Ecclesiastes 11: 1-8

Ecclesiastes 11: 1-8

  1. What are you meant to do with bread?
  2. What do you do with portions?
  3. What do you do with seed?
  4. How is uncertainty a factor in giving?
  5. In what area of life have you become filled?

The full cloud pours rain on the earth.  What should we do with the abundance that we have?  We should cast it away.  We also should not wait for perfect conditions to give from.  We should give now.  As you throw away what you have to worthy causes and people, you will receive a return of some kind.  I have received an education that I throw away to people as part of my job.  I have received care of a beautiful baby boy, but I share that joy with others.  I have a large house and a large car which I think I could share more.  What do you have?

Going Deeper

Observation

  • What happens to bread that is cast on the waters?
  • Why give portions to seven or eight?
  • What does the one who watches the wind not do?
  • What do you not know when you sow your seed?
  • What should a man do regardless of how long he lives?

Interpretation

  • Bread is a metaphor for what?
  • How does giving stave off disaster?
  • How does scattering seed talk to a breadth of giving?
  • How do giving and enjoyment of life relate?
  • If eternity is spent away from this world, why do people hoard?

Application

  • Are you afraid that if you give you will be left with nothing?  Why or why not?
  • Do you give in a singular area or to many?
  • Why do many churches insist that money be given to them for distribution?
  • How should our work be related to our wealth of talents and related to finances?
  • What are arguments for and against leaving a pile of money as inheritance?

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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