I'm on a journey to read through the Bible in chronological order. Taking it one day at a time, I will read based on a list I found on the internet and blog about what happened, thoughts provoked, emotions conjured, etc. Enjoy!

Thursday, September 2, 2010

Day 165: Ecclesiastes 1-6

I've never even opened this book of the Bible so I'm interested to see what its all about!

Just the titles alone for this book are depressing. Every heading starts out with " is Meaningless". Wisdom, pleasure, etc...all meaningless. What's the point if being wise when wisdom only brings grief? Why obtain wisdom when the wise and foolish ultimately have the same fate? Why toil and labor over something that someone can just come and take? This guy needs some Prozac...

Basically, the only thing not meaningless is standing in awe of God. Don't make promises you can't keep and choose your words to God carefully.

The later part of this reading helps to put it all into perspective. The author does not mean to be depressive but to offer wisdom that he has learned. Amassing riches, fame, power, etc. are ultimately worthless when compared to God and the glory to come. Working for something means nothing if it is not for God. Although it does end on a depressing note... I am trying to take it all into stride and understand where he is coming from.

12 For who knows what is good for a man in life, during the few and meaningless days he passes through like a shadow? Who can tell him what will happen under the sun after he is gone?

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