Ecclesiastes Chapter Three, Under the sun or under the Son?

In our study of Ecclesiastes chapter three, we continue our search for purpose by looking at the battle between the physical and the spiritual. In chapter two, we looked at man trying to find purpose in this world. Now, Solomon will compare that to spiritual things.

Ecclesiastes 3:1

"There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven:" NIV translation

The phrase "under the heaven" or "under the sun" refers to the physical things of creation in our universe. Solomon tells us that there is a set time for all of the physical things of this earth.

Ecclesiastes 3:2 & 3

"a time to be born and a time to die, a time to plant and a time to uproot, a time to kill and a time to heal, a time to tear down and a time to build," NIV translation

He begins with the simple matter of life and death. All things on this earth have a certain physical lifespan that is determined by God.

It does not make any difference who you are or how much you have because the season of death comes to all.

Ecclesiastes 3:4

"a time to weep and a time to laugh, a time to mourn and a time to dance," NIV translation

During this season of life, we all have days when we are happy as well as days when we are sad. Usually this "season" is determined by events around us and our reaction to them. Once again, it does not matter how much you have because there will be events that tend to make you sad. Many people try to avoid the seasons of sadness with drugs, alcohol or other things to dull the mind. This trying to escape from the rhythm of life is a tool used by Satan to bring about addiction

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