As Solomon answers the question, “What does man gain by all the toil at which he toils under the sun?” (1:3), he presents a litany of considerations to highlight the futility of life “under the sun.” We previously considered three of his arguments: the inevitability of death (vv. 4–8); the impossibility of satisfaction (v. 8); and the instability of novelty (vv. 9–11). In this study, we will consider two more: the insufficiency of education (vv. 12–15) and the illusion of enjoyment (vv. 16–18).
Scripture References: Ecclesiastes 1:12-18
A devotional exposition of the book of Ecclesiastes by various contributors.
|You’re So Vain (Ecclesiastes 1:1–2)||Stuart Chase||20 Sep 2020||Watch||Listen|
|In or Under? (Ecclesiastes 1:3–11)||Stuart Chase||27 Sep 2020||Watch||Listen|
|Chasing the Wind (Ecclesiastes 1:12–18)||Stuart Chase||4 Oct 2020||Watch||Listen|
|The Honest, but Unhappy, Hedonist (Ecclesiastes 2:1–11)||Neil Cable||11 Oct 2020||Watch||Listen|
|Close, But No Cigar (Ecclesiastes 2:12–17)||Anton Beetge||18 Oct 2020||Watch||Listen|
|Death is Not a Dead End (Ecclesiastes 2:18–26)||Tommie van der Walt||25 Oct 2020||Watch||Listen|
|Bound in Time (Ecclesiastes 3:1–8)||Edwin Steytler||1 Nov 2020||Watch||Listen|
|Time to Work (Ecclesiastes 3:9–15)||Stephen Scholtz||8 Nov 2020||Watch||Listen|
|Vain Justice (Ecclesiastes 3:16–4:3)||Stuart Chase||22 Nov 2020||Watch||Listen|
|Meaningful Community (Ecclesiastes 4:4–16)||Anton Beetge||29 Nov 2020||Watch||Listen|