7:13-23 Choices That Matter, Eccl. “Goads” (Eccl 12:11) – a long stake with an iron point. “A leader is someone who steps out and others follow.” (Young) “If you are leading and no one is following, you’re just talking a walk.” (Maxwell) You have to connect before you can convince. Solomon’s conclusion can best be summed up in one sentence: Life without God is meaningless. One of the most satisfying expositions on this portion of Scripture. Content you want the user to see goes here. He thought liquor could satisfy. Let your mind grow! A. Click for Mp3's, GEORGE BARTON Make the most of it. The new translation is a sort of stilted paraphrase, which in a remarkable manner darkens the meaning of the wise man's words. See the tension? What has come to a man's brain when he prophecies that Antichrist will take away the daily sacrifice, that is, "forbid the eucharistic bread and wine," and then adds: "To this awful time there is probably a mystical reference in the words of our present book (XII. The fact is, some questions can never be answered! Ecclesiastes 7 - A good reputation is more valuable than costly perfume. Here’s the point: looking for satisfaction “under the sun” is only chasing the elusive butterfly of love. You can also go to the address bar (at top of page) and select the chapter and verse of interest. Conservative in theology and thorough in scope, Garrett interacts with the different approaches to these books, comments on each verse, and treats technical matters in footnotes. Why? Put away the things that would bring the body pain. If ''He turns the wrath of man to praise Him,'' surely we may expect no rest from man's sorrows and ignorances. He thought lust could satisfy. See John MacArthur's comments above regarding the Authorship of Ecclesiastes. “Life seems strangely fixed between a battle-field and a first-aid station.” (Swindoll). Look at Eccl 9:11. Love (Eccl 11:7) – “Light/sun” = describes the warmth of God’s love. Innocent people oftentimes get shafted. When you think about it, the church house he attended – he built! Here are some keen observations about work. The conclusion a man like that reaches is stated in this key text: ''...all was vanity and vexation of spirit, and there was no profit under the sun'' (Ecc 2:11). In Eccl 10 Solomon offers us some common sense instructions about “The Meaning of Life.” This chapter is a bit difficult, not because of its interpretation, but because of its organization. Sooner or later people will become as. Learn more. “A nation’s first need is a mature leader. A lady sitting next to him said, “Mr. D. The Reality (Eccl 11:2) – Just because we are generous does not immune us from problems or disasters. It is able and solid, and at the same time enlivened with originality of thought, vivacity of,expression, and practical pungency. I said, I sought, I made, I builded, I planted, I got, I gathered, so I was great. ‘Silver cord” = spine. COX (SAMUEL). ), BILL BALDWIN Life is destined to remain unsatisfying apart from our recognition of God’s intervention. 9:1-6, Matt. It bothered him. At time the passages almost seem to contradict one another as they develop these two spheres of wisdom. As you scroll the Bible text in the left panel, the notes are synchronized and will scroll to the same passage. Cyril Barber - MacDonald, James Madison. Ecclesiastes 10:16-11:10 How Then Should We Live? Wheaton, IL: Victor Books, 1990. You will always have a few “bad apples” in the basket. Sermons on Ecclesiastes Broughton was a far-famed and rather pretentious Hebraist whom Dr. Gill quoted as an authority. How can we act decisively on what God has said? Sort of reminds me of Job’s three friends. Conclusion: Externally, everything looks good. HAMILTON JAMES, D.D. It never satisfied him. 1868. 12, Matt. Ecclesiastes 8:2-8:15 Can We Trust Government? Nashville: Broadman Press, 1993. As the transcendent God (“God is in heaven,” Eccl 5:2), He is the Creator (Eccl 12:1), “the Maker of all things” (Eccl 11:5). Ecclesiastes Even when you don’t understand follow him, but don’t lose tough with reality of humanity. Ecclesiastes. Sheffield, England: Journal for the Study of the Old Testament, 1987. Why are we here? Samuel Cox, Note: If you can locate the six-volume edition of the Expositor’s Bible, buy it immediately! It’s your choice. BROUGHTON (HUGH. But the men of Israel answered the men of Judah and said, “ We have ten parts in the king, therefore we also have more claim on David than you. See also Swindoll's comments below). Died about 1658). Loud., Glasg., & Edinb., Blackie & Sons. You can also select the tab for "Constable's Notes." Ecclesiastes 9:18, "As dead flies cause the ointment of the perfumer to putrefy and send forth a stench — so a little folly outweighs wisdom and honor. Thru the Bible - Mp3's Win or lose, God is always Undefeated. Sure to be weighty and instructive. He spends all his time guarding his fortune. E. Weeping and Laughter (Eccl 3:4) – Some who are weeping long for laughter. (Talk Thru the Bible). The Unsatisfied Soul of a Poor Man (Eccl 6:7-9). Verse 7 is a most remarkable verse, because there is a statement in it of what we call in the New Testament the New Covenant, God's new provision for living. Wisdom is Beyond Me (Eccl 7:23-25) – We can’t make ourselves wise. Life “under the sun” has no satisfaction! Scripture Reading — Ecclesiastes 6:7-9; Matthew 6:25-27. “He had an affair and he seems to be happy. Small [1594]. Guard Your Steps (Eccl 5:1) – approach with care. It’s about time, and it’s all about life. Wiersbe helps us out. These are short, pithy and practical - Highly Recommended! The pronoun ''I'' occurs thirty-six times, and over thirty times in Romans 7. Here’s some sound advice on wealth. 1867. Remember God doesn’t settle all his accounts in October! I can’t explain the why. Swindoll writes, “God inserts just enough warnings to keep us obedient.” Don’t go wild with your liberty. All rights reserved worldwide. He does not know his time of death (Ecclesiastes 9:11, 12), 4. Trapp is my especial companion and treasure; I can read him when I am too weary for anything else. ''Now there was found in it a poor wise man, and he by his wisdom delivered the city.'' “There is a God and He is sovereign.” Note: “The Hand of God”. Exclude God from the world, and scepticism and materialism must be the inevitable result. Any commentary, even those by the most conservative and orthodox teacher/preachers cannot help but have at least some bias of the expositor based upon his training and experience. Introduction: The title was borrowed from a line in Ed Young’s book Been There, Done That and Now What? Yet because the wicked do not fear God, it will not go well with them, and their days will not lengthen like a shadow." What’s the profit if you lose your family and friends along the way? 2), for which Reynolds wrote this: he is always good. Ecclesiastes 7:9, "Anger rests in the bosom of fools." The poor are downtrodden and heartbroken. We relate to the journey of Solomon because, for so many of us, it is our own. Ecclesiastes 5:2, "God is in Heaven and you are on the earth; therefore let your words be few!" Ecclesiastes 5:8-16 Stockpiling Or Storing? C I SCOFIELD Eric S. Christianson chronicles: ''Yet no man remembered that same poor man.'' Lond., 1826. “Don’t be surprised.” Our government may not be the best, but it beats anarchy. It guarantees that what it reports is what people actually believe. Note Eccl 7:23 – tested/determined; Eccl 7:25 – I turned; Eccl 7:26 – I find; Eccl 7:27 – I discovered. Such is the case of the unfilled life of a rich man. The English Standard Version (ESV) is an essentially literal translation of the Bible in contemporary English. He warned them to avoid walking through life on the path of human wisdom; he exhorted them to live by the revealed wisdom of God (Eccl 12:9–14). Murphy, Roland. Lond. At GodTube, you’ll find daily inspirational videos to lift your spirits and encourage you in your walk with God. Those who refuse to take God and His Word seriously are doomed to lives of the severest vanity. We mention it because of its singularity. The Contrast of Wisdom and Folly. Be bold in living even though you can't control all things (Ecclesiastes 11:1-6). The style is scholastic, with arrangements of the subjects such as render it hard to read. Hang in there. After his reflection he concluded in order to spare us some heart-ache, he gives us a reality check. So we can eat. Lost your spring and hop. Remember now thy Creator in the days of thy youth, while the evil days come not, nor the years draw nigh, when thou shalt say, I have no pleasure in them.' The laborer drives. The repeated references to Gesenius would render the book tedious to the ordinary reader, but they make it all the more valuable to one who aspires to be a Hebraist. Pointer: “What you hear is not always what you need.” Don’t take seriously everything you hear. On justice and wickedness (Ecclesiastes 7:15–24), 3. 1875. Ecclesiastes 9:10, "The race is not to the swift or the battle to the strong, nor does food come to the wise, or wealth to the brilliant or favor to the learned; but time and chance happen to them all." See 3:15-17. Spurgeon has an interesting note: Dr Parker is an able though somewhat----. And, by the way, while you’re journeying through life, take a look around. J Sidlow Baxter - The book of Ecclesiastes is a sermon. How do you reconcile sovereignty and free agency? Note “sacrifice of fools.” Here’s one who goes through the motions or worship but is unchanged in heart. Parents, singles and senior adults come up with the same line, “I’m not happy.” Why? You can take it seriously, or you can take it over.” Bottom line: Life comes from outside this world! I. Day. It is book that defies human authorship alone. Solomon says release it, let it go. Both chapters are bristling with the personal pronoun ''I,'' and the result, in both, is failure and disaster. Death is an absolute certainty. This book, given by divine inspiration, is a record of the bitter disappointment that awaits people whose faith soars no higher than the sun. H. Carl Shank, "Qoheleth's World and Life View as Seen in His Recurring Phrases,"Westminster Theological Journal 37 (1974) 57-73. In His sovereignty God has planned the timing of all things (Eccl 3:1–8), which timing is beautiful (Eccl 3:13), though incomprehensible (Eccl 3:11; 8:17; 11:5) and unalterable by man (Eccl 3:14; 7:13). “Almond tree” = hair turns white. Biblical References: Dan 7. Commentary on Ecclesiastes Sq. He’s enough. Life is unpredictable. He allows his reason to be mastered by his affections, which, vice as it is, is not the worst fault in the world. It is a reference to the trinity. You can help bring about change. Lectures on Ecclesiastes Popular videos include worship music from your favorite Christian artists, cute videos with adorable kids and animals, hilarious videos from Christian comedians, user-uploaded videos, and clean viral videos to brighten your day. Working (Eccl 4:10) – Two can get more done. Ecclesiastes 5:16, "Better what the eye sees [the enjoyment of what is available to one] than the cravings of wandering desire. When they are teens they live on another planet. Its problem is-- Can the world, apart from God, meet man's need? In the parable of the sower, Christ tells us plainly that ''the seed is the word'' [Luke 8:4-15]. The People's Bible I don’t understand very much about him. B. Kaiser, Walter C., Jr. Ecclesiastes: Total Life. Ecclesiastes 7:9, "Do not say, 'Why were the old days better than these?' Life grinds to nothingness, but man keeps searching (Ecclesiastes 1:1-11). Who was this preacher-author of Ecclesiastes? The word translated “vanity” is used in at least 3 ways throughout the book. 4:26. In our last message we noted what benefits wisdom can bring. Ecclesiastes 9:9 - Live joyfully. Relax. Ecclesiastes 10:1, "A wise man's heart is at his right hand, but a fool's heart is at his left." Note: It’s not that he possesses it, but that he loves it. About the ESV. Comprehend (Eccl 8:17) – Nobody can comprehend God and his plans to any degree of fullness. Introduction: Ecclesiastes is the journal of Solomon’s quest to find “the meaning of life.” He had gotten off to a good start, but somewhere along the path he strayed from God’s ways. A New Translation, with Notes. His work is nearly obsolete, but its loss is not a severe one. An Unsatisfied Appetite Devotional. '', What Shall It Profit? 1549—1612). I encourage you to meditate on this with me, as we consider this theme through the week. ''Of the ten cleansed there were not found that returned to give glory to God save this stranger'' [Luke 17:17,18]. But, nothing ever remains the same, it would not last. Apr 27, 2015 - Verse of the Day: Anger Is an Echo - Ecclesiastes 7:9 .. We all desire meaning in life. — Matthew 6:11 Jesus teaches us to ask God for our daily food—not more, not less. “Seven/eight” = diversify, expand. Evidence abounds such as: 1) the titles fit Solomon, “son of David, king in Jerusalem” (Eccl 1:1) and “king over Israel in Jerusalem” (Eccl 1:12); 2) the author’s moral odyssey chronicles Solomon’s life (1Ki 2–11); and 3) the role of one who “taught the people knowledge” and wrote “many proverbs” (Eccl 12:9) corresponds to his life. All is vanity. New American Commentary. This is the work of which Mr. Wesley wrote:—"Monday, Feb. 8, 1768. Addresses the contemporary milieu; explains from what God chose to reveal through His inspired penman the secret of contentment and the way to enjoy a sense of fulfillment. His Folly Is Contagious (Eccl 8:11) – He continued his ways because he thought he could get by with it. Open Greek/Hebrew tab. Having said that let’s see if we can determine what Solomon is saying here. Why should God be generous with us if we are stingy with him? Ecclesiastes 3:20, "But they had no comforter." A. What responsibilities does man have in light of the futilities and mysteries of life? We go from madness to meanness. – More money-more people-more worries-more anxiety-less sleep (see Proverbs 19:4-7). Chattanooga, TN: AMG, 1999. In light of Eccl 7:15, don’t claim to be self-righteous or wise. Worship and please God. Ecclesiastes 7:28, "God made mankind upright, but men have gone in search of many schemes." But he did, and now he’s writing his memoirs. Spurgeon - Dr. Buchanan has endeavored in every instance to give the true meaning of the text. 1860 -After the manner of other works by this devout author, who is always worth consulting, though he gives us nothing very new. 1585. Ellul, Jacques. Reason and Being: A Meditation on Ecclesiastes. One has to leave them to another (Ecclesiastes 2:18–26), 2. You know the problem of a spinning top - it has a very big head and a very thin base. Rainbows, If you see Them, Ecclesiastes 1:12-14 – Big God and Little Me, Ecclesiastes 1:15 Cut It Down and Forget About It, Ecclesiastes 1:16-18 What Knowledge Can't Do, Ecclesiastes 2:4-7 The Man Who Had It All, Ecclesiastes 2:9 The View from the Penthouse, Ecclesiastes 2:12 The Turtle on the Fence Post. Man Cannot Always Find Out Which Route is the Most Successful for Him to Take Because His Wisdom is Limited (Ecclesiastes 7:1–8:17), 1. Come with reverence. Trapp is salt, pepper, mustard, vinegar, and all the other condiments. Minneapolis: Klock & Klock Christian Publishers, 1982. Also has a nice parallel Bible feature (see Tab = "Parallel"). Defiance (Eccl 8:3b); 4. All of life is under divine appointment and timing. Times of reflection create space for God’s Spirit to speak, helping us remember what he has done, making us aware of what he is doing, and stirring our hearts for what he wants to do next. Ecclesiastes 7:25, "I found one man among a thousand." It is a group of proverbs that hang together in a loose fashion. JAMES NISBET'S CHURCH PULPIT COMMENTARY Ecclesiastes 12:12, "Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man." (Abraham/Job/ Solomon). Solomon can give you some great counsel! This is something new'? B. Daily Devotions in Ecclesiastes for February -- Things That Don't Work Recommended, MOSES STUART Don’t run from either. Lend Your Ears (Eccl 5:1) – God has his ears on, do you? It is pleasing to find a converted Jew engaged upon this Book. Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 A Season For Everything, Ecclesiastes 3:1-8 Seasons Of Ups And Downs, Ecclesiastes 3:9-17 Eternity In Our Hearts, Ecclesiastes 3:1-11 Time: Handle With Care, Ecclesiastes 3:1-22 Expected--Sooner Or Later, Ecclesiastes 3:9-17 Eternity in Our Hearts, Ecclesiastes 3:14-22 The Search For Justice, Ecclesiastes 3:16-4:3 An Instructed Faith, Ecclesiastes 4:7-12 Designed For Companionship, Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 We Need God And People, Ecclesiastes 4:9-12 Benefits Of Friendship. That hulk with the six-pack abs looks good compared to “Chester Drawers” (his chest has done fell down in his drawers). He messed up big time. “Don’t put all your eggs in one basket.”. '', ''Only in the last two verses do we find the solution [Eccl 12:13,14]. Here is the picture of a hotheaded boss. C. Killing and Healing (Eccl 3:3) – Solomon’s concern here is not ethics but asserting a central fact of life. Ecclesiastes 12:2, "And all the daughters of music are brought low" Ecclesiastes 12:4, "The grasshopper shall be a burden." Ecclesiastes 3:11, "Concerning the condition of the sons of men, God tests them, that they may see that they themselves are like animals." Why are we here? As it has been said, “time drags on or flies, but time never stops.” Consider these following ideas. Death awaits us all. Ecclesiastes 8:8, "There is a time in which one man rules over another to his own hurt." Ecclesiastes 6:9, "That which has been is named, for it is known that it is MAN." Eat, drink and be merry. Ecclesiastes 8:16, 17, "So I reflected on all this and concluded that the righteous and the wise and what they do are in God's hands — but no man knows whether love or hate awaits him." Castellino well summarizes the message of Ecclesiastes: “Therefore: (a) set aside all anxious striving and labor (amal); (b) avoid all speculations on God’s ruling of the world and (c) be thankful to God for whatever satisfaction He gives you, valuing and measuring everything as a gift from Him and enjoying it, never forgetting that you shall have to render strict account to God Himself.”. In the First Book of Kings, we see the extent of his possessions. James 4:14) or transitory nature of life; 2)”futile” or “meaningless,” which focuses on the cursed condition of the universe and the debilitating effects it has on man’s earthly experience; or 3) “incomprehensible” or “enigmatic,” which gives consideration to life’s unanswerable questions. BUCHANAN (ROBERT, D.D.) C.I. Chapter 11 contains words of encouragement to the worker for Christ. C. Many Children and More Years Don’t Always Add Up to More Joy (Eccl 6:3-6). 1859.The author in this little publication does not comment upon the whole Book; but the passages he touches are ably explained. He began his reign 2 Ecclesiastes at the age of 20 and ended it at the age of 60. The dead go to Sheol (Eccl 9:10), that is, the grave, where they have no more opportunity to participate in this life’s activities (Eccl 9:5–6). (Click to read the rest of this background on Solomon's reign to get a good context for understanding the Book of Ecclesiastes). Ecclesiastes 8:3, "Where the word of a King is, there is power! Daily Devotional Readings The devil shouldn’t have all the laughter and fun. Note: A. Solomon articulated his starting point early in the book: “Vanity of vanities! What comes out of your mouth sets the tone and direction for your followers. God never intended for life to be lived out on an ad hoc basis, taking each opportunity as an isolated choice. You can supplement your observations with Dr Ross' expository messages. Ecclesiastes, F B MEYER Continue. We are finite. Evil is in the heart. If only we could grasp this truth, how many hours and years of grief would be spared us. A little wrong can cast suspicion on your whole life. One should attempt to keep his marriage alive and happy as long as life continues. When you live under the “sun” without the “Son” you’re purposeless and clueless. Do we ever stop to think that what we are or are not doing could be rubbing off on someone else? For use by the well-informed student. Sermon Notes on Ecclesiastes Ecclesiastes 1:18, "I said of laughter: It is madness! Hunge r for even the simple pleasure of food may become a life-dominating drive. (Explore the Book), David Fairchild - Many in our day are looking for a purpose to exist. [cp. Enrich your faith and grow in spiritual maturity with the incredible Bible study and devotional books listed below. The Pursuit of Purpose, Wilkinson and Boa write - Ecclesiastes is a profound book recording an intense search by the Preacher (traditionally understood to be Solomon) for meaning and satisfaction in life—in spite of the inequities inconsistencies, and seeming absurdities of life on earth. ANNOTATIONS on the Book of Ecclesiastes. Rosscup: This is one of the finest, most scholarly old works on Ecclesiastes. Our Daily Walk One should be especially cautious of blasphemy of word—or even of thought—against the King of kings. (Ecc 9:8). So enjoy the moment now (Ecclesiastes 3:12-15). 1:1-18, Matt. [1Joh 1:7]. Ecclesiastes 1:1-18 Life Under the Sun — The Endless Cycles of Life: Ecclesiastes 2:1-11 Life Under the Sun — Wine, Women and Song! I. Laziness results in increased problems (e.g., sagging rafters and leaking roofs, Eccl 10:18). Note: “Love or hate.” No one can predict tomorrow. The first list below are to the Expositions (they also have the homilies if you scroll down), DR MICHAEL ROSS Sermons on Ecclesiastes Endow me with godly wisdom and a gracious spirit, so that I may reflect the beauty of Jesus in my life, and be a witness to Your goodness and grace - to Your praise and glory, in Jesus name I pray, AMEN. See Westminster Assembly's Annotations (No. Royal Preacher: Lectures on Ecclesiastes. A Study in the Book of Ecclesiastes by Bill Baldwin, WILLIAM BARRICK Ecclesiastes 5:1, "Go near to listen rather than to offer the sacrifice of fools, who do not know that they do wrong." Ecclesiastes 4:1-5:20 Why Does God Allow This? Ecclesiastes 7:7 - a wise man mad. Ecclesiastes 5:1, "Do not be hasty in word or impulsive in thought to bring up a matter in the presence of God." She has stolen and lied and she seems to be getting along quite well.” Judgment may not happen immediately, but it will happen! Ecclesiastes presents us a naturalistic vision of life—one that sees life through distinctively human eyes—but ultimately recognizes the rule and reign of God in the world. It’s part of life. More Topically Arranged, JOSEPH SUTCLIFFE But I find that too often Solomon’s perspective of futility mirrors my own thinking as a believer .. how can that be? Try it for 30 days FREE. B. The first track is that of wisdom and both secular wisdom is dealt with along with God's divine wisdom. Ecclesiastes 3:18, "All are from the dust, and all return to dust!" A concise, scholarly exposition that readily draws out the meaning of the original. More than a mental exercise, this means to acknowledge His authority and respond with loyalty (Eccl 12:1, 6) and obedience (Eccl 12:13, “keep His commandments”). Note: Comments on most verses, but they are very brief, sometimes little more than a few cross references or a synonym for the word being studied. Exposition of Ecclesiastes. In addition to Mitch Hedberg, there’s Sam Kiniston, Richard Pryor, Jerry Lewis, Phil Hartman, John Belushi, Paula Poundstone, and most recently, Michael Richards. It’s spitting into the wind. Why work? Thus he despaired (Ecclesiastes 2:17-23). Submit to God’s will. Ecclesiastes 7:29, "A man's wisdom makes his face shine!" My life was exactly like that. They have all the answers – even to Eccl 7:15. At the end of his 40 year reign the nation divided, and remained divided until its destruction. Over 600 Older Expositions. Please hear me: All pleasure does not come with a warning label. He turned to try to understand wickedness. The key word in Ecclesiastes is vanity, the futile emptiness of trying to make sense out of life apart from God. And the … Spend (Eccl 8:16) – These people spend day and night trying to solve the unsolvable and answer the unanswerable. Since God has appointed the time of each person’s death (Eccl 3:2), man cannot influence when it will occur (Eccl 8:8) or even know when it will occur (Eccl 9:12). You will become a leader. “Desire” = biological clock. Ecclesiastes 8:10, "Because the sentence against an evil work is not executed speedily, therefore the heart of the sons of men is fully set in them to do evil." Moreover, he was a learned Calvinistic divine. Ecclesiastes 1:15, "That which is lacking, cannot be numbered." His writings remind me of himself: he was a pastor, hence his holy practical remarks; he was the head of a public school, and everywhere we see his profound scholarship; he was for some time amid the guns and drums of a parliamentary garrison, and he gossips and tells queer anecdotes like a man used to a soldier's life; yet withal, he comments as if he had been nothing else but a commentator all his days. Reprinted, by Dr. Washburn. “Twisted” – cannot be solved. 4. “All” of life is a stewardship issue! The Book of Ecclesiastes Explained. Interpretation, Review of Craig Bartholomew's Ecclesiastes. Well done and well annotated - About 60 pages of commentary notes. Ecclesiastes 7:9. “Wheel/picture” = heart. 4; 8; and 10; Ecc 2:1-11). Commentary on Ecclesiastes. Is it not clear, then, that we must have a philosophy of pleasure? “Wind”. It’s better to have a few things (one handful) and be satisfied than to have many things (two handfuls) and lose your health and peace of mind. A Lot of People are Never Pleased (Eccl 4:13-16), You can’t please all the people all the time. Deal with the inevitable. However, even in the writer’s desperate search for meaning and significance in life, God remained present. Popular Commentary Our Daily Bread 21st September 2020 Devotional TODAY’S TOPIC: MAKING PEACE WITH TROUBLE Bible in a Year: Ecclesiastes 7–9; 2… Read More » M. Love and Hate (Eccl 3:8) – Love what God loves (how about a cheerful giver) and hate what God hates (see Proverbs 6:17-19). We can identify a fool by his “walk”, that is his/her directions or pursuits in life. He’s the lead man for the group called “The Rolling Stones.” In the 60’s one song shot the Stones to stardom. Mark 8:36], Who is it that propounds this problem? Philadelphia: Westminster Press, 1987. The “top dogs” and “head hogs” are running roughshod over people. Peninsula Bible Church. Our destiny will be in one of two places – heaven or hell. Two makes the difficult jobs easier. [Ecc 1:3; cp. Does that mean we are a bunch of robots? The book looks at life and declared despair. Thus, here is a sound principle: Any pleasure that refreshes you without diminishing you, distracting you, or sidetracking you from the ultimate goal is a legitimate pleasure. Prov 1:24-33]. More kids may not get you out of depression, but may drive you further into it. By no means remarkable, except for extreme rarity. Happiness is a choice! Ecclesiastes 5:7, "For in the multitude of words there is also vanity!" Brief though adequate messages on Ecclesiastes. Ecclesiastes 12:13-14 Life Under the Sun — The Conclusion of It All... Click here for links at bottom of this page for over 600 older sermons and illustrations arranged by chapter and verse, Brothers We Must Not Mind a Little Suffering (Mp3 even better), Ecclesiastes 1:2 The Vanity of the Creature, Ecclesiastes 1:14, 15 The Creature is Vanity and Vexation, Ecclesiastes 2:3 The Emptiness of Worldly Mirth, Ecclesiastes 2:13 The Excellency of Wisdom, Ecclesiastes 2:26 The Different Portions of the Righteous and Wicked, Ecclesiastes 5:4,5 Duty of Paying our Vows, Ecclesiastes 7:4 The House of Mourning to be Preferred, Ecclesiastes 7:10 Contentment Recommended, Ecclesiastes 7:12 The Excellency of Spiritual Wisdom, Ecclesiastes 7:16 Against An Over-Righteous Spirit, Ecclesiastes 7:29 Man's Original and Present State, Ecclesiastes 8:11 Man's Abuse of God's Patience, Ecclesiastes 8:12 The Blessedness of Fearing God, Ecclesiastes 9:3 The Wickedness, Madness and Misery of Unregenerate Men, Ecclesiastes 9:10 Earnestness in Religion Recommended, Ecclesiastes 9:14-16 Wisdom Notionally Approved, but Practically Disregarded, Ecclesiastes 9:18 The Destructive Influence of Sinners, Ecclesiastes 11:9 Youth Warned of the Future Judgment, Ecclesiastes 12:1 Remembering God in our Youth, Ecclesiastes 12:13, 14 The Sum of All True Religion, Ecclesiastes 1:1 Vanity, Vanity All is Vanity, Ecclesiastes 1:1 Frustration: Its Cause and Cure, Ecclesiastes 1:13-18, 2:1-17 Life Under the Sun, Ecclesiastes 2 Life Under the Sun is Life on the Human Plane, Ecclesiastes 3:15 God Requireth That Which is Past, Ecclesiastes 6:12 The Known and the Unknown, Ecclesiastes 7:1 The Believer's Death Day Better Than His Birthday, Ecclesiastes 7:2 The House of Mourning and the House of Feasting, Ecclesiastes 7:8 An Observation of the Preacher, Ecclesiastes 8:4 Sermon Notes - The Word of a King, Ecclesiastes 8:10 The Wicked Man's Life, Funeral, and Epitaph, Ecclesiastes 11:3 Black Clouds and Bright Bless, Ecclesiastes 11:4 Sowing in the Wind, Reaping under Clouds, Ecclesiastes 1:1-1:8 The Search for Meaning, Ecclesiastes 3 That Wonderful Plan for Your Life. 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