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Lessons - Monthly Archives: September 2011

The Book of Ecclesiastes – Week 6

September 29th, 2011

Pointless Pursuits

Solomon was a man who knew what it was like to be consumed.

The Pursuit of Pleasure

One of Solomon’s pursuits, in his quest to find meaning in life, was pleasure.  The Message Bible reads, “I said to myself, ‘Let’s go for it –experiment with pleasure, have a good time!’  There was nothing to it — nothing but smoke.”  This is the paradox of pleasure:  Pleasures of the flesh lose their appeal over time, requiring more intense sensations and experiences to achieve the same amount of pleasure previously enjoyed.  Solomon found that even in laughter the heart may be in pain, and the end of joy (pleasure), may be grief (Proverbs 14:13, Ecclesiastes 2:3).

The Pursuit of Possessions

Solomon was consumed to explore all of life without God and pursued possessions as well as pleasures (Ecc 2:4-9).  In the New American Standard Bible, Solomon uses the word “I” eleven times and “myself” six times.  Solomon’s motto is “mine.”  His use of words is similar to those used in Genesis describing God’s creation of the earth (see Gen 1:11-12, 29-30; Gen 2:9-10).  Solomon had the wisdom, time and means to explore all of life without God.  All of his pursuits gave him only a small amount of pleasure for a season.  Everything was meaningless, a chasing after the wind, nothing was gained under the sun 
(Ecclesiastes 2:11).

The Pointlessness of Pursuing Pleasure or Possessions

Winston Churchill said, “I know why logs spit, I know what it’s like to be consumed.”  The pleasures and possessions of the flesh will consume you and leave behind only charred remains of a once promising life.

What are you pursuing?  If you are pursuing something other than Christ, then your life will be all vain and futile.  Pray that the Father, by His grace, will set you on fire for Jesus Christ.  With Him there is purpose, meaning, joy and happiness.  Pursue Christ this week.  Your reward will be peace that surpasses all understanding.

 

Topic Description Date
The Book of Ecclesiastes – Week 6 Pointless Pursuits Solomon was a man who knew what it was like to be consumed. The Pursuit of Pleasure One of Solomon’s pursuits, in his quest to find meaning in life, was pleasure.  The Message Bible reads, “I said to myself, ‘Let’s go for it --experiment with pleasure, have a good time!’  The ... [more] 9/29/2011
The Book of Ecclesiastes – Week 5 Filling A Hole That Is Never Full (Part 3) Education is the salvation of the soul and the enlargement of the mind. The Preacher and King of Fools In Ecclesiastes 1:12-18, Solomon teaches his view on wisdom.  But for Solomon, it is futile to try and figure things out because his view on life is horizontal ... [more] 9/29/2011
Filling A Hole That Is Never Full (Part 2) In Ecclesiastes 1:3-7, Solomon observes life under the sun and concludes that the course of life, the circle of the sun, the circuit of the winds, and the cycle of water proves that life is futile -- it is absurd!   Futility Leads to Frustration 
  • Frustration is the one constant in li ... [more]
9/15/2011
Filling a Hole that is Never Full – Week 3
FILLING A HOLE THAT IS NEVER FULL
Ecclesiastes is a book about “life in the raw.”
It drips with humanity.
FUTILITY AND FRUSTRATION
In Ecclesiastes 1:1-7, Solomon senses
that life is meaningless, empty, absurd,
vain and futile. As he seeks to find
meaning, his view is only horizontal and
his outlook on life h ... [more]
9/9/2011
The Only Life Worth Living – Week 2
Derrick continues the overview of Ecclesiastes which focuses on the ultimate question:
What is the meaning and purpose of life?
THE ULTIMATE QUESTIONER
Solomon was the ultimate questioner. As a young king, Solomon was godly,
humble and wise. By middle-age, Solomon began to forget his own God, filling
... [more]
9/1/2011