#999 February 13, 1994 - 9:40 a.m.
(transcribed from tape)
CONFESSIONS OF A HIGH ROLLER
We're studying the book of Ecclesiastes. I hope your Bible just automatically opens
to that book. We're in the ninth chapter. We're going to look beginning with the 1 0th
verse through the end of the 9th chapter of Ecclesiastes. Let's bow for prayer as we
Father, we bow our heads and our hearts asking that you would do business
in the deepest recesses of our lives. Some of us come here cold and
indifferent, some come on fire for You. But, Father, we pray that regardless of
our complacency, of our zeal, that You will speak clearly Your word of truth.
Lord, You speak, let me get out of the way so that Thy word and Thy truth
might be heard, it might be received, it might be understood. And, Father, may
we leave this place of assembly putting that truth into practice right in the
middle of our lifestyles as we push to the 21st Century. For this is our prayer
through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.
Ecclesiastes is the confessions of a high roller. I guess you've already discovered
that. It is quite a book. It is the story of Solomon. It is the autobiography of that
king. And he tells us how he's been there, done that. And he covers the gamut of
all of life's experiences. Now in the middle of this story we need to understand that
this is not a Horatio Alger story. It's not a story of "rags to riches." Solomon's story
is the reverse of that. It's the story of riches to rags. And, therefore, if we're going
to understand the end of Solomon's life, we have to always be reminded of his
beginning. And, therefore, as we open our Bibles we see where Solomon first came
into the scene of this world. We look there in a very familiar passage of scripture.
If you have your Bibles you might want to turn with me over to 2 Samuel, chapter
number 1 2. If we had time we'd read the entire chapter, but most of us know it. This
is that dramatic mom ...
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