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Summary: THE AUTHOR OF ECCLESIASTES EXPRESSES THE FUTILITY OF MAN WITHOUT GOD.

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SOMETHING OLD-SOMETHING NEW?

OBSERVATION: THE AUTHOR OF ECCLESIASTES, CALLED “THE PREACHER” COMES FROM THE HEBREW WORD “ASSEMBLY OR CONGREGATION”. THE AUTHOR IS NOT NAMED; HOWEVER, MANY SCHOLARS SUGGEST SOLOMON MAY BE THE AUTHOR. THE AUTHOR EXPRESSES THE FUTILITY OF MAN WITHOUT GOD.

INTERPRETATION: ECCLESIASTES 1: 10 (NKJV) IS THERE ANYTHING OF WHICH IT MAY BE SAID, “SEE, THIS IS NEW”? IT HAS ALREADY BEEN SAID IN ANCIENT TIME BEFORE US.

ECCLESIASTES 1:10 (AMPLIFIED BIBLE) IS THERE A THING OF WHICH IT MAY BE SAID, SEE THIS IS NEW? IT HAS ALREADY BEEN, IN THE VAST AGES OF TIME (RECORDED OR UNRECORDED) WHICH WERE BEFORE US.

THIS ISSUE HAS NOTHING TO DO WITH “THINGS”. IT HAS MUCH TO DO WITH HUMAN NATURE RELATING TO THE FALL OF ADAM AND EVE IN THE GARDEN OF EDEN.

THE APOSTLE PAUL EXPERIENCED THE “NEW THING” REALITY WHILE IN ATHENS. THE CITY WAS PLAGUED WITH FALSE IDOLS AND AWASH IN THE LATEST NEW THING. MANY DEBATED SOME NEW THOUGHT OR PHILOSOPHY; SOME WERE JUST LISTENING TO THE DEBATES. SOME WERE EAGER TO COME BACK THE NEXT DAY FOR MORE OF THE SAME. ENDLESS BABBLING PREVAILED!

READ ACS 17: 16-21

THE UNSAVED DWELLS ON MUCH THE SAME DESIRES: THERE IS VERY LITTLE ORIGINALITY IN SIN! THEY WILL ULTIMATELY FIND THE INTRINSIC WORTH VALUELESS! BELIEVERS CERTAINLY ARE NOT IMMUNE!

READ ECCLESIASTES 1: 11 (THE BOOK) WE DON’T REMEMBER WHAT HAPPENED IN THE FORMER TIMES, AND IN FUTURE GENERATIONS, NO ONE WILL REMEMBER WHAT WE ARE DOING NOW.

APPLICATION: SOMETHING OLD-SOMETHING NEW POINTS LIFE IN CHRIST THE “REAL THING”. MANY OLD TESTAMENT WRITERS PROPHESIED TO THIS REALITY. IT IS ETERNAL!


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