As we finish our study in Ecclesiastes and begin the Advent season, the lense for the next two weeks will be the Holiday season. What can we learn from Solomon's mistakes and how can we engage our hurting world in a way he didn't?
Chapter 4:1 reads, "Then I looked again at all the acts of oppression which were being done under the sun. And behold I saw the tears of the oppressed and that they had no one to comfort them; and on the side of their oppressors was power, but they had no one to comfort them."
Here, and in Eccl. 5:8-9, Solomon notices oppression and injustice, but responds with indifference believing there's nothing he could do to change the situation. But Solomon was so rich! 1 Kings 4 is clear in it's description of Solomon's power and lavish lifestyle, so how could he respond that way?
This might frustrate or even offend us, but most of us have actual responded in quite a similar way. You see, we are now the rich of the world. He could have done something. Solomon could have changed. Sunday, we looked at the state of our power and position. If we are the new rich of the world, how can w celebrate this holiday season differently?