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- S2E13- The Conclusion-Ecclesiastes 12
The final chapter of Ecclesiastes features one last poem before coming to the conclusion of the matter. This poem focuses on a topic that has already been covered in the book and it’s subject is one of the more common subjects of poetry to this day. The end of life experience. Unlike much modern poetry, however, the point that Qohelet makes is one that points us to God.
- S2E12- The Longview-Ecclesiastes 11
Once again, here near the end of Ecclesiastes we run into a chapter that seems to be simply a series of proverbs that, on the surface, are not connected to each other. But when we really dig into these proverbs and the ideas that they represent we find a pattern that coalesces together into a series of coherent and connected thoughts on how to approach life.
- S2E11- Kings and Fools-Ecclesiastes 10
When it comes to exploring the philosophy of life, there are a lot of little proverbs that a wise man will latch on to. In this chapter we find this at play. A series of proverb after proverb that seems to meander through several different points, but throughout each two characters seem to continually make an appearance. The king and the fool. Pray that they don’t both coincide in your life.
- S2E10- The Great Equalizer-Ecclesiastes 9
Last chapter the Preacher contemplated the limits of Wisdom. In this chapter, he continues to examine the limits of the human experience. While wisdom is a trait that everyone has to various degrees, the hard limit of death is one that is applicable to everyone equally.
- S2E9- The Depths of Wisdom -Ecclesiastes 8
Throughout the book of Ecclesiastes, Solomon speaks of wisdom often. It is good, desirable, and makes life easier, yet it leaves those who have it in sorrow and grief. It is not until now that Solomon stops to examine wisdom and as he does he recognizes that despite all of the good traits that wisdom has, it too is limited in what it is able to accomplish.
- S2E8- Between the Extremes -Ecclesiastes 7
The world is full of extremes and throughout Ecclesiastes, Solomon explores the realm of the extremes. Wisdom and Foolishness. Righteousness and Wickedness. Rich and Poor. Life and Death. Even past and future are extremes. Extremes are all around us and it is all too easy to get stuck in these extremes to one degree or another. But there is a way of life that is revealed in this chapter. A way that is described as desireable, and that way of life is between the extremes.
- S2E7- Unending Appetites -Ecclesiastes 6
As we continue through Ecclesiastes we find Qoheleth continuing to discern the meaning of life from a materialistic viewpoint. What lasting meaning is there to be found in life when the human appetite is never truly satisfied.
- S2 E6: Watch Your Mouth – Ecclesiastes 5
James 3:5 – So also the tongue is a small member, yet it boasts of great things. How great a forest is set ablaze by such a small fire! Chapter 5 of Ecclesiastes features a unique set of verses in the book of Ecclesiastes. Throughout the book there is a lot of back and forth, pondering the greater questions, and seeking to discover the good in life. In chapter 5 though Qohelet gives a unique warning to all who care to take his words to heart.
- S2 E5: Oppression, Trauma, and Unity – Ecclesiastes 4
As Ecclesiastes continues, the author begins to delve into more diverse topics and ways of examining life. As he does, he touches on some issues that are hot in our current culture. As we examine these topics as described in Ecclesiastes and compare them to our culture, we can pierce the veil of the absolute futility of the things that the modern world tells us that we should focus on.
- S2 E4: Times and Seasons – Ecclesiastes 3
Ecclesiastes 3 opens with one of the most iconic passages and ideas in literature. An idea that is so foundational to our reality that many other authors over the ages have riffed off of this theme in their own works. We also find scattered throughout the Bible in various ways. What is so profound about the acknowledgment of seasons and how can this concept help us to find peace in our own lives?
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