Saturday, 9 December 2017

Ecclesiastes 6-10

Here's how the study works: Read the chapters mentioned in the heading during the week and share any words, thoughts, verses that stood out to you. Having a week for several chapters creates the opportunity to revisit them and make additional comments as you feel inclined as well as make comments on other people's insights.


Susan Barnes said...

6:7 Everyone’s toil is for their mouth, yet their appetite is never satisfied.

“We work to feed our appetites; Meanwhile our souls go hungry.” (MSG)

We continually work to feed ourselves but can’t satisfy the desires of our souls. Material possessions don’t satisfy. We are continually seek more and more but feel empty.

Therefore seek satisfaction in God.

Susan Barnes said...

7:15 In this meaningless life of mine I have seen both of these: the righteous perishing in their righteousness, and the wicked living long in their wickedness.

Righteousness does not protect us from adversity. Avoid all extremes. Even being too righteous which may lead to self-righteousness. “Whoever fears God will avoid all extremes” (v. 18).

Susan Barnes said...

8:16 When I applied my mind to know wisdom and to observe the labor that is done on earth—people getting no sleep day or night—then I saw all that God has done. No one can comprehend what goes on under the sun. Despite all their efforts to search it out, no one can discover its meaning. Even if the wise claim they know, they cannot really comprehend it.

Life is mysterious. We are not smart enough to really comprehend, we get glimpses but not the full picture. We live between the “now” and the “not yet”.

Susan Barnes said...

9:11 I have seen something else under the sun: The race is not to the swift or the battle to the strong, nor does food come to the wise or wealth to the brilliant or favor to the learned; but time and chance happen to them all.

Life doesn’t always work out the way you would expect. Therefore don’t expect it to. The world is broken and life is not always fair.

Susan Barnes said...

10:20 Do not revile the king even in your thoughts, or curse the rich in your bedroom, because a bird in the sky may carry your words, and a bird on the wing may report what you say.

Be careful what you think about because it will come out in your words.