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1/25/2009 ~ Wisdom From Solomon


Solomon, son of David wrote Ecclesiastes.
He tested:

◊ Wisdom
◊ Wealth
◊ Power
◊ Pleasure

... and found it all worthless.
His main point is that Life without God is vanity.


● Itís all been done before

That which has been is what will be, That which is done is what will be done,
And there is nothing new under the sun. ... ~ Ecclesiastes 1:9-11


"For you have the poor with you always, but Me you do not have always."
~ Matthew 26:11


There has always been poverty, man will never resolve this,
and God has given His light through His Son for man to see.


"And I, if I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all peoples to Myself."
~ John 12:32


To come to God it has to be through Jesus,
His Story, Life, and Resurrection.


● Itís not worse now than the past

Do not say, "Why were the former days better than these?"
For you do not inquire wisely concerning this. ~ Ecclesiastes 7:10


Commitment of faith has always been the test of God.
~ Do we trust God over the world?


"... He gives to all life, breath, and all things." ~ Acts 17:24-25

Our lives are a gift of God.

● Donít take criticism too seriously

Also do not take to heart everything people say, ... ~ Ecclesiastes 7:21-22

● But donít criticize the powerful

Do not curse the king, even in your thought; Do not curse the rich, even in your
bedroom; For a bird of the air may carry your voice, ... ~ Ecclesiastes 10:20


"... 'You shall not speak evil of a ruler of your people.' " ~ Acts 23:5

● Work hard

Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with your might; ... ~ Ecclesiastes 9:10

He who observes the wind will not sow,
And he who regards the clouds will not reap. ~ Ecclesiastes 11:4


In the morning sow your seed, And in the evening do not withhold your hand;
... ~ Ecclesiastes 11:6


God wants us to redeem the time.

... not as fools but as wise, redeeming the time, because the days are evil.
~ Ephesians 5:15-16


... with goodwill doing service, as to the Lord, and not to men, ...
~ Ephesians 6:7


... If anyone will not work, neither shall he eat. ... ~ 2nd Thessalonians 3:10-12

We need to work hard.

● But not too hard

Better a handful with quietness Than both hands full,
together with toil and grasping for the wind. ... ~ Ecclesiastes 4:6-8


Better is a little with the fear of the Lord, Than great treasure with trouble.
... ~ Proverbs 15:16-17


... For all his days are sorrowful, and his work burdensome;
even in the night his heart takes no rest. ... ~ Ecclesiastes 2:22-23


● Never forget God

... know that for all these God will bring you into judgment. ...
~ Ecclesiastes 11:9-10


... Fear God and keep His commandments, For this is man's all.
For God will bring every work into judgment, Including every
secret thing, Whether good or evil. ~ Ecclesiastes 12:13-14


Truly, these times of ignorance God overlooked,
but now commands all men everywhere to repent, ... ~ Acts 17:30-31


● Itís all been done before
● Itís not worse now than the past
● Donít take criticism too seriously
● But donít criticize the powerful
● Work hard
● But not too hard
● Never forget God

And as it is appointed for men to die once, but after this the judgment, ...
~ Hebrews 9:27


We have to face the truth.

Fear God and keep His commandments.

Purpose of Life
If you want to have meaning and happiness,
~ living for God gives us the best that life can offer.


Hope of salvation is the heart of faith.



 

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