There’s Nothing New
Apr 19, 2021 1130
We like to think that because we’re the latest, newest people to be on the earth, that we’re so advanced. We’re so much smarter than the people who came before us.
That’s why, when you look at the book of Ecclesiastes in the Bible, you’ll be surprised at what a contemporary view of life the author has!
The author, traditionally accepted as being King Solomon, claims that everything is meaningless:
“Meaningless! Meaningless!” says the Teacher.
“Everything is meaningless!” (Ecclesiastes 12:8, NIV).
That’s fundamentally the basis of the worldview of most in our contemporary society in which there is no belief in God, immortality or the ideas of good and evil as absolutes. That’s why life is reduced simply to a pursuit of comfort and pleasure, reflected in what they used to say in Jerusalem before its destruction by the Babylonians:
Let us eat and drink…for tomorrow we die! (Isa 22:13)
Yes, that’s where that expression comes from!
There’s nothing new. Jesus is still the solution.
People live as if time will continue forever but they will not. Because we’re the latest people to live on earth, and because of the advances of science, people live as if they already know everything that can be known. Been there, done that. Solomon describes that same type of existence in the Bible:
What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun (Ecclesiastes 1:9, NIV).
With all our advances, it’s fascinating to see that people 3,000 years ago thought the same way too! We’re not so special!
Even more tellingly, Solomon also tells his readers that there’s no point in living a good life (or a bad life) since everyone ends up the same in the end. (See Ecclesiastes 7:15-18). How you choose to live is up to you. There’s no absolute right way to live. Everything is relative. What’s important is to just be tolerant, to live and let live. You could almost put him in a time machine and beam him into the 21stcentury, and he wouldn’t be out of place
Jesus is the solution for the dilemmas of humanity today.
This should be an eye-opener for those people who think that the Bible is just some old-fashioned book that has no relevance today. The reality is that what it deals with is the same jaded cynicism and apathetic arrogance that infects the world today. It deals squarely with the problems of our modern world.
The wise man, in his cleverness said, “I will be wise”. But just like our contemporary society has done, he discovered that wisdom was far from him (Eccl 7:23, NIV).
Wisdom is far from all of us unless we know God and respond to him in the right way. The Father has given us a way to know him. He’s done it though Jesus Christ. The Bible even calls Jesus “the wisdom of God” (1 Cor 1:24), because when you know Jesus and follow him, you are making the wisest choice possible. When you do that, the life isn’t meaningless any more, because death isn’t the end. A true follower of Jesus will lose their cynicism and gravitate towards hope and joy.
We’re not so different from our ancestors. In that sense Solomon was right when he wrote that there wasn’t anything new under the sun. But God did a new thing when he revealed himself to us through Jesus. It’s Jesus that makes all the difference. Jesus is the solution for the dilemmas of humanity today.