Stefano & Jennifer Mariotti

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Wednesday, 30 January 2013

Mid-week Bible Study Series on Ecclesiastes - Ecclesiastes 3:1-15

This evening Stefano will continue the series of mid-week Bible Studies on Ecclesiastes preaching from Ecclesiastes 3:1-15. 

God has made everything beautiful in its time. Also, he has put eternity into man's heart...
Ecclesiastes 3:11a (ESV)
To introduce this study we'll look at Inspector Salvo Montalbano, a fictional policeman in Sicily created by writer Andrea Camilleri, whose TV series is one of the most appreciated in Italy.

Montalbano is disillusioned about his job and the whole environment in which he tries to do what is right even though  he realises how often what is right does not correspond with what human laws establish.
One day he is relaxing in his house watching the local TV news when he realises that the news is exactly the same as the previous day, and not only of the previous day but of the day before that, and the day before that.
He realises that every day the news says exactly the same things.
Today a left-wing politician has been arrested for corruption, yesterday a right-wing politician was arrested for corruption.
Today the Government announced new cuts in public health expenditures, yesterday the Government announced new cuts in education expenditures.
Every day is exactly the same as the day before, nothing is really changing apart from the fact that everything seems to get worse and worse.
So Montalbano asks himself the meaning of his continuous labouring in this life!
The BBC holds the United Kingdom transmission rights. BBC Four on 25 August, 2012, started showing a second series of 12 Inspector Montalbano episodes – subtitled in English - in its Saturday evening imported drama slot.