Summary: Just what is the real meaning of life? Can we know...and how does it affect us?
Psalm 8:4-9 - 4 What is man that You are
mindful of him, And the son of man that You
visit him?5 For You have made him a little
lower than the angels, And You have
crowned him with glory and honor.6 You
have made him to have dominion over the
works of Your hands; You have put all things
under his feet,7 All sheep and oxen—Even
the beasts of the field,8 The birds of the air,
And the fish of the sea That pass through the
paths of the seas.9 O Lord, our Lord, How
excellent is Your name in all the earth!
Why are we here.....what is the purpose behind our
existence.....what is the real meaning of life....can we know
what life is really all about?
A. These questions and variations on these questions
have bothered mankind from ancient times.
1. We may not specifically ask these questions,
but we can identify with them and we
certainly would welcome a valid answer to
In the overall scheme of things, just what is mankind and
how important is the role that he plays?
A. The impact that we, as a race, have on events
1. Ghengis Kahn
2. Atilla the Hun
3. Alexander the Great
4. Julius Caesar
7. Adolf Hitler
8. Mao Se Tung (sp.)
a. These men were all great and had life
changing effects on the world of their
1.) But how do they affect us?
a.) Is anyone here scared of
b.) Does Alexander the Great
produce awe in your mind?
If the great are forgotten and their impact is blunted by
time........what about you and me?
A. If the accomplishments of these great people...at
the peak of their greatness has little or no bearing
on us, today.......what bearing will our lives have
on future generations?
1. If the great are so temporal....what about the
not-so-great......like you and me?
In this world, today....what has any lasting meaning and
A. In other words.....”What is the REAL meaning of
1. Not as an abstract thought.....what is the
real meaning of life for YOU?
I. Some believe that the important thing....the real meaning
behind our existence might be the pursuit of wisdom and
** Hear a wise man on this subject.....Solomon.
Eccl. 1:16-18 - 16I communed with my heart, saying,
“Look, I have attained greatness, and have gained more
wisdom than all who were before me in Jerusalem. My
heart has understood great wisdom and knowledge.” 17And
I set my heart to know wisdom and to know madness and
folly. I perceived that this also is grasping for the wind.
18 For in much wisdom is much grief,
And he who increases knowledge increases
A. In this passage, Solomon speaks of “vexation”
as being connected with wisdom and knowledge.
1. They can vex the heart of man because they
a. Knowledge and wisdom that comes from
anything except God and His word....is
1.) The knowledge of mankind is
relative to and dependent upon
time, place, and the prejudice of
the one recording “truth”.
2. They can also vex the soul and heart of man
in the same way that Adam and Even were
undone with wisdom and knowledge.
Gen. 3:4 - 4Then the serpent said to the woman, “You will
not surely die. 5“For God knows that in the day you eat of
it your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God,
knowing good and evil.”
a. This knowledge that God was keeping
from them (knowledge of good and evil...
innocence) was a knowledge that He
knew would destroy them.
1.) Sometimes things are best left
a.) It’s only our vanity and
curiosity which drive us to
know everything that there is
** Too bad the human urge doesn’t work this strongly in
the things of God.
1. In sort, then, we may become vexed by the things
that we learn.
B. This knowledge is also called “vanity” by
1. The knowledge of mankind is vain, because
of our limited capabilities.
a. We can never come to an end of the
knowledge that is present in God’s
creation........only God can understand
everything.......when we try to understand
everything, we simply confirm our
1.) In other words, the more that we
know.....the more frustrated we
become with what we don’t know.
** Humans of our day and age, probably have as much
pride in our achievements in space exploration as Eric
the Red’s generation had in his accomplishments, or
Queen Isabella had in Christopher Columbus’ feats.
1. Oh what puny steps of knowledge.
a. Hear the Apostle Paul as he addresses those
who think wisdom and knowledge are the
real meaning of life.