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“May you and I seek the true meaning of life.” <>< Dona (09/09/20)

Please read Ecclesiastes 1 through 6.  If you don’t have a Bible handy just click here ->>>the Biblegateway website should open for you to use. Type in the chapters you want to read and select the translation you want to read them from. Click search and the chapters should appear. Once you read the suggested chapters close the screen and you should return here.

Ecclesiastes 1 Theme

Everything is meaningless according to Solomon, the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem (v. 1).

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, Solomon was seeking the true meaning of life (v. 2).

Something to think about

Solomon saw an emptiness in all that this world has to offer (v. 2).  Solomon questioned what was gained from all man’s labor (v. 3). Solomon found nothing apart from God will ever fully satisfy us and would indeed weary us (v. 4-11).

Something to experience

When we examine our lives, we will discover how important serving God is over all other options (v. 12-18).

Scriptures to hide in your heart

Ecclesiastes 1:1 The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem:

Ecclesiastes 1:2 “Vanity of vanities,” says the Preacher; “Vanity of vanities, all is vanity.” 

Ecclesiastes 1:3 What does man gain from all his labor in which he labors under the sun? 

Ecclesiastes 1:4-11 One generation goes, and another generation comes; but the earth remains forever. The sun also rises, and the sun goes down, and hurries to its place where it rises. The wind goes toward the south, and turns around to the north. It turns around continually as it goes, and the wind returns again to its courses. All the rivers run into the sea, yet the sea is not full. To the place where the rivers flow, there they flow again. All things are full of weariness beyond uttering. The eye is not satisfied with seeing, nor the ear filled with hearing. That which has been is that which shall be; and that which has been done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun. 10 Is there a thing of which it may be said, “Behold, this is new?” It has been long ago, in the ages which were before us. 11 There is no memory of the former; neither shall there be any memory of the latter that are to come, among those that shall come after.

Ecclesiastes 1:12-18 12 I, the Preacher, was king over Israel in Jerusalem. 13 I applied my heart to seek and to search out by wisdom concerning all that is done under the sky. It is a heavy burden that God has given to the sons of men to be afflicted with. 14 I have seen all the works that are done under the sun; and behold, all is vanity and a chasing after wind. 15 That which is crooked can’t be made straight; and that which is lacking can’t be counted. 16 I said to myself, “Behold, I have obtained for myself great wisdom above all who were before me in Jerusalem. Yes, my heart has had great experience of wisdom and knowledge.” 17 I applied my heart to know wisdom, and to know madness and folly. I perceived that this also was a chasing after wind. 18 For in much wisdom is much grief; and he who increases knowledge increases sorrow.

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Ecclesiastes 2 Theme

Pleasures (v. 1), wisdom (v. 12), folly (v. 12) and labor (v. 23) are all meaningless.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, Solomon acquired everything he wanted (v. 10-11) but all was meaningless to him.   

Something to think about

Solomon believed that life should be viewed as from the hand of God (v. 24).  

Something to experience

We too should view every moment as a gift from God.  We need to thank Him, serve Him, and please Him each day (v. 25-26).  

Scriptures to hide in your heart

Ecclesiastes 2:1 I said in my heart, “Come now, I will test you with mirth: therefore enjoy pleasure;” and behold, this also was vanity. 

Ecclesiastes 2:10-11 10 Whatever my eyes desired, I didn’t keep from them. I didn’t withhold my heart from any joy, for my heart rejoiced because of all my labor, and this was my portion from all my labor. 11 Then I looked at all the works that my hands had worked, and at the labor that I had labored to do; and behold, all was vanity and a chasing after wind, and there was no profit under the sun.

Ecclesiastes 2:12 I turned myself to consider wisdom, madness, and folly; for what can the king’s successor do? Just that which has been done long ago. 

Ecclesiastes 2:23 For all his days are sorrows, and his travail is grief; yes, even in the night his heart takes no rest. This also is vanity. 

Ecclesiastes 2:24 There is nothing better for a man than that he should eat and drink, and make his soul enjoy good in his labor. This also I saw, that it is from the hand of God. 

Ecclesiastes 2:25-26 25 For who can eat, or who can have enjoyment, more than I? 26 For to the man who pleases him, God gives wisdom, knowledge, and joy; …

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Ecclesiastes 3 Theme

A time for everything (v. 1).

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, You’ve set eternity in our heart (v. 11).

Something to think about

Solomon believed all God gives is a gift (v. 13). Solomon believed one day God will judge the righteous and wicked (v. 16-17).

Something to experience

We believers need to make sure we have a personal relationship with God. God’s plan is for us to live with Him forever but the choice is ours. Those who surrender to the Lord will receive eternal life with Him; those who turn away from the Lord will receive a life separated from Him (v. 16-17).

Scriptures to hide in your heart

Ecclesiastes 3:1 For everything there is a season, and a time for every purpose under heaven:

Ecclesiastes 3:11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in their hearts, yet so that man can’t find out the work that God has done from the beginning even to the end. 

Ecclesiastes 3:13 Also that every man should eat and drink, and enjoy good in all his labor, (this) is the gift of God.

Ecclesiastes 3:16-17 16 Moreover I saw under the sun, in the place of justice, that wickedness was there; and in the place of righteousness, that wickedness was there. 17 I said in my heart, “God will judge the righteous and the wicked; for there is a time there for every purpose and for every work.” 

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Ecclesiastes 4 Theme

Oppression (v. 1), labor (v. 4) and friendlessness (v. 8a, 9-12).

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, Solomon was finding nothing but our relationship with God can last forever.  

Something to think about

Neither be lazy nor a workaholic. Moderation gives time to enjoy the gifts God gives (v. 4-5).

Something to experience

Make time to strengthen your personal relationship with God.  And find time to grow in your faith with fellow believers.

Scriptures to hide in your heart

Ecclesiastes 4:1 Then I returned and saw all the oppressions that are done under the sun: and behold, the tears of those who were oppressed, and they had no comforter; and on the side of their oppressors there was power; but they had no comforter. 

Ecclesiastes 4:4-5 Then I saw all the labor and achievement that is the envy of a man’s neighbor. This also is vanity and a striving after wind. (And) The fool folds his hands together and ruins himself. 

Ecclesiastes 4:8a There is one who is alone, and he has neither son nor brother. …

Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their labor. 10 For if they fall, the one will lift up his fellow; but woe to him who is alone when he falls, and doesn’t have another to lift him up. 11 Again, if two lie together, then they have warmth; but how can one keep warm alone? 12 If a man prevails against one who is alone, two shall withstand him; and a threefold cord is not quickly broken.

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Ecclesiastes 5 Theme

Stand in awe of God and His riches.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, money has a purpose in Your kingdom.

Something to think about

Solomon encouraged not behaving like a fool (v. 3). Solomon believed we should enter the Lord’s house ready to listen (v. 2, 6). Solomon believed accumulating money shouldn’t be the end goal (v. 10).  Solomon knew all he had was a gift from God (v. 19).

Something to experience

We should view what God has given us with a right perspective.  All we have is from God. We should use what we have to build God’s kingdom.

Scriptures to hide in your heart

Ecclesiastes 5:2 Don’t be rash with your mouth, and don’t let your heart be hasty to utter anything before God; for God is in heaven, and you on earth. Therefore, let your words be few. 

Ecclesiastes 5:3-4 For as a dream comes with a multitude of cares, so a fool’s speech with a multitude of words. When you vow a vow to God, don’t defer to pay it; for he has no pleasure in fools.

Ecclesiastes 5:6 Don’t allow your mouth to lead you into sin. …

Ecclesiastes 5:10 He who loves silver shall not be satisfied with silver; nor he who loves abundance, with increase: this also is vanity. 

Ecclesiastes 5:18-20 18 Behold, that which I have seen to be good and proper is for one to eat and to drink, and to enjoy good in all his labor, in which he labors under the sun, all the days of his life which God has given him; for this is his portion. 19 Every man also to whom God has given riches and wealth, and has given him power to eat of it, and to take his portion, and to rejoice in his labor—this is the gift of God. 20 For he shall not often reflect on the days of his life; because God occupies him with the joy of his heart.

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Ecclesiastes 6 Theme

Observations from Solomon.

Response

Oh! Wow! Lord, Solomon lamented about people dying without enjoying what they had accumulated (v. 1-2).

Something to think about

Solomon asked the question “Who knows what is good for a man in life?” (v. 12).

Something to experience

As believers we know there is more to our life.  Not here, but in heaven. And there we will continue our life with God.

Scriptures to hide in your heart

Ecclesiastes 6:1-2 1 There is an evil which I have seen under the sun, and it is heavy on men: a man to whom God gives riches, wealth, and honor, so that he lacks nothing for his soul of all that he desires, yet God gives him no power to eat of it, but an alien eats it. This is vanity, and it is an evil disease.

Ecclesiastes 6:12 For who knows what is good for man in life, all the days of his vain life which he spends like a shadow? For who can tell a man what will be after him under the sun?

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Prayer

Lord, I thank You for giving us Your Word to hide in our heart. I thank You for the sun (Eccl. 1:5), the wind (Eccl. 1:6), the streams (Eccl. 7), our eyes (Eccl. 8) and our ears (Eccl. 8).  Lord, I thank You for our home (Eccl. 2:4), our finances (Eccl. 2:8), for godly wisdom, knowledge and happiness (Eccl. 2:26).   Lord, thank You for everything You’ve given us (Eccl. 3:1). Lord, thank You for friends (Ecc. 4:10).  Lord, I ask You to guard our mouth from saying evil words (Eccl. 5:2).  Lord, I ask You to give us sweet sleep (Eccl. 5:12).  Lord, thank You for providing us drink and food (Eccl. 5:18). Lord, I pray we will enjoy and love our children (Eccl. 6:3).  In Christ Jesus’ name I pray.  AMEN.

“May you and I understand the importance showing gratitude to the Lord.” <>< Dona