LIFE can be unrelenting but with Jesus you can find peace

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31 July, 2022Bill TyrieLIFE

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Ecclesiastes 2:18-26 (MEV)

18 And I despised all the toil in which I laboured under the sun, which I will give up to the man who comes after me. 19 And who knows if this man will be wise or a fool? Yet he will gain power over every labour that I have toiled and my use of wisdom under the sun. Also, this is vanity. 

20So I turned to give my heart up to despair concerning all the toil of my labours under the sun. 21 For there is a man who labours with wisdom, knowledge, and skill; yet to a man who did not labour for this, he leaves it as his inheritance. This also is vanity and a great distress. 22 For what becomes of a man with all his labour and with the striving in his heart that he toils under the sun? 23 For all his days are sorrowful, and his work is a vexation; even at night his heart finds no rest. Also, this is fleeting.

24 There is nothing better for a man than to eat and drink, and find enjoyment in his labour. This also, I saw, is from the hand of God. 25 For who can even eat or have enjoyment more so than I?[a] 26 For to a man who is pleasing before Him, God gives wisdom, knowledge, and joy; but to the sinner He gives the work of gathering and collecting to give him who is pleasing before God. Also, this is vanity and chasing the wind.

John 6:48 (NIV) “I am the bread of life”

In Jesus we find the nourishment and strength we need to live our lives. Jesus offers us so much and we can learn much from his life to help us daily.


QUESTIONS BASED ON THE SERMON TOPIC FOR SUNDAY 31 July 2022

Life can be unrelenting-but with Jesus you can find peace

Introduction:

This week is the second of a kind of a pigeon pair. This week we will discuss the attempt to find meaning by working for more pleasures. This follows on from last week which was on the attempt to find meaning by working for more riches Why two related topics? Because they are issues that are doubly important in this age. We seem to love having more stuff. Or at least that is what I observe today.

 UESTION 1                      

Read Ecclesiastes 2:1-3, Proverbs 20:1, Proverbs 23:19-21.

First off, the teacher looks at just living for pure pleasure. The saying living for wine, woman and song comes to mind.

1)        What is his conclusion to this experiment?

2)        What were his reasons for this conclusion?

3)        Do you agree or disagree? What happens to people we know when they live just for pleasure?

  

QUESTION 2

Read Ecclesiastes 2:4-9

Next, the teacher tells us about the work he did to gain pleasure. I see 2 lists here. One of the projects he undertook and the other things he bought.

1)        What kinds of projects do we fill up our lives with?

2)        What kind of things do we buy to make our lives satisfying?

 

 QUESTION 3

Read Ecclesiastes 2:10-11

These verses act as a kind of summary of this experiment.

1)        He will go into more detail later.

2)        What good came out of this experiment?

3)        What problem came out of this experiment?

 

 QUESTION 4

Read Ecclesiastes 2:17-21

The teacher here talks about a problem with having gained lots of stuff.

What is the main problem he sees? (See mainly verses 18-19,21).

1)        Do you know of situations where people have worked to set up their legacy?

2)        Building a legacy is a good thing. (See Proverbs 13:22). But what happens if we make it our meaning for life?

3)        Do you know of any instances when the success of one generation has been lost by the next?

 

 QUESTION 5

Read Ecclesiastes 2:22-23

The teacher also questions what benefit he finally gets from the desire to have more. He asks, “What do people get for all the toil”?

1)     In what way does this labour produce grief and pain?

2)     What benefit do we get from all our possessions when we die?

 

QUESTION 6

Read Ecclesiastes 2:24-26

 Earlier the teacher mentioned that he did get a reward for his toil. He now goes into this in more detail.

1)        What is satisfaction in verse 24?

2)        How does this differ from the constant compulsion to gain more?

3)        Where does this satisfaction come from?

4)        How do we get it?

5)        What is the reward for living a Godly life instead of a sinful life?

 

 

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Ecclesiastes 1:1-11 New International Version

Everything Is Meaningless

1 The words of the Teacher, son of David, king in Jerusalem:

2 “Meaningless! Meaningless!”

says the Teacher.

“Utterly meaningless!

Everything is meaningless.”

3 What do people gain from all their labors

at which they toil under the sun?

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round and round it goes,

ever returning on its course.

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nor the ear its fill of hearing.

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“Look! This is something new”?

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