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BIBLE PHILOSOPHY(1).......I gave my heart to Wisdom, had wealth, plenty of wine, women, But Vanity..



VANITY OF PLEASURE!


INTRODUCTION:

Again, I looked at the confessions of King Solomon about pleasures.  He experienced pleasure like no King before him and after, and eventually enrolled himself into the 'School of pleasure' to enjoy it and know what it is.  

Unfortunately, his conclusion is that pleasure, wine and lust are all Vanity.

This King was given wisdom beyond measure by God, so he had capacity to reason and think above all the Kings before him.  Whether it is evil or good, Solomon had time and brain power to reason it out, research and physically try his hands on it.  He was completely unassuming in whatever he gave his mind to think about and to know.

So, he gave his heart to know Madness and folly, mirth and pleasure, wine and drunkenness.  He tried to discover what foolishness means and to lay hold on folly.

He set his heart on riches, treasures, singing, music and all associated with entertainment and pleasure.  He set his eyes to know the wickedness of folly, and foolishness of madness and as such he encountered women like no man else.

King Solomon gave himself to idolatry and unbridled lust, which was the reason for his fall.  In Eccl 2:10 - King Solomon in spite of his wisdom could not control his thoughts and eyes around women.  

He says "Whatever my eyes desired I did not keep from them. I did not withhold my heart from any pleasure, For my heart rejoiced in all my labor; And this was my reward from all my labor." 

This single weakness destroyed the glorious destiny God gave him, as we will discover very soon as we progressed into other chapters of Ecclesiastes that fell in love with every single women that got close to him and ended up with 1000 women - 700 wives and Princesses and 300 concubines 1 Kings 11:3.

The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem.

I said in my heart, "Come now, I will test you with mirth; therefore enjoy pleasure"; but surely, this also was vanity.  I said of laughter — "Madness!"; and of mirth, "What does it accomplish?"  

I searched in my heart how to gratify my flesh with wine, while guiding my heart with wisdom, and how to lay hold on folly, till I might see what was good for the sons of men to do under heaven all the days of their lives. 

I made my works great, I built myself houses, and planted myself vineyards.  I made myself gardens and orchards, and I planted all kinds of fruit trees in them.  I made myself water pools from which to water the growing trees of the grove.  

I acquired male and female servants, and had servants born in my house. Yes, I had greater possessions of herds and flocks than all who were in Jerusalem before me.  I also gathered for myself silver and gold and the special treasures of kings and of the provinces. I acquired male and female singers, the delights of the sons of men, and musical instruments of all kinds. 

So I became great and excelled more than all who were before me in Jerusalem. Also my wisdom remained with me. 

Whatever my eyes desired I did not keep from them. I did not withhold my heart from any pleasure, For my heart rejoiced in all my labor; And this was my reward from all my labor. 

Then I looked on all the works that my hands had done and on the labor in which I had toiled; and indeed all was vanity and grasping for the wind. There was no profit under the sun. 

Then I turned myself to consider wisdom and madness and folly; For what can the man do who succeeds the king? — Only what he has already done.   Then I saw that wisdom excels folly

As light excels darkness. The wise man's eyes are in his head, but the fool walks in darkness. Yet I myself perceived that the same event happens to them all. 

So I said in my heart, "As it happens to the fool, It also happens to me, And why was I then more wise?" Then I said in my heart, "This also is vanity."  For there is no more remembrance of the wise than of the fool forever, Since all that now is will be forgotten in the days to come. And how does a wise man die? As the fool! 

Therefore I hated life because the work that was done under the sun was distressing to me, for all is vanity and grasping for the wind.  Then I hated all my labor in which I had toiled under the sun, because I must leave it to the man who will come after me.  

And who knows whether he will be wise or a fool? Yet he will rule over all my labor in which I toiled and in which I have shown myself wise under the sun. This also is vanity.

Therefore I turned my heart and despaired of all the labor in which I had toiled under the sun. For there is a man whose labor is with wisdom, knowledge, and skill; yet he must leave his heritage to a man who has not labored for it. This also is vanity and a great evil.  

For what has man for all his labor, and for the striving of his heart with which he has toiled under the sun?  For all his days are sorrowful, and his work burdensome; even in the night his heart takes no rest. This also is vanity. 

Nothing is better for a man than that he should eat and drink, and that his soul should enjoy good in his labor. This also, I saw, was from the hand of God.  For who can eat, or who can have enjoyment, more than I?   

For God gives wisdom and knowledge and joy to a man who is good in His sight; but to the sinner He gives the work of gathering and collecting, that he may give to him who is good before God. This also is vanity and grasping for the wind. Source: Ecclesiastes 2:

Friends, give God praise for keeping you alive today.  Many promising guys,  great men have gone without achieving their goals or knowing the Lord. You have a chance to write your name in the book of life, by surrendering your heart to Jesus NOW!



In a world that is full of trouble, Jesus will give you peace and very soon, the TRUMPET WILL SOUND.  The grace period will soon be over.

Repent of your sins, believe the word of God and His Son Jesus Christ.  Accept Jesus as the Lord of your life. Live according to the Word of God and Jesus will give you a new life, victory and eternal life.  Will you accept Him today?

Say this Prayer: 
Lord Jesus I come to you as a sinner.
I am sorry for my sins, forgive me.
I believe you died for my sins, and was raised for my justification. 
Come into my heart be my Lord and Saviour, 
Give me the grace to serve You in truth and spirit. 
Thank You for saving my soul - I am born again!

His grace be with you all. 



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