In Week 3 of our study, we looked at the Preacher’s initial investigation into wisdom and his first attempts to determine from his own experience what is “hebel” (futile, fleeting, meaningless) and what is “tob” (good) in the world. Can you guess his conclusion? All is fleeting and the “pursuit of wind” but at the same time we are given a “present inheritance” in this life under the sun: contentment, enjoyment, and the recognition of God’s ultimate goodness.
Please see the left side bar for the Week 3: Ecclesiastes 1:1-12 – 2:26 Summary Notes and Week 4 Homework.
Are you fully enjoying your “present inheritance”? I hope that we can all marvel at the sovereignty of God in not only His provision of all good gifts but also the ability to enjoy them!
See you next week!
I was so encouraged to see yet more new people at Grace Chapel on Monday night for our Ecclesiastes Bible study! And while I thought that a talk about “empiricism” and the “empirical method” might make some of the women’s eyes glaze over in boredom, I actually got very good feedback after the lesson that this part was really interesting! We also had a great discussion about wisdom of the world and how we as Christians should respond to non-believers about Biblical wisdom.
Please see the left side bar for the Week 2: Wisdom and Ecclesiastes 1:1-11 Summary Notes and Week 3 Homework.
Take note in the Week 2 summary notes of “An example of when empiricism fails” — I think that this is a powerful example of Satan’s lie to our original parents that what God had defined as good was not good enough. The enemy continues to lie to us today, telling us that our efforts at determining wisdom could somehow be superior to God’s ability to define wisdom for us.
See you next week!
We had a HUGE group at Grace Chapel last night for Week 1 of our Ecclesiastes Bible study! I was so incredibly encouraged by everyone’s comments and thoughts during the lesson — I can’t wait to see where this study leads us. I am also glad to know that there are many people participating along with us out in the blogosphere.
Please see the left side bar for the Week 1 Introduction to Ecclesiastes Summary Notes and Week 2 Homework.
May we all be encouraged to find that in a world where life seems “futile” and “all is vanity” we have a merciful God who is leading us to walk in His world on His terms. Thanks for studying God’s word with us!
Starting on June 9, I hope you will join us for a “virtual” Bible study of Ecclesiastes brought to you by Women In His Image!
- Do you ever wonder why at times nothing seems to make sense in the world?
- Do you ever question if God is really sovereign in all matters, both big and small?
- If we can gain wisdom through observation and experience and become “good at the craft of life” do we really need Biblical wisdom?
- What can we gain by searching for life’s meaning “under the sun”?
- What does “the fear of the Lord” really mean for our daily lives?
Our loving and merciful God speaks through Ecclesiastes to answer all of these questions and many more!
You will be studying alongside a group of awesome women at Grace Chapel (PCA) in Lincoln, NE, as we delve deeply and thoughtfully into this incredible portion of Scripture. For more information, look in the left side bar for the section called “Ecclesiastes Bible Study” ~ Looking forward to studying God’s word with you!