Passage: Ecclesiastes 7:15-29 Speaker: Pastor Jon Kopp Series: Life Under The Sun
Speaker: Jon Kopp - This morning in our series through Ecclesiastes, Solomon says there is something about this world that haunts him. “There is a righteous man who perishes in his righteousness, and there is a wicked man who prolongs his life in his evildoing.” Life doesn’t always play by the rules. It's not always fair. He has seen good people die young right next to evil people who die old. Have you ever wondered at the same scenes? The young, Christian mom dies giving birth while the hardened criminal lives to a ripe old age. It doesn't make sense, but it is the world we live in. It's been that way since sin first entered the world. Think of the first murder on our planet--Abel being killed by Cain. The righteous Abel died young while the murderer Cain married, had children, and, as far as we know, lived to a ripe old age. So, how do we deal with that? Because, that is exactly the opposite of what we would expect in a world that is governed by a good and righteous God. If God is good and righteous, shouldn’t the good and righteous live longer? Shouldn’t those who do what God wants get more than those who don’t? What is the answer to these questions? Once again, Solomon shows us the answer, and it is found in God Himself. We can't answer these questions with our own wisdom. We need the wisdom and righteousness that comes from God Himself. And Solomon is going to point us in that direction.