The Vanity of Aging Under the Sun
Delivered By
Cole Newton
Delivered On
May 27, 2018
Central Passage
Ecclesiastes 11:7-12:8
Subject
Ecclesiastes
Description

SUGGESTED VERSES FOR MEMORIZATION & MEDITATION  

Ecclesiastes 11:9 | Rejoice, O young man, in your youth, and let your heart cheer you in the days of your youth. Walk in the ways of your heart and the sight of your eyes. But know that for all these things God will bring you into judgment.      

Ecclesiastes 12:1 | Remember also your Creator in the days of your youth, before the evil days come and the years draw near of which you will say, “I have no pleasure in them”  

OPENING THOUGHT  

Ecclesiastes provides for us a biblical and philosophical look at life on earth, a life under the sun. The Preacher, most likely King Solomon, wrote Ecclesiastes to be a God-centered musing about his search for meaning, joy, and purpose in this life. His quest causes him to investigate many things that people spend their entire lives chasing, like money, blessings, pleasure, and community. Despite having more money that anyone other person to ever live, he found that whoever loves money will never be satisfied with money. God’s blessings are good, but only He can give the gift of being able to enjoy those blessings. Pleasure is easy to find, but it only lasts for a moment. Community is necessary, but we continuously sabotage the relationships around us. The Preacher found that pursuing these things is like a dog chasing its tail, like trying to catch the wind in your hand. God alone can give lasting joy, peace, satisfaction, and purpose to this life.  

We now come the end of the main body of Ecclesiastes. Just as the Preacher has repeatedly warned us of death, the great equalizer, coming for us, he now concludes with a poem describing the final years of human life. The portrait of our inevitable physical decay is framed by a message to those who are not yet in those final years. Likely writing the poem from firsthand experience, Solomon commands us to rejoice in our youth, remove the sins that cause us to waste our lives, and remember our Creator.  

GROUP DISCUSSION 

Read Ecclesiastes 11:7-12:8 and discuss the following.  

  1. Which verses stood out most to you as you read Ecclesiastes 11:7-12:8 this week? Why? What do these verses teach you about who God is? 

  1. What are the three commands that Solomon gives in these verses? Which was most convicting to you? Why? How might you obey that command going forward?  

  1.  Why does Solomon give such a poetically detailed account of the aging process? How does this fit in with his message in these verses? Why is it a fitting close to the main body of Ecclesiastes?  

PERSONAL REFLECTION 

Because all Scripture profits us through teaching, reproving, correcting, and training us, reflect upon the studied text, and ask yourself the following questions about the present text.  

  • What has God taught you about Himself? 

  • What sin is God convicting or reproving you of? 

  • How is God correcting you? 

  • How is God training and equipping you for righteousness?