1. LESSON

  •  We’ve been looking at some of the books of the Bible that Solomon wrote:
    • Song of Solomon 
    • Proverbs
    • Ecclesiastes
    • Let’s see what you can remember from it:
      <use pix to associate each book>
       

      • Song of Solomon
      • Who were the 2 main characters?
        The Shulamite girl and the shepherd/King Solomon
      • How did the Shulamite see herself?
        Dark skinned, unwanted by her own family
      • How did Solomon see the Shulamite girl?
        Fair, beautiful, flawless in every way >> God sees us the same way
      • How did the Shulamite girl see Solomon?
        Attractive and full of love >> Picture of Jesus
      • Key lesson: In Song of Solomon, we are reminded that God sees us as beautiful; We see Jesus as beautiful!

    • Proverbs
      • What’s a proverb?
        Wise sayings about life
      • Who wrote Proverbs?
        Solomon: the wisest man in the world
      • What is the main theme from the book of Proverbs?
        Wisdom: to learn to become wise, make right choices, live life of peace/prosperity, avoid bad mistakes etc
      • Who is our Wisdom?
        Jesus is our Wisdom
      • Who teaches us to live wisely?
        The Holy Spirit
      • Key lesson: In Proverbs, we are reminded to Choose Wisdom, Choose Jesus!
      • Revise Proverbs 3:5-6 Trust in the Lord with all your heartand lean not on your own understanding;in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.
 
    • Ecclesiastes
 
      • What does Ecclesiastes mean?
        Teacher/Preacher
      • What’s the main word found in Ecclesiastes?
        “Meaningless” — at the end of his life, Solomon found the pursuit of pleasure, wisdom, work and wealth all meaningless
         
      • Solomon’s life didn’t end well because he started to worship other gods, introduced by his many wives. How many wives/concubines did he have? 1,000!! (700 wives — wives of royal birth — and 300 concubines)
      • Solomon said there was “nothing new under the sun”. Who then should we look to for meaning in life?
        The SON: Jesus — who came to make all things, including us, NEW!
      • Revise John 6:29: Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.”
      • Key lesson: In Ecclesiastes, we are reminded that for true meaning in life, Don’t look under the sun. Look to the SON!
  • REVIEW:
    Flash the 3 photos one by one (in random order). Each time, kids should say out the key lesson of that book. Repeat until most kids get it.

    • Song of Solomon: God sees us as beautiful; we see Jesus as beautiful!
    • Proverbs: Choose Wisdom, Choose Jesus!
    • Ecclesiastes:  Don’t look under the sun. Look to the SON!

 

Overview of Ecclesiastes: Look to the Son!

Categories: Children's Church

1. HOOK: Blow wind blow game

  • We played the game “Blow, wind, blow” just now. Have you ever tried chasing after the wind? You can run all you want, jump all you want, tire yourself out completely, but you won’t be able to catch the wind. The wind blows here and there. You cannot get hold of it. 
  • Sometimes we all live our lives trying as if we’re chasing the wind. We chase after pleasure. We chase after knowledge. We chase after wealth and riches. But in the end we are empty. 
  • There’s one person who fills us up completely. We don’t have to run around to chase after Him. Because He was the one who came to look for us and to save us. Who is that person? Jesus!

 

2. LESSON: Overview of Ecclesiastes: Look to the Son!

  • We’ve been looking at some of the books of the Bible that Solomon wrote: 
    • Song of Solomon: God sees us as beautiful; We see Jesus as beautiful!
    • Proverbs: Jesus is our Wisdom
  • Today we take a look at Solomon’s 3rd book — Ecclesiastes
    • <help kids to pronounce … E-clee-sias-tis> 
    • Ecclesiastes means “teacher” or “preacher” 
    • Solomon (son of David, king in Jerusalem) probably wrote this book near the end of his life, when he was an old man.
  • Ecclesiastes: reflection of Solomon’s life 
    • The theme of the book can be summed up in one word: “Meaningless”
    • Solomon writes, 
      • “Meaningless! Meaningless! Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless.” (1:2)
      • All things are wearisome, more than one can say.(1:8) 
      • There is nothing new under the sun. (1:9)

    • He described life as trying to chase after the wind!
    • Why would Solomon write something like this?
    • Solomon had everything in this world that anyone could hope for. He had wisdom from God. He had pleasure, riches, achievements (the big beautiful temple) and lots of possessions.
    • Although he was so wise and rich, he made some wrong decisions in life, and things didn’t go too well for him by the end of his life.
    • Solomon was a very successful king, but he married many, many foreign wives — he had 1,000!! (700 wives — wives of royal birth — and 300 concubines)
    • These wives did not know the true God. They led King Solomon to worship false gods/idols. Instead of trusting on God with all his heart, Solomon turned away from the true God.
    • 1 Kings 11:4-6 “For it came to pass, when Solomon was old, that his wives turned away his heart after other gods: and his heart was not perfect with the Lord his God, as was the heart of David his father. For Solomon went after Ashtoreth the goddess of the Zidonians, and after Milcom the abomination of the Ammonites. And Solomon did evil in the sight of the Lord, and went not fully after the Lord, as did David his father.”
    • God told Solomon that because he turned away from Him, Solomon’s glorious and famous kingdom would be divided up after his death.  
    • Such a sad end for a king who had everything “under the sun”.  

 

  • Meaningless! Meaningless!
    • As Solomon wrote in Ecclesiastes, the things of this world alone do not bring real lasting satisfaction. They are all “Meaningless! Meaningless!”
    • Pleasurewas meaningless: 
      • “I denied myself nothing my eyes desired; I refused my heart no pleasure.” (2:10)
    • Wisdom was meaningless: 
      • “Like the fool, the wise too must die!” (2:16)
      • “All their days their work is grief and pain; even at night their minds do not rest. This too is meaningless.” (2:23)
  • Wealthwas meaningless: 
    • “Whoever loves money never has enough; whoever loves wealth is never satisfied with their income. This too is meaningless.”(5:10)
    • All these things that Solomon mentioned are good things. But by themselves, they do not bring satisfaction or fulfilment.
    • To Solomon, the man with everything, life “under the sun” had no meaning or hope.
  • Look to the SON: Jesus our Meaning in Life 
    • Solomon concluded Ecclesiastes with “Now all has been heard; here is the conclusion of the matter: Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man.” (12:13)
    • Under the Old Covenant, that was man’s duty. To fulfil God’s law.
    • But man failed over and over again.
    • Solomon, with all His wisdom and power, failed miserably.
    • Only the One greater than Solomon could fulfil the entire Law and keep ALL God’s commandments. That man is Jesus!
  • Don’t look “under the sun”. Look to the SON!
    • Solomon said that there is nothing new under the sun.
    • But Jesus, the SON of God, is not of this world! He’s not from “under the sun”. But He came down from heaven to give us hope and to give us life. 
    • Jesus came to give us the New Covenant through His death on the cross and resurrection. 
    • When we believe in Him, we are made newin Him. “If anyone is in Christ, he is a newcreature; the old things passed away; behold, new things have come.” 2 Corinthians 5:17
    • In Christ, we have true meaning in life!
  • Conclusion 
    • So what then is the whole duty of man today? Believe in Jesus! 
      • Then they asked him, “What must we do to do the works God requires?” Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.” (John 6:28-29)
      • And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us. (1 John 3:23)
    • Jesus is our meaning in life. When we believe in His finished work on the cross, His life lives in us and through us and we experience His abundant life! (John 10:10)


3. ACTIVITY SUGGESTIONS:

  • Memory Verse: John 6:29 Jesus answered, “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.” 
  • Sharing & prayer