Acceptable Words

Eccl. 12:9-10.

And moreover, because the preacher was wise, he still taught the people knowledge; yea, he gave good heed, and sought out, and set in order many proverbs.

 The preacher sought to find out acceptable words: and that which was written was upright, even words of truth.

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Solomon refers to himself here as Koholeth, the Preacher. He feels the responsibility of teaching the people wisdom, and finding just the right words that will drive his point home. It is sad that his own life didn’t always follow his own words of wisdom. We all are born with the nature to sin, and he was no exception. Yet, in his God-given wisdom, he left us wonderful words of practical help and understanding. His three books, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, and the Song of Solomon, reveal his deep underlying need to serve God and his people in spite of his weakness of the flesh that led him to participate in idol worship.

On a very personal level, I think I understand to some degree Solomon’s effort to find just the right words that would challenge his people and stir them to love God. I have taught God’s Words for many, many years. I started when I was 12, teaching two-year-olds. Now, I teach adult women and high school girls. I have learned a lot more than they have, I think, because of the effort that goes into finding just what God meant in His Word. Once I have a good understanding of it myself, I still seek the best and clearest way to share that understanding with my classes.

Everyone who handles God’s Word is under the obligation to find just the right words to share the truth of the scriptures clearly, purely, and with simplicity. Most important of all, the heart and mind of the teacher must be clean and pure in motive, understanding, and desire to share God’s Word as He intended. It’s a huge responsibility. I never take it lightly.

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