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Ecclesiastes Chapter 5 Verses 1-7

  1. What conscience emotions do you feel when you try to ready your heart, mind and soul for worship and your mind starts to wonder?
  2. How & what can be done to prevent that from continuing?
  3. As we look here at these first 3 verses what are the contrasts to what we are being told to and not to do?

 

As we look at verses 4-7, one must look deep inside oneself to be sure of who and what are we for God does not want us to give fancy testimonies, sign cards of promise or to get baptized without some very careful prayer deliberation. Careful words to read and understand maybe found in Matthew 5: 33-37, Hebrews 4:12-13, James 1 :19-27.

Going back to the beginning of Chapter 4 through the first 7 verses of Chapter 5, let’s look at some of the lessons, which we have been shown:

 

  • Oppression is a fact of life where competitiveness exists
  • God hears and comforts the oppressed
  • Two or three together are better than one who stands alone
  • One should accept the counsel of others
  • We should spend more time cultivating relationships with our families and friends
  • We must not be over zealous in our endeavors of a religious nature when a large amount of stress is placed upon us. [ie.] Don’t make a promise or vow to God that you may not keep when times are bad or you’re in deep trouble just in hope that He might get you out.

 

4. Can you pick possibly one that you have truly learned from and expound on it?

Ecclesiastes Chapter 4 Verses 9-16

  1. Friendship and partnerships are shown through out the bible in many different situations. Have you ever looked at why you call some people friend and why?
  2. Do you remember how it was when you were all alone for what ever reason and there was no one to call or upon?
  3. How about the time when you were really in trouble or truly needed a friend and they were there?
  4. Now through knowledge and the Blessed gift you can always call on the Lord to help you and/or you and your friend. How does that you feel?
  5. What is your understanding of verse 13?
  6. Why do verses 13-16 read like they were written by a great mystery writer of the modern era?

 

Ecclesiastes Chapter 4 Verses 1-8

  1. Have you ever been there when someone else came into and took over your job and you were told that you were fired? Or been emotionally involved with someone and then seen them with someone else and watch as they do not even acknowledge your presence? What and how were you feeling?
  2. Imagine having to go looking for a job in the same building that your recent ex works or even where you recently held a job for another business a few days earlier and you bumped into either your ex or your old boss or even the one whom just replaced you? How would you feel?
  3. Have you ever done what Solomon did in verses 2-3?
  4. How did you stop?
  5. In modern day terms can you rewrite verse 4 and also explain what it may mean?
  6. Verse 5 can and may have more than the meaning that is first noticed?
  7. How do you look at verse 6?
  8. As we look at verse 8 we see the unraveling of a very sad story or at least from a Christians point of view. Why is it so sad?

After reading and studying these 8 verses one can get a little down in the dumps mainly because mostly everything around us is looked at from the worldly viewpoint. Here are some pieces of scripture that might assist you in feeling and understanding a little more.

 

James 1:2-3

My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trails, knowing that the testing of you faith produces patience.

1 Peter 4: 12-13

Beloved, do not think it strange concerning the fiery trial which is to try you, as though some strange thing happened to you; but rejoice to the extent that you partake of Christ’s sufferings, that when His glory is revealed, you may also be glad with exceeding joy.

2 Corinthians 1: 3-4

Blessed be the God and Father of Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our tribulation, that we may be able to comfort those who are in trouble, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.

Isaiah 26:3

You will keep him in perfect peace, Whose mind is stayed on You, because he trusts in You.

Hebrews 13:5

Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have, for He Himself has said “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”

 

Ecclesiastes Chapter 3

We started with life without GOD…”all is vanity” [1:2], “there is nothing new under the sun [1:9], all works are done under the sun and indeed all is vanity and grasping for the wind”[1:14]. The writer then states in verse [1:18] “for in much wisdom is grief and he who increases knowledge increases sorrow.”

In chapter 2, we looked at seeking out pleasures; “what does it accomplish [2:2], then we looked at hard labor and how painful it c an be. Basically we see that life without the Lord God is empty.

As we look at the first 8 verses we see that the author realizes in his head but maybe not in his heart that the Lord God has his and our life planned out, but being human we don’t always do things the way things our planned.

 

  1. As you go through these verses look at them closely and see how they may pertain to you?
  2. Is there one of these verses that jumps out at you more than the rest?
  3. Why?
  4. Verse nine is it’s own question “What profit has the worker from that in which he labors?
  5. Verse 17 & 18 are not very encouraging. Who or what is the author talking about in regard to the sons of men?
  6. It is true that men and beasts alike go to the same place, that is, the grave. Both return to dust. Unlike man, however, beasts are not…what?
  7. Why?
  8. Verse 20 continues with this thought and because of this there is on opening that man twists and turns to his own advantage and what is that?
  9. Verse 20 says that man should rejoice in his own works, for that is his heritage. Is it?
  10. If so, what kind of trouble can one get into because of it?
  11. Contrast in the world’s view of verses 18-22 with that of 11-15?

Ecclesiastes Chapter 2 12-26

  1. As we start we see that the author is changing his perspective on life. What do you see as the advantages and possible disadvantages to his perspectives?
  2. Why does the author hate life, as seen using verses 17-19?
  3. The author uses one phrase many times in these verses. What does it mean to you and do you find the thought pattern used a lot in today’s world?
  4. What are your feelings about verse 23 and why?
  5. Going back and looking at verses 10 & 11. How would you compare them to verses 24-26?
  6. Looking at those same verses from the world’s perspective, would there be a difference in your answer?

Ecclesiastes Chapter 2 Verses 1-11

At different points of time in our lives, we each have sought some form of pleasure. Here, the writer says that he would start with laughter. That wasn’t good enough; so he then went on to build houses, orchards, gardens and watercourses. That too wasn’t good enough. So he then turned to money and then to sensual and erotic delights.

  1. Do you agree that pleasure is an important thing in your life?
  2. How do you find pleasure?
  3. To what extent do seek out pleasure?
  4. Is pleasure the dominant force in your life?
  5. As we look at the world to day, one would see that pleasure is the number one goal of the secular world. Either by working so hard to but it. Or just by trying to totally live it. We trying to live a Christian way of life, do we also fall into this category?
  6. If so, is our way any different?
  7. After reading this portion of the chapter might we have learned anything?

Ecclesiastes Chapter 1

  1. Who is the Preacher?
  2. In verse 3, what is the answer?
  3. Looking at verse 4-7 how do you summarize what is going on?
  4. What is meant by verse 8?
  5. Is there anything new under the sun?
  6. How do you seek and search out wisdom?
  7. What is meant in verse 15?
  8. Who and how did he have more wisdom than all?
  9. What Comes with Wisdom?

Overview of Ecclesiastes

This book is the record of an intense search for the meaning and satisfaction in life on this earth, especially in view of all the iniquities and apparent absurdities that surrounds us. It also takes the perspective of the greatest answers that wisdom under the sun can produce.

 

Ecclesiastes is broken down into three main parts. The first tells us that “All is Vanity” through the introduction to and then the illustrations of. Part two, shows us the Proof, through experience and then through observation. Part three, shows us how to cope and gives us counsel on how to live with vanity.

 

When this is over the conclusion is based on the Fear of GOD and to KEEP His Commandments.

 

One of the main things Ecclesiastes portrays is the emptiness and the perplexity of life without a relation ship with the LORD.

 

The main theme of Ecclesiastes is “Vanity”. What is Vanity? Vanity – The futile emptiness of trying to be happy apart from GOD.

 

Once one comes to understand all parts and complexity of what “Vanity” is, then “Wisdom” can be used. What is “Wisdom” in this case? Wisdom – involves seeing life from a divine perspective and trusting GOD in the face of apparent futility and lack of purpose.

 

Remember – Life is a daily gift from GOD and it should be enjoyed as much as possible.

 

If your life does not already belong to Him, here is a prayer, which will help to belong to His family.

 

Lord Jesus, I believe that You died for my sins. Lord Jesus, I believe that You rose from the grave and that You are alive today. Lord, I turn from my sins and I turn to You. I open the door of my heart to You, Lord. Come into my heart. Live Your life in me. Save my soul and fill me with Your Holy Spirit. Thank You, Lord for hearing my prayer. Amen

Epilogue of The Book of John

 

1)      What are some of the main things which you have learned in this book?

2)      Is there one that sticks out or is closer to your heart than the rest?

3)      When talking with a non-saved acquaintance what might you be able to show using the Book of John to make them a friend?

4)      How might you have changed from reading and studying this book?

John Chapter 21

1)      When Jesus sad to them “Children have you any food?” Why do you think the disciples still did not know Him? (He was 300 feet away)

2)      Why do you think Peter put on his outer garment and then dove in the water?

3)      Since this was the 3rd. time He had shown Himself to the disciples, might He have looked different?

4)      What do you think the significance was & why for 3 different commands of the Lord to Peter?

5)      What do you think is meant by “if I will that he remain till come, what is to you? You follow Me?

 

Epilogue