As a child, we all felt the frustration of learning to spell in English. It can take a while to learn the helpful rule that “i comes before e.” This rule helps us to correctly spell words like “believe” or “grieve.” We receive a gold star on the spelling paper that suggests we’ve mastered the rule. But then, the teacher introduces words such as “neither” or “neighbor” or “receive.” She then writes down several exceptions for us to learn. She expands the rule to account for exceptions and says, “i before e except after c and sometimes y and in words that sound like such as “neighbor” and “weigh.” A student who cannot overcome her impatience with the exceptions and who remains hasty to avoid anything but the rule will struggle to spell. So it is in life.
Our recurring inability as human beings to deal in more than just rules with God and with our neighbors reveals our strong need for the Preacher-Man’s sermon in Ecclesiastes. For example, the Preacher-man tells us an exception “under the sun” in Eccl. 7:15. “In my vain life I have seen everything. There is a righteous man who perishes in his righteousness, and there is a wicked man who prolongs his life in his evildoing.” (Eccl. 7:15).
This week, the Preacher-man is going to ask you, “How do you deal with the injustice and evil and suffering you see in the world?” As you prepare for our weekly gathering, please read Eccl. 3:16-4:3; 8:10-14; 9:11-15; 12:13-14.
- According to Eccl. 3:16-4:3, why is the Preacher-man surprised at injustice?
- For someone who has been preaching “life under the sun” what do you make of the Preacher-man’s reference to “God”? (Eccl. 3:17).
- Based upon the selected Scriptures, compile a list of reasons why the Preacher-man is frustrated with injustice.
- Why do you think mankind craves justice?
See you Sunday!