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Ecclesiastes 5

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NIV Ecclesiastes 5:1 Guard your steps when you go to the house of God. Go near to listen rather than to offer the sacrifice of fools, who do not know that they do wrong.

 2 Do not be quick with your mouth, do not be hasty in your heart to utter anything before God. God is in heaven and you are on earth, so let your words be few.

 3 As a dream comes when there are many cares, so the speech of a fool when there are many words.

 4 When you make a vow to God, do not delay in fulfilling it. He has no pleasure in fools; fulfill your vow.

 5 It is better not to vow than to make a vow and not fulfill it.

 6 Do not let your mouth lead you into sin. And do not protest to the temple messenger, "My vow was a mistake." Why should God be angry at what you say and destroy the work of your hands?

 7 Much dreaming and many words are meaningless. Therefore stand in awe of God.

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In the Footsteps of Fools

NIV Ecclesiastes 5:1 Guard your steps when you go to the house of God. Go near to listen rather than to offer the sacrifice of fools, who do not know that they do wrong.

Dt 8:19 If you ever forget the LORD your God and follow other gods and worship and bow down to them, I testify against you today that you will surely be destroyed. 20 Like the nations the LORD destroyed before you, so you will be destroyed for not obeying the LORD your God.

Psalm 119: 105 Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light for my path. 106 I have taken an oath and confirmed it, that I will follow your righteous laws.

  • Know the truth (go near and listen – learn from their mistakes)
  • Why act like the ignorant… the fool
  • God does not want quantity if it forsakes quality… (wrong motive… under the sun mentality)

Foot in the Mouth like a Fool

2 Do not be quick with your mouth, do not be hasty in your heart to utter anything before God. God is in heaven and you are on earth, so let your words be few. 3 As a dream comes when there are many cares, so the speech of a fool when there are many words. 4 When you make a vow to God, do not delay in fulfilling it. He has no pleasure in fools; fulfill your vow. 5 It is better not to vow than to make a vow and not fulfill it. 6 Do not let your mouth lead you into sin. And do not protest to the temple messenger, "My vow was a mistake." Why should God be angry at what you say and destroy the work of your hands?

Pro 10:19 When words are many, sin is not absent, but he who holds his tongue is wise.

  • Shut up and listen… God has something to say
  • It is not a geo-centric world… but a Theocentric world!
  • Dreams  are often brought on by trials… so is it that foolish talk with an outpouring of words (the more we YAK the more likely we are to stick our foot in our mouth)
    • Kids swinging a rock or something from a string… rough housing… MOM – “Somebody’s going to get hurt!”
  • When you make a promise to God… only a fool would not fulfill it - -
    • Lord I surrender my life, I make you my Lord, I give you my all… WELL?
    • Better not to make a promise than not keep it - ** to the kids… we are going to do this or that… never happened…
  • Only a fool repeatedly dines on toe-jam…
  • Do not make excuses… make good on your promises to God!

  • When we recognize we can’t do it… then…

Standing in awe at the Foot of the Cross

7 Much dreaming and many words are meaningless. Therefore stand in awe of God.

  • Useless dreams 649 / Super 7
    • Other useless dreams
  • Useless talk
    • Where to they get you?
  • In comparison to God… in comparison to the eternal… life under the sun is meaningless… soap-bubbles
  • Therefore… (the answer)…
    • Stand in awe of the God of creation
    • Stand in awe of the God of heaven
    • Stand in awe at the foot of the cross


Therefore because this life is fleeting…


Stand in awe of Jesus Christ…

n      Don’t walk in the footsteps of fools

o       Guard your faith

o       Watch what you say…

o       Act in the knowledge of the One True God

n      Don’t put your foot in your mouth like a fool!!

o       If you don’t guard your tongue

§         A torrent of foolishness

§         Shut-up and listen… God has something to say

§         Say what you mean… mean what you say (be true to your words!)

§         Your life is a promise to God – LIVE IT!

n      Stand in Awe at the Foot of the Cross

o       Set aside useless dreams

o       Set aside useless talk

o       Come and worship….

§         Come and praise….

§         Come and exalt…

§         Come and surrender…

§         Come stand in awe of Christ the King!!

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