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Ecclesiatstes 10

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Greediness: Having a keen appetite For....
Ecclesiastes 5:10–20 CSB
10 The one who loves silver is never satisfied with silver, and whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with income. This too is futile. 11 When good things increase, the ones who consume them multiply; what, then, is the profit to the owner, except to gaze at them with his eyes? 12 The sleep of the worker is sweet, whether he eats little or much, but the abundance of the rich permits him no sleep. 13 There is a sickening tragedy I have seen under the sun: wealth kept by its owner to his harm. 14 That wealth was lost in a bad venture, so when he fathered a son, he was empty-handed. 15 As he came from his mother’s womb, so he will go again, naked as he came; he will take nothing for his efforts that he can carry in his hands. 16 This too is a sickening tragedy: exactly as he comes, so he will go. What does the one gain who struggles for the wind? 17 What is more, he eats in darkness all his days, with much frustration, sickness, and anger. 18 Here is what I have seen to be good: It is appropriate to eat, drink, and experience good in all the labor one does under the sun during the few days of his life God has given him, because that is his reward. 19 Furthermore, everyone to whom God has given riches and wealth, he has also allowed him to enjoy them, take his reward, and rejoice in his labor. This is a gift of God, 20 for he does not often consider the days of his life because God keeps him occupied with the joy of his heart.

The Love of Wealth Never Satisfies

Ecclesiastes 5:10 CSB
10 The one who loves silver is never satisfied with silver, and whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with income. This too is futile.

The Love of Wealth Makes s Authentic Relationships Difficult

Ecclesiastes 5:11 CSB
11 When good things increase, the ones who consume them multiply; what, then, is the profit to the owner, except to gaze at them with his eyes?

The Love of Wealth Makes Sleep Hard To Come By

Ecclesiastes 5:12 CSB
12 The sleep of the worker is sweet, whether he eats little or much, but the abundance of the rich permits him no sleep.

Wealth is Fleeting and Fickle

Ecclesiastes 5:13–17 CSB
13 There is a sickening tragedy I have seen under the sun: wealth kept by its owner to his harm. 14 That wealth was lost in a bad venture, so when he fathered a son, he was empty-handed. 15 As he came from his mother’s womb, so he will go again, naked as he came; he will take nothing for his efforts that he can carry in his hands. 16 This too is a sickening tragedy: exactly as he comes, so he will go. What does the one gain who struggles for the wind? 17 What is more, he eats in darkness all his days, with much frustration, sickness, and anger.

Solomon’s Conclusion / Advice to His Reader

Ecclesiastes 5:18–19 CSB
18 Here is what I have seen to be good: It is appropriate to eat, drink, and experience good in all the labor one does under the sun during the few days of his life God has given him, because that is his reward. 19 Furthermore, everyone to whom God has given riches and wealth, he has also allowed him to enjoy them, take his reward, and rejoice in his labor. This is a gift of God,
What’s The Difference? Loving God Not Wealth

It’s About The Heart!

16 Just then someone came up and asked him, “Teacher, what good must I do to have eternal life?”

17 “Why do you ask me about what is good?” he said to him. “There is only one who is good. If you want to enter into life, keep the commandments.”

18 “Which ones?” he asked him.

Jesus answered: Do not murder; do not commit adultery; do not steal; do not bear false witness; 19 honor your father and your mother; and love your neighbor as yourself.,

20 “I have kept all these,” the young man told him. “What do I still lack?”

21 “If you want to be perfect,” Jesus said to him, “go, sell your belongings and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.”

22 When the young man heard that, he went away grieving, because he had many possessions.

19 “Don’t store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal. 20 But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves don’t break in and steal. 21 For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.

What We Treasure Is What We Worship

Heart Idols: Ezekiel 14
always finding things other than God to be our ultimate satisfaction
The World:
Self :
Other People:
Ease of Life:
Worship of People in High Places:
The World:
Self :
Self-Righteousness:
Innate Gifts from God:
Ease of Life:
Escapism:
Worship of People in High Places:
The World: An excessive desire to have the world’s goods
Self :“lovers of pleasures more than lovers of God” (Titus 1:7)
Other People: when we put too much fear, love, or trust in people and not God.
Self-Righteousness: Our prayers, repentances, blameless living, and so on, are often invested with more of our confidence than they should be. Romans 10:3
Innate Gifts from God: When we lay too much weight on God’s gifts (such as beauty, strength, intelligeEnce, learning), or think too much of them, we make them into idols
Ease of Life: Ease, quietness, and our own contentment, can often be a great idol
Escapism: people concoct imaginary and fictitious scenarios where they get the revenge, delights, or prominence they desire.
Worship of People in High Places: Presidents, doctors, armies, or ministers–INSTEAD OF God

What is Our Means of Escape?

1 Thessalonians 1:9–10 CSB
9 for they themselves report what kind of reception we had from you: how you turned to God from idols to serve the living and true God 10 and to wait for his Son from heaven, whom he raised from the dead—Jesus, who rescues us from the coming wrath.

It’s About The Heart! What We Treasure Is What We Worship

The Love of Wealth Never Satisfies
The Love of Wealth Makes s Authentic Relationships Difficult
The Love of Wealth Makes Sleep Hard To Come By
Wealth is Fleeting and Fickle

The Love of Jesus Always Satisfies!

35 “I am the bread of life,” Jesus told them. “No one who comes to me will ever be hungry, and no one who believes in me will ever be thirsty again. 36

The Love of Jesus Makes Authentic Relationships Eternally Meaningful!

34 “I give you a new command: Love one another. Just as I have loved you, you are also to love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”

The Love of Jesus Bring Rest To Soul!

28 “Come to me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take up my yoke and learn from me, because I am lowly and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

The Love Jesus is Steadfast and Immutable!

28 “Come to me, all of you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. 29 Take up my yoke and learn from me, because I am lowly and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. 30 For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”

Through the Enablement of Illuination of the Spirit of the Living God, may we all acknowledge and renounce the idols within our Heart at turn to the Living God who desires to rule and reign in our hearts
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