Ecclesiastes Bible Study: Week 5

Last week we were introduced to the Hebrew meanings of the experiences that happen under heaven and some of them were hard to grasp. Alongside the pleasant experiences of birth, healing, building up, laughing, dancing, loving, and peace, we are told that there are times in life for death (even killing), slaying (murder or destruction), tearing down (even using violence), weeping (in bitterness or even humiliation), wailing (in such deep grief that one tears the hair and beats the breast), hating (of man, wisdom, or even God), and war.

In Week 5 we looked at the final portion of Chapter 3 and the beginning of Chapter 4, which continue to present us with very difficult material to understand: the anomalies in God’s creation. In other words, the realities of life under the sun that don’t seem to “fit” into God’s plan.

Please see the left side bar for the Week 5: Ecclesiastes 3:16 – 4:16 Summary Notes and Week 6 Homework.

Even in light of the fact that injustice, death, social oppression, toil without contentment, loneliness, and isolation are part of our world, we can rejoice that God looks upon a sinful and rebellious creation and provides the just and perfect plan for our redemption. Praise be to God!

See you next week!

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