Category: Ecclesiastes

Fear God, Keep His Commandments

Ecclesiastes 12:9-14 What do you want on your tombstone? It was the catchphrase of a commercial a few years back for Tombstone Pizza.  It is also a phrase that we relate to what is the way someone wants to be remembered. It signifies a message that is to be communicated long after the person is gone, a message of great importance, or in some cases, of great humor. At the end of the fascinating book of Ecclesiastes, there is an epitaph of sorts written that brings the words of the Preacher, the Qoheleth to a close. The text indicates...

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Before the Evil Days Come

Before the Evil Days Come Ecclesiastes 11:1-12:8 Ecclesiastes 11:9-12:1, “9 Rejoice, O young man, in your youth, and let your heart cheer you in the days of your youth. Walk in the ways of your heart and the sight of your eyes. But know that for all these things God will bring you into judgment. Remove vexation from your heart, and put away pain[a] from your body, for youth and the dawn of life are vanity. Remember also your Creator in the days of your youth, before the evil days come and the years draw near of which you will...

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The Need for Character in Leadership

“Woe to you, O land, when your king is a child, and your princes feast in the morning! Happy are you, O land, when your king is the son of the nobility, and your princes feast at the proper time, for strength, and not for drunkenness! Through sloth the roof sinks in, and through indolence the house leaks. Bread is made for laughter, and wine gladdens life, and money answers everything. Even in your thoughts, do not curse the king, nor in your bedroom curse the rich, for a bird of the air will carry your voice, or some...

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The Sovereign Handiwork of the Lord

“But all this I laid to heart, examining it all, how the righteous and the wise and their deeds are in the hand of God. Whether it is love or hate, man does not know; both are before him. It is the same for all, since the same event happens to the righteous and the wicked. . .” (Ecc. 9:1-2, ESV). “This, too, I carefully explored—that godly and wise men are in God’s will; no one knows whether he will favor them or not. All is chance!” (vv. 1, TLB) Everything around us in our lives is not by...

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Living Within The Limits To The Limit

Ecclesiastes 8:1–15 In this fallen world always and everywhere, the political maze is not only difficult, but also dark. Ecclesiastes 8:1-15 paints a bleak portrait of politics and people. The picture of the king in verses 2-4 is dim. “He does whatever he pleases” (v.3), even if his power sustains or promotes evil, and even if his power hurts others (v.9). Nor does he seem to be open to suggestions or corrections (v.4). But the picture of his subjects isn’t’ much brighter. In verse 10 we read that “the wicked.. used to go in and out of the holy...

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