Been There, Done That, Now What? (12 of 15) by Rick Ferguson

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BEEN THERE, DONE THAT, NOW WHAT? (12 of 15)
GROWING CLOSER AND GOING DEEPER WITH GOD
Dr. Rick E. Ferguson
Eccl. 1:2

Series Verse: BUT GROW IN THE GRACE AND KNOWLEDGE OF
OUR LORD AND SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST (2 PETER 3:18).

INTRO: MEANINGLESS MEANINGLESS EVERYTHING IS
MEANINGLESS

(Eccl. 1:2) Meaningless! Meaningless! says the
Teacher. "Utterly meaningless! Everything is
meaningless."

You might be surprised to discover those
desperate words of disillusionment and disdain were
written be a man who had it all I mean he really had
it all. He had:

WEALTH (more than anyone)

WISDOM (a philosopher, and prolific writer)

WOMEN (a harem and 1,000 wives)

Note: It always seemed a contradiction to me
that this man had wisdom and 1,000 wives. I would
think if he was really wise he would have known he had
999 wives too many!

POWER (he was a successful king)
FAME (he was a genuine celebrity)

Of course, the man I am talking about today is
Solomon, the ancient King of Israel. He wrote a book
I want to introduce you to today. The book of
Ecclesiastes is as relevant and contemporary as a Tom
Clancey novel. It exposes the emptiness and futility
of a life lived independent from God.

Open your Bible to the O.T. book of Ecclesiastes
and let me invite you to peruse this book with me and
make note of the depressive, desperate, disillusioned
cry of a man who was Prosperous, Powerful, Popular but
Empty.

Let me show you how the 12 chapters of this book
are crying with despair and futility...

Eccl. 1:14 I have seen all the things that are done
under the sun; all of them are meaningless, a chasing
after the wind.

Eccl. 2:17 So I hated life, because the work that is
done under the sun was grievous to me. All of it is
meaningless, a chasing after the wind.

Eccl. 3:19 Man's fate is like that of the animals; the
same fate awaits them both: As one dies, so dies the
other. All have ...


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