A Fool in Old Age
For when Solomon was old his wives turned away his heart after other gods, and his heart was not wholly true to the Lord his God, as was the heart of David his father.
Solomon clung to these in love.
The sins of fathers are often played on repeat in their children, only louder and larger.
"But Solomon wrote Ecclesiastes in his old age, he wasn't a fool!"
I said in my heart, “Come now, I will test you with pleasure; enjoy yourself.” But behold, this also was vanity. I said of laughter, “It is mad,” and of pleasure, “What use is it?”
The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. For God will bring every deed into judgment, with every secret thing, whether good or evil. - Ecclesiastes 12:13-14
What about us?
But the wisdom from above is first pure, then peaceable, gentle, open to reason, full of mercy and good fruits, impartial and sincere. - James 3:17
There is a weakness that is common among most men...but that weakness seems to be especially prevalent and even intensified among men who are highly intelligent or very talented in some area, such as writing, painting, music, etc...men who are possessed of a higher facility.
And that weakness is a deep allure and yearning for, and even a fascination with womanhood and the feminine essence...especially women who are in the full bloom or prime of young womanhood.
It's a weakness because it makes them especially vulnerable to even the slightest display of feminine charm that a woman might direct at them.
And it doesn't necessarily have to be a beautiful woman either. Look at the poet John Keats as an example, who unfortunately died at the age of 25, but possessed an eloquent and profound genius for poetry. He became captivated by a woman named Fanny Brawne. Brawne was described in a biography as "a woman who was not considered beautiful." She seemed to be light-hearted and fanciful, and Keats even said she could be "fippant and vain." I tend to think of her modern equivalent being a young woman who is a "free spirit," perhaps with a couple of tattoos on her arms, and maybe a piercing in her nostril...and yet Keats was captivated by her and almost intoxicated in her presence. To him she exuded womanhood and that feminine essence. Despite his profound genius for poetic writing, he'd become tongue-tied in her presence.
He frustratingly wrote to a friend, "When I'm in her presence I can not speak...and yet I can't remain silent."
She inspired him to write three of the greatest poems in the English language, he ended up writing over 30 love letters to her, and she became enamored with him because of the esteem in which he held her and the almost reverence he had for her. He used the full powers of his poetic genius to describe that deep yearning and allure he had for her womanhood in his poem "Woman!," wherein he eloquently described, even when she was at her worst, that she exceeded anything else in creation...and went on to describe how he viewed her as being at a higher level of humanity than himself.
And of course, the vast majority of the subject matter of songs written by the greatest songwriters is about womanhood...their esteem, allure, and fascination with it.
No, it definitely transcends lust, it might not start with love...although it can certainly progress to love...but it never starts with or remains stagnate at just the level of animal lust either...it transcends that.
If Solomon was indeed "the wisest man who ever lived," than his level of genius would have been extremely high, especially in the areas of logic and abstract reasoning...and yet a woman could turn his brain to mush with her feminine charms.
To me, Solomon describes in Ecclesiastes his frustration with himself, seemingly not understanding why he possessed such a sensitive and amplified capacity for the appreciation, reverence, and fascination with womanhood and the feminine essence, and his deep yearning and allure with it, so he ascribed it to lust...when in reality, it actually transcended mere lust.
After I received JESUS, I have always placed our LORD JESUS and the 'foolishness' of the cross, and JESUS' death burial and Resurrection ... as wiser than wisdom.
The Proverbs, while necessarily an expression of practical works, are weaker than the Gospel of Grace inferences throughout Scriptures.
I much prefer the Gospel Word to light up my foolishness and compounded sins. Thus I feel forgiven greatly...which quickens Charity...which is the greatest command.
In Heaven, the wise words of Solomon and the Law of Moses...must never supercede JESUS...whose 'foolishness' is GOD'S WISDOM and GOD'S LOVE from above.
When I study corrupted Moses and Solomon, Gospel Charity must break forth...else it's vanity of vanities.
Praise GOD, not wisdom nor Moses! In JESUS' Name!
1Corinthians, John3:16, etc.