Ecclesiastes Challenge

Read through Ecclesiastes with us!  Start with chapter 1 today.  After reading the chapter, pick one verse that jumps out at you and ask God to help you learn from His Word how to apply it today in your life.  In addition to reading your Bible, YouVersion is a must have phone app that has the daily Ecclesiastes reading plan and online commentary.  Text a friend and do it together!

Memory Verse of the Week: Hebrews 2:1, Therefore we must pay much closer attention to what we have heard, lest we drift away from it.



3 comments (Add your own)

1 Vance - Thu, September 25, 2014 @ 9:20 AM

I find this advice quite the antithesis of seeking to understand the wisdom found in the book of Ecclesiastes. Wisdom is found through study and relocation on what the wise have taught us. Grabbing a verse out of context, making up our own interpretation and sharing it with others is a hallmark of the pathway of the foolish, not those who are seeking wisdom.
2 admin - Thu, September 25, 2014 @ 9:46 AM

Appreciate your comment and agree with you that it is dangerous to take a verse out of context to form your own interpretation. This is why it is vital to read the Word in context (which is the instruction) and seek the proper interpretation and application under the authority of the Holy Spirit.

The message in Ecclesiastes from Solomon (the smartest guy ever 1 Kings 3:12) on seeking wisdom apart from a growing, personal relationship with God is that it is vanity (Ecclesiastes 1:16-18).

2 Timothy 2:15, Do your best to present yourself to God as one approved, a worker who has no need to be ashamed, rightly handling the word of truth.
3 Vance - Sun, September 28, 2014 @ 2:00 PM

One of the significant issues in studying Ecclesiastes is that 99% of those who read the whole book in its context will still read it with a lot of incorrect traditions in their mind. Things such as:

Solomon wrote the book when he was old and fell away from God.
The book is about how meaningless life is apart from God.
"Under the sun" is the same as "life without God."

With these ideas firmly entrenched it is next to impossible for the message of the book to be applied. Ecclesiastes is the "lost book of the Bible" for it is buried under incorrect traditions and translations.

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