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.  The commands written in the Torah were the only commands that Solomon knew and understood.  It is these commands he references when making his conclusion.

Many today consider these  commands obsolete since the death of Yeshua.  Yet, the wisest king doesn’t suggest that obedience to the commands would ever become obsolete.  He  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.  They are 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.

Without repentance, obedience to the commands becomes difficult at best and religious at worst.    The demise of King Solomon’s life happened because he disobeyed God’s commands and became lost in the ways of the world.  His life – it’s successes (building a Temple for God in Jerusalem) and failures (marriage to many foreign wives)  should not be our focus.   Instead, we should be keeping the commandments through obedience and exemplify the very essence of humanity through the wisdom of King Solomon.

©July 2011 Tentstake Ministries

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