King Solomon, the Preacher of Ecclesiastes, did a whole lot of searching by wisdom all the things of this life to find out one main truth--what is man's purpose on this earth? He came to a final conclusion, as the picture above states. We find that in Ecclesiastes 12:13. In all his musings, in all his considering all the things of this earth and what man can do, he realized that everything else is vanity--empty, without profit, and unsatisfying. Our whole duty is to fear God and keep His commandments--Why because as Solomon points out in many different verses throughout Ecclesiastes--at some point everyone us will die ad stand before God who is our final judge. If we are to keep the commandments where do we start after all there are 613 of them! Jesus helped us in Matthew 22:36-40 with the answer to how we can keep them. 36 “Teacher, which is the great commandment in the law?” 37 Jesus said to him, “‘You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and great commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ 40 On these two commandments hang all the Law and the Prophets.” Love God and love people--it's that simple! At least it should be.
Let's discuss this message!
We went through the whole book of Ecclesiastes (a little from each chapter)--talk about something that stood out to you that you were surprised to learn or simply never heard before.
Talk about your thoughts about the Final Conclusion. Did it surprise you or cause things to come clearer for you--what did you really think when you heard it?
Love God and Love People--this is really how we keep the commandments--what changed in your thinking in regards to this if anything? Can we really love people without loving God? What has held you back in your ability to love God with all of yourself? (Multiple questions in one I know--answer as many as you like simply be real about it)
Lastly, talk about your aha or ouch moment that changed something for you.