It's Day 50 and we're in Ecclesiastes 1.
What's the Bible say about
the book you're reading today? "All Scripture is. . . profitable for
teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness" (2
Timothy 3:16). Reading the Bible will make your day more "profitable."
Where God Spoke To Me:
- Verse 18 - More knowledge often makes your life more difficult.
- Verses 1-18 - It's essential to understand the purpose of Ecclesiastes. It is a wise man who is not following God describing how the world seems to him. What is why it references all these wonderful things of life that the writer (almost certainly Solomon) ultimately finds "vanity" (i.e. meaningless). The point of Ecclesiastes is this: no matter how much of the wonders and glory of this earth you experience, if you don't have God in your life, you will ultimately find it meaningless. Ecclesiastes is my favorite Old Testament book because it speaks so clearly to today.
If you want to read the chapter online, here's a link.
If you have a question or comment, email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Your Comment And Questions:
- 3 Be on your guard! If your brother sins, rebuke him; and if he repents, forgive him. 4 And if he sins against you seven times a day, and returns to you seven times, saying, ‘I repent,’ forgive him.”
"This is the verse preceding the disciples exclamation to increase their faith. So often I've been preached to by well-meaning friends that I have to forgive some egregious error done to me by someone. It seems to me, if I understand the words of Christ, that the offender must initiate the response by asking for forgiveness. Then there's the turn the other cheek premise. I suppose it's healthier to forgive an offense whether or not one has been approached by the offender asking for forgiveness, but perhaps it isn't a requirement?" - While these verses point toward the idea that the guilty party should request forgiveness, there are other passages that do not include that requirement. They simply require that we are to forgive the one who has wronged us.