June 15

June 15

Solomon & his Death — Solomon’s final comments on the meaning of life.

Today’s Readings:

Reading 1: 1Kings 11:41-43

Reading 2: Ecclesiastes 1

Reading 3: Ecclesiastes 12

Finally we reach the end of Solomon’s life; a life with notable achievement (primarily the building and dedication of the Temple, but also the accumulation of great wealth and influence). His life was also conspicuously fallible – multiple wives who led him astray to worship other gods, incurring God’s anger and judgment.

At the beginning of his book of wisdom, Solomon declares that everything is meaningless. That sentiment is restated at the end of the book, but he adds this wisdom: Fear God and obey his commands, for this is everyone’s duty. God will judge us for everything we do, including every secret thing, whether good or bad.

If only Solomon had heeded his own wisdom! Then he would have avoided God’s judgment that will take the kingdom away from his son.

Since Jesus paid for our sin, we no longer have to pay for our own errors (as Solomon did). Instead we can enjoy the benefits of Jesus’ death in our place and welcome the Holy Spirit to lead us, guide us, and make us fruitful.

Have a great day!

Mark.