An Introduction to Ecclesiastes


The book of Ecclesiastes was written for the cynics and skeptics among us.  When all of life appears meaningless and the immanence of death seems like all there is to look forward to, Qohelet comes to our aid.  His search for meaning took him through countless worldly pleasures in the physical and emotional realms.  All that one may desire to do in life was tried by our friend the Preacher, with the conclusion that it is all vanity apart from God, and in the faithful fear of God there is peace and joy (2:26).  As believers in God, we must at all times carry with us the wisdom of the conclusion of Ecclesiastes, lest we fall into despair at the futility surrounding us “under the sun”:

“The conclusion, when all has been heard: fear God and keep His commandments, because this applies to every person.  For God will bring every act to judgment, everything which is hidden, whether it is good or evil.” – Ecclesiastes 12:13-14