February 9 - Life Under the Sun: Facing Injustice - Ecclesiastes 3:16-4:3
Prepare for Sunday morning worship by using the guide below
This Sunday we will beginning a new Sunday School class. Ray Rutledge will be teaching on Biblical Stewardship. This class will begin at 10:00am in the Multi-purpose room.
Unreached People Group
In our Sunday gathering this week, we will be praying for the Fulani, Fulakunda in Senegal.
Moreover, I saw under the sun that in the place of justice, even there was wickedness, and in the place of righteousness, even there was wickedness. I said in my heart, God will judge the righteous and the wicked, for there is a time for every matter and for every work. I said in my heart with regard to the children of man that God is testing them that they may see that they themselves are but beasts. For what happens to the children of man and what happens to the beasts is the same; as one dies, so dies the other. They all have the same breath, and man has no advantage over the beasts, for all is vanity. All go to one place. All are from the dust, and to dust all return. Who knows whether the spirit of man goes upward and the spirit of the beast goes down into the earth? So I saw that there is nothing better than that a man should rejoice in his work, for that is his lot. Who can bring him to see what will be after him?
Again I saw all the oppressions that are done under the sun. And behold, the tears of the oppressed, and they had no one to comfort them! On the side of their oppressors there was power, and there was no one to comfort them. And I thought the dead who are already dead more fortunate than the living who are still alive. But better than both is he who has not yet been and has not seen the evil deeds that are done under the sun.
We learned last week that God is sovereign and making all things beautiful in their time. Yet, do not injustice and even death argue against God making all things beautiful? The preacher explains, in the face of injustice and even death, how we can live with wisdom under the sun. It is only in view of a final judgment will we make sense of this world. The judgment of God will speak both justice and mercy to his people. Please consider the words of the preacher as you prepare for Sunday.
Review and Apply
Give word to examples of injustice either experienced by you or a friend? What was your reaction?
Why is the reality of the judgment of God so important to make sense of this life?
What is the point of comparing humanity to the beast? What is your first reaction to this? Why?
How can the reality of death change the way we live for the better?
How can you encourage another who fears death?
How does the ministry of Jesus answer the problem of injustice and death?