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[ DATE : 2014-10-01 ]
   Sun vs. Son   Ecclesiastes 1:1-11
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The words of the Teacher, son of David, king in Jerusalem:
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"Meaningless! Meaningless!" says the Teacher. "Utterly meaningless! Everything is meaningless."
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What does man gain from all his labor at which he toils under the sun?
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Generations come and generations go, but the earth remains forever.
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The sun rises and the sun sets, and hurries back to where it rises.
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The wind blows to the south and turns to the north; round and round it goes, ever returning on its course.
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All streams flow into the sea, yet the sea is never full. To the place the streams come from, there they return again.
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All things are wearisome, more than one can say. The eye never has enough of seeing, nor the ear its fill of hearing.
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What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun.
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Is there anything of which one can say, "Look! This is something new"? It was here already, long ago; it was here before our time.
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There is no remembrance of men of old, and even those who are yet to come will not be remembered by those who follow.
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Nothing New under the Sun (1:1–9)
The refrain “there is nothing new under the sun” is not merely a declaration of futility, but a confession of limitation. The natural world and its phenomena (particularly the sun, wind, and water, as the Teacher notes in verses 5–7) are part of what happens “under the sun,” and their movements are confined within fixed limits. They cannot break out of these limits to achieve anything radically new, so there is an endless cycle of toil and repetition. Essentially, the Teacher is emphasizing the absurdity and meaninglessness of life apart from God. The Teacher talks about everything under the sun, but interestingly leaves out the things above the sun—the heavens, angels, and particularly the One who created the sun and everything else—in order to make his point.

Remember that life apart from God is absurd and meaningless. Are you simply living life under the sun, or are you living your life under God?

All Things New under the Son (1:10–11)
In verses 10–11, the Teacher continues to make his point that there will be no remembrance of former and later generations, and that there is nothing new in this world. When we consider the words of the Teacher, it is easy to get discouraged and feel glum about life, but thankfully, as Christians, we can say that everything is new under the Son! The Son makes all things new (Rev. 21:5). If anyone is in Christ, he or she is a new creation (2 Cor. 5:17) with a new heart (Ezek. 36:26), and one day there will be a new heaven and a new earth (2 Pet. 3:13). The promise of the cross is not that it will make you a better person; it is that it will make you a new person!

Being a Christian is not about becoming a better person—it is about becoming and living as a new creation. This should affect the way we approach and think about every aspect of our lives.
Father, I thank you that although there is nothing new under the sun, all things are made new under Your Son, Jesus Christ. May I not toil in futility, but rest in the assurance that is found in the work of Christ. In Jesus’ name. Amen.