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Thoughts from Ecclesiastes- 1

Discussion in 'Thoughts for Today' started by jeremiah7, May 29, 2011.

  1. Thoughts from Ecclesiastes- 1

    The words of the Teacher, son of David, king in Jerusalem: "Meaningless! Meaningless!" says the Teacher. "Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless." (Ecclesiastes 1:1, 2)

    If we take these verses and try to interpret it just as they were, it would mean that everything in this world is meaningless. But if we take all the chapters of this book together and see what the Teacher, son of David, king in Jerusalem is saying, we can know that what he is trying to put forth is that without God, everything is meaningless in our lives. The word occurs as many as 35 times in this book and surely, the son of David, king in Jerusalem, most probably Solomon, after having seen and experiencing things in this world, came to the conclusion that everything is meaningless without God. If we come to the New Testament and apply the same verses, we can say that everything is meaningless in a persons life without Jesus Christ.

    The search and quest for God has been going on for centuries and the search for the true and living God still continues by them who have not yet experienced Christ. There are some who have found and have relationship with some sort of a God, yet are not sure that they have eternal salvation. But the Bible is very clear and states that salvation is provided to mankind because of the atoning work of Jesus Christ on the cross and anyone who believes and confesses that and lives according to the Word of God is granted entry into the kingdom of heaven. Without God, man's existence is meaningless and without Jesus Christ, whatever we gain in this world becomes meaningless in the end.

    If you feel everything is meaningless in life, accept Jesus as your Savior and live according to the Word of God, the Bible, and you will find meaning and purpose in life. If you have accepted Jesus Christ as Savior and are living according to the Word of God, God's promise is that you will receive eternal life when you die or are translated into heaven at Rapture.

    For them who have accepted Jesus as Savior and yet feel that life is meaningless because of the circumstances that they are going through, the Bible advices,
    "Let us fix our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of our faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God." (Hebrews 12:2)
    "If we endure, we will also reign with him....." (2 Timothy 2:12)
  2. Thoughts from Ecclesiastes-2

    What does man gain from all his labor at which he toils under the sun? Generations come and generations go, but the earth remains forever. (Ecclesiastes 1:3, 4)

    If we take a look at what the preacher says here, in a way, it's true. What does a man gain from all his labour at which he toils under the sun. Of course, he may make some amount of money and there are a few that wallow in luxury. There are fewer who have great wealth and possessions. But the question that the preacher asks here is, "What does a man really gain from all this?, because finally he has to die and would not be able to take anything that he has accumulated all his life. Everyone who is born on earth has a timespan alloted by God for living on earth; there are some who do not even live out the time alloted by God because of their wicked, selfish and disobedient ways. So finally, what is the end of all this? 'Generations come and generations go, but the earth remains forever', is what the preacher says. A man's existence is 70-80 years, very few live upto a 100. Even so, the lifespan of a person is so small compared to the earth which has been from the beginning and still remains.

    'Generations come and generations go, but the earth remains forever', was written by the preacher thinking possibly of temporal things and not with eternity in view, for the Bible says and it is prophesied that the present heaven and earth will pass away and there will be a new heaven and earth. God will dwell among his people. As we read in the book of Revelation,
    "Now the dwelling of God is with men, and he will live with them. They will be his people, and God himself will be with them and be their God." (Revelation 21:3)
    New Jerusalem, the glorious city in heaven, will be the final destination of them who have accepted Jesus Christ as Savior and have lived according to the Word of God. But for the wicked and for them who have chosen to live in their own ways, rejecting salvation through Christ, eternal torment awaits them.

    God gives everyone enough chances to turn from their sinful ways and live according to his Word. It is upto each one of us to choose the right path and live for God. Otherwise eternal judgement enduring the wrath of God in hell or the lake of fire will be the tragic ending.

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