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Pastor Aaron E. Lavender
Sunday Morning, June 5, 2016
Sermon Series: CHASING THE WIND – Sermon #17

“Properly Responding to Authority”
Ecclesiastes 8:1-9


The passage that before us deals with how we are to respond when we are in situations where we are interacting with those in authority over us. We see this also in the New Testament advice given to us by Paul and Peter, and the example of Jesus before Pilate.
The first problem we have to face is a technical one. Where do we begin our exposition of this section? Many preachers include Eccl. 8:1 into their previous discussion from chapter seven. However, a number of commentators see 8:1 as the beginning of this section rather than the end of the preceding one. This should not trouble us, for this verse forms a natural link between the two.
From these verses King Solomon reveals three timely truths relating to our proper response to authority:  the basis, exercise, and analysis of our proper response to authority.
  • The Basis for Our Proper Response to Authority:  Eccl. 8:1
  • The Exercise of Our Proper Response to Authority:  Eccl. 8:2-4
    • Our response should be one of OBEDIENCE (v.2)
    • Our response should be one of RESPECT (vv.3-4)
  • The Analysis from Our Proper Response to Authority:  Eccl. 8:5-9
    •  We have no knowledge of the FUTURE (v.7)
    •  We have no exemption from DEATH (v.8a)
    •  We have no escape from RETRIBUTION (v.8b)
    •  We have no immunity from our OPPRESSORS (v.9)


 It’s not easy to be a consistent Christian in this complicated evil world, but we can ask for the wisdom of God and receive it by faith (James 1:5; 3:17–18). How, then, shall we live?
1. We must leave the future with God, and live in the present.
2. We must prepare for the day of Christ; His coming for His
Bride, the Church.
3. We must come to terms with the fact that our ultimate authority is God. Obedience to those that he has appointed over us is counted as obedience to him—but whoever we are, prince or pauper, we cannot escape his judgement and condemnation unless we obey his appointed King over all creation, Jesus Christ.
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