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Ecclesiastes 6: Becoming a more contagious follower of Christ!
May 21, 2012, 2:43 pm
Filed under: Searching for our Savior in His book

Case History #1: A Full Treasury (vv. 1–2) Prosperity does not result in the good use of wealth.

 (Prosperity is not always as good as it might appear).

 1 There is an evil which I have seen under the sun, and it is common among men: 2 A man to whom God hath given riches, wealth, and honour, so that he wanteth nothing for his soul of all that he desireth, yet God giveth him not power to eat thereof, but a stranger eateth it: this is vanity, and it is an evil disease.

In other words, there are no guarantees in life when it comes to one’s possessions and wealth.

Case History #2: A Full Quiver (vv. 3–5) 3 If a man beget an hundred children, and live many years, so that the days of his years be many, and his soul be not filled with good, and also that he have no burial; I say, that an untimely birth (stillborn child) is better than he. 4 For he cometh in with vanity, and departeth in darkness, and his name shall be covered with darkness. 5 Moreover he hath not seen the sun, nor known any thing: this hath more rest than the other

Case History #3: A Full Life Span (v. 6) An untimely birth is better than an unsatisfied life.

6 Yea, though he live a thousand years twice told, yet hath he seen no good: do not all go to one place? (death)

 The Elusiveness of Satisfaction and Rest (vv. 7–9)  Our efforts for personal satisfaction are often frustrated. 7 All the labour of man is for his mouth, and yet the appetite (Hebrew “soul”) is not filled. 8 For what hath the wise more than the fool? what hath the poor, that knoweth to walk before the living? 9 Better is the sight of the eyes (enjoying present possessions) than the wandering of the desire (the uncertainty of potential possessions): this is also vanity and vexation of spirit. (IT IS BETTER TO ENJOY WHAT WE HAVE THAN TO THINK ABOUT ENJOYING THAT WHICH WE WANT TO HAVE)

Having in his possession all that some people count as blessings, a person “can still depart unnoticed, unlamented and unfulfilled.”

a person living as a mere human being without God in his or her life can never find satisfaction in quantity of possessions, wealth, children, or years of life.

END OF FIRST HALF OF BOOK.  THE REST OF THE BOOK FOCUSES UPON WHAT IS GOD’S VIEW ABOUT LIFE

 A Sovereign Lord (vv. 10–12) 10 That which hath been is named already, and it is known that it is man (‘adam- earthen man) : neither may he contend with him that is mightier than he. (Summation statement)

PRACTICAL APPLICATION OF MESSAGE ON PROFIT

11 Seeing there be many things that increase vanity, what is man the better? 12 For who knoweth (occurs 4 times in the book)  what is good for man in this life,(the concept “Man doesn’t know what is good for man” occurs 7 times and emphasizes a distinct deficiency of knowledge and discernment) all the days of his vain life which he spendeth as a shadow (VANITY)? for who can tell a man what shall be after him under the sun?

A Sovereign Lord (vv. 10–12) In effect, verses 10–12 comprise Solomon’s reflection upon the Fall

Summary of Ecclesiastes 6’s Truths:

  • Contentment is more satisfying than wealth.
  • Doing God’s will is more important than gaining goods.
  • Doing God’s will brings the highest wealth of all.13
    • Enjoy the blessings of this life
    • Accept the limitations of this life

Questions:

  • What are the essentials for enjoying a satisfied life?
  • Why are some people unmourned in their death?
  • Why do large families (many children) sometimes fail to provide satisfaction and joy?
  • What are some of the disadvantages of a very long life?
  • Do I enjoy the wealth, children, long life, and blessings God has given me?
  • Where does my supreme joy and satisfaction reside?
  • What things in my life am I holding too tightly these days?
  • What must happen for me to loosen my grip?
  • How do I include God in the various roles and responsibilities of my life?
  • To what extent is He a true priority?
  • In what ways does God provide meaning to my work, marriage, family, possessions, ministry, and personal interests?
  • Am I satisfied or dissatisfied with what God has given me in this life (6:7-9)?
  • What motivates me to do what I do on a daily basis?
  • When I have success who receives the credit?
  • List the ways this chapter teaches the sovereignty of God.
  • Does the thought of God’s hand ruling over my life comfort me?
  • Read Psalm 39:4-6; 90:10-12; and James 4:13-17. What will I do this week to live in light of eternity?
  • How can I become a more contagious Christian?

 

C.S. Lewis said it so well: “To argue with God is to argue with the very power that makes it possible to argue at all.”

 

 

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