- 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?
- Why does the author hate life, as seen using verses 17-19?
- 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?
- What are your feelings about verse 23 and why?
- Going back and looking at verses 10 & 11. How would you compare them to verses 24-26?
- Looking at those same verses from the world’s perspective, would there be a difference in your answer?
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