Ecclesiastes 10 … Consider Him, Our King of Noble Birth

Blessed is the land whose king is of noble birth… (10:17 NIV).

In today’s reading, Solomon frames an uncompromising principle about life: a miniscule indiscretion can result in a massive impact, especially by those in leadership.

A graphic portrayal is painted that likens the rampant effects of the ungodly to the penetrating, rancid odor of dead flies that infects and overpowers the fragrance of perfume… a massive impact.

Dead flies make a perfumer’s oil stink, so a little foolishness is weightier than wisdom and honor, (10:1).

And if only a ruler would walk in wisdom, rather than depleting the strength of his people through his foolish inability to control his actions, his temperament, his judgments and his words, there would be success.

If the axe is dull and he does not sharpen its edge, then he must exert more strength. Wisdom has the advantage of giving success, (10:10).

Yet miniscule indiscretions leave massive impacts, and entire lands are left vulnerable and unstable when under the shortsighted and exhausting leadership of a fool.

Yet the fool multiplies words. No man knows what will happen, and who can tell him what will come after him? 15 The toil of a fool so wearies him that he does not even know how to go to a city.16 Woe to you, O land, whose king is a lad and whose princes feast in the morning. 17 Blessed are you, O land, whose king is of nobility and whose princes eat at the appropriate time—for strength and not for drunkenness, (10:14-17).

But if a people are so fortunate, so blessed as to be under a king who is of nobility, a king who is of noble birth, their land will be supported, strengthened and sustained.

Consider Him, Our King of Noble Birth

Noble: “2715. חֹר ḥōr: A masculine noun meaning noble. It occurs only in the plural form and apparently comes from a root, unused in the Old Testament, which means free. The nobles were a social order having power over the lower classes of people, a power which they sometimes misused… Ecclesiastes 10:17 indicates that nobility was inherited and could not be instantly attained by election or force; otherwise, all kings would be nobility by definition. Thus, nobles made the best kings (Eccl. 10:17), apparently because they came from a background of involvement in civic affairs and were not suddenly vaulted to such a high position,” Strong’s Exhaustive Concordance.

A king who is of nobility, a king who is of noble birth, is the best king as he concerns himself with the welfare of his people; for at his very core, that is who he is, noble. His nobility is not earned or coerced by popular opinion; he is born with the authority, ability and temperament to govern, and he diligently employs his wisdom to strengthen the people he rules.

And how blessed are we who belong to the Kingdom of God; for our King “is of Noble Birth.”

  • He Is Our King of Noble Birth Who was decreed by the authority of the Father
    • “But as for Me, I have installed My King
      Upon Zion, My holy mountain.”
      Upon Zion, My holy mountain.”
      “I will surely tell of the decree of the Lord:
      He said to Me, ‘You are My Son,
      Today I have begotten You,”
      (Psalm 2:6-7).
  • He Is Our King of Noble Birth Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit.
    • The angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary; for you have found favor with God. 31 And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son, and you shall name Him Jesus. 32 He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High; and the Lord God will give Him the throne of His father David; 33 and He will reign over the house of Jacob forever, and His kingdom will have no end.” 34 Mary said to the angel, “How can this be, since I am a virgin?” 35 The angel answered and said to her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you; and for that reason the holy Child shall be called the Son of God,” (Luke 1:30-35).
  • He Is Our King of Noble Birth Who was begotten in the glory of the Father.
    • And the Word became flesh, and dwelt among us, and we saw His glory, glory as of the only begotten from the Father, full of grace and truth, (John 1:14).
  • He Is Our King of Noble Birth Who is concerned with the eternal welfare of His people.
    • And we preach to you the good news of the promise made to the fathers, 33 that God has fulfilled this promise to our children in that He raised up Jesus, as it is also written in the second Psalm, ‘You are My Son; today I have begotten You.’… 38 Therefore let it be known to you, brethren, that through Him forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you, 39 and through Him everyone who believes is freed from all things, from which you could not be freed through the Law of Moses, (Acts 13:33, 38-39).
  • He Is Our King of Noble Birth Who rules in Righteousness to support, strengthen and sustain His people.
    • God, after He spoke long ago to the fathers in the prophets in many portions and in many ways, in these last days has spoken to us in His Son, whom He appointed heir of all things, through whom also He made the world… 8…of the Son He says,
      “Your throne, O God, is forever and ever,
      And the righteous scepter is the scepter of His kingdom.
      “You have loved righteousness and hated lawlessness;
      Therefore God, Your God, has anointed You
      With the oil of gladness above Your companions,
      (Hebrews 1:1-2, 8).

Because He lived a sinless, perfect life, committing not even the slightest of indiscretions, the implications are eternally massive for all who believe: by faith, we have become the righteousness of God in Him, Our King of Noble Birth!

He made Him who knew no sin to be sin on our behalf, so that we might become the righteousness of God in Him,” (2 Corinthians 5:21).

Consequently, we have been saved to the uttermost! There is nothing else that is needed, nothing else that must or can be added. And now Our King of Noble Birth lives to make intercession for us.

Consequently, he is able to save to the uttermost those who draw near to God through him, since he always lives to make intercession for them, (Hebrews 7:25 ESV).

How do we respond to Him, Our King of Noble Birth?

Because of Him, Our King of Noble Birth, we have been set free from the empty existence of pursuing vanity; for we have been rescued, forgiven and brought into His glorious Kingdom. Oh, let us live like it! 

For He rescued us from the domain of darkness, and transferred us to the kingdom of His beloved Son, 14 in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins, (Colossians 1:13).

Let’s not let the folly and uncertainty of our world rattle our faith. Jesus Christ is Our King of Noble Birth, and when we place our faith in Him, we are born again as His children of Noble Birth.

But as many as received Him, to them He gave the right to become children of God, even to those who believe in His name, 13 who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God, (John 1:12-13).

See how great a love the Father has bestowed on us, that we would be called children of God; and such we are. For this reason the world does not know us, because it did not know Him, (1 John 3:1).

And as His children, we are called to be a fragrant aroma of Christ wherever we go.

But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and manifests through us the sweet aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place. 15 For we are a fragrance of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing; (2 Corinthians 2:14-15).

Let us live ever mindful that even the most miniscule of indiscretions can have the most massive of implications, not only in our own life but in the lives of our loved ones as well. Sin, no matter how small or how great, is much like those dead flies that overpower the fragrance of perfume. Oh, how we need Him to intercede for us, that we would be led in His triumph to leave that sweet aroma of Christ in every place He takes us. And let us guard our hearts with the truth of His Word that we would not be deceived by the empty enticements of this world, but rather turn to pursue His good and perfect gifts He has so graciously given through His Son, Our King of Noble Birth.

But each one is tempted when he is carried away and enticed by his own lust. 15 Then when lust has conceived, it gives birth to sin; and when sin is accomplished, it brings forth death. 16 Do not be deceived, my beloved brethren. 17 Every good thing given and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights, with whom there is no variation or shifting shadow, (James 1:14-17).

Oh that we would live as His children by faith, trusting Him to strengthen our desire and commitment to practice righteousness, that we would bear the family resemblance of Him, Our King of Noble Birth.

Now, little children, abide in Him, so that when He appears, we may have confidence and not shrink away from Him in shame at His coming. 29 If you know that He is righteous, you know that everyone also who practices righteousness is born of Him, (1 John 2:28-29).

Oh, Father, how we long to be set free from chasing the winds of folly. Fill us with Your Holy Spirit, that we would fix all our hope on Your Son. Please guard us from every indiscretion that would bring any shame to Your Name, that in this world You would use our lives to spread Your fragrance of purity until the day we see Him, Our King of Noble Birth, just as He is. Amen.

Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we will be. We know that when He appears, we will be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is. And everyone who has this hope fixed on Him purifies himself, just as He is pure, (1 John 3:2-3).

Let’s Grow Together!

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