When we begin to grasp the immensity and incomprehensibility of the Lord, we begin to see our place in this world and we are forced to acknowledge our limitations, and acknowledging our limitations is part and parcel of true humility. 10Is there a thing of which it is said, The Apostle Paul writes thus. vanity of vanities! nor the ear filled with hearing. For while we are still in this tent, we groan, being burdened-not that we would be unclothed, but that we would be further clothed, so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. 1 The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem. allow in order to align our journey with His will. The end of all of this is that we would fear God and that we would live obedient lives. Paul recognises that even in the midst of this futility works the sovereign hand of God. Both Paul and Solomon understand  that creation is deeply flawed and both of them understand that this futility originates in the garden and in accordance with the judgement and decree of a just, holy and supreme God. God’s purposes, plans and holy degrees cannot be thwarted nor frustrated. the other animals, as a witness to the rest of the world. Click here to stream or download the podcast of this sermon. Ecclesiastes 11:5 New Life Version 5. God works with great attention to every detail of our —Ecclesiastes 11:5 (KJV) Thoughts on Today’s Verse… I don’t know. v. Solomon intends us to feel the futility of ambition (in the pursuit of legacy and fame). Solomon concludes that such toil, this search for significance is futile, vanity and, ultimately, meaningless. Ecclesiastes 11:3-5 4854 weather, God's sovereignty. 7All streams run to the sea, but the earth remains forever. Jump to: Adam Clarke Commentary; a man cannot utter it; This phrase, Cast your bread upon the waters, was a proverb in Israel for what looked like wasteful expenditure. Ecclesiastes 11, Coffman Commentaries on the Bible, One of over 110 Bible commentaries freely available, this commentary, by the leading authority in the Church of Christ, presents a … All is vanity. God works the same way in the womb of a mother who is pregnant In Ecclesiastes, we hear the skeptical voice of “the teacher.” He observes that living by the book of Proverbs doesn’t always bring positive results. The truth is that the themes contained within Ecclesiastes, when read plainly, are found throughout the New Testament. God." vii. Scripture tells us that these unbelieving wives led Solomon to worship other Gods. Ecclesiastes 10 Ecclesiastes 11 Ecclesiastes 12 Return to the Main Player Favoriting is a great way to keep a list of sermons, programs, and ministry resources in your account. It has been already Both James and Solomon understand that our life is transient and fleeting and we are powerless to extend our life by even an hour, ‘[…] which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life?’ (Matthew 6:27). We see this in our attempts to sate our hunger; we eat and yet the hunger returns. Ecclesiastes 11:5-6 Ecclesiastes 11:5-6 [5] As you know not what is the way of the spirit, nor how the bones do grow in the womb of her that is with child: even … Continue reading . This is why Ecclesiastes is such a timely book in that it acts as a reality check, a wake up call. Solomon does not despair at the state of the world, but recognises the hand of God at work in all of this. (Matthew 6:10) God tells us through 5 The sun rises, and the sun goes down, iii. This futility (or vanity) is as a result ‘of him [namely God] who subjected it’. This is why Solomon returns again and again to the truth that this God is at work in the act of creation and in the regulation of creation. As has been observed by other commentators, the designation, ‘son of David’ can be taken to refer to anyone who is of the line of David. But even if one lives many joyful days, they should know that evil days will come - 11:7-8 CONCLUSION 1. Is he imagining a world without God or imagining what the world would look like to an unbeliever? The root of this word is, however, used elsewhere in relation to Solomon. The difficulty is quite simply this; what do we do with a book where the central message appears to be, ‘All is vanity’, or, as the NIV puts it, ‘Everything is meaningless’, (Ecclesiastes 1:2, 14, 2:17, 19, 23, 3:19, 4:4, 8, 16, 6:2, 11:8 and 12:8)? And we know from Revelation 21:4 that there will be no more mourning, or All rights reserved. All Sermons For SS: Ecclesiastes. Just as you do not know the path of the wind or how the bones are made of a child yet to be born, so you do not know the work of God Who makes all things. For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may receive what is due for what he has done in the body, whether good or evil. I think Solomon has the same all in view as when he writes, ‘all is vanity’. 4A generation goes, and a generation comes, “See, this is new”? Solomon observes the natural order, the sun, the wind and the streams and discovers weariness and meaninglessness even here. What is your life? i. Solomon intends this book to be read by the believing community. Ecclesiastes 11:1. The wind, referred to in this verse is the Spirit of God. The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem. This leads me to my next point. Should you feel the weight of sin, should you feel the brokenness of creation, look to him and submit to the one who stands outside creation as immutable, glorious and wise. Go on to: Ephesians 2:4 There is here, I think, a reference to the Genesis account of creation and the fall. trust that what we are experiencing is not only temporary, but necessary. Here we find King Jesus. 4A generation goes, and a generation comes, Ecclesiastes 11:4. Just as you do not know the path of the wind and how bones are formed in the womb of the pregnant woman, so you do not know the activity of God who makes all things. Most Recent Sermons Old Testament Sermons New Testament Sermons Podcast By Topic By Verse ... – Ecclesiastes 11:5-6. So we are always of good courage. nor will there be any remembrance The crying, or pain, or death. We recall how, after the man and women rebelled, God cursed the ground and, as a result, work became difficult, tiring and frustrating (Genesis 3:17-19). formed in the womb, God looked upon each baby as unique and individual. Solomon intends us to feel the weight of the brokenness of creation. vanity of vanities! or how the body is formed 11:5 Or know how life (or the spirit) / enters the body being formed in a mother’s womb, so you cannot understand the work of God, the Maker of all things. These are speaking of some of the mysteries of God. Should we despair, give up hope and become German nihilists? A clue to understanding what Solomon intends by the designation, ‘under the sun’, is found in verse 3 where Solomon asks, ‘What does man gain by all the toil at which he toils under the sun?’. Solomon calls us to live in the light of the salvation story of rescue, redemption and future judgement. Solomon is observing that all that is done under the sun is full of weariness, to such an extent that we are unable to find the words to adequately describe it. We have a choice to believe He knows what He is doing and to We can be sure that there is great value in reading, studying and preaching the words of this book, because this is how Solomon intends Ecclesiastes to be approached. You and I will leave this world and, eventually, our lives, our reputation, our fame and our legacy will vanish just as for those who have gone before us. 11There is no remembrance of former things, and peacemaking children of God: Jesus tells us to pray, "Thy kingdom come, thy Do not procrastinate—plunge in! For you are a mist that appears for a little time and then vanishes. Both Solomon and Paul (and other New Testament writers) understand that something is very wrong in the world in which we live. among those who come after. James picks up on this same point (it is important to remember that Solomon’s observations are, in fact, consistent with the whole of Scripture). VIII. Invest in Many Ventures - Ship your grain across the sea; after many days you may receive a return. Just as you do not know the path of the wind or how the material whose use has not been specifically authorized by the copyright owners. The more we mature in Christ, the clearer we see our limitations. We are but a mist, our life but a vapour. Solomon uses the prologue to set out his terms of reference, his scope of enquiry. In verses 2, 3 and 4, Solomon concludes that mankind’s toil is ‘vanity’, we work, but gain nothing, we toil and yet we barely make a dent on the world around us, A generation goes, and a generation comes, For the unbeliever, Solomon wants you to see the world, yourself and all your petty hopes, dreams and ambitions as they truly are, futile, pointless, and ultimately meaningless. into the destiny God has for us. Over and against this, Solomon understands that mankind fundamentally does not change. God is The first people listed in the Hebrews' roll-call of 'faith', lived before the flood. info@firwood.church. ECCLESIASTES, PART 1 – THE REALITY CHECK. Invest in seven ventures, yes, in eight; you do not know what disaster may come upon the land. Challenge:  God knows all things. Solomon’s observation that the sun ‘hastens to the place where it rises’ (v. 2) literally means that the sun ‘pants’, as if a women in labour; this is why some translations write that the sun ‘crawls’ or ‘drags’ to the place where it rises. Paul writes that creation is ‘subjected to futility’ and, interestingly, Paul uses the Greek word, here translated futility, which is taken in the Septuagint to express ‘vanity of vanities’. It seems that it is this futile search for satisfaction which quickens our desire for innovation. This anxiety then leads to bizarre and unhelpful readings and interpretations. Ecclesiastes 11:7. 11There is no remembrance of former things, There will be days of darkness... a. www.all-creatures.org. He who has prepared us for this very thing is God, who has given us the Spirit as a guarantee. The question remains, however, how should we respond in the light of this truth? For the creation was subjected to futility, not willingly, but because of him who subjected it, in hope that the creation itself will be set free from its bondage to corruption and obtain the freedom of the glory of the children of God. and on its circuits the wind returns. Working for a Peaceful World for Humans, Animals and the Environment. (1 Corinthians 7:31). at which he toils under the sun? Who makes all things. I perceived that whatever God does endures forever; nothing can be added to it, nor anything taken from it. The Hebrew word, ‘Qoheleth’, here translated to ‘Preacher’ is unique to the book of Ecclesiastes. The only sure way to gain humility of understanding is to know the character of God. to the place where the streams flow, Solomon writes. Sermons. The NIV translates ‘vanity of vanities’ (v. 2) as ‘Meaningless, meaningless’, alternatively this same word could be translated as ‘useless’ and, in truth, the Hebrew word contains all three meanings. It is difficult to know how to take this and in approaching such texts we may, quite reasonably, ask where God is in all of this? Solomon is not an atheist or an agnostic. This has led commentators to take widely differing views with regards to the overall meaning of the book, some arguing that the writer is an agnostic, others that he is orthodox; some that this book is pessimist in its view of life and others that the writer is an optimist. The essential quality that identified them as men of faith was having the confident assurance that future events revealed by the Lord will certainly take place.. and that things that may be invisible, or hidden from our understanding, are nonetheless true. to the place where the streams flow, It is significant that Solomon refers to himself as ‘the Preacher’ (other versions translate this as ‘Teacher’ (NIV)). Spirit is a force that moves swiftly throughout our lives, accomplishing 9 What has been is what will be, But Solomon’s target is greater than the mere ‘nine to five’ grind. His work has no equal and when we were being in the ages before us. To make such stuff our treasure is meaningless, it will rot and we will be left with a hand full of dust. I intend, therefore, to set out seven reasons why Christians should study the book of Ecclesiastes. We know this to be true, for most of us have felt this sense of weariness. People remain fickle, selfish, greedy, cruel, lustful and self-interested creatures. Pursuit of such fame is, ultimately, futile. ii. Ecclesiastes 11:5-6 6182 ignorance, human situation We cannot see Him and Note the similarities in thought, Solomon exposes a flaw running through the fabric of creation, that this universe which we inhabit is stained with vanity and meaninglessness. This also is the exhortation of Jesus, “Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. We see endless activity with no resolution; Solomon concludes that this is meaningless. in the ages before us. That has to be one of the hardest phrases for us to use. many times we do not even detect Him. He knows what each our choices will bring into our Here is a caution to think of death, even when life is most sweet. Now hope that is seen is not hope. For the present form of this world is passing away. He is not even a pessimist. 11:5?" For in this hope we were saved. So whether we are at home or away, we make it our aim to please him. the eye is not satisfied with seeing, Ecclesiastes 11:5. Solomon knows that this is meaningless. purpose of this series is to encourage people to live as loving, compassionate, Sow your seed in the morning and do not be idle in the evening, for you do not know whether morning or evening sowing will succeed, or whether both of them alike will be good. as He is manifesting His tapestry of We are a fallen people living in a fallen world and Solomon wants us to feel the weight of that. For in this tent we groan, longing to put on our heavenly dwelling, if indeed by putting it on we may not be found naked. We understand from Scripture that Solomon married unbelieving women and turned to false gods (1 Kings 11:1-8). How should we take Solomon’s observation that ‘there is nothing new under the sun’? Thesis: Eccl 11:5 helps us to see that 3 things are God’s Work. There are moments in which the writer appears to be plumbing the depths of despair and, at other times, he appears to encourage the reader to live a full and joyful life. Ecclesiastes 11:5 ... John Henry Newman— Parochial and Plain Sermons, Vol. I don’t know! 6 The wind blows to the south Ecclesiastes 11:5 "As thou knowest not what [is] the way of the spirit, [nor] how the bones [do grow] in the womb of her that is with child: even so thou knowest not the works of God who maketh all. " We come and we go, the universe remains. there they flow again. Ecclesiastes: Wisdom is Better Copyright © 1998-2021 The Mary T. and Frank L. Hoffman Family Foundation. Streams flow into the sea and yet the sea is never full and still the streams continue to flow. Father and moves with great ease and power. Browse Sermons on Ecclesiastes 11. It has been already Micah (6:8), "He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the Lord The book begins by introducing the speaker/writer of Ecclesiastes. When we see this futility and emptiness, it should draw our eyes elsewhere looking to something (or, more properly, someone) else. Ecclesiastes 11. We consider the second point first, we are told that the speaker is ‘king in Jerusalem’, later, as we will consider next week, we are told that this king, ‘acquired great wisdom, surpassing all who were over Jerusalem before [him]’ (Ecclesiastes 1:16) and that he ‘became great and surpassed all who were before [him] in Jerusalem (Ecclesiastes 2:9). As you do not know the way the spirit comes to the bones in the womb of a woman with child, so you do not know the work of God who makes everything. The themes are difficult to pin down. A web site sponsored by Mysteriously, He uses what seems to be the most meaningless and Solomon intends us to live our lives under the sun with our hearts inclined heavenwards. It is my view, however, that despite some recent commentators who argue for a later date, that the speaker takes great pains to describe himself as Solomon, the son of King David and the greatest of all Israel’s kings. There is nothing new. Jesus appeals to the same truth that we find in Ecclesiastes; earthly things are fleeting, temporary and subject to decay. Solomon looks at the world with his eyes wide open as it truly is and calls us to do the same. painful of circumstances to shape the plans and future He has for us. Solomon intends us to feel the futility and emptiness of human experience. Interestingly, the New Testament does not quote directly from Ecclesiastes. “See, this is new”? Consequently, Ecclesiastes is oftentimes neglected in our personal bible study and neglected even more from the pulpit. The first thing to remember is that Solomon has human endeavour in view, he is not suggesting that God is unable to do a new thing. We see this embedded in our society; we want the latest, the shiniest and the best. The Mary T. and Frank L. Hoffman Family Foundation. The interpretive question is, "Is there one illustration of mankind's inability to know, or are there two illustrations in Eccl. We constantly crave originality and the new. Solomon concludes that human endeavour, human ambition, our innate need for satisfaction and creation itself are (is not are) subject to futility, meaninglessness and vanity. Firstly we ask the question, what are the ‘all things’ which are ‘full of weariness’ (v. 8)? Indeed, the New Testament describes Joseph as a son of David (Matthew 1:20). Consequently our ambition and desires remain the same. If clouds are full of water, they pour rain on the earth. The prologue makes plain the scope of this enquiry, verses 3 and 4 address the activity of man; verses 5 to 7, the futility of creation; verses 8 to 11, the meaninglessness of mankind’s insatiable need for satisfaction. Solomon’s conclusion is that, as a result, everything is flawed, stained and ruined. things we could not accomplish in our own efforts. Solomon advises us to get moving because the good things God has to offer will not come to those who waiver (James 1:6-8). Paul understands that all we see around us is temporary and that the world in its present form will pass away with Christ’s return and that there will be a new heavens and earth. However, most commentators agree that the Apostle Paul makes a direct allusion to this book in Romans Chapter 8. His hope is that, rather than driving you to despair, this revelation of truth, this reality check, this wake up call would cause you to seek for him. but the earth remains forever. Ecclesiastes 11:5. Although Solomon only sees in part, he understands that there will be a judgement and a final end in which all will be judged and creation will be remade. 6 The wind blows to the south Ecclesiastes 11:5. lives. Ecclesiastes is a difficult book; difficult to translate, difficult to interpret and difficult to reconcile with the broader canon of Scripture. How do I know this, you might quite reasonably ask? Return to: Food for Thought Solomon, throughout Ecclesiastes, repeatedly concludes that ‘all is vanity’ and so, we must ask, what Solomon intends by this. 8All things are full of weariness; Instead, Jesus urges us to lay up heavenly treasure. 5 The sun rises, and the sun goes down, and on its circuits the wind returns. This verse is a warning against procrastination. It is a powerful display of His love. with child. Ecclesiastes 11:1-6 Ecclesiastes 11:5 "You Do Not Know How the Body is Formed" I Pro-Life View is Being Confirmed A Abortion is the most divisive social issue of our time. bones are made of a child yet to be born, so you do not know the work of God It is the gap between anticipation and fulfilment. around and around goes the wind, of later things yet to be (Matthew 6:19-20). Our garden is clear of weeds today, but in a week, a month’s time we will be out there again toiling the earth; we empty the pallet on the production line, only for it to be replaced with yet more stock and the inbox of our email is as full today as it was last week. Solomon recognises that such endeavours are futile and, as an entire generation passes from the earth, the earth continues to revolve on its axis unmoved. ECCLESIASTES 1:1-11. Ecclesiastes 11:5 - As thou knowest not what is the way of the spirit, nor how the bones do grow in the womb of her that is with child: even so thou knowest not the works of God who maketh all. This is significant. As you do not know the path of the wind, or how the body is formed in a mother’s womb, so you cannot understand the work of God, the Maker of all things. Yes, we are of good courage, and we would rather be away from the body and at home with the Lord. Solomon’s point, here and in Chapter 1, is that God is the true Creator/Innovator and it is impossible to try and change all that he has set in motion. Instead, Solomon pursued sexual gratification and married many unbelieving wives. Furthermore, we are told that this king is ‘the son of David’. The baby is carefully formed and every part mindfully put For who hopes for what he sees? Commentary on Ecclesiastes 11:7-10 (Read Ecclesiastes 11:7-10) Life is sweet to bad men, because they have their portion in this life; it is sweet to good men, because it is the time of preparation for a better; it is sweet to all. He knows the whys and whats organizations to promote compassionate and responsible living. and hastens to the place where it rises. and hastens to the place where it rises. All of us crave significance; we want to feel as though we have made a difference. 2 Vanity of vanities, says the Preacher, vanity of vanities! Many commentators and casual readers approach Ecclesiastes as if it is somehow out of kilter with the rest of Scripture. 2 Vanity of vanities, says the Preacher, nor will there be any remembrance at which he toils under the sun? nor the ear filled with hearing. The end of the matter; all has been heard. will be done, on earth as it is in heaven." Those of us who work feel this frustration as one week rolls into the next and yet little changes. March 1, 2018. All is vanity. Tradition has it (and I place a low emphasis upon this as it is merely extra-biblical tradition) that Solomon repented in his old age and that he wrote Ecclesiastes as he looked back upon his vain life. Ecclesiastes: Youth and the Prospect of Vanity Posted on December 4, 2017 | Pastor: Tim Karr. there they flow again. I take the first five of these reasons from the prologue and the final two reasons from the final chapter of the book. among those who come after. Is Solomon imagining a world (as some commentators argue) where God has lifted his hands from the steering wheel? For we know that the whole creation has been groaning together in the pains of childbirth until now. Similarly there are difficulties in understanding how Ecclesiastes fits in within the broader canon of Scripture. Translated literally, the Hebrew word is very close to that of ‘vapour’ and the words suggests emptiness and a lack of substance or content. Prayer for Ecclesiastes 11:5 “Just as you don't know the path of the wind, or how bones [develop] in the womb of a pregnant woman, so you don't know the work … The body is formed around the bones. The phrase ‘under the sun’ is, therefore, probably best understood alongside similar New Testament references to this ‘present age’ (Galatians 1:4, 1 Timothy 6:17 and Titus 2:12), ‘present time’ (Romans 8:18) and this ‘present world’. We want, we crave and we long only to be disappointed in the fulfilment of this hunger. 9 What has been is what will be, (Ecclesiastes 1:4). The designation Preacher carries the connotation that Solomon is one who convenes the believing community and then proclaims God’s word. God has done it, so that people fear before him. Ecclesiastes 11:5. Aug 27, 2014 - Download predesigned Ecclesiastes 11 5 The Body Is Formed In A Mother Powerpoint Church Sermon PowerPoint templates, PPT slides designs, graphics, and … It is important, as believers, that we understand this. Why should you destroy yourself?’ (Ecclesiastes 7:16) does not seem to fit with the broad exhortation of Scripture to pursue holiness. He is indeed sovereign. We are told two things that help us identify the voice behind Ecclesiastes. For instances: Creation of body is God’s work ("how the body is formed in mother’s womb") Many translations of this verse say, “(know not) how the bones do grow in the womb of her that is with child (KJV)”. together for God's pleasure. our walk. Fair Use Notice: This document, and others on our web site, may contain copyrighted The sun rises, the sun sets and the sun rises again and yet, fundamentally, nothing changes. but the earth remains forever. We know from Scripture that Solomon did not remain faithful to God. 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