Ecclesiastes Chapter Twelve part 3, A study of Ecclesiastes 12:6 & 7, Ecclesiastes 12:8, Ecclesiastes 12:9 & 10, and Ecclesiastes 12:11 & 12a with our Common Man's Commentary

Ecclesiastes 12:6 & 7

"Remember him - before the silver cord is severed, and the golden bowl is broken; before the pitcher is shattered at the spring, and the wheel broken at the well, and the dust returns to the ground it came from, and the spirit returns to God who gave it." NIV translation

Physical death comes to us all no matter what our position is in this life. The rich, the poor, the big, the small; all their bodies will be buried in the ground while the spirit returns to its giver for judgment. With this in mind, we want to think of this meeting with our Creator in advance. 

Ecclesiastes 12:8

"'Meaningless! Meaningless!' says the Teacher. 'Everything is meaningless!'" NIV translation

For those who do not have a restored relationship with their Creator in this life, there really is no point in living at all. As we age and all of the pursuits of this world pass by, there is nothing that is more important than our relationship with God.

Ecclesiastes 12:9 & 10

"Not only was the Teacher wise, but he also imparted knowledge to the people. He pondered and searched out and set in order many proverbs. The Teacher searched to find just the right words, and what he wrote was upright and true." NIV translation

The Teacher (Solomon) was faithful with his gift of wisdom. He did not keep it to himself but passed it on by sharing his life experiences with proverbs. Although his study of the things of life was indepth, he presented his wisdom in short phrases (proverbs) that were easy to understand and remember.

Ecclesiastes 12:11 & 12 a

"The words of the wise are like goads, their collected sayings like firmly embedded nails - given by one shepherd. Be warned, my son, of anything in addition to them." NIV translation

We are reminded that wisdom is a gift from God and its purpose is to guide others onto the right path as set by God. We must be careful as many want to mix knowledge gained by other means with the words of God. Some people can take a simple fact and twist it many ways to get their desired result. This is not of God and we must only seek after the things of God.