Jesus Through the Word: Ecclesiastes

Monday March 13, 2017
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Week Eighteen: Ecclesiastes
 
Outline
Introduction (1:1-11)
The Search (1:12-3:22)
Frustrations (4-7)
Wisdom Lived Out (8-11)
Conclusion (12)
 
Themes
Hebel
All is Vanity (1:2; 12:8)
Vanity of Pleasure (2:1-11)
Vanity of Wise Living (2:12-17)
Vanity of Work (2:18-23)
Vanity of Wealth (5:8-12)
Vanity of Finiteness (8:14-17)
 
Beneath the Sun
Nothing New (1:1-11, 14)
For the Living Only (9:6)
Injustice (3:16; 4:1-3)
Time and Chance (9:11-12)
 
Wisdom
Fear God (5:1-7; 8:10-13; 12:13-14)
Remember God (12:1-7)
Above the Sun
 
Joy
The Gift of God (2:24; 3:12-13; 3:22; 5:18-19; 8:15; 9:7-9)
 
Where is Jesus?
Creator—Colossians 1:15-20; John 1:1-3
Creation—Romans 8:18-25
Weariness—2 Corinthians 4:13-18
Justice—Isaiah 42:1-3; Revelation 19:11-16
Purpose—2 Corinthians 5:11-21
Eternal Life—1 John 2:25
Eternal Joy—2 Peter 3:11-13; Jude 24-25
 
What is this book about?
Solomon conclusively defines for us the nature of this fallen world: it is fleeting, temporal, monotonous, and often unfair. Therefore we must look above the sun to find true meaning, purpose, and joy.
 
How does it point to Jesus?
To remember our Creator is to remember Jesus, and therefore all the meaning and purpose and joy He has given us in Himself as new creations.