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.

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