Bible Reading: Ecclesiastes 8:1-7
Key Verse: Verse 4 – “Where the word of a king is, there is power: and who may say unto him, What doest thou?"
Key Words: who may say unto him, What doest thou?
In Ecclesiastes, chapter 8, Solomon continues with his theme of wisdom. In the first few verses, he in essence is saying, don’t upset the king. If you do, you are going to feel an evil thing (vs 5).
I do think that the principle here is that if you do disagree with the king (authority), be wise in how you handle your disagreement. Don’t be foolish.
During his years as premier of the Soviet Union, Nikita Khrushchev denounced many of the policies and atrocities of his predecessor, Joseph Stalin. Once, as he reproached Stalin in a public meeting, Khrushchev was interrupted by a shout from a heckler in the audience. “You were one of Stalin’s colleagues. Why didn’t you stop him?” “Who said that?” roared Khrushchev. An agonizing silence followed as nobody in the room dared move a muscle. Then Khrushchev replied quietly, “Now you know why.”
What to do:
✞ Don’t intentionally upset the king (authority).
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