Ecclesiastes 5: 8 – 6: 12

Ecclesiastes 5: 8 – 6: 12

  1. In an NIV Bible find the words “consume”, “eats”, “eat”, and “enjoy”. 
  2. What is a ‘gift from God’?
  3. What is the condition that means a stillborn child is better off than a person?
  4. What is meant today by ‘consumerism’?
  5. How does your identity as a consumer conflict with your identity as a child of God?

“All you can eat” made me fat at Moody Bible Institute.  I consumed more than I was designed to eat.  I had been raised by a ‘consumer’ who gorged at pizza buffets or banquets when there was no limit on consumption.  I couldn’t control my appetite until I realized how I was hurting my body.  How did I learn to consume more and more?  With the help of God I have lost 30 lbs since being a student at Moody.  I have learned to resist the messages that tell me that I should be consuming more.  How much of the world’s finite resources are you consuming each day? 

Going Deeper

Observation

  • As goods increase what also increases?
  • How does a person come and depart?
  • God sometimes allows a person to accept his lot and what?
  • What is better than the roving of the appetite?
  • What comes with more words?

Interpretation

  • How does Matthew 6:32 reinforce the teaching of this passage?
  • How does Proverbs 30:8-9 reinforce this passage?
  • How does 1 Timothy 6: 5-10 capture the thrust of Ecclesiastes?
  • How can the human longing for more be satisfied?
  • What was available for consumers to consume in ancient times?

Application

  • What have advertisers told you that you need to consume in the last 24 hours?
  • What do you consume more than is healthy for you?
  • When you look at where we live, what we drive and what we eat compare it to those in Sudan, Iraq, or Bolivia.  What does such a comparison show?
  • How can people without washing machines, automobiles and indoor plumbing be happier than we are sometimes?
  • How could you make a personal plan to balance the consumption of te world’s resources a little?  How would this be an act of worship?

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About Plymothian

I teach at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. My interests include education, biblical studies, and spiritual formation. I have been married to Kelli since 1998 and we have two children, Daryl and Amelia. For recreation I like to run, play soccer, play board games, read and travel.
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