Ecclesiastes Bible Study: Week 4

In Week 4 of our study, we looked at the portion of Ecclesiastes that inspired the famous song lyrics: “To everything (turn, turn, turn) there is a season (turn, turn, turn), and a time for every purpose under heaven…” In Chapter 3, the Preacher’s attention turns from investigating what is “hebel” (good) in life to investigating God’s perfect and intentional design of His creation. We took apart each verse and looked closely at the Hebrew meanings of the key words to help us more completely understand what God is telling us about His nature and His perfect will.

Please see the left side bar for the Week 4: Ecclesiastes 3:1-15 Summary Notes and Week 5 Homework.

How awesome that God has put the deep sense of His intentional design in our minds and on our hearts — the deep knowing that there is a larger plan into which all of our life experiences (good, bad, unexplainable) are somehow meant to fit. Placing eternity (‘ôlâm) in our minds keeps us connected to our Creator, constantly reminding us of His sovereignty in our lives. What an incredible gift!

See you next week!

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5 thoughts on “Ecclesiastes Bible Study: Week 4

  1. God placing eternity in us reminds me of my favorite quote :
    ” With every man He has a secret- the secret of a new name. In every man there is a loneliness, an inner chamber of peculiar life into which only God can enter. I say not it is the innermost chamber- but a chamber into which no brother, nay, no sister can come.” -George Macdonald

  2. On the new Derek Webb album there’s a song called “This Too Shall Be Made Right” that relates a lot to what we’ve studied in Ecc 3:13-4:16. Lyrics below. Also, Derek is giving the album away for free on noisetrade.com. Here’s the link:

    https://www.noisetrade.com/index.aspx#/browse/a0787df2-85b2-4f99-9136-079d23da6474

    people love you the most for the things you hate
    and hate you for loving the things that you cannot keep straight
    people judge you on a curve
    and tell you you’re getting what you deserve
    this too shall be made right

    children cannot learn when children cannot eat
    stack them like lumber when children cannot sleep
    children dream of wishing wells
    whose waters quench all the fires of Hell
    this too shall be made right

    the earth and the sky and the sea are all holding their breath
    wars and abuses have nature groaning with death
    we say we’re just trying to stay alive
    but it looks so much more like a way to die
    this too shall be made right

    there’s a time for peace and there is a time for war
    a time to forgive and a time to settle the score
    a time for babies to lose their lives
    a time for hunger and genocide
    this too shall be made right

    I don’t know the suffering of people outside my front door
    I join the oppressors of those who i choose to ignore
    I’m trading comfort for human life
    and that’s not just murder it’s suicide
    this too shall be made right

  3. Ecclesiastes is one of my favorite chapters in God’s Word. Not only is Solomon a first-class philosopher, but he points us in a single direction: towards our Creator-God.

    Solomon’s ultimate conclusion is that we do not need to understand the why to find freedom. We can find freedom by trusting God for all things and embracing the knowledge that all things have a season. “He has made everything beautiful in its time”. Satisfaction does not come from our “heritage”. Satisfaction comes from understanding that our heritage is from God.

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