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Summary: This sermon show how King Solomon tried everything in life only to find that the only thing that satisfied was loving God.

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What is really important in life ? What is my purpose ?

“It’s almost impossible to overestimate the unimportance of most things“.

Life is short - Maybe we need to reevaluate and reorder it.

Take a lesson from Solomon - he tried everything.

He tried Science, philosophy, humor, drinking, architecture, gardening, possessions, wealth, music, fatalism, deism, morality.

He had the worst mid life crisis ever.

Purpose of the Book of Eccl. : To show us what is really important.

SOLOMON’S HISTORY :

Father - David, Mother - Bathsheba, Born 1033 B.C.

Nathan called him “Jedidiah” - Beloved of the Lord.

Became 3rd king at age 18.

SOLOMON’S ACCOMPLISHMENTS :

Reigned 40 years (1015 B.C. - 975 B.C.).

Built the temple.

Established a lucrative commerce business.

Wrote Eccl., Song of Solomon, Proverbs, and 2 Psalms.

I) THE EMPTINESS OF WISDOM Ch 1

A) The value of wisdom

He became wiser than all before him (Eccl 1:16)

He told us the benefits of wisdom ... it :

1) Keeps us from sin : fools go astray because they don’t listen to criticism.

2) Extends life

Prov 4:10 Hear, O my son, and receive my sayings; and the years of thy life shall be many.

3) Makes us happy

Prov 3:13 Happy is the man that findeth wisdom, and the man that getteth understanding.

4) Is more valuable than rubies, silver, or gold.

Prov 3:14 For the merchandise of it is better than the merchandise of silver, and the gain thereof than fine gold.

Prov 8:11 For wisdom is better than rubies; and all the things that may be desired are not to be compared to it.

B) The grief of being obsessed with wisdom

Eccl 1:18 For in much wisdom is much grief: and he that increaseth knowledge increaseth sorrow.

Wisdom is good, obsession is bad.

Our society tries to find fulfillment through philosophies :

Humanism - Man is the center.

Naturalism - all can be explained by natural law

Skepticism - Dedication to human reason, science, and education.

Liberalism - Miracles don’t happen

Existentialism - Emphasizes individual experience,

regards human existence as unexplainable.

Human philosophy ultimately disappoints.

Solomon’s conclusion :

Eccl 2:16 (NIV) For the wise man, like the fool, will not be long remembered; in days to come both will be forgotten. Like the fool, the wise man too must die!

II) THE EMPTINESS OF PLEASURE Ch 2

A) Solomon’s folly with pleasure

He tried : Humor, drinking, building projects, cultural arts, labor.

His conclusion 2:1 ”This also is vanity”.

St. Thomas Aquinas (1225-74) Wrote Summa Theologica “No man can live without delight, and that is why a man deprived of spiritual joy goes over to carnal pleasures”.

Jesus said that it was the pleasures of life that choked out the word of God. Lk 8:14

Our society has exchanged Christian morals for moral relativism.

We must all be “tolerant” except to Christians.

There are no moral absolutes - is that an absolute ?

III) THE EMPTINESS OF MATERIALISM Ch2

A) The proper attitude toward riches

Money is not evil, the love of it is.

Many godly men were rich :

Solomon - built the Temple.

Jehoshaphat - Military power.

Abrham - Gave offering to Melchesedek.


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