Of making many books there is no end

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In the wake of new forms of electronic media, traditional publishers will be relieved at this verse:

“of making many books there is no end”

And students can particularly identify with the second half:

“and much study is a weariness of the flesh.”  (Ecclesiastes 12:12)

Even wise king Solomon sees the weariness of books and learning.  This is yet one more vanity of vanities he observes.  Does the world really need another paperback “bestseller”?  Do we really need another PhD?  Where does all this inflation of words and study bring us?

Well one verse earlier, Solomon shows us how to prick our word-y bubbles:

“The words of the wise are as goads, and as nails fastened by the masters of assemblies, which are given from one shepherd.” (Ecclesiastes 12:11)

There is a Good Shepherd whose wisdom does not simply puff us up.  In fact it pops our bubbles and gives us true direction.  Even if it’s painful (goads are animal prods) Christ guides us into all truth.

We don’t need another book or another seminar.  But we do need His word.  That’s where true wisdom is found.

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