I found this chapter a great addition to my prayer time. I began praying through the chapter but didn’t get very far before the Spirit of God convicted me of all my vain, foolish words.
When we add the Lord to the handful and the quiet then we have something that is best not just better than.
What is it that someone gets for all their work? A pension check, a happy retirement, what is the fruit of our labor? Well, you can see why Solomon would think these things vain.
John skillfully employs the miracle that only he recorded, the raising of Lazarus. He inserts the witnesses of Lazarus into the crowd of the triumphal entry.