THE FOOL’S INHERITANCE (ECCLESIASTES 1:12 - 2:26 & 1 CORINTHIANS 1:18-25)
None of us should try to be God, but we could all stand to be more like him.
I. REPLACING GOD (1:12 - 2:11)
A. Through Wisdom (1:12-18)
B. Through Creation (2:1-11)
II. FACING REALITY (2:12-23)
A. No Protection from Trials (2:12-15)
B. No Immortality (2:16-23)
III. PLEASING GOD (2:24-26; 1 CORINTHIANS 1:18-25)
A. The Foolishness of God (1 Corinthians 1:18-25)
B. Enjoying Toil, Food, and Drink (2:24-26)
Monday—Why was Solomon trying to understand everything? What did he hope this would enable him to do? Did it? Have you ever been tempted to gain knowledge in order to take control of others?
Tuesday—What was Solomon’s hope in abandoning himself to pleasure? Have you ever tried to escape reality by distracting yourself with pleasure? Did it work?
Wednesday—Can wisdom change your reality and remove all affliction? What can it do?
Thursday—What is the “fool’s inheritance”? What was wrong with Solomon’s fear of leaving his wealth to a foolish heir? What if God thought that way?
Friday—What does it mean that “ignorance is bliss?” Does this mean that ignorance is better than wisdom and knowledge?