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Changing Your Perspective

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Ecc 3

  1. 1. ECCLESIASTES 1 THE VANITY OF LIFE!
  2. 2. THE VANITY OF LIFE! <ul><li>Nothing much changes, 4. </li></ul><ul><li>Life is routine and monotonous, 5. </li></ul><ul><li>All that happens is without purpose, 6-7 </li></ul><ul><li>All things are tiresome, 8-9. </li></ul><ul><li>There is nothing new under the sun, 10. </li></ul>
  3. 3. THE VANITY OF LIFE! <ul><li>The past is not even remembered, 11. </li></ul><ul><li>In fact, life is HARD, 12-13 Life is ineffective...hence, pointless and useless!, 14-15. </li></ul>
  4. 4. THE VANITY OF LIFE! <ul><li>Even intellectual pursuits are pointless, 16-17. </li></ul><ul><li>And...the more you know...the worse it is!, 18 </li></ul>
  5. 5. ECCLESIASTES 2 RUNNING AWAY FROM THE VANITY OF LIFE!
  6. 6. SEARCHING FOR MEANING… IN ALL THE WRONG PLACES: <ul><li>Pleasure, 1-2. </li></ul><ul><li>Alcohol, 3. </li></ul><ul><li>Works and accomplishments, 4-6. </li></ul><ul><li>Possessions, 7. </li></ul><ul><li>Money, 8a. </li></ul>
  7. 7. SEARCHING FOR MEANING… IN ALL THE WRONG PLACES: <ul><li>Music, 8b. </li></ul><ul><li>Sex, 8c. </li></ul><ul><li>Fame, 9 </li></ul><ul><li>“ Stuff,” 10. </li></ul>
  8. 8. SEARCHING FOR MEANING… IN ALL THE WRONG PLACES: <ul><li>Activities, 11. </li></ul><ul><li>Knowledge and wisdom, 12-17. </li></ul><ul><li>Empire building, 18-21. </li></ul><ul><li>Labor, 22-23. </li></ul>
  9. 9. ECCLESIASTES 3 CHANGING YOUR PERSPECTIVE
  10. 10. A time to give birth A time to die A time to plant A time to uproot what is planted A time to kill A time to heal A time to tear down A time to build up A time to weep A time to laugh A time to mourn A time to dance A time to throw stones A time to gather stones A time to embrace A time to shun embracing A time to search A time to give up as lost A time to keep A time to throw away A time to tear apart A time to sew together A time to be silent A time to speak A time to love A time to hate A time for war A time for peace
  11. 11. Vv. 1-8 Resignation to “Determinism” Recognition of “Design”
  12. 12. CHANGING YOUR PERSPECTIVE Ecclesiastes 3 TAKE THE “UPWARD” PERSPECTIVE, 1-8. See God’s “design”…the “decorum” of activities “in their time.”
  13. 13. CHANGING YOUR PERSPECTIVE Ecclesiastes 3 TAKE THE “INWARD” PERSPECTIVE, 9-14. <ul><li>God has ordained our work, 9-10 </li></ul><ul><li>God has blessed our work, 11 </li></ul><ul><li>God has put eternity in our hearts, 11 </li></ul>
  14. 14. CHANGING YOUR PERSPECTIVE Ecclesiastes 3 TAKE THE “FORWARD” PERSPECTIVE, 15-22. <ul><li>Things are not right, now, 15-16 </li></ul><ul><li>God will make everything right, 17 </li></ul><ul><li>Therefore, while we wait, we should do what we can and be content, 21-22 </li></ul>
  15. 15. CHANGING YOUR PERSPECTIVE Ecclesiastes 3 <ul><li>Take… </li></ul><ul><li>The Upward Perspective </li></ul><ul><li>The Inward Perspective, and </li></ul><ul><li>The Forward Perspective! </li></ul>

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