The Difficulty of Free Will – Ecclesiastes 3:16-22

The Difficulty of Free Will – Ecclesiastes 3:16-22

Sunday Service – 4/17/2016

Pastor Bryan Parish

“The Difficulty of Free Will”




  1. The Conundrum 3.16
    1. The Perception (3.16a)
    2. The Issue (3.16b)
  2. The Solution 3.17
    1. Judgment (3.17a)
    2. Sovereignty (3.17b)
  3. The Test 3.18-21
    1. The Tested in the Test (3.18a)
    2. The Purpose in the Test (3.18b)
    3. The Equalizer in the Test (3.19-20)
    4. The Curve Ball in the Test (3.21)
  4. The Application 3.22
    1. Enjoy Your Life (3.22a)
    2. Balance Your Life (3.22b)


Eccl. 3:16   Moreover I saw under the sun:

In the place of judgment,

Wickedness was there;

And in the place of righteousness,

Iniquity was there.

Eccl. 3:17   I said in my heart,

“God shall judge the righteous and the wicked,

For there is a time there for every purpose and for every work.”

18 I said in my heart, “Concerning the condition of the sons of men, God tests them, that they may see that they themselves are like animals.”  19 For what happens to the sons of men also happens to animals; one thing befalls them: as one dies, so dies the other. Surely, they all have one breath; man has no advantage over animals, for all is vanity.  20 All go to one place: all are from the dust, and all return to dust.  21 Who knows the spirit of the sons of men, which goes upward, and the spirit of the animal, which goes down to the earth?  22 So I perceived that nothing is better than that a man should rejoice in his own works, for that is his heritage. For who can bring him to see what will happen after him?


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