As we close out Chapter 3 of Ecclesiastes, Solomon looks at death with a fatalistic approach, like whatever will be will be, which is totally void of the Gospel reality that faith in Christ is what spares us from death, so as we read today’s Word, we should keep in mind that Solomon is making this from a purely humanistic perspective, he isn’t looking at the promise of Christ calling HIs own.
Ecc 3:21 For who can prove that the human spirit goes up and the spirit of animals goes down into the earth?
Ecc 3:22 So I saw that there is nothing better for people than to be happy in their work. That is our lot in life. And no one can bring us back to see what happens after we die.
We have to remember that this is Old Testament doctrine, Christ hadn’t yet come in the flesh. This was penned by Solomon in 700ish BC, while Christ didn’t do his ministry until after about 27 AD.
Those words, in essence: “que sera sera”, paint an outook that is vacant of The Good News of The Gospel. The advantage that we have over Solomon, is that we know about Christ’s death and resurrection and believers have the assurance of His eternal promise through out faith in Christ…unlike Solomon’s near nihlistic musings, we believers know that is what the New Covenant is all about, which should give us a much brighter and happier worldview versus the bleakness that Solomon is painting here.