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Intro Secular Wisdom “Life Apart From God”. The Theme 1.David’s Son  Only SOLOMON 2.“Preacher”  Seeker ‘Qoheleth’ – ‘Gathers’: ALL Possibl.Answers 3.‘hebel’

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1 Intro Secular Wisdom “Life Apart From God”

2 The Theme 1.David’s Son  Only SOLOMON 2.“Preacher”  Seeker ‘Qoheleth’ – ‘Gathers’: ALL Possibl.Answers 3.‘hebel’  “Wind” Ecclesiastes 1:1-3 (NLT) These are the words of the Teacher, King David’s son, who ruled in Jerusalem. “Everything is meaningless,” says the Teacher, “completely meaningless!” What do people get for all their hard work under the sun? "I waste away; I will not live forever. Leave me alone, for my days are but a breath.” Job 7:16 “Surely every man walks about as a phantom; Surely they make an uproar for nothing.” Ps. 39:6 Angry Costiak girl: “You’re too good for us?” “No, I don’t have a life.” Angry Costiak girl: “You’re too good for us?” “No, I don’t have a life.” Bow-Wow Beech: so much steam, over what?

3 The Theme 1.‘?Get?’  “Nothing Satisfies!” ~Enduring Value \ “Evryth.Broken” 2.‘Completely Meaningless’  Superlativ: “Nothing Emptier than Life” Grt.Strggl.  Xpect Grt.Payback Hardr U Wrk  Grtr. SHOCK: ‘EMPTINESS’ Guaranteed: Non-Xian ^ Xian (~Exempt!) Ecclesiastes 1:1-3 (NLT) These are the words of the Teacher, King David’s son, who ruled in Jerusalem. “Everything is meaningless,” says the Teacher, “completely meaningless!” What do people get for all their hard work under the sun? Walton: ‘Paper’ $$ Crash  Suicides Old Timrs  ’Back..day’

4 ‘Futility=GLOBAL’ Ecclesiastes 1:4-7 Generations come and generations go, But the earth never changes. The sun rises and the sun sets, then hurries around to rise again. The wind blows south, and then turns north. Around and around it goes, blowing in circles. Rivers run into the sea, but the sea is never full. Then the water returns again to the rivers and flows out again to the sea. Humanity=Transient / Nature=Perm. “Endless Cycle..Life Nature” Eastrn: “Celebrate!” ( &Atheists) G: “It’s a Tragedy!”  Bkwrds Soul Cries: “All My Xper  Gone!” Nxt.Gen.  Start Over Suddenly Dissapears: Music of Michael J. Hendrix: half-mast Leadershp Reagan/MLK

5 ‘Futility=PERSONAL’ Ecclesiastes 1:8 (NLT) Everything is wearisome beyond description. No matter how much we see, we are never satisfied. No matter how much we hear, we are not content. ‘Wearisome’  RESTLESS ‘~Describe’  Evrywh!  Wrk.Hrd  Rise Above Mere Existnc ‘See..~Satisf’ \ IL: Fla Sunsets ‘Hear..~Content’ News Hounds Gossip ‘Stars’ Soap Operas

6 ‘Futility=Timeless’ Ecclesiastes 1:9-11 (NLT) History merely repeats itself. It has all been done before. Nothing under the sun is truly new. Sometimes people say, “Here is something new!” But actually it is old; nothing is ever truly new. We don’t remember what happened in the past, and in future generations, no one will remember what we are doing now. ‘Repeats’  REHASH: Stuck Rut Ironic: ‘Thirst 4 New’  Find OLD “New Tecnol!”  Tlk.Re:FULFILL “Searcher”  OLD Answ. Existentialism  Eccles! Postmodrnism  Pilate: “?Trth?” ‘~Remembr’  Trite Answ/News IL: Pilate’s Despair \ Illiad We’re ‘SOOO enlightened!’ (PC)

7 My Quest  ‘ Futility ’ Ecclesiastes 1:12-15 I, the [Seeker], was king of Israel, and I lived in Jerusalem. I devoted myself to search for understanding and to explore by wisdom everything being done under heaven. ‘King’  ~FOOL ‘Devoted’  Resources! $$,Fame IL: Queen of Sheeba Lifelong, Energy  End of Reign ‘Wisdom’  Rare Insight, ~Competit ?U KNW Future?  Affct.Decis? 2 Ways: Check Urslf \ Listen 2 Wise G.=Lays Out ALL Options Here

8 My Quest  ‘ Futility ’ Ecclesiastes 1:12-15 I soon discovered that God has dealt a tragic existence to the human race: I observed everything going on under the sun, and really, it is all meaningless—like chasing the wind. What is wrong cannot be made right. What is missing cannot be recovered. ‘Race’  ‘Sons..Adam’  the Fall “G..Dealt’  Subj. Creation 2 Futil. Why?  ~Get Fulfill. ‘Undr Sun’ Rathr: “Make DECIS. ‘Under Sun’ ” ‘Wrong.. ~Right’  Emptin.=Process 1) Breakdn 2) Dissapp.  ‘~Recovr’ HS Popular  Gone @12 Empty Nestr:  SILENCE Old-Timers: ‘Back..Day’

9 My Quest  ‘ Futility ’ Ecclesiastes 1:12-15 I soon discovered that God has dealt a tragic existence to the human race: I observed everything going on under the sun, and really, it is all meaningless—like chasing the wind. What is wrong cannot be made right. What is missing cannot be recovered. ‘Race’  ‘Sons..Adam’  the Fall “G..Dealt’  Subj. Creation 2 Futil. Why?  ~Get Fulfill. ‘Undr Sun’ Rathr: “Make DECIS. ‘Under Sun’ ” ‘Wrong.. ~Right’  Emptin.=Process 1) Breakdn 2) Dissapp.  ‘~Recovr’ HS Popular Fade  Gone Empty Nestr:  SILENCE Lambs!

10 My Quest  ‘ Futility ’ Ecclesiastes 1:16-18 (NLT) I said to myself, “Look, I am wiser than any of the kings who ruled in Jerusalem before me. I have greater wisdom and knowledge than any of them.” So I set out to learn everything from wisdom to madness and folly. But I learned firsthand that pursuing all this is like chasing the wind. The greater my wisdom, the greater my grief. To increase knowledge only increases sorrow. ‘Wisdom..Grief’  Xians ~Aloof JC=Greatst=Is.53:3 ‘aquaint..sorrow’ Superspiritual Disease=BLIGHT “G’s Kingdm..Earth”  Crusades “G.ALWYS Protect ME!”  ARROG! U2 Will Be SHOCKED @Emptinss  Hard Wrk=Dissap 1 Corinthians 10:12 (NASB) Therefore let him who thinks he stands take heed that he does not fall. IL: BUCK IS GONE

11 Preview Ecclesiastes 2:25 (NLT) For who can eat or enjoy anything apart from him? It is G. Who Sustains Life It is G. Who Gives Us ENJOYMENT – Busy Redeeming Life


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