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Previous article in this series: January 15, 2011, p. 185. Ecclesiastes 1:12-18 (please read) In a world of constant change under the judgment of God upon sin, all things come to vanity. This is the reality of a fallen world. Nothing satisfies so that it truly fills the heart, because the things of this life are not an end in themselves. Only that which God does in Christ can truly satisfy. To understand this takes spiritual knowledge and discernment. It is in this context that the preacher, which is Solomon, stands forth as an instructor in wisdom. God set him...

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Previous article in this series: December 15, 2010, p. 129. The opening words of the “Preacher” are in many respects very striking. His identity, which as we have seen is that of Solomon, is stated as “the son of David, king in Jerusalem.” But that identity is initially set in the background. He steps before us first of all as the “Preacher” and his “words.” His words are “vanity of vanities; all is vanity.” This truth we must hear from the outset. It is from this truth as it is developed that he will lead us to the whole duty...

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Previous article in this series: November 1, 2010, p. 67. We considered last time the authorship of the book of Ecclesiastes. Before turning to an exposition of the book, we do well to consider its central theme. That theme is the vanity of man’s life in a fallen and sinful world. This theme, however, must be approached from a certain point of view. God is sovereign in the life of men. That sovereignty extends to the smallest details of life, so that not a hair falls from our head or a sparrow to the ground but by the will of...

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Rev. Hanko is pastor of the Protestant Reformed Church of Lynden, Washington. Previous article in this series: November 15, 2008, p. 90. Wisdom and Solomon Wisdom is the most important word in Proverbs and is used 119 times in the book, almost as many times as in the rest of the Old Testament. There are a number of synonyms used for wisdom as well, including discretion, prudence, subtlety, and understanding. All these words tell us something about wisdom as a necessary spiritual virtue. The outstanding thing in the book of Proverbs, however, is that wisdom appears in the book not...

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Previous article in this series: November 1, 2011, p. 67. As we saw last time, the prophet Jonah’s testimony to backslidden Israel occurred probably during the first part of the long reign of Jeroboam II. During the latter part, God spoke through Hosea and Amos. Assyria was the world-power most to be reckoned with at that time, but its kings were then so preoccupied with internal problems that they abandoned temporarily their policy of expansion. Israel was able therefore to enjoy a period of peace and prosperity unparalleled in the 200-year history of the ten tribes. A peace and prosperity,...

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This writer has long prepared lessons for the study of Bible history in the Sunday Schools of the Protestant Reformed Churches in America. Some of that material (written originally more for Sunday School teachersthan for Sunday School students) has recently been collected and printed in a three-volume set of books entitled Upon This Rock. The books cover New Testament Bible history. Given opportunity, now, to write a series of articles for “Search the Scriptures” in the SB, I’ve decided to focus again on the very beginning of that history. You may be sure, however, that what appears on these pages will not be just...

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