The Lasting and the Passing

Tuesday of the Last Week in Kingdomtide
Ecclesiastes 1—4

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Jewish people have a tradition of reading this book in the fall. They recognize that the author, attributed to be Solomon, was writing these words of wisdom in the autumn of his life. We retain this tradition in closing the final Tuesdays of Kingdomtide with this book.

The theme of the work is in 1:3. The word “meaningless” (sometimes translated as “vanity”) occurs throughout the whole book, translating the Hebrew word yitron, meaning “breath”—all that is empty and without substance.

Read these chapters with the wisdom that the Spirit gives you in Jesus—the Way, the Truth and the Life. Everything in life is ultimately empty and meaningless without the grounding and centering that life in God brings.

Tuesdays are dedicated to Old Testament history and “The Writings.”
During the season of Kingdomtide this year we read a few chapters of Proverbs followed by 2 Samuel

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Life from Beginning to End

Tuesday, November 26, 2013

Ecclesiastes 9—12

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This wise writer in the evening of his life offers a sobering sense of the theme of the end of all things. While he fell short of the revelation about eternal life, still the perspectives he offers are valuable for personal detachment, setting priorities in life and realizing that the end of earthly life will come for everyone. God’s judgment will be the next event after our death as we all gaze alone with God upon the open pages of each one’s Book of Life.

Read slowly as though you are sipping hot cider on a cold autumn evening. Take chapter 12, verse 6, linking it with the encounter of the Good Thief upon the cross. The Lord will remember you in his Kingdom in heaven if you remember your Redeemer in his Kingdom upon earth.

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Wisdom is better than might. 9:16
The quiet words of the wise 9:17
Bread sent out and coming back 11:1
Breath returning to my God 12:7

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This is the last of thirteen weeks in Kingdomtide, Year C.
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Tuesdays are dedicated the Hebrew “Writings.”

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Tuesday, November 27, 2012

Ecclesiastes 5—8

An aged, somber Solomon is traditionally thought to have written the Book of Ecclesiastes. Though modern scholarship shows that this is not the case, yet we can muse that long years of wisdom, and many years of not-so-wise behaviors—could beget ponderous sayings from a pessimistic spirit that perhaps pervaded the soul of this ancient king in the evening of his life. Flowing beneath the somber, sober tones, there is detachment from worldly concerns that sends a sweet flow of serenity into your soul.

It is the end of the church year and the end of the solar year as well, for autumn is the end of what has begun in spring. Jewish people read Ecclesiastes in its entirety as part of their autumn harvest holiday, the Feast of Tabernacles, Sukkot.

I suggest you take each of the four chapters at different times of the day, perhaps morning, afternoon, evening and before retiring. The passages are especially suited to the end of the day, as a symbol of the end of life.

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This is the last of thirteen weeks in Kingdomtide, Year B.
See “Solar and Sacred Seasons” in the menu above.
Tuesdays in this season are dedicated the Hebrew “Writings.” In this season we read Proverbs 22&mash;23; 2 Kings
and Ecclesiastes 5—8