Ecclesiastes – All Vanity?

What a life: Building dream houses and beautiful gardens, sitting in an executive chair instead of working as an employee, owning an abundance of livestock, able to buy whatever our hearts desire and enjoying life to the fullest – what a life this must be!

Vanity of vanities, says the Preacher, vanity of vanities! All is vanity. (Ecclesiastes 1:2)

I know of at least one person who is thinking right now: “O, uh! Ecclesiastes! There we go again.” 🙂 Thank you for reading my blogs, for your amazing support and for sharing your life with me. ❤

Many years ago, I struggled to understand the words and stayed as far away as I could from Ecclesiastes. It just didn’t make much sense to me at that time. Now I love to read, study and write about it.

This book teaches us so many lessons about the meaning of life and how to live for God. Sadly, a lot of its sayings are misinterpreted but that doesn’t make the book less valuable to read, does it? True, it will take more effort and time on our side but it’s well worth it. It definitely deserves more of our attention. If we take the time to dig deeper into it we’ll find a treasure chest filled with nuggets of wisdom.

Study Helps 

Bible: Use one that includes study helps like cross-references in book form or an online Bible like the ESV or KJV

Chasing the Wind: This is a great audio series by Alistair Begg of Truth For Life Ministries. His sermons are thought-provoking and well-grounded in God’s Word. You will see this part of the Bible unfold as Alistair guides you through it.

Why Everything Matters: The Gospel in Ecclesiastes, by Philip G. Ryken (I will talk more about this book in a separate post in the near future.)

Matthew Henry’s Commentary online at Bible Study Tools. (Also available in bookshops in printed format)


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