Ecclesiastes -Wisdom for Living Well- Comparing Wisdom and Folly Lesson 10.

Verse of the day:

 

 

Please add this verse to your scripture journal. ¬†ūüôā

Open up your Bible to the book of Ecclesiastes 2:12-17.  Slowly read and color code these verses.  Remember, color coding in your Bible is optional.  Here is the color coding chart to help you.  

image

Women Walking with Jesus is a new Ministry that I started in 2017.  

This ministry is for women. ¬†(Based on the fact that I am a woman and therefore can write from a woman’s perspective.) ¬†However, men could benefit from the Bible Studies in this group too. God’s Word is for everyone. ¬†¬†

*Women Walking with Jesus Facebook Group is a Bible Study Group.

By studying the Bible we can learn how to live the way God wants us to. He sent Jesus to save us from the world; and His Word tells us how to live so that we can receive eternal life in heaven.

*My website is https://womenwalkingwithJesus.com.  

*When I started Women Walking with Jesus; I just followed my heart and the idea grew. ¬†I just put it in God’s hands, for He knows the plan for me. ¬†My goal is to study the Bible and then teach what I have learned.

So I created my website which is the focus of Bible Studies set up at a go at your own pace.  

When I set up Women Walking with Jesus Messenger Group, I took family and friends with me to the group from Facebook. ¬†But not everyone chose to stay in the Messenger Group and I would lose a member once in a while. ¬†At first it saddened me that they left the group. I thought, “what should I change or do better?” ¬†But then I realized that my focus is on learning and teaching what I learn. ¬†As long as I stay focused then, Jesus has the rest. ¬†“People will come and people will go; but as long as I stay and do not give up; I will reap the rewards of my labour.” ¬†Since then I have deleted Women Walking With Jesus Messenger Group; but continue with the Facebook Group and the Website.

So I took a new turn. Instead of worrying about who is or isn’t in the group; ¬†I will follow God and lead through His direction. ¬†Focusing on all of the positives and letting anything negative; go…Living; Learning; and Teaching what I’ve Learned. ¬†Thank you Jesus. ¬†ūüôā

image_540235744962966

In Verse 12  we can see that King Solomon takes a new turn.  Now he is considering the comparison between wisdom and folly.  

1.  Which does he decide is better according to verse 13? __

Solomon decided that wisdom exceeds folly just as light excelleth darkness.

2.  What fate awaits both of them?

The fate that awaits the wiseman and the fool is; ¬†death…

* ¬† Death is certain and universal. ¬†No matter how wise or foolish, how wealthy or hardworking, statistics show that one out of one–die.*

3. Look up Psalm 49:10.

1. What does it say about the death of the wise and the fool?

*For he seeth that wise men die, likewise the fool and the brutish person perish and leave their wealth to others.*

4. What also bothers Solomon about their same fate according to verse 16 & 17?

* Be not afraid when one is made rich, when the glory of his house is increased.  For when he dieth he shall carry nothing away; his glory shall not descend after him.*

Another mirage is fame and remembrance. The internet has made it easy for us to seek fame and fortune. We can post our talents online and hope to get noticed by someone significant. Selfies are also a way to get people’s attention and many try gaining modeling careers by sending selfies to modeling agencies. ¬†Our biggest hurdle is overcoming rejection and worry. It’s like feeding a negative beast! And it’s always hungry!

People long to be remembered after death. We place headstones on our loved ones graves so their name does not fade. But, reality is; that most of us are forgotten within the first generation or two. ¬†The Pharaohs of egypt had huge pyramids used as tombs. Even with huge pyramids; they have still been forgotten. Most of us can’t even name those Pharaohs and I am one of those people who can’t name them. ¬†

5. What does Solomon conclude in verse 17-20?

*Solomon concludes that when we die, we will take nothing from this earth with us. Men will praise us on earth for what we have that is visible to the eye. But nothing will go with us in the end, nothing material that is.  Man that is in honour; and understand not, is like the beasts that perish.*

*Solomon is at a dead-end; again. ¬†He “hates” life! ¬†Don’t forget that Solomon is accessing life under the sun without God in it.* ¬†We don’t have to fall into that same pit of depression as Solomon did since we are believers in God.*¬†

6. We should view death and labor according to these passages:

1 Corinthians 15:55-58 

O death, where is thy sting?  O grave, where is thy victory?  The sting of death is sin; and the strenght of sin is the law.  

But thanks be to God, which giveth us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ.  

Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye steadfast, unmovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord.  

Philippians 2:12-16  

Wherefore, my beloved as ye have always obeyed, not as in my presence only, but how much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling.  

For it is God which worketh in you both to will and to do of his good pleasure.

Do all things without murmurings and disputing:

That you may be blameless and harmless, the sons of God, without rebuke, in the midst of a crooked and perverse nation, among whom ye shine as lights in the world;  

Holding forth the Word of life; that I may rejoice in the day of Christ, that I have not run in vain, neither laboured in vain.  

Galatians 6:6-10  

Let him that is taught in the word communicate unto him that teacheth in all good things.

Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth that shall he also reap.

For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting.

And let us not be weary in well-doing; for in due season we will reap, if we faint not.

As we have therefore opportunity let us do good unto all men, especially unto them who are of the household of faith.

Galatians 6:9

image

7.  How Does Galatians 6:9 encourage you in the midst of the season of life you are in today?

image_540440484992681

Courtney Joseph expressed that this verse has kept her going through several of her own life events.  

I agree with Courtney. ¬†I have also used this scripture through many of my own life’s trials and tribulations and continue to use it often.

Do not grow weary!  We sure do need to hear these Words; often.  Especially in the world today.

Rest assured that our labor for our Lord is not in vain. Upon due season we will reap our rewards.  

Do not give up!  Keep going!  

Closing Prayer:  

Dear God,  We come together in prayer today.  Please help us not grow weary in doing well in this world. There is so many terrible things happening in the world around us; help us to stay focused on you Lord through it all.  We thank you for the blessings we will receive for not giving up.  Help us to walk in the truth that we learned today about wisdom and folly.  We thank you Lord.  In Jesus name we pray, Amen! 

We are Women Walking With Jesus. Thank you for joining me. ¬†ūüôā

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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.

image

Verse of the day:  

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

(Add to your Scripture Journal please.)

image

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.  

image

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.  

image

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.  

We are Women Walking with Jesus. ¬†ūüôā