WISE COUNSEL FROM A KING TO HIS SONS

 

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In past blogs we have talked about Wisdom and asking for it from God. Here’s a story from an earthly king to his subjects (sons).

Ecclesiastes 8 (AMP)

1 Who is like the wise man? And who knows the interpretation of a thing? A man’s wisdom [received from God] makes his face (same word as “presence” in verse 3) shine, and the hardness of his countenance is changed.

2 I counsel you to keep the king’s command.

3 Be not panic-stricken and hasty to get out of his presence.

4 For the word of a king is authority and power, and who can say to him, What are you doing?

5 Whoever observes the [king’s] command will experience no harm, and a wise man’s mind will know both when and what to do.

6 For every purpose and matter has its [right] time and judgment.

Let’s look at certain phrases in these verses.

  1. I counsel you to keep (Hebrew – to guard, protect) the king’s command (Hebrew – whatever comes from his mouth; [man does not live by bread alone but by every word that comes from the mouth of God])

  2. Be not hasty (Hebrew – anxious; [don’t worry or be anxious about your life – Matthew 6]) to get out of his presence (Hebrew – to walk away from his face)

  3. For the word (Hebrew – a matter of a thing) of a king is authority and power (Hebrew – dominate, govern, permit; [Jesus: I give you power and authority over all of his (satan’s) authority – Luke 10:19])

  4. Whoever observes (same word as “keep” in verse 1 – to guard, protect) the [king’s] command (Hebrew – whatever comes from his mouth) will experience no harm (KJV – “know no evil thing”)

  5. A wise man’s mind will know (same word as “observes” in verse 5) both when and what to do. For every purpose and matter has its [right] time and judgment (Hebrew – verdict) (Ecclesiastes 3:1)

So, let’s reread these verses using the Hebrew definitions. Read them as if you are standing as a Son in the King’s presence.

Who is like the wise man? And who knows the interpretation of a thing? A man’s wisdom [received from God] makes his face shine, and the hardness of his countenance is changed [because of the revelation received]. I counsel you to guard and protect whatever comes from the mouth of the King. Be not anxious to walk away from his face. For the matter of a thing of a king will dominate, govern, and permit. Whoever guards and protects whatever comes from the mouth of the King will know no evil thing. A wise man’s mind will know both when and what to do. For every purpose and matter has its [right] time and verdict.

I believe that this portion of Scripture reveals to us the importance of setting time aside and spending quiet times with the Holy Spirit as if you are in the presence, face to face, with Jesus. Don’t make it a routine or a rut. Keep it fresh and exciting. You want to hear EVERY Word that comes from the Father’s mouth. (John 14:26) Meditate on this passage today. Let it bring revelation to you to make your face shine!

“Be still and know that I AM God.”

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