August 24-25, 1993STUDY NOTES ECCLESIASTES
Most evangelical scholars take the three books of the Bible written by Solomon this way: Solomon was written when the king was young and in love; Proverb was written when Solomon was truly living a life and fellowship with God; and Ecclesiastes was the product of an old man who had become bitter and resentful about life. One believes that Ecclesiastes was written in the middle of his life - a mid life crisis. The pressures of the kingdom were crushing him. He has all the same power, money and success he will ever need and it is not enough. He is not a happy or fulfilled man. He has reached that stage where he wondering, "Is it worth it?" Is there any meaning or purpose to life? Solomon, like the rest of us, has to answer those questions before he can run the last half of his life. Can I really trust God and depend upon his word?
His stories that tell the man who is experiencing the sheer futility of trying to find significance in life. A desperate search for truth. Many scholars disagree and say he is a bitter, angry, defeated old man. The book has been considered the embodiment of pessimistic. Theramblings of an elderly king with an infliction like alzheimer disease who has forgotten everything he knew about Godliness and contentment.
Israel had three kings before the divided kingdom. The first of these was Saul. He was man's choice and ended up the suicide victim on the field of battle against Philistines. God took David then a man after his own heart and enthroned him. David took the kingdom militarily and materially and expanded it to its greatest point. Following David's death at age 70, his eldest living son by Bathsheba, Solomon, took the reigns of power. About 18 years old. He was to become the richest man on earth in massing all the fame, money, power, and women that he could ever desire. He had it all and it is at this pentacle of worldly success that we find him in th ...
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