In part two of our study in this text, we see Solomon speak of the vanity of two things: first, laboring excessively only to lose the fruit of our labor by not enjoying it as the gift of God, and second, laboring with no thought of God to lose it all to the righteous. An exposition of Ecclesiastes 2:18-26.
Death casts its ugly shadow over the work we do. Solomon could not come to grips with the fact that death would rob him of all he had acquired. Solomon identifies four things as “vanity:” 1. Laboring to lose it to another who may be a fool (vv. 18-19), laboring to lose it to someone who does not deserve it (vv. 20-21), laboring excessively and losing it by not enjoying it (vv. 22-25), and laboring with no thought of God and losing it all to the righteous (v. 26). In part one, we look at the first two of these vanities. An exposition of Ecclesiastes 2:18-26.
Solomon lives under the cloud of death. Having failed to find any meaning in pleasure, Solomon realized he could not commend it to his son/successor. So he turns to wisdom to find that wisdom does provide an advantage in this life, but fails to deliver us from death. An exposition of Ecclesiastes 2:12-17.
A look at Solomon’s assessment of his pursuit of pleasure and an overview of a Christian perspective on pleasure and enjoyment.
A look at Solomon’s pursuit of pleasure through wine, works, wealth, and women. An exposition of Ecclesiastes 2:1-11.
After an intellectual search for meaning, Solomon turns sensual and describes his attempt to find meaning in pleasure. An exposition of Ecclesiastes 2:1-2.
Solomon turns his attention to study wisdom, madness, and folly. This too is vanity. An exposition of Ecclesiastes 1:12-18.
Jim Osman was born in May of 1972 and has lived in Sandpoint since he was 3 years old. He achieved his life’s ambition by graduating from Sandpoint High School in 1990. Jim came to know Christ through the ministry of Cocolalla Lake Bible Camp. Kootenai Community Church has always been his home church, attending Sunday School, Vacation Bible School and Youth Group.
After graduating from High School, he attended Millar College of the Bible in Pambrun, Saskatchewan. It was at Bible College that Jim met his wife to be, Diedre, who was also enrolled as a student. Jim graduated with a three year diploma in April of 1993 and married Diedre in August of that same year. He returned to Millar to further his education in September of 1994 and graduated from the Fourth Year Internship Program with a Bachelor of Arts in Strategic Ministries in April of 1995.
Jim and Diedre returned to Sandpoint where Jim began working in construction and as a Roofing Materials Application Specialist (roofer) until he was asked to take over as the Preaching Elder of Kootenai Community Church in December of 1996. Now he counts it as his greatest privilege to be involved in ministering in the Church that ministered to him for so many years. It has been a great adventure!
Jim is the author of Truth or Territory: A Biblical Approach to Spiritual Warfare, Selling the Stairway to Heaven, and The Prosperity of the Wicked: A Study of Psalm 73. Jim and Diedre have four children: Taryn, Shepley, Ayden and Liam.