PROVIDENCE AND JOY
What does it say?
- Read Ecclesiastes 8:2–9:12
- What are repeated words/phrases in the passage?
- What does Eccl. 8:2–9 tell us about man?
- What does Eccl. 8:10–13 tell us about the fear of God?
- What does Eccl. 8:14–16 tell us about joy?
- What does it tell us about man's finiteness?
- What does Eccl. 9:1–12 tell us about death and joy?
- What does the Preacher say about God?
What does it mean?
- What does the Preacher mean that "it will be well with those who fear God" in Eccl. 8:12?
- Why does the Preacher repeat the phrase in Eccl. 8:15
- Why does the Preacher continue discussing death in Eccl. 9:1–6?
- What does the Preacher mean when he says that love, hate, and envy have already perished in Eccl. 9:5–6?
How should it change us?
- How should this passage change how you think about death?
- Has the book of Ecclesiastes made you think more about the end of life and the purpose of life?
- What certainties do you rely on in your day-today life?
- How does your lack of control in life force you to depend on God?
- How should our finiteness impact our aspirations and dreams?
- What are some things you could seek to enjoy and relish today and tomorrow?
- Remind one another of our firm foundation by singing "How Firm a Foundation"