Summary: 2014 This morning as we examine the Word of God I hope to share with you that, it is not what man produces for himself but rather what God gives that will determine the value of this year 2014.
Where In lies the Value of a New Year?
This morning as we examine the Word of God I hope to share with you that, it is not what man produces for himself but rather what God gives that will determine the value of this year 2014.
Prepared for Rhodes January 4, 2014 Pastor Richard Overman
Prayer….Intro….We’ve received so much these past few days…..gifts….toys….games….teckie things…clothes….jewelry….food…food…and more food…..Things of value….at least things that cost and in some cases cost a lot. But, were they really things of value. Yes, I understand that we place value on things but how we rate that value can be good or it can be very bad. If earthly things have more value than heavenly possessions then our value system might need some adjustments. Spiritual adjustments. There might be a need to empty some barns. Look at the emphases of owning silver and gold today.
Ec 5:9 ¶ Moreover the profit of the earth is for all: the king himself is served by the field.
Ec 5:10 He that loveth silver shall not be satisfied with silver; nor he that loveth abundance with increase: this is also vanity.
Ec 5:11 When goods increase, they are increased that eat them: and what good is there to the owners thereof, saving the beholding of them with their eyes? (YOU JUST LOOK AT IT)
Ec 5:12 The sleep of a labouring man is sweet, whether he eat little or much: but the abundance of the rich will not suffer him to sleep.
Ec 5:13 There is a sore evil which I have seen under the sun, namely, riches kept for the owners thereof to their hurt.
Ec 5:14 But those riches perish by evil travail: and he begetteth a son, and there is nothing in his hand.
Ec 5:15 As he came forth of his mother's womb, naked shall he return to go as he came, and shall take nothing of his labour, which he may carry away in his hand.
Let’s look at all of the I’s…
Ec 2:1 ¶ I said in mine heart, Go to now, I will prove thee with mirth, therefore enjoy pleasure: and, behold, this also is vanity.
Ec 2:2 I said of laughter, It is mad: and of mirth, What doeth it?
Ec 2:3 I sought in mine heart to give myself unto wine, yet acquainting mine heart with wisdom; and to lay hold on folly, till I might see what was that good for the sons of men, which they should do under the heaven all the days of their life.
Ec 2:4 I made me great works; I builded me houses; I planted me vineyards:
Ec 2:5 I made me gardens and orchards, and I planted trees in them of all kind of fruits:
Ec 2:6 I made me pools of water, to water therewith the wood that bringeth forth trees:
Ec 2:7 I got me servants and maidens, and had servants born in my house; also I had great possessions of great and small cattle above all that were in Jerusalem before me:
Ec 2:8 I gathered me also silver and gold, and the peculiar treasure of kings and of the provinces: I gat me men singers and women singers, and the delights of the sons of men, as musical instruments, and that of all sorts.
Ec 2:9 So I was great, and increased more than all that were before me in Jerusalem: also my wisdom remained with me.
Ec 2:10 And whatsoever mine eyes desired I kept not from them, I withheld not my heart from any joy; for my heart rejoiced in all my labour: and this was my portion of all my labour.
Ec 2:11 Then I looked on all the works that my hands had wrought, and on the labour that I had laboured to do: and, behold, all was vanity and vexation of spirit, and there was no profit under the sun.
Ec 2:12 ¶ And I turned myself to behold wisdom, and madness, and folly: for what can the man do that cometh after the king? even that which hath been already done.
Ec 2:13 Then I saw that wisdom excelleth folly, as far as light excelleth darkness.
Ec 2:14 The wise man's eyes are in his head; but the fool walketh in darkness: and I myself perceived also that one event happeneth to them all.
Ec 2:15 Then said I in my heart, As it happeneth to the fool, so it happeneth even to me; and why was I then more wise? Then I said in my heart, that this also is vanity.
Ec 2:16 For there is no remembrance of the wise more than of the fool for ever; seeing that which now is in the days to come shall all be forgotten. And how dieth the wise man? as the fool.