Ecclesiastes -Wisdom for Living Well- Examining the Earth. Lesson 7.

At the end of Lesson 6 I mentioned that we would begin today with the Discussion Question for St. John 3:16.

Verse: St. John 3:16.                       

For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

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What does this verse say to you?

  • I believe St. John 3:16 is telling us the following?

  • That God loved the world, but needed to correct the sin people continued doing in the world.

  • So God gave His only son to His people.  Whoever believes in God’s son will not die, but will have everlasting eternal life. 

  • This concludes Lesson 6.

Ecclesiastes Lesson 7 Examining the Earth.

Verse of the day:

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Please put this scripture in your journal. Thank you.

Lesson 7 Examining the Earth:

  • Slowly read and color code Ecclesiastes 1:1-11  

  • The coloring chart is a tool to help slow us down so that we can SOAK in the Word of God.

  • NOTE:   There is not a right or wrong way to do your coloring; the chart is just a guide.

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Every person “under the sun” searches for something new and exciting.  The monotony of daily living; and the same Ole, same ole sets in.  We are looking for things to fill us up so we stay busy.  Take another college class, get a second job, plan a birthday party, etc… Yet with all of our time “under the sun,” staying busy is not filling us up.  Staying busy is taking a toll on our spirit.  The things of this world will still lead us to emptiness.     Ecclesiastes: 1: 2.

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Do you struggle

What does a person gain by all the toils under the sun? Ecclesiastes 1:3.

  • Then Solomon searches for the answers to his own questions about “life under the sun.”

  • Solomon is writing the answers to his own questions from an “under the sun” perspective.  He contrasts the earth with the generations of mankind that come and go.

  • The old people pass away; while new babies are being born in the world.  The cycle continues but the earth stays the same.  The sun rises and sets everyday in the world.  It does not change; but the people do.  New generations are born as the old pass away. 

What parts of nature display the weariness of life?  Ecclesiastes 1:4-7

  •  The earth, sun, wind and water display the weariness of life.
  • For centuries the earth, sun, wind, and water have been moving constantly without getting anywhere.

Do you ever feel like your life is in constant repetition?

The seasons come and the seasons go; when the warm sun shines of summer we go swimming and enjoy the outdoors.  Fall comes and we get out our warmer clothes and decorate for fall with pumpkins and colored leaves.  Winter brings us to wearing coats and hats and mittens; and when the sun is out we are still cold in the winter.  Spring brings new life to plants and animals.  And then back to summer.  

Do you struggle with the monotony of life?  Do you feel the urge to always seek out something new?

  • When Solomon looked “under the sun”, he concluded that work was just wearisome and like chasing after the wind.  

  • Let’s take a look “above the sun” at God’s view of work.

Look up these references and write out God’s view of work.

  • Colossians 3:23

  • 1 Corinthians 15:58

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God’s view of work:  God says, whatever you do, do it with all of your heart, as the Lord would do and as you would do unto the Lord.  Do not do it unto men; but unto the Lord God.  Work as though you are employed by God and not exactly men.  Colossians 3:23.  Therefore, says God, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, unmovable always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as you know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.  

God ordained work in the Garden of Eden; but after Adam sinned; Genesis 3:17b says; “cursed is the ground because of you; in pain you shall eat of it all the days of your life.”  

Work was always a part of God’s plan but because of sin, work brings sweat and sorrow.  Should we conclude that all work is vain?  

No; work has value for this life and the next.  It is work that is done to the glory of God that brings ultimate satisfaction and fulfillment.  We must take the “above the sun” approach to our work.  If we don’t, the end result will be emptiness.  

Now examine Ecclesiastes 1:8-11.  

What two things are never satisfied according to verse 8?

 1.  The eye is not satisfied with seeing;

 2.  And the ear is not filled with hearing.

We live like this everyday.  We scroll through social media; and could continue scrolling all day and never be completely satisfied because there is always more to read or see.  We do the same thing with television.  We scroll through the remote control, channel after channel; again without satisfaction.  We always desire new experiences and keep searching for one daily.  

What does Solomon conclude in Ecclesiastes 1:9-11?  Solomon concludes that, the things that have been, is that which shall be; and that which is done is that which shall be done: and there is no new thing under the sun.  Is there anything said to be new?  It has already been of old-time, which was before us.  There is no remembrance of former things, neither shall there be any remembrance of things that are to come with those that shall come after.  

Advertisers try to sell us new and improved products.  They know buyers grow bored easily and they play on the needs people have for something new.  

Is it really true that “nothing new happens under the sun”?  What about technology?  

Consider this:

Light bulbs resemble the sun, motorcycles resemble horses, airplanes resemble birds and computers resemble our brains!  

All of the modern discoveries and inventions hinge on the creativity of our God.  

We hear people say, “the world is more violent than it used to be”.  But remember that Cain killed Abel back in Genesis 4.  Murder has been with us since the beginning of time.  

In Ecclesiastes 1:11, what do we see Solomon grappling with?  He is understanding that there is no memory of former things, and no memory of things that are to come for the people who shall come after him.

Do you remember your great grandparents? Or your great, great grandparents? Generations come and generations go and we forget who came before us.  God will use each of us for His glory; and we should never seek to make a difference for our own glory.  At the end of the day, there is no glory for man, and the idea of fame is a mirage.  We must not be deceived into chasing after it.  

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Thankfully, our faith in God changes everything.  There is something “new” under the sun, because God is ruling over the sun!  Jesus Christ, the son of God, ushered in the New Covenant in His blood at the cross (Luke 22:20).  Those of us that belive in Christ become “new” creations in Christ Jesus (2 Corinthians 5:17).

Thank you Jesus for our salvation.  Thank you for giving me a “new” heart and a “new” spirit!  (Ezekiel 36:26).

As we strive to become women walking with Jesus; let us always remember that Jesus is our living well.  He is our living water and we must go to Him daily to be refreshed.

Closing Prayer:  

Dear God, you are so good Father.  Thank you for the sacrifice of your Son and the forgiveness of our sins.  Forgive us for putting our hope and trust in the wrong things.  Help us not to chase after empty futile things and open our eyes and hearts to understand your Word clearly.  Change us and make us more like you.  May we find joy and peace in your presence and a life full of meaning for your glory.  In Jesus name, we pray, Amen.

Thank you for joining me.  

We are Women Walking with Jesus.  🙂