Wednesday, January 25, 2017

FUTILITY OF WORLDLY LIFE

Text:  Ecclesiastes 1:1-2:11          (Reading: 1 Cor. 1:20-21)

Read: Ecclesiastes 1:1-2:11

KEY PHRASES:  “Under the sun” (1:3, 9, 14; 2:11) “under heaven” (1:13; 2:3) “vanity” “grasping for the wind”.

Ecclesiastes views life from the horizontal perspective, not the vertical, God-word perspective. His conclusion, though, points to the only solution for the futility of life: a reverential relationship with God!

I. Vanity of Worldly Learning (1:16-18)
    A. Empirical observation (8-11)
    B. Exploration (13-14) (Cf. Acts 7:24-28)
             
II. Vanity of Worldly Psychology (1:16-18) 
      Trying to understand man and human behavior apart from God and His Word.

III. Vanity of Worldly Pleasure (2:1-3,10)

 IV. Vanity of Worldly Paradise (2:4-8)

 V. Vanity of Worldly Labor (2:9-11)
      If our labor is only to satisfy our own desires and aspirations, we will find it empty.(Two causes of  “burn-out”- (1) not achieving your goals, and (2) achieving your goals and finding them unsatisfying.) Reformed theologians and commentators speak of "kingdom work,” that all we do should be sanctified by offering it to God, and  doing it for His glory.

CONCLUSION:  Chapter 12, verse 13.

Monday, January 16, 2017

ECCLESIASTES: INTRODUCTION AND OVERVIEW

Greek: “member of an assembly”
Hebrew: “Qoheleth ” -- From the verb “to gather in”

Key to the Message :“Under the sun” Things that are unique to this lifetime.

“All is vanity” –Emptiness, futility
  1. Science – 1:4-11
  2. Philosophy – 1:12-18
  3. Pleasure – 2:1-11
  4. Labor – 2:12-3:15
  5. Self-centeredness – 3:16-4:16
  6. Religion – 5:1-8
  7. Riches – 5:9-6:12
  8. Morality – 7:1-12:12

What’s the conclusion?
        12:1  Remember also your Creator in the days of your youth, before the evil days come and the years draw near when you will say, “I have no delight in them” . . .

        12:13-14  The conclusion, when all has been heard, is: fear God and keep His commandments, because this applies to every person.  (14)  For God will bring every act to judgment, everything which is hidden, whether it is good or evil.  (NASB)

Friday, January 13, 2017

A MOTHER'S COUNSEL

A MOTHER’S COUNSEL

Text:  Proverbs 31                    

           (Pro 1:8)  Hear, my son, your father's instruction, and forsake not your mother'  teaching . . .
          (Pro 6:20)  My son, keep your father's commandment, and forsake not your       mother's teaching.
          (Pro 23:22)  Listen to your father who gave you life, and do not despise your     mother when she is old.

In Proverbs 31 we have a mother’s advice to her son.

          I.      Warning against Destructive behavior (3-7)
II.      Righteous governing (8-9)

III.     Character of an Exellent Wife (10-31)