Ecclesiastes Chapters 8-10
- The Teacher/ Author observes that man sometimes uses his authority to inflict hurt on others. How can we respond to authoritative figures in our own lives who exercise their power unjustly? How do we act when injustice does not directly affect us, but affects a vulnerable population or individual?
- Can we think of how the world "praises" evildoers in today's world? Perhaps praising celebrities or public figures who act sinfully, yet are given positive attention by the mass population? How can we help others to focus their praises to the One who is actually worthy and all-deserving of our praises?
- What does it mean to live in fear of the Lord?
- We do not hold the same belief -- the belief that there is nothing after death, evil and righteous face the same fate-- as the Teacher/ Author and the people of the time that Ecclesiastes was written. However, if this belief was in fact correct, would this change the way you live?
- Reflect on the truth that, at any moment, we could come face to face with "calamity"-- death of a loved one, loss of job, injury, house set afire. How do you respond to that truth in prayer? With gratitude? With deeper trust and need of mercy?
- 8:11 "Because sentence against an evil deed is not executed speedily, the human heart is fullest set to do evil."
- 8:14 "There is vanity that takes place on earth that there are righteous people who are treated according to the conduct of the wicked, and there are wicked people who are treated according to the conduct of the righteous."
- 9: 12 "For no one can anticipate the time of disaster. Like fish taken in a cruel net, and like birds caught in a snare, so mortals are snared at a time of calamity, when it suddenly falls upon them."
- 9:17 "The quiet words of the wise are more to be heeded than the shouting of a ruler among fools."
- 10:4 "If the anger of the ruler rises against you, do not leave your post, for calmness will undo great offenses."