by Ernest Easley

“The Sacrifice of Fools”
Ecclesiastes 5.1-7
August 2, 1998
Dr. Ernest L. Easley
This morning we’re continuing our series of
messages through the Old Testament book of
Ecclesiastes. So take God’s infallible word and join
me in the book of Ecclesiastes.
What we find in Ecclesiastes is the testimony of
King Solomon. Like some of you .. Solomon set out
on a Quest for the Best! He looked at everything he
had accumulated and accomplished and realized that
none of those things had brought any lasting
satisfaction in his life.
Now in his Quest for the Best . . . Solomon
pulled out all the stops in his search for satisfaction
and purpose.
. . . He tried Relationships
He had 300 female sex slaves and 700 wives!
He reminds me of that man in Missouri who was
married fifteen years ago by the Justice of the Peace,
and since that time he had neither justice nor peace!
Solomon not only tried to find satisfaction in
relationships . . .
. . . He tried Real-estate.
Ecc 2.4-6, “I made my works great, I built
myself houses, and planted myself vineyards. I
made myself gardens and orchards, and I planted
all kinds of fruit trees in them. I made myself
waterpools from which to water the growing trees of
the grove.”
And Solomon realized that there wasn’t enough
relationships or real-estate to bring meaning and
purpose in his life.
. . . He tried Riches.
Ecc 2.10, “Whatever my eyes desired I did
not keep from them. I did not withhold my heart
from any pleasure.”
Now there’s nothing wrong with possessing
riches. The wrong comes when riches possess you.
And if you’re counting on your riches to being
contentment and meaning to your life . . . you can
forget it! It’s not gold that satisfies .. it’s God! It’s
not jewels that satisfy .. it’s Jesus! It’s not cash that
satisfies .. it’s Christ.
After trying Relationships .. Real-Estate .. and
Riches . . . Solomon cried out in ...

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