Pastor Aaron E. Lavender
Sunday Morning, April 24, 2016
Sermon Series: CHASING THE WIND – Sermon #13
“The Corrupted Nature of Authority and Wealth”
In this rather lengthy section, King Solomon tackles the problem of the corrupted nature of authority and wealth. Two specific facets of this will be unmasked: the abuse of authority and the distress of being rich.
I. The Abuse of Authority: Eccl. 5:8-9
A. Organized authority can lead to corruption (v.8)
B. Organized authority is preferred over anarchy (v.9)
BOTTOM LINE: We are commanded to obey governments unless they violate God’s Word (Acts 5:29; Also see Daniel 6).
II. The Distress of Being Rich: Eccl. 5:10 – 6:9
A. The absurdity of pursuing money as life’s goal (vv.10-15).
1.Money is addictive and unsatisfying (v.10).
2.Money attracts leeches (v.11a).
3.Money can stop meeting its owner’s needs (v.11b).
4.Money does not give peace but promotes insomnia (v.12).
5.Money love causes “financial hoarding” (v.13).
6.Money is an insecure basis for happiness (v.15)
7.Money is certain to disappear at death (v.15).
B. The enjoyment of life in the few days we have (5:16-6:6).
1.Life is wasted when money is its pursuit (5:16-17).
2.Enjoying life is truly a gift from God (5:18-20).
3.Nothing is more pitiful than to be rich but unable to enjoy it (6:1-6).
C. The general instability of life (6:7-9).
1.We can never be satisfied by the temporal and material (v.7).
2.We can never be satisfied by the mental and intellectual (v.8a).
3.We must realize that life does not consist in the things we possess (v.8b; cf. Luke 12:15).
4.We must realize the rationality of enjoying what we have rather than grabbing greedily for more (v.9).
Is Solomon telling us that it’s wrong to dream great dreams or have a burning ambition to accomplish something in life? Of course not, but we must take care that our ambition is motivated by the glory of God and not the praise of men.
If we think our achievements will automatically bring satisfaction, we are wrong. True satisfaction comes when we do the will of God from the heart (Eph. 6:6). “My (meat, purpose, desire, passion) food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of Him who sent Me, and to accomplish His work” (John 4:34, NASB).