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What is your Worldly footprint?. Eccl. 2:12-17. FIRST, SOME THEOLOGY. ANTITHESIS OF SOLOMON’S SEARCH FOR FULFILLMENT AND LASTING SATISFACTION… I WAS READING THE WORDS OF Edward Mote (1787-1874) THE SOLID ROCK. THE SOLID ROCK.

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What is your worldly footprint

What is your Worldly footprint?


Eccl 2 12 17

Eccl. 2:12-17


First some theology

FIRST, SOME THEOLOGY

  • ANTITHESIS OF SOLOMON’S SEARCH FOR FULFILLMENT AND LASTING SATISFACTION…

  • I WAS READING THE WORDS OF Edward Mote (1787-1874)

    • THE SOLID ROCK


The solid rock

THE SOLID ROCK

  • My hope is built on nothing less, that Jesus BLOOD AND RIGHTEOUSNESS,

  • No merit of my own I claim, but wholly lean on Jesus name.

  • When darkness veils His lovely face, I rest on His unchanging grace;

  • In every high and stormy gale, My anchor holds within the veil.


Continued

Continued

  • His oath, His Covenant, His blood, Sustain me in the raging flood

  • When all supports are washed away, He then is all my hope and stay.

  • When he shall come with trumpet sound, O, may I then in Him be found,

  • Clothed in His righteousness alone, Redeemed to stand before the throne.


Refrain

REFRAIN

  • On Christ the solid Rock, I stand,

  • All other ground is sinking (quick) sand,

  • All other ground is sinking (quick) sand.

    Message of Eccl…….


The solid rock1

THE SOLID ROCK

  • My hope is built on nothing less, that Jesus BLOOD AND RIGHTEOUSNESS,

  • No merit of my own I claim, but wholly lean on Jesus name.

  • When darkness veils His lovely face, I rest on His unchanging grace;

  • In every high and stormy gale, My anchor holds within the veil.


Questions

Questions

  • When scripture talks about HIS BLOOD, what are they referring too?

  • What did the shedding of BLOOD by Jesus accomplish?


Questions1

Questions

  • When scripture talks about HIS BLOOD, what are they referring too?

  • What did the shedding of BLOOD by Jesus accomplish?

    • The satisfaction of the “wrath of God” against our sin, (Every sin is a rebellion against God …Jesus took our due “wrath” in the excruciating death on the Cross)

    • So, by believing that Jesus took our personal sins on the cross (a substitution), now are we relieved from having to experience the wrath of God ourselves.

    • That is, we will NOT be sent to HELL…..


2 nd question

2nd QUESTION

  • OK, WE HAVE NOW AVOIDED HELL, (BY HIS SACRIFICIAL, SUBSTITUTIONARY DEATH)

  • BUT HOW DO WE GET INTO HEAVEN?

    • REMEMBER THE MANDATORY REQUIREMENT: ONE MUST BE PERFECT

    • ANY QUESTIONS? I.E. WILL YOU MAKE IT INTO HEAVEN?


Read 2 corinthians 5 21

READ 2 CORINTHIANS 5:21


Read 2 corinthians 5 211

READ 2 CORINTHIANS 5:21

  • “HE MADE HIM WHO KNEW NO SIN TO BE SIN ON OUR BEHALF, (SHEDDING OF BLOOD),

  • SO THAT, WE MIGHT BECOME THE RIGHTOUSNESS OF GOD IN HIM.”

  • Question: What is HIS righteousness?


2 corinthians 5 21

2 CORINTHIANS 5:21

  • “HE MADE HIM WHO KNEW NO SIN TO BE SIN ON OUR BEHALF, (SHEDDING OF BLOOD),

    SO THAT, WE MIGHT BECOME THE RIGHTOUSNESS OF GOD IN HIM.”

  • Question: What is HIS righteousness?

  • JESUS PERFECT SINLESS LIFE

    IS IMPUTED TO US. (I.E.WE ARE “ROBED” IN HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS)

    Romans 5: 18-19


The solid rock2

THE SOLID ROCK

  • My hope is built on nothing less, that Jesus BLOOD AND RIGHTEOUSNESS,

  • No merit of my own I claim, but wholly lean on Jesus name.

  • When darkness veils His lovely face, I rest on His unchanging grace;

  • In every high and stormy gale, My anchor holds within the veil.


Continued1

continued

  • On Christ the solid Rock, I stand,

  • All other ground is sinking (quick) sand,

  • All other ground is sinking (quick) sand.

    • Message of Eccl…….


Lets continue to look at solomon s search for other ground

Lets continue to look at Solomon’s Search for “other ground”

  • Remember, Solomon had walked with God as a young adult…

  • But as he matured, he wandered into sinful activities … searching for something that would bring him lasting satisfaction, and a genuine sense of fulfillment.


Reminds me of my former boss

Reminds me of my former boss


Became one of the richest men in the world at that time

Became ONE OF the richest men in the world (at that time)

  • Raced airplanes..

  • Bought TWA, RKO, et al

  • Bought and developed most of Las Vegas

  • Made dozens of movies

  • Owned major companies.. Hughes Tool, Hughes Aircraft, TWA, RKO, etc

  • Built largest-ever Airplane and largest-ever Helicopter

  • Loved women

  • Became an iconoclast.. Primarily nocturnal

  • Became a drug addict

  • Died with 4 inch finger nails and hair of a homeless… of kidney failure.. Hating life


Solomon s search for satisfaction

Sought Fulfillment In:

Wisdom (1:12-18)

acquiring more knowledge

Pleasure (2:1-3)

laughter and pleasure

Accomplishments(2:4-6)

building projects

agriculture endeavors

engineering experiments

Result was:

Much grief and increased sorrow (1:18)

Vanity (2:1)

Vanity (2:11)

Solomon’s Search for Satisfaction


Search continued

Possessions (2:7-11)

large number of servants

herds of cattle

wealth in silver and gold

choirs and orchestras

voluptuous women (700 wives)

Education (2:12-17)

increased knowledge

is there an advantage over the ignorant person?

No profit under the sun (2:11)

Yes, wisdom (knowledge) has its advantages

No better than a fool at death (2:16)

Hated life (2:17)

Search continued


Read eccl 2 12 17 video

Read ECCL. 2:12-17video


What is your worldly footprint

VS 12: “THEN I TOOK A LOOK AT WHAT’S SMART AND WHAT’S STUPID” - (“THE MESSAGE” VERSION)I.E. IS THERE VALUE IN EDUCATION (BEING SMARTER/HAVING MORE KNOWLEDGE?)…”YES, I DID SEE THAT IT’S BETTER TO BE SMART THAN STUPID, JUST AS LIGHT IS BETTER THAN DARKNESS. THE WISE MAN’S EYES ARE IN HIS HEAD”(I.E. USE YOUR HEAD/MAN’S ABILITY TO THINK, AS YOU GO THROUGH LIFE)“BUT THE FOOL (IGNORANT) WALKS IN DARKNESS.”(WATCHES CNN)


What is your worldly footprint

“YET I PERCEIVED THAT THE SAME EVENT HAPPENS TO THEM ALL”(SAME FATE BOTH TO THE SMART AND IGNORANT… DEATH)“WHEN I REALIZED THAT MY FATE’S THE SAME AS THE IGNORANT (FOOL), I HAD TO ASK MYSELF “SO WHY BOTHER BEING WISE/LEARNED””


What is your worldly footprint

“ITS ALL SMOKE, NOTHING BUT SMOKE,THE SMART AND THE STUPID BOTH DISAPPEAR OUT OF SIGHT. IN A DAY OR TWO THEY ARE FORGOTTEN. YES, BOTH THE SMART AND THE STUPID DIE, AND THAT’S IT.”Dr. Charles HogueCurator, Los Angeles County Museum of Natural Science


What is your worldly footprint

“THEREFORE, I HATED LIFE BECAUSE THE WORK THAT WAS DONE UNDER THE SUN WAS DISTRESSING TO ME, FOR ALL IS VANITY AND GRASPING FOR THE WIND”wow!


What is your worldly footprint

Solomon’s summary(at this point)12-17 Human wisdom suffers another crucial shortcoming– it leaves both the wise/learned and the ignorant/fool empty-handed at the threshold of death….. Or said another way…


What is your worldly footprint

TO EXPEND GOD-GIVEN RESOURCES FOR HUMAN ACCOMPLISHMENTSALONEIS EMPTY… THUS,LIFE PURSUITS APART FROM GOD WILL ONLY BRING FRUSTRATION/DESPAIR/DEPRESSION. THEY ARE SINKING (QUICK) SAND


What is your worldly footprint

REASON:OF THE PURSUITS I TRIED, THERE WAS NOT ONE THAT HAD LASTING VALUE THAT PRODUCED ENDURING SATISFACTION


What is your worldly footprint

BUT FOR THE BELIEVER…WHAT DO WE LOOK FORWARD TO:1. WILL WE BE REWARDED FOR OUR WISDOM?2. WILL NOT WE BE REWARDED AT THE BEMA SEAT? (OUR MOTIVATION AND CHARACTER)A. AN INCORRUPTIBLE CROWN FOR THOSE WHO GET MASTERY OVER THE OLD MAN (I COR 9:25)B. A CROWN OF REJOICING FOR SOUL-WINNERS (I Thess 2:19)C. A CROWN OF LIFE FOR THOSE ENDURING TRIALS (JAMES 1:12)D. A CROWN OF RIGHTEOUSNESS FOR LOVING HIS APPEARING (2 TIM 4:8)E. A CROWN OF GLORY FOR BEING WILLING TO FEED THE FLOCK OF GOD (I PET 5:4)


What is your worldly footprint

PLUS..AN ETERNITY OF JOY, PEACE, SERVICE TO GOD THE FATHER, GOD THE SON, AND GOD THE HOLY SPIRITWOW!NOW, THAT IS NOT DEPRESSING….


What is your worldly footprint

As compared with your Christian Footprint???


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