Chapter 7 of Ecclesiastes–another fascinating bit of ancient wisdom! While it did contain a sprinkling of sound relationship advice (especially what to avoid), it wasn’t a perfect match for our chapter of Thirty Thousand Days, “Love Deeply.” The closest fit for that idea would have come from Ecclesiastes chapter 9, where the Preacher exuberantly says, “Go, eat your bread with joy, and drink your wine with a merry heart… Enjoy life with the wife whom you love.” As far as loving those Extra Grace Required folks in church, Ecclesiastes is pretty mum. We’d do better to look to the New Testament for that topic. So how to tie the two books together? Or should we treat them as two entirely separate things? We went with the second approach.
Erika walked us through this week’s chapter of Ecclesiastes with an eye to what the main theme of the text is–wisdom. It’s so critical when we study the Bible to practice the discipline of letting it speak for itself, not forcing our agenda onto it. Erika did just that last night. Here ya go!