Because of the Oath Before God: Notes on Ecclesiastes 8:2 (Excerpt)

Vanity of Vanities (cover)Ecclesiastes 8:2

I say, “Keep the command of the king because of the oath before God.

Solomon now begins a discussion about obedience to civil authorities. When studying this passage, it is important that we understand the context. When the Scriptures speak of our responsibility to obey authorities and the benefit we receive from authorities, it must be assumed that said authorities are satisfying their divinely-ordained role. Otherwise we may be forced to disobey the authorities (cf. Acts 5:29); and we may suffer harm as a consequence of their wickedness (Proverbs 29:2). This idea of our conditional obedience to civil authorities is suggested in this verse. We are to “keep the command of the king” for a specific reason. Just because he is king and claims authority over the nation? No, “because of the oath before God.” We must consider God and His will first. Human law does not supersede divine law.

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