“Vapor of vapors,” says the Preacher (1:2).
We are starting a study in Ecclesiastes tonight. I am excited about working through this difficult but important book.
A good quote to keep oriented in the sometimes-depressing mire of “vapor” and “wind”:
“While [the Preacher] sounds unorthodox in the light of the rest of the canon, he represents a true assessment of the world apart from the light of God’s redeeming love. His perspective on the world and life is restricted; he describes it as life ‘under the sun.’ In other words, his hopelessness is the result of covenant curse without recourse to God’s redemption…. As we turn to the New Testament, we see that Jesus Christ is the one who redeems us from the vanity, the meaninglessness under which [the Preacher] suffered” (An Introduction to the Old Testament, by Dillard and Longman).