To what extent did the
wise man test the pleasures of the world?
"Whatsoever mine eyes desired I kept not from them; I withheld not my
heart from any joy." Eccl. 2:10. "I said in mine heart, Go to now, I
will prove thee with mirth; therefore enjoy pleasure." Eccl. 2:1.
How much true enjoyment
did such a course afford?
"Behold, all was vanity and vexation of spirit, and there was no profit
under the sun." Eccl. 2:11. "Even in laughter the heart is sorrowful;
and the end of that mirth is heaviness." Prov. 14:13.
To whom alone is such
"Folly is joy to him that is destitute of wisdom." Prov. 15:21.
What conclusion did the
wise man reach?
"Then I saw that wisdom excelleth folly as far as light excelleth
darkness." Eccl. 2:13.
Why is sobriety
preferable to levity?
"Sorrow is better than laughter: for by the sadness of the countenance
the heart is made better." Eccl. 7:3. "It is better to go to the house
of mourning than to go to the house of feasting; for that is the end of all men;
and the living will lay it to his heart." Eccl. 7:2.
Of what does the wise man
bid the young to be mindful, even in the pursuit of pleasure?
"Rejoice, O young man, in thy youth; and let thy heart cheer thee in
the days of thy youth, and walk in the ways of thine heart, and in the sight of
thine eyes; but know thou that for all these things God will bring thee into
judgment." Eccl. 11:9.
What injunction to
sobriety does the apostle give in his epistle to Titus?
"That the aged men be sober,
grave, temperate, sound in faith, in charity, in patience. The aged women
likewise, that they be in behavior as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not
given to much wine, teachers of good things; that they may teach the young women
to be sober... Young men likewise exhort to be sober minded." Titus 2:2-6.
What similar advice is
given in the epistle to the Romans?
"Let us walk honestly, as in the day; not in rioting and drunkenness,
not in chambering and wantonness, not in strife and envying." Rom. 13:13.
What testimony does the
apostle Peter bear on this point?
"Wherefore gird up the loins of your mind, be sober and hope to the end
for the grace that is to be brought unto you at the revelation of Jesus
Christ." 1 Peter 1:13.
Why is vigilance
"Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the Devil, as a roaring
lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour." 1 Peter 5:8.
What other consideration
should lead us to sobriety?
"But the end of all things is at hand; be ye therefore sober, and watch
unto prayer." 2 Peter 4:7.