Solomon is above all things a philosopher. It is true that he was used as God’s instrument to administer justice (in history he lands as a pretty just, peaceful ruler), but he also is a supreme example of a life philosopher – who eventually runs amuck.
He is the ultimate conundrum of spiritually and carnality. His personal greatness is overshadowed by his inability to “practice what he preached.”
Solomon teaches us about the emptiness of having, doing, and being, and of the meaningless futility of life apart from God.
Sit back and savor the words of this sage, and reflect upon a life well-lived – and completely squandered. His life has put us on notice about never giving up on our daily reliance upon God. And to live “circumspectly.”
“The words of wise men are like goads, and masters of these collections are like well-driven nails; they are given by one Shepherd. But beyond this, my son, be warned: the writing of many books is endless, and excessive devotion to books is wearying to the body.
The conclusion, when all has been heard, is: fear God and keep His commandments, because this applies to every person. For God will bring every act to judgment, everything which is hidden, whether it is good or evil.” – Ecclesiastes 12:11-14
Song of Solomon helps us to contemplate relational contrast between human love and love for God (8 chapters). Be careful – there is a lot of sex in here.
Enjoy! We will.
Dave & Burnadette