5 There is an evil which I have seen under the sun, as an error which proceedeth from the ruler: 6 Folly is set in great dignity, and the rich sit in low place. 7 I have seen servants upon horses, and princes walking as servants upon the earth. Ecclesiastes 10:5-7
Solomon, the wisest man on the earth, a great ruler of Israel, was also a very observant man. He not only ruled but he watched other rulers. He needed to see what was going on in other territories.
The evil that he saw “under the sun” was a grievous error that rulers were making. Rulers or leaders, probably kings, were putting unqualified people in places of leadership. Favoritism is a word that quickly came to my mind, giving someone a place of honor or leadership who did not earn it and is not capable to do the job.
What did he see to confirm his thoughts? Servants were riding on horses while the princes were walking. The princes were “dethroned” so the lowly or incompetent were raised to prominent positions.
As Solomon says, “there is nothing new under the sun”. This practice is still going on today around the world. What can we do as Christians? Pray, pray for our leaders, pray that God would touch their hearts to turn back to Him.
If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land. II Chronicles 7:14
Have a blessed day,