It’s Been Done Before

Ecclesiastes 1:9-10 states, “That which has been is what will be, that which is done is what will be done, and there is nothing new under the sun. Is there anything of which it may be said, “See, this is new?  It has already been in ancient times before us.”

I used to think this scripture meant inventions, I thought they certainly did not have automobiles in Solomon’s time, how could he say this? I have since learned it is speaking about people’s sins, habits and ambitions. People have been acting the same since the beginning, they selfishly wanted what was not given to them so they killed, raped and violated others just like today.

Even the self inflicted physical abuses of today are not new, in the Bible you can find cutting, alcoholism and food addiction! We can also read about piercings, tattoos, cutting of the hair, worries about clothing, women wearing makeup and people living together. There were also struggles for power, governments established and wars over land, with people loving money, power and prestige.

So the next time a new new thing comes out, don’t be surprised, God has already got it covered in His word!