Tag Archive: meaning of life

“In one of the most beautiful poems in the Scriptures, the Teacher shows that there is purpose and balance to all things, even in this present life.  Everyday life takes on significance in the enjoyment of one’s work and the happiness of human love.  The message is aimed directly at the young people for whom much of the wisdom literature is intended.  In conclusion the Teacher urges that all things find their fulfillment in acknowledging the Creator’s purpose for mankind and in obeying his will.”

Life’s True Meaning

PURPOSE AND BALANCE IN LIFE     Ecclesiastes 3:1-17

ADVICE TO YOUNG PEOPLE     Ecclesiastes 11:7-12:8

WHERE LIFE FINDS ITS MEANING     Ecclesiastes 12:13-14

End of Solomon’s Reign

“With that parting advice to those who would follow him in these days ‘under the sun,’ Solomon himself falls prey to the ‘same destiny [which] overtakes all.’  The end of Solomon’s life is given only brief mention.”

Read: 1 Kings 11:41-43/2 Chronicles 9:29-31

All quotations taken from The Daily Bible.

Solomon’s Reflections on Life

“Despite his great sin — or perhaps because of it — Solomon may ultimately have gained the most valuable wisdom of all: a full appreciation of the emptiness of all that he had — even his own wisdom — when compared to things eternal.  The book traditionally known as Ecclesiastes, meaning the Preacher or the Teacher, may have been written either personally by King Solomon or sometime later by a scribe in Solomon’s honor as the patron of the wisdom movement.

Ecclesiastes is a critical essay about the meaning of life.  in its original organization several themes are woven together in an overlapping collage.  For purposes of this presentation, the book has been organized according to topics in order to highlight the obvious themes of the Teacher.”

Ecclesiastes  ——-arranged topically——-

The Search for Meaning

THE ULTIMATE QUESTION     Ecclesiastes 1:1-3

CYCLICAL NATURE OF LIFE     Ecclesiastes 1:4-11

MAN’S SEARCH FOR MEANING     Ecclesiastes 6:10-12

Importance of Finding Meaning

MORTALITY OF ANIMALS AND MAN     Ecclesiastes 3:18-22

MORTALITY OF FOOLISH AND WISE     Ecclesiastes 2:12-16


IMPORTANCE OF THE PRESENT     Ecclesiastes 9:4-10

THE UNEXPECTANCY OF DEATH     Ecclesiastes 9:11-12

LIFE’S MEANING INSCRUTABLE     Ecclesiastes 8:16-17

All quotations taken from The Daily Bible.
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