A STUDY OF ECCLESIASTES
Text: Ecclesiastes 2:1-11
A. These verses deal with the vanity of pleasure.
B. Solomon had the resources with which to engage in pleasure (2 Chronicles 9:13-28).
I. Solomon pursued pleasure through mirth and laughter. Vv1-2
A. Mirth means “merriment or entertainment.” Laughter probably means laughter involved
B. Think about the entertainment aspect of our society today. Examples:
II. Solomon sought pleasure through accomplishments. Vv2-6
A. Examples: houses (1 Kings 7:1-12; 9:24); vineyards, gardens, etc. (2 Kings 25:4)
B. People today have made great accomplishments. Examples:
III. Solomon pursued pleasure through possessions. Vv7-8
A. Some of his possessions: many servants, herds of cattle (1 Kings 8:63), horses (2 Chron.
9:25, p356), silver and gold (2 Chronicles 9:13-14), musical instruments of all kinds.
B. People have more today than they ever had.
IV. Solomon tried to find pleasure in prominence. V9, 2 Chronicles 9:22-23 (357)
A. People seek prominence today.
V. Solomon’s conclusion. Vv10-11
A. After having experienced all these pleasures, Solomon concluded that all was vanity
(vapor) and “grasping for the wind. V11
A. Pleasure is short lived. Hebrews 11:25 (889)
B. The Christian knows that life is brief and that what matters is to obey God’s will.
1 John 2:15-17 (900)