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Lifestyles Of The Rich And Restless (Ecclesiastes 2:1-11)

Ecclesiastes 2:1-11 - Lifestyles Of The Rich And Restless


Everyone wants to live the good life. Is that such a bad thing?

The Teacher lived the good life to an extreme none of us can imagine. He had every pleasure imaginable and, in the end, he said it was all hevel – smoke that dissipated whenever he tried to grab it.

If living the good life doesn’t ultimately satisfy, what IS the meaning of life? How do we find the fulfillment we all want deep in our hearts?


Ecclesiastes 2:1-11     1 Kings 7     1 Kings 9     1 Kings 10:29     2 Chronicles 8     Micah 6:8


“We can see what he’s doing: Building a fruitful garden paradise with every comfort and fortification possible. He wants to solve his spiritual angst by constructing the perfect society. He wants to get back to Eden – back before the world was ruined by sin, hounded by death, full of thorns.
The problem is: He wants to jump back into Genesis 2 without doing anything about Genesis 3.
There’s nothing the Teacher can build or design that fixes the problem of sin. He wants Eden, he wants that perfect, harmonious creation, but refuses to deal with the problem of the heart. Instead he wants to build his way out of sin. He’ll make his own kingdom and maybe that will be enough.”

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