by Zach Terry

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Ecclesiastes (2 of 11)
Series: Ecclesiastes
Zach Terry
Ecclesiastes 2, 3

Last week we saw in Chapter 1
Ecclesiastes 1:1-3 (ESV)
1 The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem. 2 Vanity of vanities, says the Preacher, vanity of vanities! All is vanity. 3 What does man gain by all the toil at which he toils under the sun?

The interpretive key to the entire book is the last phrase, "UNDER THE SUN".

That is, Solomon is investigating to discover if there is anything on the mearly human plane that is worth living for. If we assume that what you see is what you get. If we suppose that this is all there is and all there ever will be, what meaning is there to life? What does man gain? What is the point? Why is he doing all this?

Then in Ecclesiastes 3:1 (ESV) There is a new phrase introduced and with the new phrase there is a shifting of perspective, a shifting of attitude... look at it...
1 For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven:

When Solomon uses that phrase, "under heaven" there is meaning, there is sense to life, there is a transcendence to things. Things come in order as if oversaw by a Good and All Powerful God.

So as we read the book we see Solomon speaking from these two perspectives "under the sun", and "under heaven".

Every man, every father is living life from one of those two perspectives. Your decisions are influenced heavily by one of those two perspectives.

Under the Sun (1:3):
Life apart from God
This is all there is
This is all there ever will be
What you see, is what you get

Under Heaven (3:1):
Life under God's direct influence
Life is transcendent
God is providentially working
There's always more than you can see

We see that God does for Solomon He has done for every man I've ever known. He has at times gently and at times harshly sought to move the man from one category to the other. What does God use to shift perspectives in the heart of Solomon? What ...

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