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- Published on Wednesday, 23 October 2013 19:44
In Ecclesiastes 9: 4, we find these words :—“For to him that is joined to all the living there is hope, for a living dog is better than a dead lion.” Does this teach that there is hope as long as life remains?
Solomon beholds all the work of God (Ecclesiastes 8:16) and desires to understand what God is doing, but not even a wise man can fathom it (i.e., by his natural intelligence). God must make it plain, as He did His WAYS unto Moses (Psalm 103:7). But of one thing he is sure, that the righteous and wise are in God’s hand (Ecclesiastes 9:1). But judged by all they see before them (i.e., by the sight of the eyes), no man can gauge whether love or hatred is his, because, by the fact of sin being in the world, one event—death_comes to all, righteous and wicked, religious and irreligious. Surely that is an evil thing. I think that verse 4 only emphasises this evil—an inevitable death. For while there is life there is hope, “for a living dog”—an unclean animal in the Oriental and Biblical view—”is better than a dead lion”—the king of beasts. When Solomon wrote, many problems now revealed were unsolved. “Jesus Christ had not yet brought life and immortality to light through the Gospel.” But none the less, the Ecclesiastes is a true revelation from God of the workings of man’s mind, so that man may know himself.