Pastor Aaron E. Lavender
Sunday Morning, January 10, 2016
Sermon Series: CHASING THE WIND – Sermon #2
“Life – A Ceaseless Cycle of Monotony”
Is life really worth living?” This is the question that Solomon is debating. In 1:1–3 he states his first conclusion: life is not worth living because life is full of vanity (emptiness). Then he states his reasons. What is man compared to the vastness of the world? Everything in nature continues, century after century, but man is here for a brief space of time, then he dies. It all seems so meaningless. It is vanity. Since life is so short and man so insignificant, why bother to live at all?
Solomon supports his thesis by referring to the ceaseless rounds of times & generations (v. 4) and of nature (vv. 5–7). From them he concluded that people’s labor, like these ceaseless rounds, produces nothing permanent or satisfying (vv. 8–11). In today’s message we will note the following: The monotony of filling in time, the monotony of the wheel of nature, and the monotony of human endeavors.
I. The Monotony Of Filling In Time: Eccl. 1:4
II. The Monotony Of The Wheel Of Nature: Eccl. 1:5-7
A. The Sun (v. 5).
B. The Wind (v. 6)
C. The Sea (v. 7)
III. The Monotony Of Human Endeavors: Eccl. 1:8-11
A. No meaningful satisfaction found “under the sun” (v. 8)
B. No meaningful satisfaction found in the repetition of events (vv. 9–10)
C. No meaningful satisfaction found in the remembrance of the past (v. 11)
CONCLUSION: Solomon is right, but he is only half right. What he says is true—but it is only true in a limited sense. Jesus gives us the whole picture: ‘Whoever desires to come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me. For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake and the gospel’s will save it. For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world, and loses his own soul? Or what will a man give in exchange for his soul?’ (Mark 8:34–37).