Life's cycles are immutable, according to Koheleth; a time for every purpose under heaven. Planting and reaping, laughing and weeping, tearing and mending all occur endlessly. We can't hold onto dancing or stave off mourning when its season arrives. Yet awareness of these cycles doesn't cancel our longing for something more. "He has set eternity in our hearts." Jesus said that we do not yet know the good things our Father has prepared for us. "Ask and it shall be given, seek and you shall find, knock and the door will be opened."
Ecclesiastes Series "Seek and You Shall Find" Steve Zeisler, pastor Ecclesiastes is unique among the books of the Bible. It describes a world in which God exists but has not spoken. God is acknowledged as creator and determiner of events, but the searcher (Koheleth) who writes and arranges the book only has information that can be gathered "under the un". For him, no divine voice has spoken to give meaning or direction for human strugglers. Ecclesiastes is an ancient companion to the writings of modern secularists and skeptics. Jesus was not a searcher, rather a teacher who "speaks the way of God in accordance with truth". He is the Word of God declaring the words of God. The Sermon on the Mount presents "the quintessence of the teaching of Jesus" (John Stott) providing meaning and direction for human strugglers. This series of messages aims to contrast Ecclesiastes with the Sermon on the Mount on various topics addressed by both. Jesus' voice may speak clearer to us when contrasted with the observations of the searcher. Also, many of our contemporaries are honest skeptics, like Koheleth. May we hear and obey the Lord and then give away the truth we have been given.