Ecclesiastes: Pleasure is Meaningless

 

“Everything is meaningless” is the cry of the author of Ecclesiastes. Last week Jim walked us through the first chapter, showing how Solomon begins his reflective journey through life. Everything is meaningless, even wisdom. Yet in chapter 2 the focus turns from everything into the idea of pleasure. Solomon had every pleasure possible at his disposal. He had wine, women, wealth, works and wisdom. In each of them he found at least a sense of pleasure but never enough to satisfy his searching heart. Before he even lists his vices he concludes that each of them are meaningless, a chasing after the wind. How does this passage speak into our world? Well in many ways it cuts right to our hearts. Neil Postman’s famous book, Entertaining Ourselves to Death adequately describes our society. So where does faith fit? Where does God fit? And most importantly, where does Jesus fit in this story?

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