Yesterday I was asked if I had played a particular video game as a kid. Since we had to wrap aluminum foil around our rabbit ears and jiggle them around, channel by channel, just to watch TV, my answer was a hard no. We were lucky enough to have a Pack-Man (which was a huge two seater machine by the way) at the local pizza joint, but we could only play a game or two before we ran out of money. Today’s video games were on the cusp of reality, and Monopoly, Twister and Yahtzee were our go-to games of choice. Our parents were part of the ‘movie theater and film’ generation and the words ‘television’ and ‘video’ didn’t exist as they were growing up. Their parents experienced the boom of the industrial and electronic age grow before their very eyes. Cars, telephones, airplanes, moon landings and video games are just a few of the things that were part of science fiction coming to life before their very eyes.
Ecclesiastes 1:9 NIV
“What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.”
There may be new stuff invented everyday, but on the human experience level, it’s all on repeat. Solomon might not have ever seen and probably couldn’t have even imagined the things that we see today, but he did experience every one of our experiences within his own perspective. What he is saying here is that history has a bad habit of repeating itself, that is unless we try to learn from the past. Einstein is famously quoted as saying ‘insanity is doing the same thing over and over and expecting different results’. We can’t expect something different to happen if we continue to do the same things over and over again. It simple and it’s true. Just as Ecclesiastes 1:9 says; it isn’t new, yet it’s oh so very hard to do. When we reach out to the Word of Truth and rely on God, we can learn from history and change our repetitive choices. Change is only as far away as our decision to do something different. Solomon ended Ecclesiastes with these words “The last and final word is this: Fear God. Do what he tells you.” Solomon was a really smart guy. There maybe nothing new under the sun, but with the Son everything changes.