Category Archives: Ecclesiastes

Ecclesiastes 11:7-12:14 — Remembering what’s important

And so we come to the conclusion of Ecclesiastes.  To be honest, it was probably one of the more difficult books for me to interpret.  I suppose one of the questions that really goes unanswered is whether or not Solomon … Continue reading

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Ecclesiastes 9:17-11:6 — Foolishness and laziness

As we near the end of Ecclesiastes, Solomon continues his argument for what is good.  As we saw in the last passage, he admits that life isn’t fair.  That even being righteous and wise doesn’t guarantee that everything will go … Continue reading

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Ecclesiastes 9:11-16 — When life isn’t fair

“Who said life is fair?” That’s a common retort when someone complains about the unfairness of life.  It’s common because it’s true.  Many times, life isn’t fair.  And that’s what Solomon touches on here. The fastest person doesn’t always win … Continue reading

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Ecclesiastes 9:1-10 — Making the most of life

Solomon continues here the theme of chapters 7-8.  The problem of evil is insoluble by human wisdom.  And in a world such as ours  that has been corrupted by sin, we can’t predict what will happen to us, whether good … Continue reading

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Ecclesiastes 7-8 — Dealing with the whys of all the evil in this world

How often do we see the evil in this world and wonder why?   Last year, there was a huge earthquake in Japan.  That was bad enough, but it also resulted in damage to the nuclear power plant, and touched off … Continue reading

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Ecclesiastes 7:1-9 — Building a good name

Judas.  Peter.  Hitler.  Abraham Lincoln. Famous names, all of them.  Except two of them would be better described as infamous rather than famous.  Names are things that last in the memories of people, for good or for bad. And so … Continue reading

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Ecclesiastes 6:10-7:4 — How one can find what is good

For most of the first half of Ecclesiastes, Solomon focused on what is meaningless in life.  And now in the last part of Ecclesiastes 6, he essentially takes the part of the skeptic and says, “It’s all well and good … Continue reading

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Ecclesiastes 5:8-6:9 — The emptiness that comes from discontentment

I’d be happy if only I just had… How would you complete that sentence?  “A wife?”  “A better job?”  “More money?” The problem is that if you’re discontent now, you’re probably never going to be content no matter what you … Continue reading

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Ecclesiastes 5:1-7 — The futility of trying to manipulate God

To some people, God is like a genie.  We ignore him most of the time, keeping him in a bottle in the back of our closet or drawer.  But when we need something, we pull him out and ask him … Continue reading

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Ecclesiastes 4:13-16 — The fleetingness of popularity and advancement

The most popular player on a football team among the fans is the backup quarterback. That’s the general rule for most teams unless you have a superstar quarterback.  Whenever the starting quarterback isn’t doing well, the fans are always calling … Continue reading

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Ecclesiastes 4:5-12 — The emptiness that comes when work consumes us

Solomon tackles two opposite problems here.  First, in verse 5, the person who doesn’t work at all, where Solomon says, The fool folds his hands and ruins himself. I don’t think much needs to be said here.  I think it’s … Continue reading

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Ecclesiastes 4:4 — The emptiness of living in a dog eat dog world

“It’s a dog eat dog world.  So do whatever it takes to get on top, even if you have to step on others to do it.” That’s the attitude of many people in the world today.  They see life as … Continue reading

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Ecclesiastes 4:1-3 — The emptiness of joyless work

Looking at the overall context of chapter 4, I’m guessing that when Solomon is taking about people suffering through oppression, he was probably talking about people who were oppressed as slaves.  People who are not working out of enjoyment, but … Continue reading

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Ecclesiastes 2:17-3:22 — The meaningless of self-centered work

Everyone searches to find meaning for their lives.  And many of them, especially men, but women as well, seek for it in their work.  For many, that’s where there self-esteem comes from.  And for the career-minded, that’s where they seek … Continue reading

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Ecclesiastes 2:12-16; 3:11-21; 8:7-15; 9:1-9 — If this life is all there is…

One can’t go very far into Ecclesiastes without seeing the viewpoint Solomon argues from.  Whether he truly believed it or not, or is simply taking the argument of a person living apart from God, is a point of contention, but basically he … Continue reading

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Ecclesiastes 2:1-11 — The emptiness of hedonism

“If it feels good, do it.” That was the cry of the ’60s, a time when drugs and the sexual revolution took off. What was the result?  Broken marriages, broken homes, broken lives.  The rise of divorces, the rise of … Continue reading

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Ecclesiastes 1:13-18 — The limits of philosophy

It’s the one question that everyone asks.  And it is the one question that can never be answered by human wisdom.  And yet people, intelligent people, wise people all strive to answer that one question.  What is it? “Why?” “Why … Continue reading

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Ecclesiastes 1:1-11 — What’s new?

It’s always so cool to go out with my 2 year old daughter.  Everything is still new to her.  Things that I take for granted, are still fresh and exciting to her. How do we lose that childlike view on … Continue reading

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Ecclesiastes 1:1-2 — The search for the meaning of life

It seems appropriate here to take an interlude from Kings and Chronicles and look at the book of Ecclesiastes, having come to the end of the historical account of Solomon’s life. And here in Ecclesiastes, we have his reflections on … Continue reading

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