TEXT: Eccl a 1:2 Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity.
FRENCH: La vanité de vanités, saith le Prédicateur, la vanité de vanités; tout est la vanité.
SPANISH: La vanidad de vanidades, saith el Predicador, la vanidad de vanidades; todo es la vanidad.
INTRO: Concerning the ways of man, Solomon spoke with authority
1 Ki 10:23 So king Solomon exceeded all the kings of the earth for riches and for wisdom.
1. Solomon had the power and position to try every thing his heart desired.
2. Satan’s lie is that if you could only have this one more possession or this one more pleasure or this one more bit of worldly wisdom, you would be happy.
But listen to the King who exceeded all the kings of the earth for wisdom! - "all is vanity."
The Hebrew word Vanity used here is ’???????? which means "emptiness or vanity; figuratively something transitory and unsatisfactory;"- Strong’s Hebrew dictionary
I/ LIFE WITHOUT GOD IS EMPTY BECAUSE LIFE IS TRANSITORY
Eccl 1:4 One generation passeth away, and another generation cometh: but the earth abideth for ever.
Psa 90:10 The days of our years are threescore years and ten; and if by reason of strength they be fourscore years, yet is their strength labour and sorrow; for it is soon cut off, and we fly away.
If you are now 35 - you have only 12,000 days left - But that is a snap of the finger compared to eternity. James 4:14b For what is your life? It is even a vapour, that appeareth for a little time, and then vanisheth away.
The late President Kennedy never dreamed on Friday morning November 22, 1963 as he ate breakfast during the peak of his life, that by 2 o’clock that afternoon he would be in eternity.
Life is short even if it is not cut off as was President Kennedy’s.
Thousands of people showed up for work on Tuesday morning Sept 11th at the World Trade Center and the Pentagon with absolutely no clue what would await them that day. They didn’t even have time to
pray, often when death comes, it comes suddenly.
Let me tell you a story of a young man that was saved at the Lincoln Baptist Church where I was pastor. He grew up in a broken home, dad had left, mom had died, he lived in a old railroad boxcar. Washed dishes in café’s and cared for himself. Since he was so poor, he had no friends had never traveled, and was often looked down on by society. He had experienced very little love, honor, position or possessions. When he was 20 years old, he died of brain cancer.
I was asked to say a few words at his grave site. What could I say?
I thought of Solomon who had everything this world could offer, and Ray who had nothing of this world. There was only a handful of people at his funeral. Then I realized that in his short empty life, Ray found the most precious thing life had to offer: The Lord Jesus Christ! He was now living in a mansion in heaven richer than us all.
The point is if you find Christ, you are immediately successful in life, but if you have all this world has to offer, and do not find God through Christ, your life is "empty and unsatisfactory".