Is our life really meaningless? The study of Ecclesiastes.
I am so excited to dig into Ecclesiastes with you!
I am by no means a bible scholar but I am a christian woman who desires to go deeper with God and his word. More than likely, if you are reading this, you do too.
What to expect
Over the next few weeks, I will share my take away’s and understanding of this book. I am planning to break it down chapter by chapter.
I will be asking questions and I would love for you to share your answers and take away’s in the comment section below each post.
I am asking that there be no criticize or judgement in these comments. The questions are to engage us with Gods word and expand our understanding. Each of us are at different levels of understanding and different stages of our journey with Christ so keep that in mind. I am sure you can remember a time when God took you to that next level of understanding so we will respect and not judge when others share here.
Let’s Dig in!
Who was the author?
Although we aren’t 100% sure who wrote Ecclesiastes, many say it was King Solomon.
This dude had a crazy history but was also known to be wise.
Kind Solomon was the 3rd King of Israel. You can read more about his life in 2 Samuel, 1 Kings and 1 Chronicles.
He was the final Kind of an United Israel before the split into Northern Kingdoms of Israel and the Southern Kingdom of Judah.
Solomon had 700 wives and 300 concubines and his wives turned his heart after other Gods and God was angry.
It’s after that he writes the book of Ecclesiastes which sums up that everything is vanity without God.
Like a poem of disappointment in life itself, Ecclesiastes starts off like this.
The words of the Teacher, son of David, king in Jerusalem:
2. “Meaningless! Meaningless!”, says the Teacher.
“Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless.”
Talk about an intro!
I’m sure we’ve all felt this way. Like when you spend all day cleaning the house then the kids walk in and 5 minutes later it looks like a hurricane blew through! MEANINGLESS, MEANINGLESS, UTTERLY MEANINGLESS! You know what I mean? This book grabbed my attention!
When reading the bible, I like to use a study bible to help me truly dig in and grasp what the author is saying. In the New International Version Study Bible, it sums up verses 3-11 by letting us know the author is elaborating his theme. Human effort appears to be without benefit or purpose and therefore without meaning.
In the Introduction of Ecclesiastes, also found in my NIV Study Bible, the sum of Ecclesiastes is to provide instruction on how to live meaningfully, purposefully and joyfully within the theocratic arrangement - primarily by placing God at the center of ones life, work and activities, by contently accepting ones divinely appointed lot in life, and by reverently trusting in and obeying the Creator-King. (pg 1006)
That being said, we are just scratching the surface!
Why do you think the author started Ecclesiastes off like he did in verse one?
Was there a particular verse or verses that really stood out to you? What was its meaning for you?
Ecclesiastes 1:18 wraps up the chapter by saying, “For with much wisdom comes much sorrow; the more knowledge, the more grief.” What is your current understanding of this?
I am really looking forward to reading your answers and digging in with you during the next 11 chapters! Feel free to share this post on your social media and invite some friends and family to join us.