All Is Vanity 1 The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem. 3 Vanity of vanities, says the Preacher, vanity of vanities! All is vanity. 3 What does man gain by all the toil at which he toils under the sun? 4 A generation goes, and a generation comes, but the earth remains forever. (Ecc. 1:1-4)Among the wisdom books, Ecclesiastes is unique. It ends up at a place, namely that the fear of God is the beginning of wisdom, that other books use as a starting point. Its famous introduction and pessimism—all is vanity, nothing new under the sun, and in general a viewpoint that is pretty close to "all we are is dust in the wind" is meant to show you what life is like to a secularist. By suggesting that nothing matters, the books ends up demonstrating, given a sovereign and holy god, that everything matters.
Friday, January 18, 2013
A Time for Studying Ecclesiastes
I am beginning a study of one of the more interesting books in the bible: Ecclesiastes.