Summary: In chapter 5, Solomon deals with the vanity of RICHES AND WEALTH.
RICHES & WEALTH
Last week we began series titled “Vanity”, a short survey of the book of Ecclesiastes. This is a book that often gets overlooked; it’s rarely ever preached from or studied, but it’s extremely important because it contains words of wisdom.
What is wisdom? Your first thought might be that wisdom is knowledge, but wisdom is actually much more than knowledge. It’s possible for a person to have a great deal of knowledge, but very little wisdom. You may even know some people like that, I know I do…They’ve got multiple degrees hanging on their wall but they lack what I like to call “good ole fashion common sense.” You see, the difference between wisdom and knowledge is that wisdom involves the practical application of the knowledge in which you possess.
Well, last week we began in chapter 2…discussing success and the importance of our work. Now, in chapter 5, Solomon deals with the vanity of RICHES AND WEALTH. Let’s begin by looking at…
I. The Politics of WRONGDOING (vv. 8-9)
Now, it doesn’t take a rocket-scientist to figure out that we have corruption in our government. But I want you to know this morning, that corruption in the government is not a new thing. As a matter of fact, it was Solomon who said that “there is nothing new under the sun” (1:9). So ever since governments have been in existence, there’s been corruption.
Now you might be wondering, “Well if government is so corrupt, then why does it even exist?” The Bible tells us several things about government in Romans 13:1-4:
a.) Government was established by God Himself.
Let every soul be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and the authorities that exist are appointed by God (Rom. 13:1).
b.) When we rebel and resist to authority, we might as well tell God that we don’t trust in His sovereignty; we don’t believe that He’s in complete control.
Therefore whoever resists the authority resists the ordinance of God, and those who resist will bring judgment on themselves (Rom. 13:2).
c.) Government exists in order to punish those who do evil.
For he is God’s minister to you for good. But if you do evil, be afraid; for he does not bear the sword in vain; for he is God’s minister, an avenger to execute wrath on him who practices evil (Rom. 13:4).
The point is, that government exists for our good. That’s what Solomon is talking about in verse 9 of our passage this morning when he tells us that a king who cultivates the field is an advantage to the land.
II. LAWS OF FINANCIAL WELL-BEING
Many people truly believe that if they were rich then all their problems would just suddenly disappear. You might even be sitting there thinking right now, “Well Preacher, I know that money doesn’t buy happiness, but at least I would be miserable in style."
a.) Law #1: Money doesn’t bring SATISFACTION.