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Ecclesiastes Introduction (1 of 11)
Ecclesiastes 1:1-18 (ESV)
ILLUSTRATION: Suppose I were to come up to you and say, "i'd like for you to go an stand on the corner Highway 72 and Wall Triana on Tuesday between the hours of 2PM and 5PM".
What would most people in this congregation ask me? WHY???
Exactly, whether it's my 11 year old daughter or an engineer with a Master's degree, if I ask for 3 hours of your time to stand in the hot sun... it's fair enough that I ought to be able to explain.. what is the meaning of this... right? Why? What will it accomplish? What gain will there be?
Anybody and Everybody will ask a question like that about how you spend your Tuesday afternoon, but few people will stop long enough to ask that question about life.
INTRODUCTION: When it comes to humanity there are basically 4 types of people.
1. Those who do not think - Fool
I would submit to you that the vast majority of people you interact with fall into this category. They fail to think and become animalistic in their actions. They follow what they, "feel". Sometimes in an attempt to appear thoughtful, they blame their station in life on fatalistic destiny rather than intentional directives.
They may make some of the same decisions as a the thinking person, but it is merely by accident. As someone said, "Even a blind squirrel will come across a nut occasionally".
The vast majority of young people are in this category. So most of wisdom literature is targeted at them, including Ecclesiastes. You (teens) are Solomon's target audience.
Ecclesiastes 11:9 (ESV)
9 Rejoice, O young man, in your youth, and let your heart cheer you in the days of your youth. Walk in the ways of your heart and the sight of your eyes. But know that for all these things God will bring you into judgment.
2. Those who do think, but come to worldly conclusions - Unwise
This is the person who has made a conscious choice to follow a spec ...
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