Welcome to Ecclesiastes! This will be in the basic format that the Proverbs Study was in, if you join us in that one, then you should be familiar with it and if you didn’t that’s okay. It’s pretty self explanatory. Basically I like to do things like this together, as a group. For a few reasons: 1. I like reading other women’s perspectives on the scripture and hearing what God reveals to each of us differently through them. 2. It’s encouraging 3. There is accountability.
I don’t really care how you read this, if you need to listen to it and read it, etc. however you do it…do it. I tend to be a listener and reader. I like to listen and then read it. If you don’t know how to listen to it you can do one of these things that may help: 1. Download the Bible app or She Reads Truth app on your phone, iPad, tablet, etc. or you can go to Bible Gateway & click on the little speaker at the top of the passage. The main idea is that you are spending time in the Word of God and doing it with us.
After you read your passage or listen to it or both answer the discussion question and follow the prompts below (:
Ecclesiastes 1 (NASB)
1 The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem.
2 “Vanity of vanities,” says the Preacher,
“Vanity of vanities! All is vanity.”
3 What advantage does man have in all his work
Which he does under the sun?
4 A generation goes and a generation comes,
But the earth remains forever.
5 Also, the sun rises and the sun sets;
And hastening to its place it rises there again.
6 Blowing toward the south,
Then turning toward the north,
The wind continues swirling along;
And on its circular courses the wind returns.
7 All the rivers flow into the sea,
Yet the sea is not full.
To the place where the rivers flow,
There they flow again.
8 All things are wearisome;
Man is not able to tell it.
The eye is not satisfied with seeing,
Nor is the ear filled with hearing.
9 That which has been is that which will be,
And that which has been done is that which will be done.
So there is nothing new under the sun.
10 Is there anything of which one might say,
“See this, it is new”?
Already it has existed for ages
Which were before us.
11 There is no remembrance of earlier things;
And also of the later things which will occur,
There will be for them no remembrance
Among those who will come later still.
12 I, the Preacher, have been king over Israel in Jerusalem. 13 And I set my mind to seek and explore by wisdom concerning all that has been done under heaven. It is a grievous task which God has given to the sons of men to be afflicted with. 14 I have seen all the works which have been done under the sun, and behold, all is vanity and striving after wind. 15 What is crooked cannot be straightened and what is lacking cannot be counted.
16 I said to myself, “Behold, I have magnified and increased wisdom more than all who were over Jerusalem before me; and my mind has observed a wealth of wisdom and knowledge.” 17 And I set my mind to know wisdom and to know madness and folly; I realized that this also is striving after wind. 18 Because in much wisdom there is much grief, and increasing knowledge results in increasing pain.
- What 1 or 2 verses stood out to you most while reading this passage?
- How would you summarize this passage or write it in your own words?
- What does this passage teach me about God or His character?
- Does this chapter challenge me? How so?
- How can I apply this chapter to my life TODAY?
Share the questions # and your answer in the comments below. Or do you have other questions? Something you don’t understand or doesn’t quite make sense? Do you have any prayer requests? Click here to send in your prayer requests.
For our prayer time, you can write your prayers out or just say them in your head or out loud. It doesn’t matter, He just wants to have a relationship with you and that’s hard to do without communication. Whatever you are comfortable with and He has called you to.
If you haven’t ever prayed before other than the giving Him your life…which in a lot of cases were “repeat after me” situations here is a good and simple way of going about it. It’s called ACTS: A-Adoration: Tell God how awesome He is and say praises to Him (or sing ’em your by yourself with Him, why not? He loves a joyful noise) C- Confession: what do you need to confess to Him today? Tell Him and confess your sins T-Thankfulness: Tell Him why you are thankful today? Even in our valleys we can find something to be thankful for and we should tell Him. S-Supplication: Ask Him for help or guidance or wisdom. Make your requests know to Him. Even the craziest of things…He wants to hear them from you.
At the end of the day, just spend time talking to Him. We serve a relational God who cares for us and wants & always has time with us.
P.S. If you like journaling….this is a great place for you to see your prayers answered. As you go through the study or in a year or whatever. If you are a writer, then writing your prayers and discussion answers is fun and when you look back it’s pretty awesome to see how God moves and grows you.
Thus I considered all my activities which my hands had done and the labor which I had exerted, and behold all was vanity and striving after wind and there was no profit under the sun.