Week 5: The Futility of Chasing Worldly Success

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Ecclesiastes 4:1–16
Chapter 8: The Lonely Whine of the Top Dog (4:1–8)
Chapter 9: One Plus One Equals Survival (4:9–16)

 

FIVE ROTTEN STEPS ON THE WORLD’S LADDER OF SUCCESS – Ecclesiastes 4:1-16

I. (:1-3) RUTHLESS OPPRESSION – GAME: SORRY

Sorry Boardgame

PROBLEM: NO COMFORT

  1. Commentary: Solomon’s Insights on Oppression
  2. Contrast: Word of Christ: John 14:16
  3. Charge: Our Calling

II. (:4-6) RATRACE RIVALRY – GAME: CHESS

Chess

PROBLEM: NO CALM

  1. Commentary: Solomon’s Insights on Rivalry
  2. Contrast: Word of Christ: Matt. 11:28-30
  3. Charge: Our Calling

III. (:7-8) RELENTLESS GREED – GAME: MONOPOLY

Monopoly

PROBLEM: NO CONTENTMENT

  1. Commentary: Solomon’s Insights on Greed
  2. Contrast: Word of Christ: (as quoted by example and teaching of Paul) Acts 20:33-35
  3. Charge: Our Calling:

IV. (:9-12) RISKY ISOLATION – GAME: SOLITAIRE

Solitaire

PROBLEM: NO COMPANIONSHIP

  1. Commentary: Solomon’s Insights on Isolation
  2. Contrast: Word of Christ: John 15:12-17
  3. Charge: Our Calling

V. (:13-16) RECURRING INSTABILITY – GAME: CHUTES AND LADDERS

Chutes

PROBLEM: NO CONTINUITY

  1. Commentary: Solomon’s Insights on Instability
  2. Contrast: Word of Christ: Matt. 7:24
  3. Charge: Our Calling

PARALLEL: STORY OF HAMAN IN THE BOOK OF ESTHER:

  1. RUTHLESS OPPRESSION
  2. RATRACE RIVALRY
  3. RELENTLESS GREED
  4. RISKY ISOLATION
  5. RECURRING INSTABILITY