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Answers and comments Vance has posted on other blogs about Ecclesiastes.
Original blog posts may be abbreviated or condensed to fit.
A blog post asked if the statement “There is nothing new under the sun” was depressing. My response is below. Kohelet, the writer of Ecclesiastes, states just before this section that his goal in writing was to answer the question, “What do we gain from all the work at which we toil under the sun?” […]
ORIGINAL POST FOUND ONLINE http://hereiblog.com/sunday-considerations-fear-worship-051114/ Guard your steps when you go to the house of God. To draw near to listen is better than to offer the sacrifice of fools, for they do not know that they are doing evil. (Ecclesiastes 5:1-3 ESV) Meditate on the above verses as you prepare for corporate worship this […]
The New American Dream By Bradly Big dreams are fine and the ‘you can be whatever you want to be’ attitude is encouraging. However, these are usually symptoms of “The New American Dream”. I sarcastically call this The New American Dream because it is truthfully materialism wrapped up in the idea of the American Dream. Now […]
COMMENT http://antinoos89.wordpress.com The Teacher seems angry that nothing they do or learn will be original or new—something no one but himself has done before, and because so, no one in the future generations will remember his doings or his wisdom. All though he seems wise at times and teaches wisdom to others he seems to […]
QUESTION In Fahrenheit 451, what event or quote is in reference to Ecclesiastes? VANSWER The men with Montag (the one who has memorized parts of Ecclesiastes) have just seen the city across the river incinerated by the bombers. They decide to go back to the city to search for survivors and Granger (their leader) speaks […]
QUESTION Was King Solomon right when he said in Ecclesiastes that the only thing that matters in the end is to fear God and keep his commandments? VANSWER It’s important to note that we don’t know for certain who wrote the book of Ecclesiastes. Whoever it was only identified themselves as Kohelet, a word that […]
QUESTION Why do some firmly believe Ecclesiastes is the greatest and wisest book in the entire Bible? VANSWER Kohelet means “to gather” so early translators decided that it meant to gather people together and teach them wisdom. In latin such a gathering is an “ecclesia” and the one doing the gathering was the “ecclesiastes”. At […]
Found a band that does a rap version of the book of Ecclesiastes. The writers do a pretty good job of following the thoughts of Kohelet. I downloaded it for $8 at Bandcamp and you can listen before buying. Try a few selections as they each have a different flavour. http://thebrotherscosmos.bandcamp.com
COMMENT A person’s final words may contain the wisdom of a lifetime distilled into a sentence. John Wesley’s last words were repeated several times, “The best of all is, God is with us.” Wise Solomon at the end of Ecclesiastes wrote, “Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God […]
COMMENT My guess was that the author of this book, who I believe was a man of great wealth and power, was trying to say that everything we do that is for our own sake and not for God is meaningless. Working and “toiling” has no purpose and will not “bear fruit” unless God’s purpose […]