Week #86; Wed, August 21: Ecclesiastes 10:1–Solomon–Isaiah 2:22

PERSONAL OBSERVATIONS:
1. Heart and soul are terms that Solomon used to convey his depth for what he wrote.

2. King Solomon “. . . spoke 3,000 proverbs, and his songs were 1,005.” (1 Kings 4:32)

3. As a precursor to change from law to grace, the Lord told Isaiah to write, “Bring no more vain offerings; incense is an abomination to me.” (1:13)

4. Ultimately, “. . . the Lord alone will be exalted in that day (of the Lord)” (2:11, 17; 2 Peter 3)

CHAPTER OBSERVATIONS:
Ecclesiastes 10, A Wise Man’s heart inclines him to the Right
1. “A wise man’s heart inclines him to the right, but a fool’s heart to the left.” (10:2)

  • Inference: “Inclinations come from the heart.” (10:2)

2. “The words of a wise man’s mouth win him favor, but the lips of a fool consume him.” (10:12)

  • Inference: “The beginning of the words of his mouth is foolishness, and the end of his talk is evil madness.” (10:13)

Ecclesiastes 11Cast Your Bread upon the Water
1. “But know that for all these things God will bring you into judgment.” (11:9)

  • Inference: “Remove vexation (annoyed, frustrated, worried) from your heart, and put away pain from your body, for youth and dawn of life are vanity.” (11:10)

Ecclesiastes 12, RememberYour Creator in Your Youth
1. “Remember also your Creator in the days of your youth, . . . because man is going to his eternal home, and the mourners go about the streets . . . ” (12:1, 5)

  • Inference: “. . . the dust returns to the earth as it was, and the spirit returns to God who gave it.” (12:7)
  • Inference: “Vanity of vanities, says the Preacher; all is vanity.” (12:8)

2. “Besides being wise, the Preacher also taught the people knowledge, weighing and studying and arranging many proverbs with great care. The Preacher sought to find words of delight, and uprightly he wrote words of truth.” (12:9, 10)

  • Inference: “. . . they are all given by one Shepherd,” (12:11)
  • Inference: “Give ear, O Shepherd of Israel, you who lead Joseph like a flock! You who are enthroned upon the cherubim, shine forth.” (Ps. 80:1)

3. “The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole cut of man.” (12:13)

  • Inference: “For God will bring every deed into judgment, with every secret thing, whether good or evil.” (12:14)

The Song of Solomon 1, The Bride Confesses Her Love
1. “The Song of Songs, which is Solomon’s. (1:1)

  • Inference: King Solomon “. . . spoke 3,000 proverbs, and his songs were 1,005.” (1 Kings 4:32)

2. This song is a record of Solomon and his bride’s delight for each other with comments by others. (1:2-17)

  • Inference: Solomon and his bride are deeply in love; physical appeal is expressed. (1:2-17)

The Song of Solomon 2, A Rose of Sharon
1. “My beloved is mine, and I am his . . .” (2:16)

  • Inference: Adoration abounds between Solomon and his bride.

The Song of Solomon 3, The Bride’s Dream
1. Solomon arrives for the wedding in a choice carriage with sixty mighty men of Israel wearing swords. (3:7-10)

  • Inference: It was the “. . . day of gladness of his heart.” (3:11)

The Song of Solomon 4, Solomon Admires His Bride’s Beauty
1. Solomon admires in full detail his bride’s beauty (4:1-5)

  • Inference: “You have captivated my heart, my sister, my bride; you have captivated my heart with one glance of your eyes, with one jewel of your necklace.” (4:9)

The Song of Solomon 5, The Bride Searches for Her Beloved
1. “. . . her beloved had turned and gone.” (5:6)

  • Inference: Others make little of her loss. (5:7-9)
  • Inference: The bride praises her beloved. (5:10-16)

The Song of Solomon 6, Together in the Garden of Love
1. Others help his bride seek him. (6:1)

  • Inference: Solomon and his bride are reunited in his garden of lilies and spices. (6:2-3)
  • Inference: Solomon and his bride delight in each other (6:4-13)

The Song of Solomon 7, The Bride Gives Her Love
1. “I am my beloved’s, and his desire is for me.” (7:10)

  • Inference: “My beloved is mine, and I am his . . .” (2:16, 6:3)

The Song of Solomon 8, Longing for Her Beloved
1. “Set me as a seal upon your heart, as a seal upon your arm, for love is strong as death, jealousy is fierce as the grave. Its flashes are flashes of fire, the very flame of the Lord.” (8:6)

  • Inference: “Many waters cannot quench love, neither can floods drown it.” (8:7)

Isaiah 1, The Wickedness of Judah
1. “The vision of Isaiah the son of Amoz, which he saw concerning Judah and Jerusalem in the days of Uzziah, Jotham, Ahaz, and Hezekiah, kings of Judah. (1:1)

  • Inference: “Hear, O heavens, and give ear, O earth; for the Lord has spoken: Children have I reared and brought up, but they have rebelled against me.” (1:2)
  • Inference: “. . . but Israel does not know, my people do not understand.” (1:3)

2. “Ah, sinful nation, a people laden with iniquity, offspring of evildoers, children who deal corruptly!” (1:4)

  • Inference: “They have forsaken the Lord, they have despised the Holy One of Israel, they are utterly estranged.” (1:4)

3. “Your country lies desolate; your cities are burned with fire; in your very presence foreigners devour your land; it is desolate, as overthrown by foreigners. (1:7)

  • Inference: “The daughter of Zion is left like a booth in a vineyard, like a lodge in a cucumber field, like a besieged city.” (1:8)

4. “I have had enough of burnt offerings of rams and the fat of well-fed beasts; I do not delight in the blood of bulls, or of lambs, or of goats.” (1:11)

  • Inference: “Bring no more vain offerings; incense is an abomination to me.” (1:13)
  • Inference: “Wash yourselves; make yourselves clean; remove the evil of your deeds from before my eyes; cease to do evil, learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow’s cause.” (1:16-17)
  • Inference: “Come now, let us reason together, says the Lord: though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red like crimson, they shall become like wool.” (1:18)

5. “How the faithful city has become a whore she who was full of justice! Righteousness lodged in her, but now murderers.” (1:21)

  • Inference: “Therefore the Lord declares, the Lord of hosts, the Mighty One of Israel: ‘Ah, I will get relief from my enemies and avenge myself on my foes. I will turn my hand against you and will smelt away your dross as with lye and remove all your alloy.'” (1:24)
  • Inference: “Zion shall be redeemed by justice, and those in her who repent, by righteousness.” (1:27)

Isaiah 2, The Mountain of the Lord
1. “It shall come to pass in the latter days that the mountain of the house of the Lord shall be established as the highest of the mountains, and shall be lifted up above the hills; and all the nations shall flow to it, and many peoples shall come, and say: ‘Come, let us go up to the mountain of the Lord, to the house of the God of Jacob, that he may teach us his ways and that we may walk in his paths.'” (2:3)

  • Inference: “For out of Zion shall go the law, and the word of the Lord from Jerusalem.” (2:3)
  • Inference: “He shall judge between the nations, and shall decide disputes for many peoples; and they shall beat their swords into plowshares, and their spears into pruning hooks; nation shall not lift up sword against nation, neither shall they learn war anymore.” (2:4)

2. “Enter into the rock and hide in the dust from before the terror of the Lord, and from the splendor of his majesty.” (2:10)

  • Inference: “. . . the Lord alone will be exalted in that day (of the Lord)” (2:11, 17; 2 Peter 3)
  • Inference: “And people shall enter the caves of the rocks and the holes of the ground, from before the terror of the Lord, and from the splendor of his majesty, when he rises to terrify the earth.” (2:19)’
  • Inference: “In that day mankind will cast away their idols of silver and their idols of gold, which they made for themselves to worship . . .” (2:20)

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