Vanity of Vanities, Saith the PreacherSubmitted by Pastor Chad Wagner on Sunday, March 23, 2014.
Vanity of Vanities, Saith the Preacher I. "Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity." (Ecc 1:2) II. Vanity, vanity. 1. Vanity - 1. a. That which is vain, futile, or worthless; that which is of no value or profit. 2. Vain adj. - I. 1. Devoid of real value, worth, or significance; idle, unprofitable, useless, worthless; of no effect, force, or power; fruitless, futile, unavailing. 3. Useless adj. - 1. Of things, actions, etc.: Destitute of useful qualities; serving no good end or profitable purpose; not answering or promoting the proposed or desired end; unserviceable, ineffectual, inutile. 4. Futile adj. - 1. Incapable of producing any result; failing utterly of the desired end through intrinsic defect; useless, ineffectual, vain. III. Life is vanity. 1. Life is full of labour and men's eyes are never satisfied (Ecc 1:8 c/w Pro 27:20; Ecc 4:7-8). 2. There's nothing new under the sun (Ecc 1:9). 3. Nobody will remember you when you're gone (Ecc 1:11; Ecc 2:16; Ecc 9:5; Job 24:20). 4. All things that are done under the sun are vanity and vexation of spirit (Ecc 1:14). 5. Vexation - 1. The action of troubling or harassing by aggression or interference (sometimes spec. by unjustifiable claims or legal action); the fact of being troubled or harassed in this way. 6. You can be the wisest and most knowledgeable person in the world (Ecc 1:16). A. But it will still all be vexation of spirit (Ecc 1:17). B. The more wisdom and knowledge you acquire, the more grief and sorrow you will have (Ecc 1:18). 7. Mirth, pleasure, and laughter are vanity (Ecc 2:1-2). 8. Houses, gardens, orchards, servants, great possessions, money, and entertainment are all vanity and without profit (Ecc 2:4-11). 9. The same things happen all. A. It matters not whether one is a wise man or a fool (Ecc 2:15). B. It matters not whether one is a just man or a wicked man (Ecc 7:15; Ecc 8:14). C. Whether righteous or wicked, clean or unclean, religious or profane, a good man or a sinner - all things happen alike to all (Ecc 9:2). D. All is vanity! 10. You work and save all your life only to leave it to someone else (Ecc 2:18). A. And he may turn out to be a fool who will squander all for which you worked so hard (Ecc 2:19). B. This is vanity! (Ecc 2:21) 11. There is wickedness in the courts and there is iniquity in the churches (Ecc 3:16). 12. Men act like beasts while they live and then they return to dust like beasts when they die (Ecc 3:18-20). 13. The poor are oppressed by the powerful and they have no comforter (Ecc 4:1). A. It's better to be dead! (Ecc 4:2) B. Better yet, it's better to have never been born! (Ecc 4:3) 14. When you do the right thing, you are envied of your neighbor (Ecc 4:4). 15. You labour to increase your goods, and all they are good for is to look at them (Ecc 5:11). 16. Though a man acquires much riches, he leaves this world naked as he came and can take none of it with him (Ecc 5:13-16). 17. God gives men riches, wealth, and honour, but gives it to another man to enjoy (Ecc 6:1-2). A. You can't have your cake and eat it too. B. This is vanity! 18. Man labours endlessly, but his appetite is never filled (Ecc 6:7) and the wise man has nothing over the fool (Ecc 6:8). 19. Our vain life is but a shadow (Ecc 6:12). A. It's a vapour (Jam 4:14). B. Our days are like the days of an hireling (Job 7:1). C. Not only are our days few, they are full of trouble! (Job 14:1) D. Man is born unto trouble (Job 5:7). E. Jacob summed it up well, "few and evil" are the days our lives (Gen 47:9). 20. Though a man try to understand the work of God, he shall not find it (Ecc 8:17). 21. The hearts of men are full of evil and madness is in their heart while they live, and after that they die (Ecc 9:3). 22. Men don't get ahead in life by hard work and wisdom, but by mere chance (Ecc 9:11). 23. A reputation takes years to build and seconds to destroy (Ecc 10:1). 24. Folly is set in dignity (Ecc 10:5-6). 25. The NSA hears our every word (Ecc 10:20). 26. Even if we live many years and rejoice in them all, it's still all vanity (Ecc 11:8). 27. Childhood and youth are vanity (Ecc 11:9-10). 28. Old age is vanity and evil (Ecc 12:1). A. You can't see (Ecc 12:2). B. You can't work (Ecc 12:3). C. You can't sleep or hear (Ecc 12:4). D. You lose your courage; you're scared to drive; you lose your strength and your sex drive (Ecc 12:5). E. And after that you die (Ecc 12:6-7). 29. "Vanity of vanities, saith the preacher; all is vanity." (Ecc 12:8). IV. Let us hear the conclusion. 1. Why not leave church and jump in front of a bus after hearing this sermon on the vanity of life? 2. Why live? 3. Because your life is not your own, you were bought with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit (1Co 6:19-20). 4. Present your body as a living sacrifice to God which is your reasonable service (Rom 12:1). 5. "Let us hear the conclusion of the whole matter: Fear God, and keep his commandments: for this is the whole duty of man." (Ecc 12:13)
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