Ecclesiastes 12:9-14 (511)


          A.  Written by Solomon toward the end of his life.
          B.  Let’s look at a few concluding observations.

      I.  The preacher’s work.  Vv9-12

           A.  Solomon was the wisest man to ever live with the exception of Jesus.  1 Kings 3:
                 9-12 (276)

                 1.  He pondered-considered and investigated, sought-examined and set in order-
                      arranged.  V9.  Application:

                 2.  Solomon gave special care to what he wrote.  V10.  Application: Preachers
                      and teachers of God’s word need to be concerned with acceptable words based
                      on God’s standard.  John 17:17 (796); 2 Timothy 4:1-5 (880)

           B.  The value of acceptable words.  V11

                 1.  They are as “goads”-

                 2.  They are as “well fastened nails”-

                 3.  From “one shepherd”- Psalm 23:1; 2 Timothy 3:16-17 (880)

           C.  Studying will make us tired and weary so prioritize by studying God’s word. V12

     II.  The conclusion of the whole matter.  Vv13-14

           A.  “conclusion”

           B.  “whole matter”

           C.  “fear God”    Psalm 89:7 (463); Hebrews 12:28-29 (891)

           D.  “keep His commandments”    Matthew 7:21-23 (708

           E.  “man’s all”;  whole of man (KJV)

    III. Judgment is coming. V14.  2 Corinthians 5:10 (854)

  Closing:  The purpose of life:  fear God and keep His commandments.