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The Futility of Chasing Wisdom

Pastor Aaron E. Lavender
Sunday Morning, January 17, 2016
Sermon Series: CHASING THE WIND – Sermon #3

“The Futility of Chasing Wisdom”

Ecclesiastes 1:12-18


I.  The Qualifications of the One Searching to Understand Life’s Complexities: Ecclesiastes 1:12-13

A. His POSITION (v.12, “I, the Preacher, was king over Israel in Jerusalem”).

1.  His wealth (1 Kings 3:13) –

2. His leadership (1 Kings 3:1; 4:7; 5:1-12) –

3. His wisdom (1 Kings 3:5-15) –

 B.  His DETERMINATION (v.13, “And I set my heart to seek and search . . .”).

II.  The Preliminary Conclusions Drawn from Searching to Understand Life’s Complexities: Ecclesiastes 1:14-16

A. All human behavior is ultimately unsatisfying (v.14)

B. Life presents many problems that wisdom and Intelligence cannot explain (vv.15-16).

III.  The Ultimate Lesson Learned from The Search to Understand Life’s Complexities: Ecclesiastes 1:17-18

A.  ULTIMATE LESSON LEARNED:  Wisdom and experience will not solve every problem.


1.Increased wisdom can be frustrating (v.17)

2.Increased wisdom can be irritating (v.18)



Truth for today – King Solomon was no hermit, and was not soured on the world. Ecclesiastes is not a book that says there is no God. But Solomon, writing out of the depth of his God-given wisdom, saw that, man, left to himself, was hopeless. “What difference does it make?” some people say, implying that they might as well do as they please, or what their evil nature urges them to do. But this vanity of vanities is an opinion voiced without the faith, hope, and love that is in Jesus.

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