June 9, 2024

Ecclesiastes: Living in Light of the End

Preacher: Stephen Conley Series: Ecclesiastes Topic: Eternity Scripture: Ecclesiastes 1:1–2

“Ecclesiastes: Living in Light of the End”

(Book Overview)

 

The Author of Ecclesiastes

  • The human author is announced in 1:1 as the “Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem.” This is most likely referring to Solomon, who also wrote the Book of Proverbs and the Song of Solomon.
  • When Solomon became king, he asked God for wisdom instead of wealth and honor, which God granted to him in abundance. (1 Kings 3:5-15). However, Solomon went astray from God’s wisdom to following His own heart.
  • Solomon wrote Ecclesiastes in his old age as he seeks to make sense of his life.

 

The Arrangement of Ecclesiastes

  • Ecclesiastes is bookended with these phrases: “All is vanity” and “Fear God and keep His commandments.”
  • The word vanity is a key word in the book that refers to life being a “breath” or “vapor.”
  • Ecclesiastes is arranged for the reader to see what life looks like when it is lived backwards.

 

The Aim of Ecclesiastes

  • The purpose of Ecclesiastes is to help us to live our lives backwards – in light of the end.
  • This book helps us to loosen our grip on the temporal and live for the eternal.