Thursday, May 18, 2006

Ecclesiastes 8:1

Who is like the wise man?
Who knows the explanation of things?
Wisdom brightens a man's face
and changes its hard appearance.


Anonymous said...

I dont' quite understand what the verse means, would be so kind to explain it ?

Tom said...

I really like the Ecclesiastes commentary found here:

However, I believe that scripture often means more than one thing. The above commentary may be dead on. The verse reminded me of 2 things:
A) when Moses saw God, his face beamed with radiance as a result
B) when Jesus was transfigured, His face also shone brightly
So to me, being in the presence of God the heavenly Father, and all His awesome Wisdom has the effect of causing those in His presence to beam.
Even if this verse does not explicitly refer to Jesus, I don't think there's any question that He is a wiseman, who knows the interpretation of EVERY matter. The closer we get to God, and the more we align our thinking with His wisdom, the more we shine His light.