Series: Ecclesiastes│ Message: Law and Disorder


Pastor Adam Kohlstrom

Series: Ecclesiastes│ Message: Law and Disorder

Scripture: Ecclesiastes Ecclesiastes 3:16-4:3






How would you summarize today’s sermon to someone else?


How is God speaking to us through this week’s Scripture / sermon? How are you going to respond? (Matthew 7:26-27; James 1:22)?


What are some legal dramas that you have enjoyed and why did you like them (e.g.: Law & Order, JAG, The Practice, L.A. Law, Perry Mason, etc.)?


Share the most recent time your children declared (or you thought), “It’s just not fair (or just)!” From where does our sense of “fairness” or “justice” come?


Read Psalm 73. Like the Preacher of Ecclesiastes, this Psalmist wrestled with injustice: the prosperity of the wicked oppressor and the suffering of the righteous oppressed. Would you say the Psalmist (Ps. 73:16-17) and the Preacher (Ecc. 3:16-17) came to the same conclusion? How might this conclusion make the injustice and oppression we see and experience “under the sun” more tolerable (see also 1 Pet. 2:21-23; 4:4-5; Rev. 6:9-10; 11:18)?


The Preacher despairs of the injustice he sees (Ecclesiastes 1:15; 3:16; 4:1-3; etc.) which reminds us that nothing under the sun can or will provide perfect justice. So should we abandon our longing and cease our striving for a more just society here under the sun?


“Everybody wants to see some justice / for another man’s crimes / No sin can ever go unpunished / unless it comes down to yours and mine” (from the song Justice by Joshua Sturgeon). Do you think people truly want perfect justice? Aleksandr Solzhenitsyn wrote, “If only there were evil people somewhere insidiously committing evil deeds, and it were necessary only to separate them from the rest of us and destroy them. But the line dividing good and evil cuts through the heart of every human being.” If there was complete and perfect justice here “under the sun,” what would that mean for you?


Romans 3:9-26. Paul makes the argument that none are righteous, all have acted unjustly, thus all have fallen short and stand deserving of justice. Summarize the good news that Paul declares in verses 21-26? How did God satisfy the demands of perfect justice that the unjust might be forgiven (cf. 2 Corinthians 5:17-21)? Spend some time praising God together for His perfect justice and abundant grace to undeserving and unjust sinners like us.




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