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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Message of Eccl…….
SO THAT, WE MIGHT BECOME THE RIGHTOUSNESS OF GOD IN HIM.”
IS IMPUTED TO US. (I.E.WE ARE “ROBED” IN HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS)
Romans 5: 18-19
Sought Fulfillment In ground”:
acquiring more knowledge
laughter and pleasure
Much grief and increased sorrow (1:18)
Vanity (2:11)Solomon’s Search for Satisfaction
large number of servants
herds of cattle
wealth in silver and gold
choirs and orchestras
voluptuous women (700 wives)
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
VS 12 ground”: “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)
“ ground”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””
“ITS ALL SMOKE, NOTHING BUT SMOKE, ground”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
“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!
Solomon’s summary UNDER THE SUN WAS DISTRESSING TO ME, FOR ALL IS VANITY AND GRASPING FOR THE WIND”(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…
TO EXPEND GOD-GIVEN RESOURCES FOR UNDER THE SUN WAS DISTRESSING TO ME, FOR ALL IS VANITY AND GRASPING FOR THE WIND”HUMAN ACCOMPLISHMENTSALONEIS EMPTY… THUS,LIFE PURSUITS APART FROM GOD WILL ONLY BRING FRUSTRATION/DESPAIR/DEPRESSION. THEY ARE SINKING (QUICK) SAND
BUT FOR THE BELIEVER… UNDER THE SUN WAS DISTRESSING TO ME, FOR ALL IS VANITY AND GRASPING FOR THE WIND”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)
As compared with your Christian Footprint??? UNDER THE SUN WAS DISTRESSING TO ME, FOR ALL IS VANITY AND GRASPING FOR THE WIND”