Sunday, March 6th, 2016
Ecclesiastes 5:8 – 6:12
The book of Ecclesiastes contains Proverbs, maxims, sayings, and is largely an autobiographical story. Solomon wrote it late in his life, approximately 935 B.C. He had become aware of the mistakes that he made throughout his life and began to document them. The purpose of Ecclesiastes is to spare future generations the suffering and misery of seeking after foolish, meaningless, materialistic emptiness, and to offer wisdom by discovering truth in seeking after God. (Biblehub.com)
As you read, study and apply, ask the Holy Spirit to lead your group discussions. Work hard to make sure everyone has the opportunity to participate. Close by praying for one another.
- Solomon talks about how money will never satisfy. Has there ever been a time in your life where you attempted to find satisfaction in wealth?
- How have you found God occupying your life with joy? What are things you allow to creep in and steal that joy?
- Solomon talks about the “sickening evil” that occurs when people hoard their wealth. How do you combat this sickness? What are some ways you practically give your wealth away?
- Why would God allow us to obtain all of our desires, yet not give us the power to enjoy them? (versus 1-2)
- What in this life do you seem to continually seek after, or work to attain, yet never have satisfaction in (verse 6:7)?
- How do you understand verse 11, that in more words is more vanity? How do you understand that in the context of the rest of the chapter?