Are you a Seeker?
April 6, 2012, 6:47 pm
Filed under: Searching for our Savior in His book

Understanding Ecclesiastes: Transforming a worthless life into a purpose fulfilled life.

Today, far too many Christians view God as an app, something that you can add on to our life, but not Someone who is a vital, living Lord, an authority in life with whom one can have a personal relationship.

The book opens with this introduction:  “The words of the Preacher …”

It seems like a simple introduction, until you look at the background of the word, we have translated into English as “Preacher”.  To most of us, “preacher” is a term we use for our “pastor”.  Actually, they are two different concepts.  A preacher is someone who proclaims or “preaches”.  A preacher is simply one who tells a message.  A pastor is one who is called by God to be the “under-shepherd of a body of believers”.  His primary duties are to feed Christians the word of God, and to help them become mature servants, fulfilling their God-given purpose in life.  Yet the Hebrew word here goes beyond either of these.  Some translate the word as “debater”, “assembler”, or “teacher”.  It seems that a proper understanding of the word is one who assembles together wisdom that has been gathered and then teaches or proclaims the message to a group.  Solomon was seeking to know whether life lived apart from God could result in us fulfilling our purpose in life.

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