INTRODUCTION TO A STUDY OF ECCLESIASTES

       A.  The word “ecclesiastes” means a person who calls an assembly or a preacher of such
             a meeting.  Eccl. 1:1 (505)
       B.  The author is Solomon.  Eccl. 1:1,12
       C.  Key terms:
             1. Vanity means “breath” or “vapor.” Also means that which is empty and meaningless.
             2.  “Under the sun” means life on earth.
             3.  “Grasping for the wind” is trying to have something, but always coming up empty.
       D.  The theme verses: Eccl.1:14; 12:13-14.  Life is in vain without God.

                                                VANITY OF HUMAN WISDOM
                                                      Ecclesiastes 1:12-18 (505)

    Introduction

       A.  Our wisdom is foolishness compared to God’s wisdom.  1 Corinthians 3:19 (842)

   I.  Human wisdom can’t change reality.  vv 12-15

       A.  King Solomon had an intense desire for knowledge.  V13a

       B.  The desire for knowledge is a burdensome task for humans.  V13

       C.  Solomon wrote that what he found was vanity.  V14

  II.  Human wisdom is a source of grief and sorrow.  Vv16-18

       A.  Solomon was the wisest person to live other than Jesus.  1 Kings 3:9,12 (276) 1 Kings
             4:30,32

       B.  His conclusion (v17):

       C.  Human wisdom increases grief and sorrow.  V18

III.  Let’s accept God’s wisdom and live by His guidance.

       A.  James 3:13-18 (893)

       B.  James 1:5-6 (891) 

       C.  Matthew 7:24-29 (708)

Conclusion: Let’s not trust our wisdom, but put our trust in God.  Proverbs 3:5-6 (487)