The Wisdom of Solomon
(Seldom seen, seldom spoken . . . and rarely understood)
Ecclesiastes 9:13 This wisdom have I seen also under the sun, and it seemed great unto me:
Ecclesiastes 9:14 There was a little city, and few men within it; and there came a great king against it, and besieged it, and built great bulwarks against it:
Ecclesiastes 9:15 Now there was found in it a poor wise man, and he by his wisdom delivered the city; yet no man remembered that same poor man.
Ecclesiastes 9:16 Then said I, Wisdom is better than strength: nevertheless the poor man’s wisdom is despised, and his words are not heard.
Ecclesiastes 9:17 The words of wise men are heard in quiet more than the cry of him that ruleth among fools.
Ecclesiastes 9:18 Wisdom is better than weapons of war: but one sinner destroyeth much good.
A truly great story . . . but . . .
Why was the poor man's wisdom despised? Because true wisdom always GOES BEYOND ANY of today's pressing-needs. God has witnessed this regarding all wisdom He has placed upon this earth. And, as Solomon wrote: the poor man saved that city, on that day, but the poor man's words still were not heard (beyond that day's pressing-needs). More than this, Solomon carefully taught that the poor man's wisdom was despised! (Read that again . . . despised!) This is a very strong word; especially for any word that comes from God.
Oh, that poor wise man taught much: that poor wise man taught his city so much beyond their "pressing-needs." But mankind continues to only pursue its vanities. Christ taught the same using the words, "those who, having ears, hear not; and those who, having eyes, see not."
This entire lesson, by Solomon, was only about the short-sightedness of mankind (ALL OF MANKIND): it never was about wisdom!
Notice also, that this lesson never was about God! Mankind has enough problems in this world without having to worry about this religion, that faith, or any other belief! Because one sinner, anywhere, truly does destroy much good!