Friday, August 2, 2013

THE MEANING OF LIFE: PART 1 OF 12

A CHAPTER BY CHAPTER STUDY OF THE BOOK OF ECCLESIASTES......CHAPTER 1
"Vanity of Vanities"
As we noted in the previous post and Plumbline program, there is a lot of Hopelessness in the world today. In fact, many have no hope for change in their lives because their spiritual and current status in life are in a state of flux.

Much of that can be traced to complete unbelief in the real God of heaven and belief in the false god of America - which increasingly - is whatever you, the individual claim THAT god to be. What you believe in life, about life and concerning life, determines how you live that life.

Many never learn that Truth. In fact, Truth is in short supply. If a person is looking for truth in everything from church leaders down to public officials and increasingly perverse media, they are looking for both love and Truth in ALL the wrong places. God has given us the full measure of Truth, yet only few seek it.  He took even a completely corrupt and broken vessel - no, not an American politician - but King Solomon, who was suffering the consequences of decades of sinful leaving. God then used this man to send us a love letter of what life really is about.

You and I can find out that meaning, if we just dig into the true meaning of every word of every phrase of every verse of the great Book of Ecclesiastes. For the next two weeks or so, we will look at this book - Chapter by Chapter in 12 separate but intentional fluid teachings.  In a 1/2 hour TV program, all we can do is dig into the major themes of each chapter and then trust that you and I then find our own Bibles and read it in that context. Today's look at chapter 1 introduces us to the basic truism of the general overview of life. Not only is there nothing new under the sun, but Solomon is allowed to think like most modern day Americans and ask "what is the point of all of this"? 
READ ON...THEN WATCH.....

Ecclesiastes 1 

New American Standard Bible (NASB)

The Futility of All Endeavor

The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem.
[a]Vanity of vanities,” says the Preacher,
[b]Vanity of vanities! All is [c]vanity.”
What advantage does man have in all his work
Which he does under the sun?
A generation goes and a generation comes,
But the earth [d]remains forever.
Also, the sun rises and the sun sets;
And [e]hastening to its place it rises there again.
[f]Blowing toward the south,
Then turning toward the north,
The wind continues [g]swirling along;
And on its circular courses the wind returns.
All the rivers [h]flow into the sea,
Yet the sea is not full.
To the place where the rivers [i]flow,
There they [j]flow again.

CLICK HERE TO READ THE REST OF CHAPTER 1 (from Bible Gateway)
THEN WATCH PLUMBLINE ON ECCLESIASTES 1:
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