October 28, 2021
DAY 299: JOURNEY THROUGH THE BIBLE IN A YEAR
Today, we begin our journey through the book of Ecclesiastes. Ecclesiastes is most commonly thought to have been written by King Solomon. It is a book about finding meaning in life.
Ask the Lord for His understanding of Ecclesiastes 1-2. Read Ecclesiastes 1-2. Let’s journey!
It is not known for certain who wrote the book of Ecclesiastes, however, many believe it to be King Solomon. The book of Ecclesiastes looks for the meaning of life and warns that we should be careful of what we try and use to find meaning of life. Life is temporary and fleeting, with its pleasure short lived. The book sets out to answer the question of how we should life our life.
Ecclesiastes 1-2: Solomon sets out his purpose at the very beginning of the book: to find meaning in life. He despairs that everything is meaningless and nothing is new. Solomon’s wisdom was unprecedented, yet it could not bring him meaning, and too much wisdom brought grief. Solomon had the means to obtain anything he wanted, yet all the pleasures in the world could not bring meaning to his life. Solomon again considered wisdom, this time with folly, and toil (work). He concluded neither could bring meaning. (Ecclesiastes 1:1-2:26)
After concluding today’s reading, consider the following: What wisdom does the book offer about how to live life? What does the author try to find meaning in life? What is the result? How have you tried to find meaning in your life? What have you learned?
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