Qohelet is a Hebrew word meaning “one who gathers” or “one who speaks to whose who gather.” It’s the pen name of the author of Ecclesiastes, a book named by the Greek word of the same meaning. It might just be the most underrated book in the Bible, though that’s a tough one to call.
This blog is a space for me to reflect on the times and seasons that Qohelet laid out so well in his third chapter.
There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:
a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace. (NIV)
Qohelet also had a lot to say about the absurdity of life, the value of work and love, and the importance of a good meal and a drink. He also mentioned God now and then, though not as often as you might think for a book of the Bible.
If you haven’t read Ecclesiastes yet, it’ll be some of the best twenty minutes you’ve spent.
Times & Seasons is written by Chance Hunter. Chance is a graduate of Boston University School of Theology and lives in Oklahoma City.