(1) Life Without God: Why does the writer say all is vanity in v2-11?
(1-6) What pursuits of life does the writer explore in the following passages and conclude are only vanity?
4:1-8, 13-16 –
How does the writer’s assessment strike at the heart of our culture?
(3) Life With God: What phrases remind us that God is in control of time in v1-11?
What is God’s gift to mankind (v13 & 22, see also 2:24-25, 5:18-20)?
How does the writer describe God’s work in v14? How does his work compare to ours?
How do v1-14 point to the only place to find meaning in life?
(3, 5) How should we respond to God in 3:14? Why (see v1-13)?
How should we approach God according to v1-7? Why?
(4) Other than God, what is the one thing in life that the writer does not proclaim to be vanity (9-12)? Why?
How should the writer’s assessment adjust our priorities in life?