Lesson Three

   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
             in foolishness.

       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)