by Dave Gustavsen

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The Mystery of Time (5 of 11)
Series: The Pursuit of Happiness
Dave Gustavsen
Ecclesiastes 3:1-15

Good morning. We're taking the summer to study the book of Ecclesiastes, which is basically the personal journal of King Solomon, written at a time in his life when he was really searching. So even though outwardly things were going well-his nation was strong; he had everything you could possibly want-internally he was struggling. So Ecclesiastes is the record of his search for meaning and fulfillment.

And in the past three weeks we looked at chapters one and two, where Solomon talks about some different ways he tried to find happiness. He devoted himself to wisdom and learning; he pursued pleasure; he poured himself into success and achievement. But he always came up empty. He always wound up feeling restless and dissatisfied.

So today we come to chapter three, and it's very different from anything we've looked at so far. It's a long poem, followed by some thoughts on the poem. It's by far the most famous part of Ecclesiastes-it's been the inspiration for songs and books and movies. And it's a very important step in Solomon's search for meaning. So let's read the passage: Ecclesiastes 3, verses one through fourteen:

1 There is a time for everything,
and a season for every activity under the heavens:

2 a time to be born and a time to die,
a time to plant and a time to uproot,
3 a time to kill and a time to heal,
a time to tear down and a time to build,
4 a time to weep and a time to laugh,
a time to mourn and a time to dance,
5 a time to scatter stones and a time to gather them,
a time to embrace and a time to refrain from embracing,
6 a time to search and a time to give up,
a time to keep and a time to throw away,
7 a time to tear and a time to mend,
a time to be silent and a time to speak,
8 a time to love and a time to hate,
a time for war and a time for peace.

9 What do workers gain from their toil? 10 I have seen the bur ...

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