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Ecclesiastes 2:18-26. The Futility Of Labor. The Futility Of Labor. Ecclesiastes 2:18-26 Thus I hated the fruit of my labor which I Had labored under the sun, for I must leave It to the man who will come after me. And Who knows whether he will be a wise man

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Ecclesiastes 2:18-26

The Futility Of Labor


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The Futility Of Labor

Ecclesiastes 2:18-26

Thus I hated the fruit of my labor which I

Had labored under the sun, for I must leave

It to the man who will come after me. And

Who knows whether he will be a wise man

Or a fool? Yet he will have control over all

The fruit of my labor for which I labored by

Acting wisely under the sun. This too is

Vanity.


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The Futility Of Labor

Therefore I had completely despaired of

All the of my labor which I had labored

Under the sun. When there is a man who

Has labored in wisdom, knowledge and

Skill, then he gives his legacy to one who

Has not labored with them. This too is

Vanity and a great evil. For what does a

Man get in all his labor and in his striving

With which he labors under the sun?


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The Futility Of Labor

Because all his days his task is painful and

Grievous; even at night his mind does not

Rest. This too is vanity. There is nothing

Better for a man than to eat and drink and

Tell himself that his labor is good. This also

I have seen that it is from the hand of God.

For who can eat and who can have enjoyment

Without Him? For to a person who is good in

His sight He has given wisdom and knowledge


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The Futility Of Labor

And joy, while to the sinner He has given

The task of gathering and collecting so that

He may give to one who is good in God’s

Sight. This too is vanity and striving after

Wind.

Ecclesiastes 2:18-26


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The Futility Of Labor

  • Solomon was industrious – he accomplished a lot

  • He realizes that he can’t take it with him

  • Maybe he was so busy he forgot to teach his son to live “under the Son…”

  • It turns out Solomon had good reason to doubt the abilities of his son


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The Futility Of Labor

  • Solomon’s frustration with turning over his fruit to a fool – “vanity and a great evil”


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The Futility Of Labor

  • In spite of the fact that we must die – wisdom is still of greater value than folly

  • The wise man sees death is coming – and lives accordingly

  • The fool walks in darkness and is caught unprepared


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3 Reasons Why Solomon Was Disgusted With His Labor:

  • Firstly – You can’t keep it

  • Money is a medium of exchange – it can do little or nothing for you


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Wall Street Journal…

Money is an article which may be used as

A universal passport to everywhere but

Heaven. And as a universal provider of

Everything but happiness.


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Johnny Carson Once Said:

“The only value of money is that you don’t

Worry about being poor.”

Discussion: How true is that??


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You Can’t Keep It…

  • We are to be stewards of our wealth

  • God is the Provider and Owner

  • We have the privilege of enjoying it and using it for God’s glory

  • We all will give an accounting of what we have done with God’s generous gifts


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3 Reasons Why Solomon Was Disgusted With Labor:

  • Secondly – We can’t protect it!

  • Even worse we may have to leave it to a fool!


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3 Reasons Why Solomon Was Disgusted With Labor:

  • We can’t enjoy it as we should…

  • If wealth is our obsession…and we worry about what will happen to it…we will be miserable

  • We do all the work and then leave it to someone else


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Accepting Life…Verses 24-26

  • The beginning of wisdom is to fear God

  • The lights come on and we begin to see life correctly

  • Knowledge and true joy

  • Genesis 1- In the beginning was God

  • Ultimately the riches of the wicked will be taken away…


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Questions…

  • Why do you think man is so tempted to find meaning in pleasure?

  • Have you ever tried this or been close to somebody who has?

  • What would cause someone to move beyond this method?



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Conclusion…

  • In the 1st and 2nd chapters Solomon has stated what he sees as the problems of life

  • In verses 1:4-11 - We looked at the monotony of life

  • In verses1:12-18 – We looked at the vanity of wisdom

  • In verses 2:2-11 – We looked at the futility of wealth


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Conclusion…

  • In verses 2:12-23 – We looked at the certainty of death


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