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Living with a "Heavy Burden" & the "Curse"
I, the Teacher, was king over Israel in Jerusalem.  I devoted myself to study and to explore by wisdom all that is done under heaven. What a heavy burden God has laid on men!  I have seen all the things that are done under the sun; all of them are meaningless, a chasing after the wind.
 I thought to myself, "Look, I have grown and increased in wisdom more than anyone who has ruled over Jerusalem before me; I have experienced much of wisdom and knowledge."  Then I applied myself to the understanding of wisdom, and also of madness and folly, but I learned that this, too, is a chasing after the wind.
THE HUMAN AUTHOR / His Qualifications
ABOUT THIS "HEAVY BURDEN" (v. 13b-15) - related to what happened in Genesis 3.
Before you complain about this "burden," consider this: If we got what we fully deserve, it would be a whole lot worse than just a "heavy burden"!
It may seem that eating a piece of fruit (Genesis 3) is a small matter, but our willingness to disobey in even a small matter shows how serious sin really is. If it had been an enormous gigantic mammoth-sized test, then we might have had an excuse for failing it!
We were all part of Adam and Eve, even though we were not consciously aware of it.
THE VALUE OF WISDOM (v. 17-18))
MORE ABOUT THIS "BURDEN" - the "CURSE" of Genesis 3
Everything that is a part of this "burden" - an ultimately meaningless life, trials and difficulties, injustice and evil - began back in Genesis 3, when sin entered the world. Our present existence is influence by that sin and the resulting "curse" that came because of it.
This "curse" is something we cannot get around. Pretending it doesn't exist doesn't cause it to cease. We, the human race, get to experience the consequences of our choices - and these consequences affect all of creation.
There are two important facts we need to know about this "curse":
What are some of the things we discover in the following verses?
When Jesus returns, this "curse" will be removed. The resurrection will occur, and those who have trusted in God will be changed. The results of this change? Just as our change into sin affected all of creation, so also our change into sinlessness will affect all of creation. What do the following passages tell us about this matter?
Dennis Hinks © 2004
Scripture quoted from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION®. Copyright © 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society. Used by permission of Zondervan. All rights reserved.