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Ecclesiastes: Finding Joy in the ‘Shadowlands’

Hope for the Restless Hearts

‘Vanity of vanities… all is vanity’ (Eccles. 12:8). These were the Preacher’s first (see 1:2), and also his last words. The writer begins and ends his book by saying the same thing. Throughout Ecclesiastes, the Hebrew word for vanity has served as the Preacher’s multipurpose metaphor to express the frustration of life in a fallen […]

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Towards Home

Remember 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”;Ecclesiastes 12:1

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Towards Home

In his excellent commentary on the book of Ecclesiastes (Living Life Backwards), David Gibson titles this chapter, ‘One Foot in the Grave.’ He opens with the quote: ‘Inside every old person is a young person wondering what happened’ (from The Times by Terry Pratchett). He then writes, “Growing old makes a body and an inner […]

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Instructions from the Grave

Greetings and grace to you in the name of Christ Jesus, our risen Lord. This week we come to the central portion of the Preacher’s argument in Ecclesiastes. With chapter six, Solomon begins a new cycle in his argument, which as we now can see more clearly, is that “life is to be enjoyed by […]

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Turn, Turn, Turn

18 Behold, what I have seen to be good and fitting is to eat and drink and find enjoyment[a] in all the toil with which one toils under the sun the few days of his life that God has given him, for this is his lot.Ecclesiastes 5:18

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Turn, Turn, Turn

In chapter 1 of Ecclesiastes, the Preacher introduced his main thesis: death puts an end to our repetitive quest for greatness and gain and instead teaches us that we are simply part of the generation who came after the last one and before the next. But it’s not just that the whole of our lives […]

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Chasing the Wind

24 There is nothing better for a person than that he should eat and drink and find enjoyment[a] in his toil. This also, I saw, is from the hand of God,Ecclesiastes 2:24

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Chasing the Wind

The book of Ecclesiastes is one of the wisdom books of the Old Testament. It is a book that brings to us the wisdom of God, and does so in a twofold way: (1) It seeks to make us wise about the life of faith lived out in a fallen world. It seeks to impress […]

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