Ecclesiastes 9: 1-12
- What do all share?
- What is the evil in everything that happens under the sun?
- How does verse 6 emphasize the passing essence of life on earth?
- How should we engage in life if we all pass into death so quickly?
- What work has God placed before you to get on with?
“It don’t amount to a hill o’ beans.” I imagine an old timer in a western saying this kind of thing. My father, before he died at 56, looked back and said that it was al over so quickly. In our twenties we seem immortal, but 30 creeps up on us, then we are 40 … 50 … retired … dead. This should not be a terrible thought. This should push us into the present. We should embrace those things that surround them. God did not place you on the earth to die, but to live. We are to live in the moment, following patterns that God has designed. God has given us pleasures to enjoy. Take time to sip tea, smell roses, talk with a friend, play a game. Smile today because tomorrow this life could be over.
- Who and what are in God’s hands?
- What is repeated in the poetry of verse 2 to make the lines parallel?
- What do the dead know?
- What are you to drink with a joyful heart?
- What simple pleasures are listed?
- Why would the writer say that all share a common destiny when the New testament clearly shows that we do not?
- How is death a ‘great leveller’?
- What kinds of actions are evidence of a madness in the human heart?
- How can a theology of godly living be developed without a concept of the afterlife?
- What hope does a living person have if it is not hope of eternal life?
- Listen to James Blunt’s “I’ll Take Everything” (http://www.lyricstime.com/james-blunt-i-ll-take-everything-lyrics.html), how does it reflect the thoughts of this passage?
- Listen to The Smiths’ Cemetery Gates (http://www.oldielyrics.com/lyrics/the_smiths/cemetry_gates.html), how does it reflect the thoughts of this passage?
- Why would song writers and artists have thoughts that are close to the thoughts of this passage?
- What is a godly approach to alcohol consumption, since the passage advocates wine?
- How do you personally balance the understanding that you will die with sensible planning for the future you may have?