Tuesday, November 26, 2019

Ecclesiastes – Music Story

The ancient book of Ecclesiastes speaks to contemporary youth culture. An increasing percent of youth in the UK exclude the Creator from their life.[1] According to a recent study most young Brits believe their life lacks purpose.[2]

Ecclesiastes is twelve chapters long. The first chapter opens with these words, "Meaningless! Meaningless!" says the Teacher. "Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless."[3] The last chapter echoes the first, "Meaningless! Meaningless!" says the Teacher. "Everything is meaningless!"[4]

The Teacher walked a secular path. He knew the Creator exists. But he chose to live life apart from God. He spent his life researching the benefits of the ordinary things of life and concluded, “All things are wearisome, more than one can say. … I have seen all the things that are done under the sun; all of them are meaningless, a chasing after the wind.”[5]

The ordinary things of life include work, pleasure, possessions, success, marriage, youth, old age, religion, and even wisdom. None give meaning or purpose to life. Ironically, recent scientific discoveries agree with the Teacher. Hope, purpose, and destiny cannot be found in this world or, as the Teacher puts it, under the sun.[6] According to the Teacher, the most one can expect from life is a little happiness.

This video is scrolling playback of seven songs based on the Old Testament book of Ecclesiastes.
·         Chase the Wind – The Failure of Secularism
·         Livin’ Large – The Failure of Possessions and Pleasure
·         Time and Circumstance – The Failure of Success
·         The State of the Heart – The Failure of the Heart
·         Judge Wisely – The Benefits of Wisdom
·         Live Wisely – The Limitations of Wisdom
·         Invest Wisely – the Failure of Life Lived Apart from God
Click here to read Ecclesiastes.
You can get print sheet music for Ecclesiastes (30-page PDF).

[3] Ecclesiastes 1:2 NIV
[4] Ecclesiastes 12:8 NIV
[5] Ecclesiastes 1:8, 14 NIV