Journey in the Word

Karen Ingrid Clark

Ecclesiastes 10:16-20

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Week Seven  – Day 5 – Ecclesiastes 10:16 – 20  SOAP v. 18WK7D5

16 Woe to you, O land, when your king is a child,
and your princes feast in the morning!
17 Happy are you, O land, when your king is the son of the nobility,
and your princes feast at the proper time,
for strength, and not for drunkenness!
18 Through sloth the roof sinks in,
and through indolence the house leaks.
19 Bread is made for laughter,
and wine gladdens life,
and money answers everything.
20 Even in your thoughts, do not curse the king,
nor in your bedroom curse the rich,
for a bird of the air will carry your voice,
or some winged creature tell the matter.

O – Solomon again talks about the leadership of a nation.   The nation’s success or fall really depends on its leadership.  When the king is a child (is either young – or foolish) or when the leadership “feasts in the morning” – or doesn’t take its leadership seriously.  The nation will prosper when the leaders come “from the right place” and when it is taken seriously.  Laziness brings a fall, not only of one’s house, but also of the nation.  It is interesting to note the last few verses, of not cursing the king – even in one’s own house, less the king find out.   (a little birdie told me??)

A – If we take a look at our own lives, and ministry, the same applies here.   If we, in ministry, ignore those who we serve, or don’t take our service to the Lord seriously, yes – our ministry suffers!  In our personal lives, we know that if we do not take care of the things we own, they will fall apart.  Roofs leak.  Yards grow over.  Weeds take over – so quickly!  And, the same is true in ministry.  If we don’t serve with the right attitude, or lead those we are responsible for, things will fall apart!

“And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him. …. Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men,”  (Colossians 3:17,23 – ESV)   Oh, that my service to Him would be in His name – for Him – to His glory!

P – Father God, today may all that I do, all that I say, all that I think – be for Your glory.  May I work heartily.  Take the “weeds” out of my heart – and clear it up to make room for the works that YOU would have me do.  Father, work in my heart, so that my service, my ministry, my life for You is full of You, not me.  Thank You for this reminder in Ecclesiastes.  Keep me focused on You today – and through the end of this study.  Help me to finish strong, learning all that You have to teach me.   Amen.

Woe to you, O land … Blessed are you, O land: The Preacher understood that a land was blessed by good, faithful leaders, but cursed under wicked and incompetent leaders.

  1. Because of laziness the building decays: “Lazy rulers bring down the great house of the nation, as a lazy householder lets the beams of his house collapse so that the roof sags and lets in the rain.” (Wright)
  2. If Ecclesiastes 10:18pictures the fall of a nation, the following lines give the reasonfor fall – leaders who are foolish, selfish, and concerned only for their own pleasure and good.

iii. “They do nothing in order; turn night into day, and day into night; sleep when they should wake, and wake when they should sleep; attending more to chamberings and banquetings, than to the concerns of the state.” (Clarke)  (Guzik – blueletterbible)

As we think about what God has for us TO DO today, think about the impact that you have…. If we do not fulfill what God gives us, if we do not take care of our gifts and talents, we cannot bring glory to Him. Are you thinking “I am JUST A ……….. (fill in your own blank)?” Well, listen to this video…. and go through your day – knowing that you can make a difference!


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