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Meaning(less) A series on Ecclesiastes

Part 2 – 10/11/2020

 

Chapter 3 – crisis of faith 

God is so sovereign, that all man’s evil (God is not pleased, but not perplexed) can still work perfectly into His plan.  

 

3:2 2a time to be born and a time to die,

a time to plant and a time to uproot,

There is no rival will to God.  He is not pleased, but not perplexed.  

 

3:11 – (Comfort)  11He has made everything beautiful in its time. He has also set eternity in the human heart; yet no one can fathom what God has done from beginning to end. 

 

God has made everything (Sovereign, in control) beautiful – The hard times are what shape your life. 

 

3:1414I know that everything God does will endure forever; nothing can be added to it and nothing taken from it. God does it so that people will fear him.

 

Everything that occurs is a puzzle piece that will fit into God’s perfect plan.  

 

3:1717I said to myself,

“God will bring into judgment both the righteous and the wicked, for there will be a time for every activity, a time to judge every deed.”

God will have his day – we will be judged for every action, every thought, everything that we have done on this earth, whether good or bad.

 

3:2121Who knows if the human spirit rises upward and if the spirit of the animal goes down into the earth?”

 

God uses death and hard things to make us pursue truth. Sometimes God uses hard situations in our lives to bring us to Him. 

 

Chapter 4 & 5 – Caution – don’t get bitter, don’t respond wrongly

(3 seeming contradictions)

 

4:1Oppression (Hitler)  1Again I looked and saw all the oppression that was taking place under the sun…

 

4:4Materialism (rat race – keeping up with the joneses)

4And I saw that all toil and all achievement spring from one person’s envy of another. This too is meaningless, a chasing after the wind.

 

4:13Popularity

13Better a poor but wise youth than an old but foolish king who no longer knows how to heed a warning (receive instruction).

 

4:1414The youth may have come from prison to the kingship, or he may have been born in poverty within his kingdom.

 

The young guy was born in poverty, but has become king. 

 

4:1515I saw that all who lived and walked under the sun followed the youth, the king’s successor. 

 

People forget quickly, popularity doesn’t last.  

 

5:1In light of life that doesn’t make sense.  Why does God give us struggles?  To remind us that we need Him. Don’t make deals with God

 

1Guard your steps when you go to the house of God. Go near to listen rather than to offer the sacrifice of fools, who do not know that they do wrong.

***God if you’ll just help me I’ll do this (then we don’t do it)

 

THE POINT: Hard times remind us of how weak we really are, and how much we need to trust our Heavenly Father.