The Book of Ecclesiastes: Life Stinks without God!
Ecclesiastes Chapter 1
1 The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem.
Although this short book rarely, if ever, get's much serious study or is ever taught by the pulpit, it is as relevant as the morning news; in fact, more relevant. I imagine that the truthfulness of the subject matter is one reason why many will not bother to see the tremendous insights in this book. In brief, Ecclesiastes shows the reader the absolute hopelessness of mankind without a relationship with God and the meaninglessness of life itself apart from fearing God and obeying His word. Not a pleasant topic, but one that is needed in a world that,
1. Lives and thinks that it does not need God;
2. in a world that lives and acts as if there is no true God to worship;
3. in a world that frankly stinks because of it.
In our narcissistic and materialistic age, this book shows that no matter what pursuits a man may make, he will end in fatalism and despair without God. It pulls the covers off from what we really know in our inner man, but are too proud, sinful and foolish to admit; life stinks without God!
One can say that this book is the expanded truth of Jesus' statement, "A man's life does not consist in the abundance of things which he possesses." The writer makes it very clear that the life that he described is a picture of life "under the sun". That is, life without God. The main theme is actually a dual theme, based on two conclusions.
1. There is a theme that is carried throughout the majority of the book for those who live life "under the sun",
2. And there is a theme for those who live life in the Heavenlies with God. These themes can be seen respectively in chapter 1:2, and chapter 12:13 14.
The entirety of this work however is an emphasis on the first theme of living life under the sun.
1 The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusale ...
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