What’s Life All About? July 23, 2006 Eccl. 1:1-2,16-17; 2:1-4, 11, 26; 3:16-17 (HCSB)
To me it is amazing the number of people who do not know what life is about. I don’t think I ever asked
myself that question because my belief in God told me I was a creation of His, and believed He planned a purpose for me, and that would produce a meaningful life. When people look for a meaning to life outside of God they to not receive lasting satisfaction, and they continually ask What’s Life All About? Solomon asked God for wisdom and received it. Then later he misused his wisdom, and He learned wine, and wickedness do not give the lasting satisfaction of life so many think they will.
1. What’s Life All About? It Is Not About . . Wisdom Mis-Used. Eccl 1:1-2
A. Wisdom’s Mis-use Produces . . Absolute Futility. 1:1-2
1 The words of the Teacher, son of David, king in Jerusalem. 2 “Absolute futility,” says the Teacher.
“Absolute futility. Everything is futile.”
B. Wisdom’s Mis-use Produces . . Applied Futility. 1:16-17
16 I said to myself, “Look, I have amassed wisdom far beyond all those who were over Jerusalem
before me, and my mind has thoroughly grasped wisdom and knowledge.” 17 I applied my mind to know
wisdom and knowledge, madness and folly; I learned that this too is a pursuit of the wind.
Solomon calls himself the “Teacher (KJV) or Preacher )HCSB).” In his position, and from his experience he qualified for the title. He uses the word vanity or futility 35 times in this book, and even uses the term “absolute futility.” I laugh when some say “there are no absolutes;” and do not realize they just pronounced an absolute. Of course Solomon looked from the perspective of one disobedient to the ways of God, and not walking with the Lord. Solomon learned if you give yourself to what you believe is wisdom, and do not keep close contact with the Lord; you will find you have followed after that which represents “absolute futility”.
2. What’s Life All About? It Is Not About . . Wine and Pleasures. Eccl. 2:1-4 11, 24, 26
A. Wine and Pleasure Produces . . Madness. 2:1-4
1 I said to myself, “Go ahead, I will test you with pleasure and enjoy what is good.” But it turned out to
be futile. 2 I said about laughter, “It is madness,” and about pleasure, “What does this accomplish?” 3 I
explored with my mind how to let my body enjoy life with wine and how to grasp folly—my mind still
guiding me with wisdom—until I could see what is good for people to do under heaven during the few
days of their lives. 4 I increased my achievements. I built houses and planted vineyards for myself.
B. Wine and Pleasure Produces . . Mistakes. 2:11
11 When I considered all that I had accomplished and what I had labored to achieve, I found everything
to be futile and a pursuit of the wind. There was nothing to be gained under the sun.
C. Wine and Pleasure Produces . . Mis-management. 2:24
24 There is nothing better for man than to eat, drink, and to enjoy his work. I have seen that even this is
from God’s hand. 26 For to the man who is pleasing in His sight, He gives wisdom, knowledge, and joy,
but to the sinner He gives the task of gathering and accumulating in order to give to the one who is pleasing
in God’s sight. This too is futile and a pursuit of the wind.
3. What’s Life All About? It Is Not About . . Wickedness. Eccl. 3:16-17
A. Wickedness Produces Judgement for the . . Place of Judgement. 3:16
16 I also observed under the sun: there is wickedness at the place of judgment. . .”
B. Wickedness Produces Judgement for the . . Place of Righteousness. 3:16b
“. . . and there is wickedness at the place of righteousness.”
C. Wickedness Produces Judgement for the . . Place of Unrighteousness. 3:17
17 I said to myself, “God will judge the righteous and the wicked, since there is a time for every activity and every work.”
The term “under the sun,” occurs 29 times in this book. To me it seems obvious that life’s fulfillment cannot be found in wickedness, but then look at the number of people who pursue it. Judgement holds a prominent place in this book, and Solomon calls attention to it at the court house. It is sad when the judicial system does not hold up truth at the place of a courthouse; but a wicked judicial system does need judged.
An even sadder judgement takes place when the righteous receive judgment. We expect unrighteousness to be judged, and it amuses me when the unrighteous expect judgement on the unrighteous acts performed by someone other than themselves. Honoring God and seeking Him answers the question, What’s Life All About? Amen? Amen!