Bible Study: Sunday, Aug. 11, 2013

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Posted: Aug 07, 2013 3:52 PM
NASHVILLE (BP) -- This weekly Bible study appears in Baptist Press in a partnership with LifeWay Christian Resources of the Southern Baptist Convention. Through its Leadership and Adult Publishing team, LifeWay publishes Sunday School curricula and additional resources for all age groups.

This week's Bible study is adapted from the Explore the Bible curriculum.

Bible Passage: Ecclesiastes 7:1—8:17

Discussion Questions: How do you deal with things you don't fully understand in life? Do those things usually force you to question God or place more trust in Him?

Food for Thought:

How many times have you seen a movie scene that left you wondering about the action not shown? A character may reappear later in the movie with no explanation as to how he or she escaped their earlier peril. You wonder if that will be the plot for a sequel. You and your friends postulate potential ways they escaped while also explaining why each proposal could not have worked. While there may be a sequel, the bottom line is you can't tell everything in two hours and their escape was not the focus of the movie. We focus on the unknowns so much, we forget about the knowns.

Solomon reminded his readers that life is made up of knowns and unknowns. We know we will all die, but we don't know when or how. We know God blesses the righteous, but we don't know when or how He will choose to do so. We know that wickedness will lead to trouble, but we don't know when that trouble will catch up to them (or us). Hard as we may try to discover the unknowns, Solomon declared that "even if the wise man claims to know it, he is unable to discover it." (Ecclesiastes 8:17]

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