Ch.1=We Wnt Signif: “the Secret” ~ Wrks: Posess./Relat/Activity/~THING Ch.2=Begin Srch=BASIC Advancd “Tst.Pleasr”=USA Way: “Fun & Games” ‘FUN==Happin.’ “PURSUIT OF HAPPINESS” Ecclesiastes 2:1-3 I said to myself, “Come on, let’s try pleasure. Let’s look for the ‘good things’ in life.”
V12-23= ‘Wise’ vs. ‘Foolish’ “USA Way” ‘U=2 Uptight..Jst.DO IT!...U ~Knw. “Fun” ’ Solomon: “?U Do Better? I== KING! ” U==REPEAT) ?Mk.Diff. 2 READ? 2 Ways: Xper ^ Read (Lrn) Prefer #1, UNLSS: Gud/Bad/Ugly=Rathr WATCH Ecclesiastes 2:12 (NLT) So I decided to compare wisdom with foolishness and madness (for who can do this better than I, the king?).
v13=Concl: ‘Eyes Wide Opn’ =Bettr Wildman=Burn Out Drinking==OK / “Blind Drunk” == JAIL V.14 ~SEE!! ‘Light ^ Dark’=ZOMBIELAND “Bettr.2 Burn Out..Fade Awy” Say 2day? So many LIES!! “Carpe Deim”
v14b SAME OUTCOME! Empty-Hands! Catholics: “Evryth. In Moderation” ^ Hells Angels: “Live Fast, Die Young…” v15 ?Value? \ Hrd.Wrk Bettr $$ NO! SAME PAY! “Working 4 Future Generations!” v16 ~CARES! \ ‘ Build Statue!’ Birds Poop IL: Rockefellers BP Oil (Ppl LOVE 2day!)
v.17 HURT By Life “Undr Sun” DISTURBING Existentialism Post-modernism ~Any better! PostM: ‘~Makes sense!’ Meaninglss ‘Nobody Knows ^ CAN Know’ Wind USA WAY Law Diminsh.Returns “I=Have Fun even if it KILLS ME!” Yes, it IS Killing Us!
So I gave up in despair, questioning the value of all my hard work in this world. Some people work wisely with knowledge and skill, then must leave the fruit of their efforts to someone who hasn’t worked for it. This, too, is meaningless, a great tragedy.
v.24a Contradiction!?! \ NO How Enjoyment Works v24b FUN=Gift of G! \ 1 st Time ~‘Undr Sun’ 2 Wys 2 Hv. FUN: 1)As MY GOAL DEMAND Infantile… 2)As a GIFT frm GOD 1 Tim. “He GIVES us richly all things to ENJOY.” v.25 GOSP: ?Ppl.Avoid G? Add G It WORKS! (==DESIGNER)
v.26a JOY!! =Ultimate ‘Fun/Games’ ~Monkish, ~Aescetism GRAND JOYS Wedding/Births/etc. BUT: Given, ~Demanded! As a GOAL Chasing WIND As a GIFT Cool, WORKS! CHOICE =Either/Or: Under..Sun ^ From God USA Way ^ G’s Way Enjoyed Thankfully, ~Lustfully ~ “I See..Want..Take!” USA: “Waaa, I Want My BOTTLE!” “Frm. God”
v.26a Gives Joy w/KNOWL,Wisd.,etc. “Keep the Knowl..gimme FUN!” ~Wrk. That Way: ‘Those..please Him’ G.Wnts. MATURITY, ~Spoiled BRATS ~Rocket Science: Fun=POISON Sometimes 1 Corinthians 2:6-7 (NASB) Yet we do speak wisdom among those who are mature; a wisdom, however, not of this age nor of the rulers of this age, who are passing away; but we speak God's wisdom in a mystery, the hidden wisdom which God predestined before the ages to our glory; ?Ur Wisdom Doin? REQ. DISCIPLINE (~fun) ‘Knowl/Wisdm’ ~Same as ‘undr Sun’
v.26b i.e., WE are the objects of God's Redemption Even the greatest tragedies turned to our benefit. When we see life in these terms, we can have joy in life again Even pain & grief==NXT WEEK