Sunday, March 15, 2015

Sunday Sermon Outline: Ecclesiastes 10

The Foolishness of Foolishness
Ecclesiastes 10

Introduction: Ecclesiastes 12:13-14, “The conclusion, when all has been heard, is: fear God and keep His commandments, because this applies to every person. [14] For God will bring every act to judgment, everything which is hidden, whether it is good or evil.”

1 Corinthians 1:19-25

I.   Belief does not guarantee blessing. vs. 1-4
     "Dead flies make a perfumer's oil stink, so a little foolishness is weightier than wisdom and honor. [2] A wise man's heart directs him toward the right, but the foolish man's heart directs him toward the left. [3] Even when the fool walks along the road, his sense is lacking and he demonstrates to everyone that he is a fool. [4] If the ruler's temper rises against you, do not abandon your position, because composure allays great offenses.”

James 2:19; Revelation 3:15-16

II. Status does not guarantee success. vs. 5-10
     “[5] There is an evil I have seen under the sun, like an error which goes forth from the ruler— [6] folly is set in many exalted places while rich men sit in humble places. [7] I have seen slaves riding on horses and princes walking like slaves on the land. [8] He who digs a pit may fall into it, and a serpent may bite him who breaks through a wall. [9] He who quarries stones may be hurt by them, and he who splits logs may be endangered by them. [10] If the axe is dull and he does not sharpen its edge, then he must exert more strength. Wisdom has the advantage of giving success.”

1 Peter 5:6

III. Words do not guarantee wealth. vs. 11-14 
     “[11] If the serpent bites before being charmed, there is no profit for the charmer. [12] Words from the mouth of a wise man are gracious, while the lips of a fool consume him; [13] the beginning of his talking is folly and the end of it is wicked madness. [14] Yet the fool multiplies words. No man knows what will happen, and who can tell him what will come after him?”

Ecclesiastes 5:3; 1 Corinthians 2:4-5; 14:19

IV. Effort does not guarantee effectiveness. vs. 15-20
     “[15] The toil of a fool so wearies him that he does not even know how to go to a city. [16] Woe to you, O land, whose king is a lad and whose princes feast in the morning. [17] Blessed are you, O land, whose king is of nobility and whose princes eat at the appropriate time—for strength and not for drunkenness. [18] Through indolence the rafters sag, and through slackness the house leaks. [19] Men prepare a meal for enjoyment, and wine makes life merry, and money is the answer to everything. [20] Furthermore, in your bedchamber do not curse a king, and in your sleeping rooms do not curse a rich man, for a bird of the heavens will carry the sound and the winged creature will make the matter known.”

Proverbs 13:4; Matthew 25:29; Psalm 127:1-2

Conclusion: 1 John 5:4; 2 Corinthians 11:2; Matthew 12:34-37; 1 Timothy 5:18; Matthew 25:26, 30; Ephesians 4:12; Revelation 14:13


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