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PA260 Ecclesiastes 11:1-12:14 mp3

Ecclesiastes Series 8

In this message, Solomon urges us to be generous to others, since such kindness will come back to us eventually. You do not know all the ways of God. Always remember that the dark days of death are coming. Let the young rejoice in their youth, for it will not last forever. They should enjoy themselves, but remember that God will bring them into judgment for all their actions. They should remember their Creator now, for soon enough the days of old age will come when the body is weak and does not work right, and then following will be death. Thus all in this world is emptiness. The conclusion the Koheleth comes to: fear God and keep His commandments. He will bring every work into judgment. Thus it is the life to come that will not be empty!

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PA259 Ecclesiastes 9:7-10:20 mp3

Ecclesiastes Series 7

In this message, Solomon continues to access what is valuable under the sun. He advises his readers to live joyfully with the wife they love and to do their work with their strength. The race is not always to the swift or the battle to the strong, since time and chance happen to all. A poor but wise man saved a little city with his wisdom, but the city later forgot him. Thus wisdom proves better than strength, but no one remembers the wise poor man. Even a little folly spoils a man. It is worse when a ruler is foolish, and sets foolish men in charge. A fool is most destructive. A land is sad when its rulers are fools. Yet one should not curse the king, for word of such things has a way of getting around.

PA258 Ecclesiastes 7:21-9:6 mp3

Ecclesiastes Series 6

In this message, the Qoheleth encourages us not to take to heart everything we overhear others say about us. He ponders women, and says he has not found one among a thousand. What did he mean by this? He speaks of the power of the king. Though a righteous man dies for being righteous and a wicked man lives longer because of his wickedness, still he insists that it will be well with the righteous man. The best thing in life is to enjoy the good things you have and take pleasure in your labor. It is better to be a live dog than a dead lion, since the dead know nothing. This passage provokes the hatred of most traditionalists, but is it right to reject the truth of Ecclesiastes because one does not like this passage?

PA257 Ecclesiastes 6:7-7:20 mp3

Ecclesiastes Series 5

In this message, Solomon continues to discuss the emptiness of life. A man labors constantly for his mouth, yet his appetite is never satisfied. What is good for a man in all his empty life? And no one can tell what will happen on earth after this short life is over. Mourning is better than celebrating, because it leads to wisdom. Many wise sayings follow. Interesting advise: it is good not to be either too righteous or too wicked, or too wise or too foolish, for either one can get you into trouble. Does the Bible really mean this, or are we to learn another lesson by it?

PA256 Ecclesiastes 5:1-6:6 mp3

Ecclesiastes Series 4

In this message, Solomon warns not to make rash vows to God and then fail to pay them, since He has no pleasure in fools. Do not be surprised when you find people being oppressed in a land. The rich are not made happy by their riches, and man dies taking nothing with him, just as he was born with nothing. It is good to enjoy what you have, whether it is little or much. It is a calamity when a man has riches, yet has no power to enjoy them. One who sees no goodness in his life would have been better off being stillborn.

PA255 Ecclesiastes 3:11-4:16 mp3

Ecclesiastes Series 3

In this message, we consider what it means that God has put eternity in men’s hearts? What is best for man in this life? How is everything God does forever? Are men really like animals in death? Does man’s spirit go upward and an animal’s go downward? Considering the vanity of those oppressed with no one to comfort them, and of a man who labors as a miser with no one to leave his wealth to. Two are better than one. It is better to be young, wise, and poor than old, foolish, and a king.

PA254 Ecclesiastes 2:1-3:11 mp3

Ecclesiastes Series 2

In this message, King Solomon continues his discourse on wisdom. He tried mirth, great works, great possessions, selfish pleasures, many wives, and even wine and drunkenness to see what is good for men in their short lives. He concluded that there is no profit in all these things. Even to be wise does not answer everything, for the wise man and the fool both alike will die. He concluded that nothing is better for men than to eat and drink and enjoy all their labor. There is a fit time for everything, and we consider what such fit times might be.

PA253 Ecclesiastes 1:1-18 mp3

Ecclesiastes Series 1

In this message, we begin a study of the book of Ecclesiastes. What is the message of the book? Is it a reliable book to glean truth from, or is it, as some claim, just an inspired record of man’s faulty reasoning? Who wrote the book, Solomon or someone else? Then we consider the first chapter. The Koheleth: who this is and what it means. He proclaims that all is vanity, things move in a circle, nothing is truly new, and there is no remembrance of former things with those who come after. Wisdom may be found, but it brings grief along with it.