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Man’s Responsibilities

In view of Solomon’s warning in 12:13, 14 to “fear God and keep His commandments,” it seems prudent for us to consider the major responsibilities he has given man throughout the book.

 First, Solomon has instructed man to enjoy life. While many today have a “it’s all about me” and a “go for the gusto” philosophy, Solomon offers a legitimate reason to find joy in one’s life.  There is much to enjoy: food, companionship, work – but all based upon a positive relationship with God.  This theme occurs seven times in the book: 2:24-26; 3:12-13, 22; 5:18-20; 8:15; 9:7-9; 11:8-9. 


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Heads Or Tails?

  Text: “For what does it profit a man to gain the whole world, and forfeit his soul” (Mark 8:36 NASV).

Heads or tails?   The coin toss has been used for ages, for many reasons.  “Coin flipping as a game was known to the Romans as “navia aut caput” (ship or head), as some coins had a ship on one side and the head of the emperor on the other” (Wikipedia).  It is used to settle disagreements.  It has been used to determine who goes first at a game.  Simply put, it helps to choose between two alternatives.


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Where Do You Turn?

“Simon Peter answered Him, ‘Lord, to whom shall we go? You have words of eternal life'” (John 6:68).
In 1980, one of the most disturbing psychological horror movies was released, titled, “The Shining.” The psychopath murderer died in the end by being led into a tall hedge maze by a little boy and losing his way out.  He dies in the freezing cold.

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