everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that
through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they
provide we might have hope.
1 Corinthians 10:11
These things happened to them as
examples and were written down as warnings for us, on whom the culmination of
the ages has come.
2 Timothy 3:16-17
16 All Scripture is inspired by God and
profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in
righteousness; 17 so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped
for every good work.
12 I, the Preacher, have been king over Israel in Jerusalem. 13 And I set my mind to seek
and explore by wisdom concerning all that has been done under heaven. It
is a grievous task which God has given to the sons of men to be
afflicted with. 14 I
have seen all the works which have been done under the sun, and behold, all is vanity
and striving after wind. 15 What is crooked cannot be straightened and what
is lacking cannot be counted.
said to myself, “Behold, I have magnified and increased wisdom more than all
who were over Jerusalem before me; and my mind has observed a wealth of wisdom
and knowledge.” 17 And I set my mind to know wisdom and to know
madness and folly; I realized that this also is striving after wind.
18 Because in much
wisdom there is much grief, and increasing knowledge results in
The Big Picture – General
outline of Ecclesiastes
INTRODUCTION AND PROLOGUE (1:1-3)
I. THE PREACHER'S SEARCH FOR MEANING IN
II. THE PREACHER'S OBSERVATIONS FROM
III. THE PREACHER'S COUNSEL FOR LIFE
EPILOGUE AND CONCLUSION (12:8-14)
Old Testament Books Timeline
Questions from the Bible Conversation
1. What is the book of Ecclesiastes
called in the Hebrew and Greek? What
does it mean? ______________________________________
2. According to Jewish and early
Christian tradition, who is the author, and when was it likely written? _____________________________
3. What internal evidence is there to
identify the author? (1:16; 2:4-6, 7-9; 12:9-10
4. What question does the preacher seek
to answer in this book? (1:3)
5. What key word and key phrase are
repeated many times in the book? __________________________________________________
6. What would you say are the two main
messages found in the book? (1:14; 12:13)
7. Your homework for next week is to
read up on chapters 1 – 2.