Ecclesiastes 1-3

Ecclesiastes 1-3…There is nothing new.

Ecclesiastes has had a bit of a contentious role in history, largely because it seems very pessimistic, at least on the surface. Many ancient Jews had trouble receiving the book as Scripture, but the New Testament considers it an inspired work. Paul’s statement that creation was subjected to futility on account of Adam’s sin (Rom. 8:20), for example, is recognized as an echo of Ecclesiastes. Furthermore, the book’s association with Solomon, who wrote most of the book of Proverbs, helped overcome any objections to the book’s place in the canon of Scripture. Of course, Solomon is never explicitly named as the author of Ecclesiastes, which ascribes its contents to the “Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem” (Eccl. 1:1). Traditionally, this “Preacher,” or Qoheleth in Hebrew, has been identified with Solomon, and nothing in the book discounts Solomonic authorship. In fact, one ancient tradition says that Solomon wrote the Song of Solomon when he was a young man, Proverbs when he was middle-aged, and Ecclesiastes when he was elderly.

Whether or not the tradition about Solomon’s age at the time of the composition of Ecclesiastes is true, the book does deal with the quest for meaning that humanity has pursued since the fall. Technology advances and governments change, but the fundamental questions of existence remain. Why are we here? Does my life have a value that endures beyond my death? Where can I find purpose and direction? What is most important? Though our surroundings may change, there is “nothing new under the sun” (Eccl. 1:9) in that people continue to wrestle with the same basic questions of existence. And, since human nature never changes, men and women, apart from grace, always look for answers to these questions in things that cannot satisfy.

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Psalms 1-10

Psalms 1-10…The Greatness of God.

In His providence, God has given us the book of Psalms as a guide for our prayer. At the heart of this wisdom book is a sense of adoration that flows from a heart completely dedicated to the things of God. These divinely inspired prayers demonstrate how the wise are to spend their time in prayer seeking wisdom and worshiping the Lord.

Do you truly realize the importance of prayer, or do you think that you can be wise without a deep and consistent prayer life? Take some time to consider the importance of prayer and how you can make it a habit to live a life bathed in prayer. Then, take the Psalms and pray through them.