Full text of Zac Poonen’s teaching on ‘Book of Ecclesiastes’ which is part of the popular series called Through The Bible.
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Zac Poonen – Bible Teacher
Let’s turn to the Word of God in Ecclesiastes this morning.
Ecclesiastes begins with these words. ‘The words of the Preacher, the son of David, (that is Solomon) king in Jerusalem, ‘Vanity of vanities,’ [or futility of futilities, or… ‘Emptiness of emptiness! Everything is empty.’
It’s quite amazing that a book of Scripture should begin with such words: Emptiness of emptiness, everything is empty. What advantage does a man have in all his work, which he has under the sun?
It’s one of those difficult books in the Bible to understand. And yet, as we read it, we see why God has placed it in Scripture.
You see, Solomon was, humanly speaking, the wisest man that lived as far as human wisdom is concerned. The Lord told him when he asked for wisdom and understanding heart, the Lord said to him, as we considered in 1 Kings 3 and verse 12-13, that he would have wisdom such as no one ever had before him or after him.
And in the years when he had a little fear of God way at the beginning, I think that was the time when he wrote Proverbs. And Proverbs demonstrates divine wisdom. Ecclesiastes demonstrates human wisdom. The wisdom, chapter 1 verse 3, of the man who lives under the sun. That expression, under the sun, comes very often. This man lived under the sun.
Proverbs demonstrates the wisdom of a man who lives above the sun, in the heavenlies, which is where we are called to live.