Thursday, September 17, 2015

Vapor of Vapors

September 17

Daily Bible Reading: Ecclesiastes 1 – 3

Verse of the Day: Ecclesiastes 1:1 – 2 – “The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem. Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher; vanity of vanities, all is vanity.”

We now start a four-day study in the book of Ecclesiastes. It is a profound and at times problematic book that records the search of the Preacher (generally accepted as Solomon) for meaning and satisfaction in life. 

The key word and concept in this book is the Hebrew word hăbêl, which is translated as vanity, breath, or emptiness. The phrase above “Vanity of vanities” is the Hebrew form of a superlative – the maximum extent. Used by the Preacher, the idea is of something that passes quickly, like a vapor or breath.

This is not to be considered a negative outlook on life – it is to be seem as a contrast with that which is “under the sun” and that which is “under the Son.”

Prayer: As I look up, let me see the Son and how He makes life worth all there is. Amen.

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