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Pastor Aaron E. Lavender
Sunday Morning, May 15, 2016
Sermon Series: CHASING THE WIND – Sermon #15

“Some Things Are Better Than Others”
Ecclesiastes 7:1-12


At the beginning of this passage, Solomon sets the stage for what is to follow with these words: A good name is better than precious ointment…  In King Solomon’s day, precious ointment was not a bad thing. In fact, it was very valuable and had many uses. But Solomon makes the point that even though precious ointment is good, there is something that is better – a good name (OUR REPUTATIONS ALWAYS OUTLIVE OUR DEATHS).
     As he has already pointed out earlier in the book, even a good name is fleeting, but it is still more lasting and valuable than something like precious ointment. That is the pattern that Solomon is going to repeat in the rest of this section. Even though there is nothing here on earth “under the sun” that is permanent and has lasting value, there are clearly some things that are better than others.
      There are six sayings in this section that predominantly feature the Hebrew word for “good” or “better”. They can be grouped into three doublets that can help us to choose what is better as we live our lives here in the real world.
  • It Is Better to Attend a Funeral Than a Party:  Eccl. 7:1-4
  • It Is Better to Accept Rebuke Than the Flattery of Fools:  Eccl. 7:5-7
     Wise people welcome rebuke and correction because they understand the potential benefits; fools, vigorously reject rebuke and prefer the superficial laughter of other fools because it lacks substance.
  • It Is Better to Live in the Present Than Dwell in the Past:  Eccl. 7:8-10
     In these verses, Solomon commends the value of patiently forbearing in life because the end of a thing is better than the beginning. He is reinforcing what he has taught consistently throughout this book – life is a journey, not a destination. And we are to enjoy that journey.

CONCLUSION: Eccl. 7:11-12

     Life here in the real world will never be perfect, it will never be easy and it will never be free from pain and discomfort. But if we choose the things which are better, then it can be fulfilling and meaningful. QUESTION: “Have you chosen Jesus Christ?”
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