When we are young, it is easy to allow the excitements of life to obscure the contemplation of our own brevity. In wisdom, the writer of Ecclesiastes addresses the need to reflect on this reality, so that we will remember our Creator while we still have time. Alistair Begg reminds us that tomorrow is not certain and urges us that now is the accepted time to pursue a right relationship with God.
1Remember also your Creator in the days of your youth, before the evil days come and the years draw near of which you will say, “I have no pleasure in them”; 2before the sun and the light and the moon and the stars are darkened and the clouds return after the rain, 3in the day when the keepers of the house tremble, and the strong men are bent, and the grinders cease because they are few, and those who look through the windows are dimmed, 4and the doors on the street are shut—when the sound of the grinding is low, and one rises up at the sound of a bird, and all the daughters of song are brought low— 5they are afraid also of what is high, and terrors are in the way; the almond tree blossoms, the grasshopper drags itself along,1 and desire fails, because man is going to his eternal home, and the mourners go about the streets— 6before the silver cord is snapped, or the golden bowl is broken, or the pitcher is shattered at the fountain, or the wheel broken at the cistern, 7and the dust returns to the earth as it was, and the spirit returns to God who gave it. 8Vanity2 of vanities, says the Preacher; all is vanity.
Trapped in a dark world without God, the writer of Ecclesiastes searches frantically for some light on the path. Indulging in everything this world has to offer leaves him empty and unfulfilled. After climbing high on the ladder of life, he makes the tragic discovery that it was propped against the wrong wall. Growing cynical about life’s achievements, he begins to question the rationale behind everything. These studies touch the pulse of a generation caught between material prosperity and spiritual poverty. Alistair Begg helps us make sense of this relevant book, so that we can live life with purpose and meaning. In order to do this, we must first discover what it means to fear God, which is the beginning of true wisdom.
|A Word to the Wise||Ecclesiastes 1:1-18|
|The Search for Satisfaction||Ecclesiastes 2:1-26|
|Eternity on My Mind||Ecclesiastes 3:1-15|
|All Those Lonely People||Ecclesiastes 4:1-16|
|Concerning Worship||Ecclesiastes 5:1-7|
|In Search of Meaning||Ecclesiastes 5:8-7:29|
|The Case Against Self-Sufficiency||Ecclesiastes 8:1-17 Ecclesiastes 9:1-18|
|Dead Flies and Little Birds||Ecclesiastes 10:1-20|
|Celebrate Life!||Ecclesiastes 11:1-10|
|Remember Your Creator||Ecclesiastes 12:1-8|
|A Surprising Punch Line||Ecclesiastes 12:9-14|