Chasing The Wind by Larry Wynn

(Outline) CHASING THE WIND
ECCLESIASTES 1:17-2:11
AUGUST 31, 1997 A.M.
SERIES: RAT RACE REALITIES
Larry Wynn

INTRODUCTION

A. OPENING ILLUSTRATION: CHASING THE
WIND.

1. LAST WEEK WE WERE INTRODUCED
TO SOLOMON’S FAVORITE TERM:
“VANITY OF VANITIES:.

2. THERE IS ANOTHER TERM USED BY
SOLOMON THAT DESCRIBES HIS
SEARCH FOR HAPPINESS. IT IS
“VEXATION OF THE SPIRIT.’ VS. 14,17.

3. THE TERM TRANSLATED IS “CHASING
THE WIND.”

B. THE FOCUS OF THE BOOK IS ON PEOPLE WHO
TRY TO FIND HAPPINESS IN THINGS
BENEATH THE SUN.

1. LIVING LIFE FROM A TOTALLY
EARTHLY PERSPECTIVE.

2. IT IS A LIFE THAT INVOLVES A
PERSONAL SEARCH FOR HAPPINESS
APART FROM GOD.

C. THIS IS A FUTILE SEARCH. IT’S LIKE
CHASING THE WIND.


ILL. JERRY VINES USES THE ILLUSTRATION OF
SOAP BUBBLE WE KIDS PLAYED WITH WHEN
WE WERE YOUNG. YOU BLOW THE BUBBLES
AND THEN CHASE THEM. WHAT HAPPENS
WHEN YOU CATCH UP WITH ONE. YOU
ATTEMPT TO CATCH IT, BUT IT POPS. THE
SAME THING HAPPENS WHEN WE ATTEMPT
TO FIND HAPPINESS IN THIS LIFE ALONE.

D. THERE ARE SOME THINGS WE CHASE AFTER,
THAT WITHIN THEMSELVES CANNOT BRING
HAPPINESS.

I. LEARNING. 1:12-18.

A. SOLOMON DETERMINED HE WOULD FIND
HAPPINESS THROUGH HUMAN
INTELLIGENCE.

1. VS. 13: “I SET MY HEART...” APPLIED
MY MIND.
“TO SEEK...” GET TO THE ROOT.
“SEARCH...” TO EXPLORE FROM ALL
SIDES.
WHAT SOLOMON WAS SAYING WAS,
“I’M GOING TO DO A THOROUGH
INVESTIGATION.”

2. TRY HE DID. I KINGS 4:32-34

“HE SPOKE THREE THOUSAND PROVERBS,
AND HIS SONGS WERE ONE THOUSAND AND
FIVE. ALSO HE SPOKE OF TREES, FROM THE
CEDAR TREE OF LEBANON EVEN TO THE
HYSSOP THAT SPRINGS OUT OF THE WALL,
HE SPOKE ALSO OF ANIMALS, OF BIRDS, OF
CREEPING THINGS, AND OF FISH. AND MEN
OF ALL NATIONS, FROM ALL THE KINGS OF
THE EARTH WHO HAD HEARD OF HIS
WISDOM, CAME TO HEAR THE WISDOM OF
SOLOMON.”

a. 3000 Proverbs: Best sel ...


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