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Meaning(less) A series on Ecclesiastes

Part 5 – 11/29/2020 


Chapter 12:9-14 – we have been given wisdom in the preceding chapters, now Solomon talks about living according to a creed.


12:9 Not only was the Teacher wise, but he also imparted knowledge to the people. He pondered and searched out and set in order many proverbs.

  • It’s good to have wisdom but it’s even better to be wise AND teach it and pass it on to the next generation.


12:10 The Teacher searched to find just the right words, and what he wrote was upright and true.

  • The writings of the Bible are admonitions just as God created them. 
    • God will not mislead you.
      • Man’s wisdom may steer you wrong.
      • God’s truth NEVER will.


12:11 The words of the wise are like goads, their collected sayings like firmly embedded nails—given by one shepherd.

  • What is a goad?  A shepherd had 2 instruments – a shepherd’s staff is a long instrument (staff would comfort you – it could deal a blow to an enemy).  The rod was short, it was used to protect the sheep from the greatest enemy – itself. The rod would guide the sheep. 
  • The rod or goad will help keep that sheep in place, moving them to where they need to be.  
  • The Word of God is like that goad.  It can make you uncomfortable, getting you back in the direction of where you need to be. – Protective instrument
  • 11b – “firmly embedded nail” – peg.  Nail the peg in, and hang your valuables on.  The Messiah was referred to as a peg in the book of Zacharaiah.  
  • Are you intentional with your time with the Lord?  
  • Prophet or Parrot?  
  • Make this your sweetest time of the day.


12:12 Be warned, my son, of anything in addition to them.  Of making many books there is no end, and much study wearies the body.

  • Be warned going beyond your Bible and trusting in humans.
  • Man is a finite creature, and will never come to an infinite mind.  
  • The Bible can only come from God.  


12:13 Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter:

Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the duty of all mankind.

  • Fear God and Keep His commandments.
  • This is the whole of man – the essence of what a human should be
  • Chief end of man – to know God and enjoy Him forever.
  • You’ll know God if you walk with Him


12:14 For God will bring every deed into judgment, including every hidden thing, whether it is good or evil.

  • Everything you work towards ushers you into eternity.  
    • You don’t get a redo of life.  Make this one count for eternity.



  1. Learn about God and obey Him
  2. Don’t assume that because you obey God, “No bad thing will happen to you”
  3. When bad does happen, rest in God – rest in God’s Sovereignty
  4. Hold your course by doing what is right – stay poised (the safest place to be is in the good conscience of God).
  5. Live boldly – don’t worry about what might happen, live a holy life and let the chips fall as they might.
  6. Enjoy your life.  Work hard and you go home and enjoy your family.