more like the sharp middle-aged critic who says, “you think Wisdom will bring you success, you better think again because life here under the sun is meaningless.”
This book beholds a deep thought that in one way or another could take eternity for someone to comprehend. Bible scholars, on their perception articulate it this way:
“The author of Ecclesiastes is unable to find meaning in life by living for work, by searching for the answers to life’s big questions, or by pursuing more and more sophisticated pleasures. All of these efforts result in a sense of emptiness (Hebrew hevel, traditionally translated “vanity”). Life has its perpetual problems, such as injustice and evil, the whims of chance, the impossibility of understanding what God is doing or is about to do, and the inevitability of death. In view of these realities, Ecclesiastes counsels enjoying the everyday gifts God gives, such as times with family and friends, and faithfully remembering and worshiping God.” – EntherBible
Ecclesiastes offers honest reflections on the human quest for meaning, on the realities of life on this earth and under God, avoiding pious clichés, and advising the enjoyment of the gifts God gives.
Watch this astounding video yourself and you’ll probably have a new idea about what the book of Ecclesiastes really is. It really is mind-boggling!