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Smoke and Mirrors- Why Ecclesiastes?

Smoke and Mirrors

Speaker: Pastor Ty Neal
Date: August 27, 2017

https://thebibleproject.com/videos/wisdom-ecclesiastes/

Just when you think you have life figured out, it happens - the unexpected. It's ironic how life has so much mystery that leaves us asking more questions than there are answers for. So we go to God. We try to figure Him out. We cross our t's and dot our i's expecting him to be controlled and domesticated. But God is not to be tamed like a circus lion. This blows us up. So what are we to do? Where are we to find meaning and lasting happiness when we don't have all the pat answers we so desperately desire? What do we do when life feels like a bunch of smoke and mirrors? Join us as we go through the enigma, wrapped up in a mystery, surrounded by a riddle within the Bible known as the book of Ecclesiastes.

 

Title - Why Ecclesiastes?

 


Ecclesiastes 1:1-2 - 1 The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem. 2 Vanity of vanities, says the Preacher, vanity of vanities! All is vanity.

 


Quote - “This book is one of the more difficult books in all of Scripture, one which no one has ever completely mastered.” Martin Luther

 


Quote - “Two thousand years of interpretation… have utterly failed to solve the enigma.” R. N. Whybray

 


Quote - “Ecclesiastes is a lot like an octopus: just when you think you have all the tentacles under control - that is, you have understood the book - there is one waving in the air!” Craig G. Bartholomew

 


Quote - “Wisdom literature doesn’t teach a universally valid truth. Many are true only if stated at the right time and in the right circumstance.” Tremper Longman

 


Ecclesiastes 1:1 - 1 The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem.

 


Ecclesiastes 1:2 - 2 Vanity of vanities, says the Preacher, vanity of vanities! All is vanity.

 


Big Idea - Big Idea: The search for meaning and lasting happiness in life will always seem like smoke and mirrors until we find it in Jesus.

 


Romans 8:20 - 20 For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope

 


Quote - “And yet, to the very pointed question “What’s wrong with the world?,” Chesterton replied, “I am.”

 


Galatians 3:13 - 13 Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us—for it is written, “Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree”—

 


Romans 8:20-21 - 20 For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope 21 that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God.

 


Ecclesiastes 12:8 - 8 Vanity of vanities, says the Preacher; all is vanity.

 


Matthew 12:42 - 42 The queen of the South will rise up at the judgment with this generation and condemn it, for she came from the ends of the earth to hear the wisdom of Solomon, and behold, something greater than Solomon is here.

 


Ecclesiastes 12:9-14 - 9 Besides being wise, the Preacher also taught the people knowledge, weighing and studying and arranging many proverbs with great care. 10 The Preacher sought to find words of delight, and uprightly he wrote words of truth. 11 The words of the wise are like goads, and like nails firmly fixed are the collected sayings; they are given by one Shepherd. 12 My son, beware of anything beyond these. Of making many books there is no end, and much study is a weariness of the flesh.
13 The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. 14 For God will bring every deed into judgment, with every secret thing, whether good or evil.

 

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