7/12/15: Something New Under the Sun, Ecclesiastes 1:1-11, 3:9-15 (Second in the series: Living Well
We might think of the book of Ecclesiastes as the Bible's very own Devil's Advocate. It's a counter-testimony to the Proverbs and the easy answers and sentimentality that colors so much of popular religion. Yet we're mistaken if we read it solely as the voice of cynicism. There is hope tucked underneath the harsh realities laid bare within it, which might be summarized simply as, "receive the gift."