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Eight Descriptions of Life Under the Sun (3 of 5)
Series: Full - Why Not Live This Way?
Pastor Frank Damazio
INTRODUCTION: This is our third message in our series, "Full - Living Life God's Way", which is living life above the sun, not under the sun. The phrase, "under the sun" is descriptive of a life lived on the horizontal, not on the vertical. Solomon paints pictures of different people who live life under the sun. Life from God comes outside this galaxy, not from within it.
• The serious philosopher who is bored and bewildered
• The hedonistic playboy forgets all restraints
• The good times Charlie who is living it up
• The workaholic who hopes to find satisfaction in his job
• The investor who loses all with bad investments
• The rich who find no meaning in life
I. 8 DESCRIPTIONS OF LIFE UNDER THE SUN
Ecclesiastes 1:2 "Vanity of vanities," says the Preacher; "Vanity of vanities, all is vanity."
A. Ecclesiastes means "preacher"; one who addresses an assembly, or speaker of the house. The house is symbolic of life itself. Here Solomon speaks to all of us about life. This is his journal of his life; a desperate, sad and unfulfilled life.
B. Life under the sun identified
1. Life under the sun is vanity of vanities; all is vanity.
• …it is useless, life is useless, all useless
• There seems to be no point or purpose to life
• Vanity is emptiness, empty, empty, empty, hollow
• Vanity 39 times = "vanity, futility, all is to no purpose, meaningless"
• (Heb) hebel - breath, transitory, short duration, not on par with eternal things.
• Life under the sun is a strictly human viewpoint, a non-eternal perspective, horizontal living.
• Third is the cluster of references found in Eccl (thirty-six). These may be grouped into several subdivisions.
a. First are those passages in which the author states his inability to find fulfillment in work, both in his failure to be creative and in his lack of control over the privilege of free disposit ...
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