July 5, 2011 – King Solomon says ‘Fear God’

“Here is the final conclusion, now that you have heard everything: fear God, and keep his mitzvot (commandments); this is what being human is all about” (Ecclesiastes 12:13 CJB).

King Solomon is considered the wisest man to ever live.  After saying that everything in and about life is vanity in the book of Ecclesiastes, he makes obedience to God’s commands the final conclusion to life  that has any value.

The commands written in the Torah were the only commands at the time of Solomon.  It was these commands to which he references in making his conclusion.  Many today would consider these  commands obsolete since Yeshua came, died, rose and ascended to the right hand of the Father.  This is unfortunate because the wisest King doesn’t say that obedience to the commands becomes obsolete.  He also doesn’t say that the commands are just for him, the Jewish people,  Israel or even those of the nations who would put their faith in the God Israel,  but for all humanity.  The wisest King concludes that if you are part of the human race, then your humanity is defined by your obedience to God’s commands.

Of course, without repentance and receiving a new heart of flesh, obedience to the commands becomes difficult at best and religious at worst.    This is seen in the demise of King Solomon’s life as he disobeyed God’s commands and became lost in the ways of the world.  Yet, his life – it’s successes (building a Temple for God’s Glory) and failures (marriage with foreign wives)  is not what we are to be looking at.  We are to be looking at the commandments, the mitzvot, and keeping them through obedience.    We are to exemplify the very essence of humanity through the wisdom of King Solomon.

 

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