Here is what God gave me today in his word:
11 The words of the wise are as goads; and as nails well fastened are the words of the masters of assemblies, which are given from one shepherd. 12 And furthermore, my son, be admonished: of making many books there is no end; and much study is a weariness of the flesh.
Eccl 12:11-12 (ASV)
Now, with verse 12, however much I would love to say this means, we shouldn’t have to study school etc, it doesn’t mean that, instead,the way I see it, it means we should truly indulge ourselves in the word of God! Do you want to know one way to weary your flesh of attacking you? Read the word of God! The bible! That’s the way I would interpret that part of that verse.
with verse 11, also at the last part: the words of the masters of assemblies, which are given from one shepherd. It confused me for a while, at first I thought it ment something like: we should only have one pastor in a church, and the “great assemblies” should create the sermon which the pastor would preach, which, of course, makes absolutely no sense at all. Then, after talking it over with my twin sisters, we came up with what I think God, and Solomon, intended it for, which is this; the masters of the assemblies, are all the pastors of all the congregations, the shepherd, is Jesus, who is “giving” the pastors the words they should say.
But, I think to get the main point of the passage, we have to look a little farther, into verses 13 and 14:
13 This is the end of the matter; all hath been heard: fear God, and keep his commandments; for this is the whole duty of man. 14 For God will bring every work into judgment, with every hidden thing, whether it be good, or whether it be evil.
Eccl 12:13-14 (ASV)
Fear God, keep his commandments, for this is the duty of man. Ouch! Who can do that? It’s impossible! Impossible to fear God with the fear and reverence that he requires, impossible obey his commandments, impossible to complete our duty to God! That is, without Jesus. Nothing is ever impossible for Jesus, why do you think he died on that cross for you?! To complete your duty for you!
You are loved!