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Do you remember the Indiana Jones films? Each story was about searching out treasure, some ancient artifact. The stories could be a picture of life. We often search feverishly for something much like Indiana searched for the lost ark. We strive to find satisfaction and meaning in life, often in our hobbies, careers or education. But unlike the movies, our search does not end in a couple of hours!
Solomon also searched for satisfaction and meaning in life. He wrote the book of Ecclesiastes to share his conclusions. I must admit, the opening is pessimistic. Ecclesiastes 1:1-2 says, ‘The words of the Teacher, son of David, king in Jerusalem: “Meaningless! Meaningless!” says the Teacher. “Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless.”’ (NIV)
He continues in verses 12-14, “I, the Teacher, was king over Israel in Jerusalem. I devoted myself to study and to explore by wisdom all that is done under heaven. What a heavy burden God has laid on men! I have seen all the things that are done under the sun; all of them are meaningless, a chasing after the wind.” (NIV)
This week, the podcast will look at Solomon’s search for the meaning of life. Is everything really meaningless as he said, or is he exaggerating to make a point? Can we find satisfaction and meaning, or will all our efforts be as empty as grabbing a handful of wind? Join me tomorrow as we follow Solomon’s search.
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