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Liberty University [email protected] University The Owner's Manual File Theological Studies 11-2017 Article 21: Ecclesiastes at a Glance Harold Willmington Liberty University , [email protected] Follow this and additional works at: Part of the Biblical Studies Commons , Christianity Commons , Practical Theology Commons , and the Religious Thought, Theology and Philosophy of Religion Commons This Article is brought to you for free and open access by the Theological Studies at [email protected] University. It has been accepted for inclusion in The Owner's Manual File by an authorized administrator of [email protected] University. For more information, please contact [email protected] . Recommended Citation Willmington, Harold, "Article 21: Ecclesiastes at a Glance" (2017). The Owner's Manual File . 25.
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80 ECCLESIASTES AT A GLANCE This book reflects the world view of history’s wisest man as he describes in graphic but grievous fashion his experiences and evaluations regarding human existence on a purely natural level. Its author, Solomon, could truly sigh and say “been there, done that,” following his futile search for peace and meaning. However, his ultimate conclusion and final counsel is simple, sufficient, and satisfying —“Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.” BOTTOM LINE INTRODUCTION THE BACKGROUND STORY BEHIND THE WORLD’S GREATEST PROBE FOR THE WORLD’S GREATEST PRIZE, THAT OF PEACE AND PURPOSE IN THIS LIFE. In a certain sense Ecclesiastes may be thought of as scripture’s divine soap opera book. Here the question i s asked: “Can a fabulously wealthy and wise king ruling over a splendid empire ten centuries B.C. find true peace and purpose in life?” But there is one restriction imposed, can he find these two priceless treasures apart from God? This then is Solomon’ s great search. In the main, chapters 1-10 record the attempts involved, while the final two chapters provide the answer. Some readers, not understanding the chronology and purpose of the book, have mistakenly concluded that Ecclesiastes teaches the following false doctrines: A. Fatalism “Consider the work of God: for who can make that straight, which he hath made crooked?” (7:13) B. Pessimism “Wherefore I praised the dead which are already dead more than the living which are yet alive” (4:2) C. Materialism “For that which befalleth the sons of men befalleth beasts; even one thing befalleth them: as the one dieth, so dieth the other; yea, they have
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