Eccl. 1-3 What's Life All About

WHAT’S LIFE ALL ABOUT?
Ecclesiastes 1:1-3:22       July 23 2006

Solomon concluded that the best thing to do was
simply to enjoy the normal activities of daily life
as gifts from God.
Solomon declared that there is “a time for every
activity under heaven” (Eccl. 3:1). He listed a
variety of human experiences  that come from God
and are good in their time. Solomon also affirmed
that life is a gift from God and should be enjoyed
and lived with eternity in mind.
Like others before him, Solomon acknowledged
the mystery of the wicked prospering in their sin
and the righteous suffering in their obedience.
Solomon found comfort in the assurance that
there is an appointed time when God’s Judgment
will set matters straight.

1. Is Fulfillment found In Wisdom? (Eccl.1:1-2,
16-17)

Eccl. 1:1   The words of the Teacher, the son of David,
king in Jerusalem. 1:2   Vanity of vanities, says the
Teacher, vanity of vanities! All is vanity. 1:16   I said
to myself, “I have acquired great wisdom, surpassing
all who were over Jerusalem before me; and my mind
has had great experience of wisdom and knowledge.”
1:17   And I applied my mind to know wisdom and to
know madness and folly. I perceived that this also is
but a chasing after wind.

Solomon applied his wisdom to evaluating the
whole spectrum of human thought. He even explored
madness and folly, wisdom’s opposites, in an effort
to find fulfillment. Solomon discovered that when
you make the pursuit of knowledge your goal in life,
the results always disappoint. Knowledge only
increased Solomon’s sorrow because it made him
painfully aware of thing as they were. While people
may find value in education and intellectual pursuits,
these cannot satisfy the deepest hunger of their
hearts.

2.Is Fulfillment Found in “The good Life”? (Eccl. 2:1
,3-4,11)

Eccl. 2:1   I said to myself, “Come now, I will make a
test of pleasure; enjoy yourself.” But again, this also
was vanity.  2:3   I searched with my mind how to cheer
my body with wine —my mind still guiding me with
wisdom —and how to lay hold on folly, until I might see
what was good for mortals to do under heaven during the
few days of their life. 2:4   I made great works; I built
houses and planted vineyards for myself; 2:11   Then I
considered all that my hands had done and the toil I had
spent in doing it, and again, all was vanity and a chasing
after wind, and there was nothing to be gained under
the sun.

Solomon had a knack for making money; he amassed
great wealth (1 Kings 10:14-29). His fleet of ships
sailed the sea to bring him the treasure of kings and
provinces(1 Kings 9:26-28;10:22). Solomon also had
a knack for spending money and used his wealth to
build beautiful houses and to plant magnificent
gardens and trees for himself.
While some of the thing Solomon experienced can add
a measure of meaning to life, none of them led him to
find ultimate meaning in life under the sun. Solomon
discovered that fulfillment is not found in having a
good time, pursuing the thing associated with
“the good life,” or achieving impressive
accomplishments.

3. Is fulfillment Found in Pleasing God? (Eccl. 2:24,
26;3:16-17)

Eccl. 2:24   There is nothing better for mortals than to
eat and drink, and find enjoyment in their toil. This also,
I saw, is from the hand of God; 2:26   For to the one who
pleases him God gives wisdom and knowledge and joy;
but to the sinner he gives the work of gathering and
heaping, only to give to one who pleases God. This also
is vanity and a chasing after wind. 3:16   Moreover I saw
under the sun that in the place of justice, wickedness
was there, and in the place of righteousness, wickedness
was there as well. 3:17   I said in my heart, God will judge
the righteous and the wicked, for he has appointed a time
for every matter, and for every work.

Solomon declared that there is “a time for every
activity under heaven” (Eccl. 3:1). In 14 statement she
illustrated that God controls the  times and seasons
of life and keeps all of life balanced (Eccl. 3:2-8).
Solomon also said God has put eternity in our hearts
(Eccl. 311), a hint that there is more to life than just our
mere existence under the sun. We should live each day of
our lives with eternity in mind , enjoy the good gifts God
has given us, and seek to Please Him.

Summary:

Life is a gift from God. God offers eternal life to all
who repent of their sins and place their faith in Christ
for salvation. those who turn to Him in repentance and
faith experience the highest joys and deepest
satisfactions available in a relationship with Him.
Fulfillment is found in receiving life as a gift from
God and seeking to please Him, convinced that God will
ultimately judge all people.