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The Sacrifice of Fools (4 of 10)
Series: Man's Quest for the Best
Ernest L. Easley
This morning we're continuing our series of messages through the Old Testament book of Ecclesiastes. So take God's infallible word and join me in the book of Ecclesiastes.
What we find in Ecclesiastes is the testimony of King Solomon. Like some of you, Solomon set out on a Quest for the Best! He looked at everything he had accumulated and accomplished and realized that none of those things had brought any lasting satisfaction in his life.
Now in his Quest for the Best, Solomon pulled out all the stops in his search for satisfaction and purpose.
He tried Relationships He had 700 wives! He reminds me of that man in Missouri who was married fifteen years ago by the Justice of the Peace, and since that time he had neither justice nor peace! Solomon not only tried to find satisfaction in relationships . . .He tried Real-estate.
Ecc 2.4-6, ''I made my works great, I built myself houses, and planted myself vineyards. I made myself gardens and orchards, and I planted all kinds of fruit trees in them. I made myself waterpools from which to water the growing trees of the grove.''
And Solomon realized that there wasn't enough relationships or real-estate to bring meaning and purpose in his life.. . . He tried Riches.
Ecc 2.10, ''Whatever my eyes desired I did not keep from them. I did not withhold my heart from any pleasure.''
Now there's nothing wrong with possessing riches. The wrong comes when riches possess you. And if you're counting on your riches to being contentment and meaning to your life, you can forget it! It's not gold that satisfies, it's God! It's not jewels that satisfy, it's Jesus! It's not cash that satisfies, it's Christ.
So, after trying Relationships, Real-Estate and Riches, Solomon cried out in Ecc 2.17, ''I hate life.''
Now as Solomon's Quest for the Best continues, we find in chapter 5 that not only did he try Relation ...
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