Solomon tells us what will not give happiness:—Jesus, the “greater than Solomon,” tells us what will. Solomon could show nothing on earth that would give rest.—Jesus says, “I will give you rest.” Both ask “What profit?” Solomon asks, “What profit hath a man of all his labour which he taketh under the sun?” Jesus asks, “What shall it profit a man, if he shall gain the whole world and lose his own soul?” His gifts contrast gloriously with those named in this book. Instead of sinful mirth and wine, he gives the joys of communion with himself,—joys that the world knows not of. And he has in reserve unbounded delight. “In thy presence is fulness of joy, and at thy right hand there are pleasures for evermore.”
Instead of houses, vineyards, gardens, and orchards of rare and delicious fruits, Jesus has in reserve, mansions of glory, a paradise of joy, and the “twelve manner of fruits” upon the trees of life. Instead of pools—“broken cisterns that hold no water,” he has in reserve, “the river of the water of life” flowing “from the throne of God and the Lamb.” Instead of men-servants and maidservants, he even now sends his angels as ministering spirits, to wait upon the heirs of salvation. Gabriel is not too great and too noble to watch over their path and their pillow. Instead of the silver and gold that are corruptible, he counsels us to buy of him gold tried in the fire that we may be rich. Instead of men-singers, women-singers, and musical instruments, he will cause us to join the choir of “harpers harping with their harps.” Instead of worldly wisdom, greatness, and distinction, he gives us the true wisdom. He makes us kings and priests, and we shall reign for ever. Instead of worship formal and heartless, he causes his people to worship in spirit and in truth, and will exalt them to the glorious worship of those who sing and praise with the angels. Instead of a long life of earthly care, he gives those who love him immortal youth, which, when ages or cycles are ended, shall only just be reaching forth to the immortality before it.
A Commentary on the Book of Ecclesiastes, 147-148
Rev. Loyal Young