June 14th

Ecclesiastes 9-12

  • 9:7-10— Basically, enjoy your life and treasure every moment, because one day you’re going to die. The message of this whole chapter is that everyone dies- rich, poor, good, bad, Jew, Gentile, etc. So, rather than focusing on your work to try and make more money expending too much effort trying to make yourself holier or more righteous, take a step back and enjoy the things that matter: relax and spend time with your family and enjoy God’s blessings (food and wine, in this case). He’s not saying “don’t worry about being righteous”, but rather that this things are actually part of what it means to be a righteous person and that God wants us to be happy.
  • 10:8-10 – There is danger in the world, but wisdom can minimize the danger we face.
  • 11:1-4 – The world is uncertain and bad things will happen, but we are called to faithfulness and generosity in the midst of the uncertainty.
  • 12:13 – This is the gist of the whole book. Though so much of what we focus on and worry about is “a chasing after the wind”, we have this one purpose that matters – to follow God and keep his commandments. This could simplify a lot for us.

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