“The words of the Preacher, the son of David, king in Jerusalem. 2. Vanity of vanities, saith the Preacher, vanity of vanities; all is vanity. 3. What profit hath a man of all his labour which he taken under the sun?”(King James) Ecclesiastes 1-3 (NLT) Ecclesiastes 1-4 “These are the words of the Teacher, King David’s son, who ruled in Jerusalem. EVERYTHING IS MEANINGLESS. “Everything is meaningless, “says the Teacher, “utterly meaningless!”
3 What do people get for all their work? 4 Generations come and go, but nothing really changes.”
Ecc. 1:8-18 “8 Everything is so weary and tiresome! No matter how much we see, WE ARE NEVER SATISFIED. No matter how much we hear, WE ARE NEVER CONTENT. 9 History merely repeats itself. It has all been done before. Nothing under the sun is truly new. 10 What can you point to that is new? How do you know it didn’t already exist long ago? 11 We don’t remember what happened in those former times. And in future generations, no one will remember what we are doing now. 12 I, the Teacher, was the King of Israel, and I lived in Jerusalem. 13 I devoted myself to search for understanding and to explore by wisdom everything being done in the world. I soon discovered that God has dealt a tragic existence to the human race. 14 Everything under the sun is meaningless, like chasing the wind. 15 What is wrong cannot be righted. What is missing cannot be recovered. 16 I said to myself, “Look I am wiser that any of the kings who ruled in Jerusalem before me. I have greater wisdom and knowledge than any of them. 17 So I worked hard to distinguish wisdom from foolishness. But now I realize that even this was like chasing the wind. 18 For the greater my wisdom, the greater my grief. To increase knowledge only increases sorrow.”
Definition of Vanity:1. something that is vain, empty, or useless. 2.the quaily or fact of being useless or futile: FUTILITY 3.undue PRIDE in oneself or one’s appearance: CONCEIT.
(King James) Ecclesiastes 1-3
I began thinking about this vanity. We all heard it and possibly have said statements such as: “take pride in your work” or “proud to be an American” Pride(vanity) is why God kicked Satan and his angels out of Heaven. Satan idolized himself, thinking he was better than God. Self worship is dangerous territory. Satan knows if God kicked him out of Heaven for Vanity, we will never have a chance to get into Heaven unless we humble ourselves. Let’s think about it, we even watch American Idol. Are we not contributing to their vanity? Would we rather have someone tell us how nice we look or awful we look. Do we like when others praise us? Who are we tring to impress, God or people. Are we prideful people or humbled people? If we are prideful, how can we make ourselves more humbled? According to Ecclesiastes, this is not new. It has happened for generations. Pride’s end result is destruction. If we love ourselves more than anything else, others may have a difficult time fulfilling our requirements on how to love us back. This can lead to disappointment and frustration. We may even say comments such as: Well, I deserve more than that! Proverbs 13:10 “Pride leads to conflict; those who take advise are wise.” We can not be prideful and wise. 2 Chor 26:16 “But when he became powerful, he also became proud, which led to his downfall…” Pride led to his downfall. God will not tolerate pride(vanity). He didn’t tolerate when Satan was an angel in Heaven and he certainly will not tolerate it with His people. So how can we stop the insanity of vanity?