Thursday, January 28, 2010

It's Been A While

I finally have time to write again! Since my last post i have just been really busy and haven't had time to sit down ant type up what i've studied and written about Ecclesiastes. So i'm going to continue now with Ecclesiastes 2. We'll see how much i can get typed.
Ecclesiastes 2:4-16
Solomon thought is he did good deeds, like farming, he would find the meaning to life. So he built houses for himself, planted vineyards, gardens, and fruit trees, and he made parks. He made reservoirs of water through everything he had done. He tired even more, he bought slaves and livestock. He acquired much gold and silver. He acquired singers and musicians. He became the wealthiest man is Jerusalem. Some say he was the riches man to ever walk the earth.
Anything and everything he wanted he made sure he got it. He was happy about his accomplishments. But when he looked back over everything he had done, it was all meaningless to him. It meant nothing to him.
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Ecclesiastes 2:17-23
Solomon hated life. The work her had done grieved him. He felt as if all he had worked for was nothing. Why work hard on something when people in generations to come would destroy it? He felt that all he had done was in vain.
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Ecclesiastes 2:24-26
Solomon believed that there was nothing better than to eat, drink, and be satisfied with your work. But although he believed this, he thought it was meaningless. Solomon mentions God for the first time in verse 24. Solomon tells us that satisfaction is from God, and that with out God we can't find enjoyment. God gives wisdom, knowledge, and happiness to those that please him. But to the sinner He gives a life full of toil. Solomon said that a life of toil is meaningless.
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I honestly don't think there is a whole lot to gain from these verses. But what i saw over and over is that if you work for God and do all the work you do for His glory you will live a satisfied and fulfilled life. So start trying to live for God and to do your work for His glory.

God Bless
Rachel

2 comments:

Lizi said...

Good blog! I liked what you had to say!

I've read this passage a few times and what sticks out to me is that EVERYTHING of this world is nothing. Or, it SHOULD be nothing. Solomon had everything anyone could ever want, yet it was all meaningless to him. I think as Christians we need to get to the spot in our lives where we can say that everything is meaningless, and God is the only thing of worth. He is everything.

:)

Lizi said...

I liked what you had to say, good blog!

I've read this passage a few times and what sticks out to me is Solomon's attitude. He was the richest man of his time, he had anything he could ever want - yet he still said it was meaningless. He repeats this over and over. I think that as Christians we need to get to the place where everything in our life is meaningless and God is the only thing of worth. When everything else is meaningless God is left to do whatever He wants in our lives because nothing else means anything. I don't want to "gain the world and lose my soul". By believing that everything is meaningless I'm putting God first, and making Him my everything.

:)