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What Do You Do When Conventional Wisdom Fails? . Lou Di Lorenzo 1 st Jan 2012. Ecclesiastes 1. Introduction. Ecclesiastes means one who addresses an assembly, as a preacher

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What do you do when conventional wisdom fails

What Do You Do When Conventional Wisdom Fails?

Lou Di Lorenzo

1st Jan 2012

Ecclesiastes 1


Introduction

Introduction

  • Ecclesiastes means one who

    addresses an assembly, as a preacher

  • Author - An unknown narrator writing for king Solomon or narrator writing Solomon’s wisdom in his own words and style

  • Journal a man's search for meaning. Much happens apart from God. Conclusion

    that life apart from God is empty

Ecclesiastes 1


Introduction1

Introduction

  • Book seeks to answer; ?

  • All is meaningless under the sun (1:14; 2:17)

  • It doesn’t matter what you do, achieve or accumulate in life. Death robs it all

  • Fear God, keep his commandments, this is the whole duty of man (12:13)

Ecclesiastes 1


Ecclesiastes

Ecclesiastes

“I would say that Ecclesiastes is

the greatest single piece of writing

I have ever known, and the wisdom

expressed in it the most lasting and

profound.”

Tom Wolfe - American 20th Century novelist

Ecclesiastes 1


Cycles of life

Cycles Of Life

  • Monotonous nature of life (1:4-7)

  • Continuing Nature of the Earth (1:4)

  • Rising and Setting of the Sun (1:5)

  • Regular weather patterns (1:6)

  • Cycle of evaporation and condensation (1:7)

  • Cyclic motions of futile activity

  • Meaning of life not in

    creation

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Wisdom

Wisdom

The wise man will seek to acquire the best possible knowledge about events, but always without becoming dependent upon this

knowledge. To recognize the

significant in the factual is

wisdom.

Dietrich Bonhoeffer

Ecclesiastes 1


Wisdom1

Wisdom

Spiritual requirements for

Gaining wisdom:

  • Humility (Prov 11:2, 15:33)

  • Teachability (Prov 9:9, 15:31)

  • Diligence (Prov 8:17, 2:4-5)

  • Uprightness (Prov 2:7)

  • Faith (James 1:5-8)

Ecclesiastes 1


What do you do when conventional wisdom fails

  • All our knowledge brings us nearer to our ignorance. T.S. Eliot

Ecclesiastes 1


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