Ecclesiastes 9 (15/05/2015)
Main Idea: Christians living a life of wisdom from God
In this particular chapter, the teacher once again emphasises this idea of “wisdom”. What does wisdom mean to you?
Chapter 9 starts off with this idea of death being certain for everyone. The author writes of 3 responses in light of this: people who waste their life, people who endure through life (have dead hope), and those who have the living hope. With the last response, the author teaches us to put our contentment in God and enjoy what God has blessed us with.
With this, we see worldly wisdom vs. godly wisdom. The author writes of a great king whom the world perceives as wise and authoritative, but instead he describes the poor man as wise. Unconventional in the world’s standard, hey? The author states, “the quiet words of the wise are more to be heeded than the shouts of the fools” elevating how we’re to be seeking after this godly wisdom he talks of.
Ecclesiastes 12 (22/05/2015)
Main Idea: Fear God and keep His commandments
The teacher concludes Ecclesiastes with this chapter. He reinstates this idea of this cyclical life we live on Earth where we grow old and our bodies start deteriorating until ultimately we die. He exclaims, “Meaningless! Meaningless! Everything is meaningless!”. Without God, everything is meaningless (as found in pretty much the whole of book!).
However, the teacher puts in one last warning:
Fear God and keep His commandments,
for this is the duty of mankind.
For God will bring every deed into judgment,
including every hidden thing,
whether it is good or evil.
The author teaches us this: Fear God and keep His commandments.
Wrapping up Ecclesiastes!
We must admit, Ecclesiastes is quite a tough book to read! In saying that though, Ecclesiastes shed lots of light. It taught us of this cyclical life we live in and the many vanities of life such as chasing after wealth and toil, advancements and riches. Despite this though, the teacher stresses this idea of being content in God, fearing Him, seeking godly wisdom and keep His commandments. This concludes our Old Testament study of Ecclesiastes. We pray that not only did you learn lots but you can also apply it also to your life.
We would love for you to join us again for our next series starting up soon, but as for now we’re going to fill our bellies with lots of food from hotpot! We would love to extend this invitation to you and invite you to come along to our hotpot social at Beverly Hills Chinese Baptist Church from 6:45pm on 29th of May 2015 (this coming Friday). Come hang out with the other youth and leaders, fill your stomachs with steaming hot food, hear a talk based on the bible and have a time of discussion groups where you can delve into what was said and hopefully have your questions answered.