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.
- As you go through these verses look at them closely and see how they may pertain to you?
- Is there one of these verses that jumps out at you more than the rest?
- Verse nine is it’s own question “What profit has the worker from that in which he labors?
- Verse 17 & 18 are not very encouraging. Who or what is the author talking about in regard to the sons of men?
- 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?
- 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?
- Verse 20 says that man should rejoice in his own works, for that is his heritage. Is it?
- If so, what kind of trouble can one get into because of it?
- Contrast in the world’s view of verses 18-22 with that of 11-15?