Ecclesiastes

Wisdom’s One Source

As Solomon nears the end of the book of Ecclesiastes, he begins to summarize what he has been saying the entire book. Much of the content in the last few sentences sounds like it belongs in the book of Proverbs. Solomon's desire in writing Ecclesiastes is to impart...

Seek the Lord While You Are Young

Life is short. This is the great truth of the book of Ecclesiastes. No matter how full of life one may feel, there will come a day when the life will go out of them. It is for this reason that Solomon writes, "Remember also your Creator in the days of your youth"...

Living with the End in View

Nobody gets out of here alive. This may sound like the plot of a horror story, yet this is the reality of life. Every person who draws breath on this planet will, one day, cease to breathe. As we have seen previously in the book of Ecclesiastes, death is the great...
Fearing God and Holding to the Truth

Fearing God and Holding to the Truth

There is a certain injustice in the world that the crummiest guys live long lives and the best are taken from us too soon. And I like that the Bible is honest about this reality. It doesn’t sugar coat things. It doesn’t tell you that if you’re good enough bad things...

Comparing Wisdom and Folly

Comparing Wisdom and Folly

Unlike other sections of Ecclesiastes chapter 7:1-12 is a string of proverbs that does not have a unifying theme. There are many themes the Preacher strings together, whereas most of the chapters have a consistent line of thinking. This stringing together of wisdom...

Wealth With No Joy

Wealth With No Joy

“Ecclesiastes 6 is one of the Bible’s darkest chapters,” wrote one commentator. Next, to Job 3, I agree with him. The Preacher ended chapter five by describing how God gives everything we have to us, including the ability to enjoy it (Ecclesiastes 5:19). Enjoying the...

Finding Contentment in the Lord

Finding Contentment in the Lord

In every society throughout history, it has been a misconception that wealth will bring contentment. The saying is true that “money solves problems.” Yet, it is more accurate that money can causes more problems than it solves. In many societies, it is the wealthy that...

Why Study the Book of Ecclesiastes?

Why Study the Book of Ecclesiastes?

Examining Life Socrates is known for his famous quip that the unexamined life is not worth living. The book of Ecclesiastes offers a poignant reflection on this point. The book of Ecclesiastes is named after its central character, Qohelet (translated “the Preacher” in...

What Do You Toil For?

What Do You Toil For?

Ecclesiastes 3:9-15, “9 What gain has the worker from his toil? 10 I have seen the business that God has given to the children of man to be busy with. 11 He has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man's heart, yet so that he cannot...