Summer Under the Sun
Aug. 22-28 (Ecc. 9-12)
Vs. 3 The Preacher makes the observation that death comes to all and labels this an evil. In actuality death is an evil with roots in the book of Genesis (Gen. 2:17). In addition, God’s destruction of death is one of His final acts in the book of Revelation (Rev. 20:14). What experiences have you had with this evil and how has it robbed you of the life God originally desired?
Vs. 18 “Wisdom is better than weapons of war, but one sinner destroys much good.” This is a powerful statement. Can you think of examples that support it?
Vs. 11 seems to be talking about our words and our intended goals (compare with vs. 12). Proverbs 13:3, 15:5;7 and 16:23 have much to say about speaking. Review these verses and consider if your approach in conversation could use some “charm”.
Vss. 4-6 indicate an unpredictability of life and spending time trying to decipher it all will eventually lead to ruin. Do you find yourself prone to overthinking and overanalyzing situations in order to eliminate the possibility of failure or loss? Is there a place in your life where you are failing to trust God? Consider this question on the backdrop of Mt. 6:33.
Vss. 13-14 “The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. For God will bring every deed into judgment, with every secret thing, whether good or evil.” These are the last two verses of the book and provide the conclusion to all of the teaching. They show us that, as our sermon series has been emphasizing, the only way to find joy and satisfaction in our lives under the sun is to look beyond it, adopting an eternal perspective.
What is one area of your life where you have consistently had an eternal perspective?
What is one area where you have consistently struggled to keep an eternal perspective?
What is one thing you can do this week to begin adopting an eternal perspective in the area you have been struggling with?