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June 7, 2018

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Reading along with us in Ecclesiastes? Here’s today’s reading:

Ecclesiastes 4 (ESV)

Again I saw all the oppressions that are done under the sun. And behold, the tears of the oppressed, and they had no one to comfort them! On the side of their oppressors there was power, and there was no one to comfort them. And I thought the dead who are already dead more fortunate than the living who are still alive. But better than both is he who has not yet been and has not seen the evil deeds that are done under the sun.

Then I saw that all toil and all skill in work come from a man’s envy of his neighbor. This also is vanity and a striving after wind.

The fool folds his hands and eats his own flesh.

Better is a handful of quietness than two hands full of toil and a striving after wind.....Continue Reading

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  1. 10For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up! 11Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone? 12And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken.

  2. I think the beginning of this chapter shows us the limits of philosophy. If we try to find purpose in this life alone, things can become desperate pretty fast particularly if we focus on the wrong things. There is alot of evil and abuse in the world, people taking advantage of others. But God gives purpose and vindication beyond that, a promise of justice now or in the future and sometimes he calls us to be agents of that justice. He also provides his presence and power that lifts us higher than our circumstances.

    And he also provides relationships where we can support each other. Oh the person who has no one to pick him up is sad. Let us be the people who embrace those people and help. That is one of God’s purpose for the church!

    And wisdom and a simple life are far better than wealth and power!

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