By Mike Dawson
Pastor Emeritus, First Baptist Church, Columbia
Focal Passage: Ecclesiastes 3:1-15
A Jewish rabbi was once asked by an inquirer, “Why do Jewish teachers always seem to answer a question with a question?” The rabbi replied, “Why not?” Of course that was originally told as a joke, but it’s actually quite true; the greatest Rabbi ever, Jesus Himself, often answered questions with questions.
Each of our studies in the book of Ecclesiastes starts with a question; the first one (last week) was “What’s the Use?” (Ecc. 1-2). The second one is today, “What Time Is it?” (Ecc. 3), and is followed by “Why Listen?” from chapters 4 and 5. After that, we’re to study in chapter 7, “Where Is the Balance?” Our next-to-the-last question, found in Ecclesiastes 9, will be “Facing Death?” And our final study, from Ecclesiastes 12, will ask “What is Life About?”
Some of these profound questions are answered by even more questions from the now old and cynical author of Ecclesiastes, King Solomon. [Read more…]