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Ecclesiastes 1:1-11 Dale Beaver 07/07/2019 Watch In Focus Listen Notes

Genesis 3:23-24
So the Lord God banished them from the Garden of Eden, and he sent Adam out to cultivate the ground from which he had been made. After sending them out, the Lord God stationed mighty cherubim to the east of the Garden of Eden. And he placed a flaming sword that flashed back and forth to guard the way to the tree of life.


Revelation 22:1-3
Then the angel showed me a river with the water of life, clear as crystal, flowing from the throne of God and of the Lamb. It flowed down the center of the main street. On each side of the river grew a tree of life, bearing twelve crops of fruit, with a fresh crop each month. The leaves were used for medicine to heal the nations. No longer will there be a curse upon anything. For the throne of God and of the Lamb will be there, and his servants will worship him.


Ecclesiastes 1:1
These are the words of the Teacher, King David’s son, who ruled in Jerusalem.


Proverbs 1:1
These are the proverbs of Solomon, David’s son, king of Israel.


 “The wisdom of Proverbs gives us eyes to recognize the storm clouds and what to do in response. In Ecclesiastes, death is an F-5 Tornado from which no proverbial basement can shelter us.”   
-Zack Eswine, “Recovering Eden”


“I do not think that I am in much danger of ceasing to believe in God. The real danger is of coming to believe such dreadful things about him. The conclusion I dread is not, “So there’s no God after all,” but “so this is what God’s really like. Deceive yourself no longer.”
-Lewis, “A Grief Observed”


Ecclesiastes 1:2
“Everything is meaningless,” says the Teacher, “completely meaningless!”


James 4:14
How do you know what your life will be like tomorrow? Your life is like the morning fog—it’s here a little while, then it’s gone.


Ecclesiastes 1:3
What do people get for all their hard work under the sun


Romans 7:18
And I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, in my sinful nature. I want to do what is right, but I can’t.


Ecclesiastes 1:4-8
Generations come and generations go, but the earth never changes. 
The sun rises and the sun sets, then hurries around to rise again. 
The wind blows south, and then turns north. Around and around it goes, blowing in circles. 
Rivers run into the sea, but the sea is never full. Then the water returns again to the rivers and flows out again to the sea. 
Everything is wearisome beyond description. No matter how much we see, we are never satisfied. No matter how much we hear, we are not content.


Ecclesiastes 1:9-11
History merely repeats itself. It has all been done before. Nothing under the sun is truly new. Sometimes people say, “Here is something new!” But actually it is old; nothing is ever truly new. We don’t remember what happened in the past, and in future generations, no one will remember what we are doing now.


1 Corinthians 15:56-57
For sin is the sting that results in death, and the law gives sin its power. But thank God! He gives us victory over sin and death through our Lord Jesus Christ.


1 Corinthians 15:58
So, my dear brothers and sisters, be strong and immovable. Always work enthusiastically for the Lord, for you know that nothing you do for the Lord is ever useless.


Ephesians 6:7-8
Work with enthusiasm, as though you were working for the Lord rather than for people. Remember that the Lord will reward each one of us for the good we do, whether we are slaves or free.


“In the Lord” not “Under the Sun”


Romans 8:18-23
Yet what we suffer now is nothing compared to the glory he will reveal to us later. For all creation is waiting eagerly for that future day when God will reveal who his children really are. Against its will, all creation was subjected to God’s curse. But with eager hope, the creation looks forward to the day when it will join God’s children in glorious freedom from death and decay. For we know that all creation has been groaning as in the pains of childbirth right up to the present time. And we believers also groan, even though we have the Holy Spirit within us as a foretaste of future glory, for we long for our bodies to be released from sin and suffering. We, too, wait with eager hope for the day when God will give us our full rights as his adopted children, including the new bodies he has promised us.



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Ecclesiastes 1:12-2:26 Dale Beaver 07/14/2019 Watch In Focus Listen Notes

Ecclesiastes 1:12-15
I, the Teacher, was king of Israel, and I lived in Jerusalem. I devoted myself to search for understanding and to explore by wisdom everything being done under heaven. I soon discovered that God has dealt a tragic existence to the human race. I observed everything going on under the sun, and really, it is all meaningless—like chasing the wind. What is wrong cannot be made right. What is missing cannot be recovered.


Knowing the difference hasn’t made a difference


John 3:19
God's light came into the world, but people loved the darkness more than the light, for their actions were evil.


Ecclesiastes 1:16-18
I said to myself, “Look, I am wiser than any of the kings who ruled in Jerusalem before me. I have greater wisdom and knowledge than any of them.” So I set out to learn everything from wisdom to madness and folly. But I learned firsthand that pursuing all this is like chasing the wind. The greater my wisdom, the greater my grief. To increase knowledge only increases sorrow.


Being “right” hasn’t made things right


Ecclesiastes 2:12-16
So I decided to compare wisdom with foolishness and madness (for who can do this better than I, the king?). I thought, “Wisdom is better than foolishness, just as light is better than darkness. For the wise can see where they are going, but fools walk in the dark.” Yet I saw that the wise and the foolish share the same fate. Both will die. So I said to myself, “Since I will end up the same as the fool, what’s the value of all my wisdom? This is all so meaningless!” For the wise and the foolish both die. The wise will not be remembered any longer than the fool. In the days to come, both will be forgotten.


Ecclesiastes 2:17
So I came to hate life because everything done here under the sun is so troubling. Everything is meaningless—like chasing the wind.


1 Corinthians 15:17-18
And if Christ has not been raised, then your faith is useless and you are still guilty of your sins. In that case, all who have died believing in Christ are lost! And if our hope in Christ is only for this life, we are more to be pitied than anyone in the world. But in fact, Christ has been raised from the dead. He is the first of a great harvest of all who have died.


Ecclesiastes 2:18-23
I came to hate all my hard work here on earth, for I must leave to others everything I have earned. And who can tell whether my successors will be wise or foolish? Yet they will control everything I have gained by my skill and hard work under the sun. How meaningless! So I gave up in despair, questioning the value of all my hard work in this world. Some people work wisely with knowledge and skill, then must leave the fruit of their efforts to someone who hasn’t worked for it. This, too, is meaningless, a great tragedy. So what do people get in this life for all their hard work and anxiety? Their days of labor are filled with pain and grief; even at night their minds cannot rest. It is all meaningless.


Controlling your business won’t control the future


Luke 12:20-21
“But God said to him, ‘You fool! You will die this very night. Then who will get everything you worked for?’ Yes, a person is a fool to store up earthly wealth but not have a rich relationship with God.”


Plural pleasures won’t provide singular satisfaction  (2:1-11)


Ecclesiastes 2:24-26
So I decided there is nothing better than to enjoy food and drink and to find satisfaction in work. Then I realized that these pleasures are from the hand of God. For who can eat or enjoy anything apart from him? God gives wisdom, knowledge, and joy to those who please him. But if a sinner becomes wealthy, God takes the wealth away and gives it to those who please him. This, too, is meaningless—like chasing the wind.




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