The End of the Matter

The writer of Ecclesiastes lets his mind wander through what it would be like to chase after all the things that the world has to offer.  He imagines what it is like to have great wealth, to have knowledge, to have eternal youth.  So where do we find meaning in a life that passes so quickly?  We must focus on the present moment that is given to us by God.  What we do now will determine the future and reshape the past.  In this moment we should look to God and consider him.  Life is meaningful as we are fully present and God is fully present with us.

Ecclesiastes 12:9-14

 9 Not only was the Teacher wise, but he also imparted knowledge to the people. He pondered and searched out and set in order many proverbs. 10The Teacher searched to find just the right words, and what he wrote was upright and true.

 11 The words of the wise are like goads, their collected sayings like firmly embedded nails—given by one shepherd.[b] 12Be warned, my son, of anything in addition to them.

   Of making many books there is no end, and much study wearies the body.

 13 Now all has been heard;
   here is the conclusion of the matter:
Fear God and keep his commandments,
   for this is the duty of all mankind.
14 For God will bring every deed into judgment,
   including every hidden thing,
   whether it is good or evil.

Questions

  1. What actions did the Teacher perform to improve his life and the life of the people?
  2. How is the making of books described?
  3. What is the end of the matter?
  4. How is it possible to remember continuously that we live life under God?
  5. What is the most important lesson that you have learned from Ecclesiastes?
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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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18 Responses to The End of the Matter

  1. [ED2203-01] HyeJin Lee says:

    1. What actions did the Teacher perform to improve his life and the life of the people? He imparted the knowledge to the people and also searched out and set in order many proverbs.
    2. How is the making of books described?
    -Making of books have no ends, and much studies wearies the body.
    3.What is the end of the matter?
    -The conclusion of the matter is that we need to fear God and keep His commandment because this is the duty of man.
    4.How is it possible to remember continuously that we live life under God?
    – If we truly fear God, then we will recognize Him in our lives, then we will also remember that there will be a judgement of every deed we do in our lives. Thus we can remember that we live our lives under Him every moment.
    5.What is the most important lesson that you have learned from Ecclesiastes?
    – The life without God is meaningless, However, this life is a gift from God, Thus we need to do our best to enjoy every present moment and also not to put our values on the worldly things which will not remain forever.

  2. Kendalle says:

    1. What actions did the Teacher perform to improve his life and the life of the people?
    The Teacher imparted is knowledge to the people.
    2. How is the making of books described?
    Of making many books there is no end, and much study wearies the body.
    3. What is the end of the matter?
    The End of the matter is fearing the Lord and keeping his commandments
    4. How is it possible to remember continuously that we live life under God?
    We must take time and honor and adore him with everything. Quieting our hearts and coming to the Cross. Also, just listening to the Holy Spirit.
    5. What is the most important lesson that you have learned from
    Ecclesiastes?
    Everything we do is meaning less and I must remember to follow God and not man.

  3. Melisa Guiles says:

    1. The teacher improved his live by searching for wisdom and by pondering different proverbs. He improved the life of the people by sharing his wisdom with them and by writing down what he discovered so that they would have it.
    2. It is described as being wearisome and having no end.
    3. Fear God and keep His commandments.
    4. I think it is necessary to constantly remind ourselves that God is in control of everything. It is about constantly surrendering ourselves and our desires to Him.
    5. Reading through Ecclesiastes has reminded me that God is in control of every situation. Instead of relying on myself, I need to surrender to Him and allow Him to have free reign in my life.

  4. Amy Kringle says:

    1. He gave knowledge to the people.
    2. It is wearisome.
    3. It is the duty of all mankind to fear God and keep his commandments.
    4. We can remember by rendering our thoughts to him and always checking our actions and words.
    5. Life without God truly is meaningless and passes away in a breath. Even with God life passes in a breath but we find meaning because we live for someone who will lst forever beyond our lifetimes and he gives purpose to all we do if we do it for him.

  5. Sokloon Dy (Lizzy) says:

    1. To improve his life, he “pondered and searched out and set in order many proverbs.” To improve the life of the people, he imparted knowledge to them through proverbs.
    2, it is wearisome and has no end.
    3. the end of the matter is to fear God and keep His commandments.
    4.just thinking about the fact that we exist. and this will in turn cause us to think and wonder after the One who created us.
    5. the most important thing that i learned from the book is that nothing else matters, but serving God in this life. Everything on this fleeting world will eventually burn way. If I put my trust in material things, then my life will lead to ruin because I will never find satisfaction in those things. I will always keep wanting more and more. We can only find joy and fulfillment in Jesus Christ alone.

  6. Kristin Goffinet says:

    1) He pondered and searched for the right words of wisdom to impart on others.
    2) It says that it is exhausting and has no end.
    3) God is going to judge all things.
    4) By staying in prayer and staying focused on God.
    5) The thing that I have learned the most was that everything I attempt to do even for the Lord, is ultimatley without meaning if God is not my ultimate focus.

  7. Grace Yoo says:

    1. The Teacher imparted knowledge to the people and also pondered and searched out and set in order many different proverbs.

    2. The making of books is described as wearisome and having no end.

    3. The end matter is to fear God and to keep His commandments.

    4. To remember that we live under God, we should enjoy all creation and live a life full of prayer.

    5. From Ecclesiastes, I have learned that everything on the earth is meaningless. Also, living a life without God is meaningless. Since everything we own are worldly and temporary, we should glorify God with our daily activities.

  8. trishaindonesia says:

    1. He studied and took the time to really learn about what he was teaching.
    2. wearisome
    3. Fear God and keep His commandments
    4.By staying focused on God and to be connected to Him.
    5.Life is really pointless if we aren’t living it all for the glory of our Creator.

  9. aaron wright says:

    1. He spoke knowledge into his students and was very careful about how he said it.
    2. theres no end!
    3. judgment from God
    4. by remembering to keep His commandments
    5. that i should live a more radical life for God because many things that i spend my time on are meaningless and dont draw me closer to God

  10. Cassie Clark says:

    1.He searched for and imparted wisdom.
    2. As being endless
    3. To fear God and obey His commands
    4. We probably won’t. We are sinful beings. But our fear of Him will umbrella everything that we do or say.
    5. I have learned to treasure life and that I am allowed to enjoy; God means for it to be enjoyed with others.

  11. Sandra Tindle says:

    1. To improve his life and the life of the people, the Teacher imparted knowledge to the people.
    2. The making of books is described as having no end.
    3. The end of matter is to fear God and keep His commandments.
    4. To remember continuously that we live life under God, we should be in prayer and keep God’s commandments as a reminder.
    5. The most important lesson that I’ve learned from Ecclesiastes is that the only thing I should be concerned about in life is pursuing God, and if I don’t do that, everything that I do will be meaningless and in vain.

  12. Rebecca Langer says:

    1. What actions did the Teacher perform to improve his life and the life of the people?
    He imparted knowledge and wisdom to the people.
    2. How is the making of books described?
    It is described as tired and wearisome.
    3. What is the end of the matter?
    To fear God and keep His commandments.
    4. How is it possible to remember continuously that we live life under God?
    When we realize that God is in control of every single situation that we ever go through. He controls everything, and He made us just as we are.
    5. What is the most important lesson that you have learned from Ecclesiastes?
    Enjoy every day. I need to have a time of rest and peace in the business. Sometimes the reason that God is not giving me peace is because I am not spending time with Him.

  13. 1. The teacher uses his wisdom, and imparts it onto others.
    2. The making of the book is described as having no end, and consisting of much study that wearies the body.
    3. The end of the matter is this fear God and keep His commandments for this is the duty of man.
    4. It is possible to remember continuously that we live life under God by looking up at the glory that He has revealed in this world, through His Word, and through His people. Although this is possible, it is unfortunately not easy, and something that we need to constantly work on.
    5. The most important lesson that I have learned from Ecclesiastes is that life is not meaningless if there God is the center, but otherwise everything is fleeting and doesn’t really mean a thing. Through this I am taught to put Jesus Christ back at the center of my life, and find peace knowing that no amount of toiling or striving is going to change the purpose or value that I have in this world, that is all defined by the life Christ.

  14. Moon [ED 2203;Mon 6:00pm class] says:

    1.to find just the right words, and what he wrote was upright and true.
    2. there is no end, and much study wearies the body.
    3. Fear God and keep his commandments
    4. it is possible by the Holy Spirit who never cease to work in us.
    5. I used to interpret Ecclesiastes in a humanism-perspective, so, at last, I thought like a nihilism. But, through the devotions, I could understand more accurately, in which Ecclesiastes leads us to humble ourselves and acknowledge God as the highest one in our lives.

  15. spiritandtruth1128 says:

    1.What actions did the Teacher perform to improve his life and the life of the people? He sought out what was right and wise, and shared it with others
    2. How is the making of books described? tedious and never ending
    3. What is the end of the matter? to fear God and keep his commandments
    4. How is it possible to remember continuously that we live life under God?
    I think it is so easy for us to forget that without God we are nothing. We take simple things for granted, and we don’t realize that God really has the power to give and take away as he pleases. However I think that if we continuously thank Him for all He does, and really mean it, and if we take the time to give Him credit for his power then it is easier for us to remember we live life under Him.
    5. What is the most important lesson that you have learned from Ecclesiastes? I think that the most important thing I learned from Ecclesiastes was letting my words be few. To share God’s love more by the way I live my life than with meaningless words.

  16. Kerri Klingsmith says:

    1. What actions did the Teacher perform to improve his life and the life of the people?
    He imparted knowledge on many people and he searched and pointed out many proverbs,
    2. How is the making of books described?
    There is no end and much studying wearies the soul.
    3. What is the end of the matter?
    Fear God and keep His commandments.
    4. How is it possible to remember continuously that we live life under God?
    Constantly pray about it and ask God to keep it always before us.
    5. What is the most important lesson that you have learned from Ecclesiastes?
    That this life is temporary and full of meaningless things. Our lives must find their purpose in God, bringing glory to Him and doing His work.

  17. HeeJin,Choi says:

    1.What actions did the Teacher perform to improve his life and the life of the people?
    – He imparted knowledge to the people by pondering, searching out and setting in order many proverbs.
    2.How is the making of books described?
    -There’s no end and much study wearies the body.
    3.What is the end of the matter?
    -Fear God adn keep his commandments.
    4.How is it possible to remember continuously that we live life under God?
    – By having personal relationship with God, then we will remember that He is alive working in our life at all times.
    5.What is the most important lesson that you have learned from Ecclesiastes?
    -Do not be discouraged or distressed but have peace in mind because whether the struggle seems handful or trivial, all those things are passing and will not last forever.

  18. 1. The teacher searched for wisdom and imparted it on those he was teaching.
    2. Never-ending (not in a good way).
    3. Fearing God and keeping His commandments.
    4. Well, I personally feel like God gives us reminders every single day… it’s just whether or not we pay attention to them.
    5. That life is “meaningless”, as in, anything without God is meaningless. I know that our lives, living for the glory of God, are not meaningless because they are for the betterment of the kingdom. The days, the hours, the minutes, however… are all meaningless.

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