Lesson 1 Preface: About the authors of the study guide for Ecclesiastes-Wisdom for Living well-Bible Study.
Courtney Joseph and Beverly Wise are a mother-daughter team that wrote this Bible Study Guide, Ecclesiastes-Wisdom for Living Well. Beverly Wise researched the information needed for about nine months before her daughter, Courtney Joseph, turned Beverly’s research into a workbook of knowledge.
Courtney Joseph and Beverly Wise are a Ministry for Women Team and can be found at Women Living well, LLC.
Courtney tells us that this book of the Bible is not so sweet, and is straight to the point. This book rocked her to the core; and we should expect no less. Courtney says that when we are open to our biggest inner struggles; it is then, that real and genuine life changes take place. I thank these women for coming into the lives of so many women. It is a blessing for me to lead this study; and I know it is a blessing that we’ve met here together to specifically focus on the book of Ecclesiastes.
Lesson 1 About this book:
Ecclesiastes is a book in the Holy Bible. It is pronounced (ko-hel-eth) and is spelled (Qoheleth) in Hebrew. The meaning of Ecclesiastes is that of a teacher; a preacher; or a chosen leader. The word assembly in Greek is pronounced (ekklesia). Assembly was also known as church. For the people had an assembly; a coming together to listen to the gospel of Jesus Christ. The two words put together created this English version, Ecclesiastes. Ecclesiastes was written by King Solomon between 970 and 930 B.C.
Lesson 1 Discussion: About the author of Ecclesiastes: It’s important when you read a book in the Bible, to establish the author, time it was written, and the purpose of the book. So let’s look at take a look. In Beverly’s research she discovered that not all scholars agree; but traditionally the view is that of King Solomon as being the author. We are going to look at the details that point to King Solomon as being the author of Ecclesiastes.
Open your Bible to the book of Ecclesiastes and read 1:1. The author never calls himself by name. What are three qualities he used to describe himself?
1. The words of the Preacher.
2. The son of David.
3. King in Jerusalem.
Look at Ecclesiastes 1:16 and 2:9. What do the verses we just read tell us about the author?
That he had a long life filled with wisdom and knowledge, more than those that lived before him in Jerusalem.
He was great; and produced more than all of the Kings that were before him.
And he remained wise throughout his lifetime.
Now look at Ecclesiastes 12.9
What did the preacher teach the people?
The preacher was wise and he taught the people knowledge about God. He set in order, (wrote) many proverbs and songs.
Now let’s compare what we learned above about the author to what the Bible says about King Solomon. 1Kings 4:29-34.
How are the two similar?
1. God gave Solomon wisdom and knowledge exceeding other people.
2. Solomon’s fame was known in all nations.
3. And he spoke many proverbs and songs.
4. The people gathered to hear the wisdom.
In Ecclesiastes 2:4-10 the author describes his vast wealth. Describe his life below:
The author became very wealthy building houses and planting vineyards.
He made gardens and orchids and he planted trees to bear fruit.
He made pools of water to water the trees.
The author had maids and servants some that were born in His house.
The author had great possessions of cattle and possessed gold and silver and peculiar treasures of kings.
He got men and women singers musical instruments of all kinds.
He was great and kept his wisdom forever.
He did not withhold joy and his heart and He rejoiced in his labour.
Now compare Solomon’s wealth in 1 Kings 10:21-27.
Solomon had pure gold.
King Solomon exceeded all of the kings of the earth for riches and wisdom.
All of the earth sought Solomon to hear the wisdom God put in his heart.
Pleasure, success and riches cannot make people happy.
So it’s clear that the author of Ecclesiastes is King Solomon.
He most likely wrote this book near the end of his life as he reflected on His past. We can be thankful that a man of His wisdom sought meaning in all the wrong places and wrote it all down in a journal so that we can be saved the heartache of seeking fulfillment in the wrong places today.
Write a paragraph about your situation.
Is your life full? Explain why?
Do you struggle with feeling too full, yet empty? Explain?
In what ways is your life too full?
Why do you still feel empty?
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