In this conversation Gavin, Erik, and Cody chat through Ecclesiastes 7-9. Read those chapters, listen to the audio of the conversation, and then chip in on the comments section below with your own thoughts on the Scripture and responses to these three questions:
- What word, phrase, or theme most resonated with you personally as you read this section of Scripture?
- What does this portion of Scripture invite us to as a community of disciples?
- If you’re sitting down with these chapters, what drink or snack would pair best with the reading?
Next week we finish up our conversation on Ecclesiastes with chapters 10-12!
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One thought on “Bible Convo (Ecclesiastes 7-9) – 3/16/22”
Howdy: I will comment on verse 7:14 (for Cody). My take on this is that we should be happy in good times and patient in bad ones, as we don’t know what the future will bring. Even when struck by adversity, we do not know God’s plans for us, or how it is actually possible that adversity will lead to a good outcome. When our home was flooded out in 1997 this surely was adversity at the time, but led to a great outcome in that we got a newly renovated basement that was mostly paid by insurance!
Death is a difficult topic, but we all eventually die. Our perspective on this is influenced by our belief (or lack of it) on an eternal level. I like Ecclesiastes as it boils life down to the nitty gritty: our very short life on Earth and the many things that happen are meaningless, as our final (and eternal) home is not on Earth. If you have that perspective, it can give freedom to your earthly journey as you don’t need to dwell on meaningless issues or pursuits. Cody sent me an email that had great advice from John Wesley: Gain all you can, Save all you can, then Give all you can. Most of us are pretty good at the first one, and not so good at the others. At the end of our life, all our stuff likely will end up in the landfill or belong to someone else. Might as well give it away to who or where you wish while you are alive. Major Tom