Ecclesiastes 10:1-20 A Fool’s Book of Proverbs

Ecclesiastes 10:1-20 A Fool’s Book of Proverbs One of the terms of Colleen Cudney’s probation for her 2012 DUI conviction is that she is not supposed to drink at all, and must take random Breathalyzer tests. In March 2014, she boasted on her Facebook page that she passed a test even though she’d consumed alcohol [Read More…]

Ecclesiastes 9:1-18 Enjoy Life

Ecclesiastes 9:1-18 Enjoy Life   Death is unavoidable (Ecclesiastes 9:1-10) “I’m not afraid to die;” quipped Woody Allen, “I just don’t want to be there when it happens.” Death is not an accident, it’s an appointment, a destiny that nobody but God can cancel or change.1 We talked about this in the last chapter. Here, [Read More…]

Ecclesiastes 8:10-17 The Wisdom of Divine Justice

Ecclesiastes 8:10-17 The Wisdom of Divine Justice Here, we see that Solomon is starting to take the long view of wisdom. He is beginning to see that there are things which are completely out of his control. You get to the point in life when we realize that you can’t control everything. So you have [Read More…]

Ecclesiastes 8:1-9 Respect God and the Government

Ecclesiastes 8:1-9 Respect God and the Government Helmuth von Moltke was drafted to work in counterintelligence for Nazi Germany, yet his Christian faith made him a resolute opponent of Adolf Hitler. Although he believed it would be wrong for him to use violent force against the Nazis, von Moltke used his high position to rescue [Read More…]

Ecclesiastes 7:15-29 Great Advice About How to Live

Ecclesiastes 7:15-29 Great Advice About How to Live Believe it or not, the English Department at the University of Wyoming offers a class to teach its students how to communicate with aliens. “Interstellar Message Composition,” the course is called, and it is sponsored by a grant from the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA). According [Read More…]

Ecclesiastes 7:1-14 Wisdom for the Better Life

Ecclesiastes 7:1-14 Wisdom for the Better Life Ecclesiastes 7:1-14 Wisdom for the Better Life Solomon pauses in this chapter, which begins the second half of the book. Here, Solomon seems to reflect on the wisdom he has shared in the previous six chapters. The key word in this section is “better”. The Lord shows us that [Read More…]

7 Better Things in Life

7 Better Things in Life May 10, 2017 Ecclesiastes 7:1-14 Solomon pauses in this chapter, which begins the second half of the book. Here, Solomon seems to reflect on the wisdom he has shared in the previous six chapters. As a result, he reflects on his experience and shares seven better things. 1. Honor is [Read More…]

Ecclesiastes 6:1-12 How to Make the Most of Life

Ecclesiastes 6:1-12 How to Make the Most of Life If money doesn’t bring happiness (as we saw in Ecclesiastes 5), then the question is: what does bring happiness? The theme shifts from dealing with money to dealing with circumstances in life and how to deal with them. There are two directional outlooks on life addressed [Read More…]

Ecclesiastes 5:10-20 Dollars and Sense

Ecclesiastes 5:10-20 Dollars and Sense CNN recently covered a story about a man with stomach pain. The report said, “French doctors were taken aback when they discovered the reason for the patient’s sore and swollen belly: He had swallowed around 350 coins: $650 worth.” The sixty-two-year-old man came to the emergency room of Cholet General [Read More…]

Ecclesiastes 5:1-9 How to Relate to God and the Government

Ecclesiastes 5:1-9 How to Relate to God and the Government I was always told that in polite company, one should never talk about politics or religion. In Ecclesiastes 5:1-9, Solomon talks about both. First, he talks about how we should relate to God and then Solomon will give us an insider’s view of government. It’s [Read More…]