What is a paradox? It’s a seemingly contradictory statement that upon further investigation turns out to be true. The Bible is filled with them…Jesus is fully man and fully God. God is three…and one. God is sovereign over everything but man makes choices and is responsible for his actions.
In Ecclesiastes 7:15 the author writes of another paradox…“In my futile life I have seen everything: someone righteous perishes in spite of his righteousness, and someone wicked lives long in spite of his evil.”
It’s a paradox because God promises to bless those who keep his law with long life. For example, in Exodus 20:12 we read…“Honor your father and your mother so that you may have a long life in the land that the Lord your God is giving you.”
Yet so many people who have honored their parents and obeyed God have died young. The first person that comes to mind is Able who pleased God with his sacrifice yet was murdered at an early age by his brother Cain. Cain, we assume, went on to have children, and lived to be an old man.
And we have our own examples, too, of those who died too young.
These are paradoxes in a world filled with paradoxes. How can God allow these types of things to happen? And how can He allow the wicked to get away with what they do? How do we live in a world like this?
Taking a closer look at Ecclesiastes 7:15-29 can help. Click here to listen to this sermon by Pastor Tim.