1. Ecclesiastes 4:3 (ESV)
  2. Exposition

Summary of Ecclesiastes 4:3

Ecclesiastes 4:3 (ESV)

3 But better than both is he who has not yet been and has not seen the evil deeds that are done under the sun.

The Preacher even says that when you think about this dreadful situation of oppression on earth, it would be better not to live on earth. Precisely for this reason one needs to find comfort in him who was most oppressed on earth: the Lord Jesus. Every form of comfort was taken from him. Jesus, the Righteous One, was captured as a criminal, as a blasphemer, see Matthew 26:55. When Jesus was led away as a criminal, everyone abandoned him. We read in Matthew 26:56, Then all the disciples left him and fled.

There is no one left to support or comfort the Lord Jesus. The worst is yet to come for him. This is the result of him bearing the guilt and sins of the believers. To do this, the Lord Jesus hangs on the cross and is completely abandoned by God for three hours. Then hell, in all its intensity, comes upon him. Even the comfort of the Father in heaven is then unattainable for him. Christ allowed himself to be oppressed in order to earn God’s comfort and help for the oppressed, who still trust in the Lord in everything. He suffered in order to earn the reality that God would never forsake his believing children again. Now you will always have the comfort that Christ promised to believers in the Beatitudes – even in the most miserable circumstances. See Matthew 5:1–12.

The comfort and sure hope for the oppressed who seek their lives in Christ as their Saviour is that God will one day pronounce the righteous judgment. We can read about this in, e.g., 2 Thessalonians 1:5–8: “This is evidence of the righteous judgment of God, that you may be considered worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you are also suffering— since indeed God considers it just to repay with affliction those who afflict you, and to grant relief to you who are afflicted as well as to us, when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven with his mighty angels in flaming fire, inflicting vengeance on those who do not know God and on those who do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus.”