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Life’s Meaning: The Wisdom of Ecclesiastes
1. There is no meaning in wisdom. Although wisdom is better than folly.
Ecclesiastes 1:16-17 (NIV) – I thought to myself, “Look, I have grown and increased in wisdom more than anyone who has ruled over Jerusalem before me; I have experienced much of wisdom and knowledge.” Then I applied myself to the understanding of wisdom, and also of madness and folly, but I learned that this, too, is a chasing after the wind.
Ecclesiastes 9:17 (NIV) – The quiet words of the wise are more to be heeded than the shouts of a ruler of fools.
Ecclesiastes 2:13-14 (NIV) – I saw that wisdom is better than folly, just as light is better than darkness. The wise man has eyes in his head, while the fool walks in the darkness; but I came to realize that the same fate overtakes them both
2. There is no meaning in pleasure.
Ecclesiastes 2:1 (NIV) – I thought in my heart, “Come now, I will test you with pleasure to find out what is good.” But that also proved to be meaningless.
3. There is no meaning in work.
Ecclesiastes 2:10-11 (NIV) – My heart took delight in all my work, and this was the reward for all my labor. Yet when I surveyed all that my hands had done and what I had toiled to achieve, everything was meaningless, a chasing after the wind; nothing was gained under the sun.
4. There is no meaning in wealth.
Ecclesiastes 5:10 (NIV) – Whoever loves money never has money enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with his income. This too is meaningless.
5. Conclusion: Life’s Meaning:
Ecclesiastes 12:13 (NIV) – Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole [duty] of man.
A. Fear God.
B. Keep God’s commandments.
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