Ecclesiastes -Wisdom for Living Well- The Vanity of Pleasure and Wealth. Lesson 9.

Slowly read and color code Ecclesiastes 2:1-11.  

Here is the color coding chart to help you.  

Remember that color coding is optional.

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Verse of the day:  

Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord, and not for men. Colossians 3:23 

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According to verses 1 & 2, where does Solomon start his search for the meaning to life, when it comes to pleasure and wealth? 

Solomon starts his search with himself.  He does not talk to any elders; or pray to God before starting.  He decided to go with his own heart.  Go out and be amused and enjoy the pleasure and the laughter it will be a blast.  

What does Solomon turn to next according to verse 3?

Solomon wanted to gain wisdom about wine and to understand the foolishness of men. Why would the sons of men drink all of the days of their lives while living under the heavens.  But once again, Solomon still finds a dead-end to the answers of this life “under the sun.”

Ephesians 5:18 And be not drunk with wine, in which is excess.  But be filled with the Spirit instead.  

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Take a moment to reflect.  

Have you received messages from the world regarding laughter, wine, and pleasure?  

Do you have a time in your life when one of these ended up taking you to a dead-end Road?  

Write about your experience?  

Solomon also mentions that he explored folly, or foolish acts.  Foolish people often seem happier than people who are more prudent.  

Read verses 4-8.  

What does Solomon focus on accumulating?

Solomon is focusing on accumulating many things and above all, his great works!  So he begins building houses.  He planted vineyards and made gardens and orchards and planted trees in them of all kinds of fruits.  He made pools of water, to water the wood that brings forth trees.  

He had servants and maidens, and servants that were even born in his house.  

He had great possessions of large and small cattle, more than all of the people in Jerusalem before him.  

Solomon gathered gold and silver, and the peculiar treasures of Kings and of the provinces.  

He got men and women singers, and the delights of the son of men as musical instruments, and that of all sorts.  

Solomon attempted to build heaven on earth.  

In Luke 12:15

Jesus says, Take heed, and beware of covetousness: For a man’s life does not consist by the abundance of the things which he possessth.  

Don’t be jealous by other people’s abundance of possessions.  These things are only a mirage, and they do not bring happiness and peace.  

What does Solomon conclude about his projects and possessions according to verses 9-11?

“So I was great,” said Solomon.  I increased more than all that were before me in Jerusalem:  And also my wisdom remained with me.  And whatever my eyes desired; I shall have.  His heart rejoiced in all his labour; and this was his portion, or piece of something because of his labour.  

Solomon denied himself nothing and he took pleasure in his toil.

Then he looked at all the works his hands had worked and laboured. And Behold! All of this was vanity and vexation of spirit and he realized that there was no profit “under the sun.”

 It’s not wrong to find pleasure in our work when we do the work God created us to do, and we do our projects for the Lord,  then there is pleasure.

But Solomon did all this for himself.  He did not do anything for the Lord.  Selfish endeavors lead to a meaningless existence and unsatisfied longings.  

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What do these verses tell us about our pleasures and earthly treasures?

Mathew 6:19-21  Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon the earth, where moths and rust does corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal.  But lay upon yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where theives do not break through nor steal.  For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.  

We were not made to find pleasure in the gifts God gives us; but instead, find pleasure with the giver of the gifts.

In verse 11, Solomon “considered” all his hands had done.  In Hebrew, “considered” means to literally face something or someone and look it straight in the eye.

Look your life right in the eye.  

(It could be dream, a situation, a goal or something that God is laying on your heart right now.)  

What gifts has God given you that you need to stop using for your own purposes and begin using for His glory?  

This concludes Lesson 9.  

Closing Prayer:

Dear God, we come together to ask that you please reveal to us the things in our lives that we have selfishly pursued.  Turn those things into gifts that we can use for your glory.  Help us to walk in the truth that we learned today about the vanity of pleasure and wealth.  Thank you for this wisdom, Lord.  In Jesus name, we pray, amen.

Thank you for joining me today.  

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