“Dust in the wind, All we are is dust in the wind . . .”
—Dust in the Wind, Kansas
It’s true that the books of wisdom (Job, Psalm, Proverbs, Ecclesiastes, Song of Songs) have light sides and dark sides. Case in point: reading about Job will put you in a different mood than reading Song of Songs (though, in my opinion, they’re equally disturbing).
Ecclesiastes is one of the uncommonly studied books of the Bible. I can understand why considering that “the meaning of life” is usually beyond most people’s realm of curiosity. but at the same time I wish that there were Bible studies done on it more often (just a hint, Pastor) ;-).
In reading the book of Ecclesiastes, I found the one verse that defines the entire book: “Meaningless! Meaningless!” says the Teacher. “Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless.” (Ecclesiastes 1:2 NIV84)
At this point, the book really starts to get complicated. The rest of the book deals a lot with death and wisdom. It’s a confusing discussion with the self: we are to strive for wisdom, even though it it all meaningless in the end.
Finally, the book concludes in the answers that the author has found, one of which is to enjoy the things for which you have worked, because it has been granted to you by God (2:24-25).
Coming Soon: A chapter-by-chapter commentary of Ecclesiastes.