Ecclesiastes: Making Sense of Life

Ecclesiastes

9 August 2020
The Fool's Portrait
Ecclesiastes 9:13-10:20
by Joel Sim

Qohelet tells us how to live wisely by showing us what folly, the opposite of wisdom, looks like. It is ultimately a matter of one's heart and relationship to God. Because of this, Jesus calls us to be wise by standing on the solid rock of Christ and trusting Him so that we may move away from the path of folly to the path of wisdom.

The Fool's Portrait - Joel Sim
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2 August 2020
How To Enjoy Life
Ecclesiastes 9:1-12
by Tan Huai Tze

Qohelet teaches us that death is a certainty because of human sin, and the circumstances of life are uncertain. Yet, God graciously gives us food, drink, clothes, relationships and work to enjoy. Through Christ, all these things are a foretaste of the great feast God has for his people at the end of history.

How To Enjoy Life - Tan Huai Tze
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26 July 2020
Wisdom in a Paradoxical World Part Two
Ecclesiastes 8
by Wong Yann

In Ecclesiastes Chapter 8, the preacher Qohelet prescribes the wise way to behave around a king, but at the same time warns us about the limitations of wisdom, and how wisdom is insufficient to answer all the questions we have.

Wisdom in a Paradoxical World Part Two - Wong Yann
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19 July 2020
Wisdom in a Paradoxical World
Ecclesiastes 7:15-29
by Joel Sim

Qohelet tells us that wisdom is needed to live in a paradoxical world under the effects of sin. However, just because we pursue wisdom, this does not imply that we will receive its associated benefits, nor does it mean that we will never sin. Instead, this points to our need for the sinless Christ to redeem us from folly and to live wisely as He did.

Wisdom in a Paradoxical World - Joel Sim
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12 July 2020
Get Wisdom
Ecclesiastes 6:10-7:14
by Tan Huai Tze

Instead of wealth, Qohelet points us to seeking wisdom that will be able to guide us through life.  To get wisdom, we need to acknowledge our humanity and our mortality: the prospect of death teaches us many important lessons.  We must also consider the limits of wisdom.  Wisdom cannot save us from our sins.  Only Christ, who is the power and wisdom of God (1 Cor 1:24) can save.

Get Wisdom - Tan Huai Tze
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5 July 2020
Money No Enough
Ecclesiastes 5:8-6:9
by Tan Huai Tze

Qohelet continues his quest to show us meaning by discussing wealth and our love for it. He shows that wealth cannot satisfy, and cannot promise joy, but that it isn't evil, but good. He helps us see that all that we are, and all that we have is a gift from God. God is our source of true joy.

Money No Enough - Tan Huai Tze
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28 June 2020
In the Presence of the Eternal
Ecclesiastes 5:1-7
by Aaron Akins

Qohelet reaches the pinnacle of his argument: if nothing on earth really matters, what does? Our relationship to God. He therefore warns us against approaching God foolishly, and shows us how we can worship in a way that reflects God's holiness and glory.

In the Presence of the Eternal - Aaron Akins
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21 June 2020
Back to Work
Ecclesiastes 4:4-16
by Tan Huai Tze

Qohelet shows us that how and why we work can contribute to addressing injustice and oppression in this world. Instead of envy, he urges us to cooperate and to consider others' needs over our own. Only in Christ, the king who humbled himself for us, can we find the power to live for others, and so contribute to a more just and free world.

Back to Work - Tan Huai Tze
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14 June 2020
It's A Hard Knock Life
Ecclesiastes 3:16-4:3
by Joel Sim

Qohelet confronts us with the hard realities of life through the twin problems of injustice and oppression. It is a reminder that we continue to live in a fallen world where justice is not administered perfectly, and a reminder that life apart from God only ends in death and a return to the dust. However, God has sent His Son Jesus Christ, who suffered injustice and oppression Himself, so that those who trust Him may be righteous and freed to care for others.

It's A Hard Knock Life - Joel Sim
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7 June 2020
About Time
Ecclesiastes 3:1-15
by Tan Huai Tze

Qohelet shows us that we do not have control over the times and seasons in our lives, but God does. And the God who does is sovereign, wise and kind. When we see that he is writing a better story of our lives than we would ever write, we take pleasure in every moment he gives, and we stand in awe of him.

About Time - Tan Huai Tze
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31 May 2020
Are We Happy Yet?
Ecclesiastes 1:12-2:26
by Tan Huai Tze

Qohelet now addresses the universal search for happiness. Through his own experience, he takes us through the path of seeking wisdom and knowledge to find it futile, and then to pleasure and possessions to find them fleeting. None of these things can truly give joy. To truly have joy, he discovers, is to recognise wisdom, knowledge and pleasure as the gifts of a good God who ultimately gives us Christ as the greatest gift.

Are We Happy Yet? - Tan Huai Tze
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24 May 2020
All Pain, No Gain?
Ecclesiastes 1:1-11
by Tan Huai Tze

Qoholet, the scholar-king shows us that all that we toil for apart from God will ultimately be fleeting and futile. Why? Because life itself is fleeting, mundane and insatiable. In so doing, he points us forward to the eternal, new and full life that only Jesus can give.

All Pain, No Gain? - Tan Huai Tze
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