We are in the fourth week of our summer series entitled “God in Human Time.” Today’s era runs from about 1200 to 930 BCE, and covers when Israel was ruled by judges, and then subsequently kings – Saul, David and Solomon. The kingships of David and Solomon represent the golden age of Israel’s monarchy. Our passage in Ecclesiastes is attributed to Solomon, but it was likely written centuries after he died. Nevertheless, it was told through his eyes, maybe with a lot of melancholy, all with the knowledge of the disappointing trajectory of his life, and his country’s coming destruction centuries later, to which Solomon contributed. The passage looks at God’s gift of time, and we will consider whether we use this gift well, in terms of enjoying life, loving well, and leaving a faithful legacy for future generations of believers. Our passage is Ecclesiastes 3:1-15,17b.

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