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ecclesiastes- Is life meaningless?

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ecclesiastes- Is life meaningless?

  1. 1. <ul><li>IS THAT ALL THERE IS!!! </li></ul>
  2. 7. &quot;Unhappy, Unloved, and Out of Control - An epidemic of violence, crime and drunkenness has made Britain scared of its young.&quot;
  3. 11. The royal recession: Queen hit by credit crunch Hugo Duncan and Sri Carmichael 27.06.08
  4. 12. <ul><li>A system for privatising profits and socialising losses. </li></ul>
  5. 16. <ul><li>1. Words of the wise, designed to &quot;goad&quot; or &quot;prod&quot; our thinking </li></ul><ul><li>2. Words of the preachers (lit., masters of the assemblies), given to &quot;nail&quot; or &quot;anchor&quot; our lives -- In this book we will find statements that prod our thinking, and exhortations that provide stability and direction for living! </li></ul>
  6. 17. <ul><li>Why am I here? </li></ul><ul><li>What's life all about? </li></ul><ul><li>What is the meaning of it all? </li></ul><ul><li>What is the reason to live? </li></ul><ul><li>What am I living for? </li></ul>
  7. 18. <ul><li>Eccl 12:13 </li></ul><ul><li>Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man . </li></ul><ul><li>love the Lord our God with all our heart, with all our soul, with all our strength, and with all our mind; and our neighbour as ourselves </li></ul>
  8. 19. <ul><li>Everything Is Meaningless </li></ul><ul><li>  1 The words of the Teacher, [ a ] son of David, king in Jerusalem:   2 &quot;Meaningless! Meaningless!&quot;        says the Teacher.        &quot;Utterly meaningless!        Everything is meaningless.&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>  3 What does man gain from all his labor        at which he toils under the sun? </li></ul><ul><li>  4 Generations come and generations go,        but the earth remains forever. </li></ul><ul><li>  5 The sun rises and the sun sets,        and hurries back to where it rises. </li></ul><ul><li>  6 The wind blows to the south        and turns to the north;        round and round it goes,        ever returning on its course. </li></ul><ul><li>  7 All streams flow into the sea,        yet the sea is never full.        To the place the streams come from,        there they return again. </li></ul><ul><li>  8 All things are wearisome,        more than one can say.        The eye never has enough of seeing,        nor the ear its fill of hearing. </li></ul><ul><li>  9 What has been will be again,        what has been done will be done again;        there is nothing new under the sun. </li></ul><ul><li>  10 Is there anything of which one can say,        &quot;Look! This is something new&quot;?        It was here already, long ago;        it was here before our time. </li></ul><ul><li>  11 There is no remembrance of men of old,        and even those who are yet to come        will not be remembered        by those who follow. </li></ul>
  9. 20. <ul><li>  1 The words of the Teacher, [ a ] son of David, king in Jerusalem: </li></ul>
  10. 21. <ul><li>&quot;Meaningless! Meaningless!&quot;        says the Teacher.        &quot;Utterly meaningless!        Everything is meaningless.&quot; </li></ul>
  11. 22. <ul><li>What is the point to all our struggles? </li></ul><ul><li>What is in it for man considering the endless natural cycles? </li></ul><ul><li>Can man be satisfied? </li></ul><ul><li>Anything new under the sun? </li></ul><ul><li>No remembrance of former things! </li></ul>
  12. 23. <ul><li>3 What does man gain from all his labor        at which he toils under the sun? </li></ul>
  13. 24. <ul><li>What is the point to all our struggles? </li></ul><ul><li>What is in it for man considering the endless natural cycles? </li></ul><ul><li>Can man be satisfied? </li></ul><ul><li>Anything new under the sun? </li></ul><ul><li>No remembrance of former things! </li></ul>
  14. 25. <ul><li>4 Generations come and generations go,        but the earth remains forever. </li></ul><ul><li>  5 The sun rises and the sun sets,        and hurries back to where it rises. </li></ul><ul><li>  6 The wind blows to the south        and turns to the north;        round and round it goes,        ever returning on its course. </li></ul><ul><li>  7 All streams flow into the sea,        yet the sea is never full.        To the place the streams come from,        there they return again. </li></ul>
  15. 26. <ul><li>What is the point to all our struggles? </li></ul><ul><li>What is in it for man considering the endless natural cycles? </li></ul><ul><li>Can man be satisfied? </li></ul><ul><li>Anything new under the sun? </li></ul><ul><li>No remembrance of former things! </li></ul>
  16. 27. <ul><li>8 All things are wearisome,        more than one can say.        The eye never has enough of seeing,        nor the ear its fill of hearing. </li></ul>
  17. 28. <ul><li>What is the point to all our struggles? </li></ul><ul><li>What is in it for man considering the endless natural cycles? </li></ul><ul><li>Can man be satisfied? </li></ul><ul><li>Anything new under the sun? </li></ul><ul><li>No remembrance of former things! </li></ul>
  18. 29. <ul><li>9 What has been will be again,        what has been done will be done again;        there is nothing new under the sun. </li></ul><ul><li>  10 Is there anything of which one can say,        &quot;Look! This is something new&quot;?        It was here already, long ago;        it was here before our time. </li></ul>
  19. 30. <ul><li>What is the point to all our struggles? </li></ul><ul><li>What is in it for man considering the endless natural cycles? </li></ul><ul><li>Can man be satisfied? </li></ul><ul><li>Anything new under the sun? </li></ul><ul><li>No remembrance of former things ! </li></ul>
  20. 31. <ul><li> 11 There is no remembrance of men of old,        and even those who are yet to come        will not be remembered        by those who follow. </li></ul>
  21. 32. <ul><li> 12 I, the Teacher, was king over Israel in Jerusalem. </li></ul><ul><li>13 I devoted myself to study and to explore by wisdom all that is done under heaven. What a heavy burden God has laid on men! </li></ul><ul><li>14 I have seen all the things that are done under the sun; all of them are meaningless, a chasing after the wind. </li></ul>
  22. 33. <ul><li>What is the point to all our struggles? - Preparation for life Eternal </li></ul><ul><li>What is in it for man considering the endless natural cycles? - Wonderful design of rhythm </li></ul><ul><li>Can man be satisfied? Only if you yield your desires to God </li></ul><ul><li>Anything new under the sun? Born anew in Christ. </li></ul><ul><li>No remembrance- There is Judgement </li></ul><ul><li>No remembrance of former things! - Judgement </li></ul>
  23. 34. . The meaning of life is not found in experiencing the things of this world . The meaning of life is found in serving the Creator of this world!

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