Ecclesiastes 12:11-14


vs 11 The words of the wise are like goads


        Goad.  A sharpened metal point on the end of a long pole.

Goads were used by farmers to prod animals to keep them moving,

(from Nelson's Illustrated Bible Dictionary)


A goad was in Bible times a pole with a sharp point used to

force an animal to go and to go in the right direction.


The Scripture is our goad. It gets us going and keeps us going

in the right direction.


Nails are fasteners or connectors. They hold things together.


Our lives should be held together by the principles of God’s

Word given us by the good Shepherd, the Master of Assemblies,

the Lord Jesus Christ.


The writer encourages us to be admonished by God’s Word.


There are many books and philosophers today. 

There is no lack of opinions in this world.


But, there is only one that will ultimately make a difference in all our lives

and that is the teaching of the Bible.


If we want to live a life with meaning, substance, and fulfillment,

this can only come as a result of following Christ the Good Shepherd.


Solomon was said to be the wisest man in the world.

God granted him his request for wisdom.


After exploring in theory every possibility for man in this world,


Solomon concludes with two verses.


Giving us the whole duty of man on earth and the

reason for man to execute his responsibility.


Lets examine these two verses.


And allow God to speak to our hearts this

morning regarding our duty as a person.


I. RESPECT FOR GOD. (Fear God vs 13)


A. The righteous will fear God when we fear God we will respect Him.


I’ve heard His name taken in vain.


I’ve heard people make remarks concerning God like the man upstairs.


But to the Christian He is Almighty God.


He is not the man up stairs.


He deserves our respect!


Respect will bring benefits.


1. Humility


Pro 15:33

33    The fear of the LORD is the instruction of

wisdom; and before honour is humility. 


Eph 5:21

21    Submitting yourselves one to

another in the fear of God. 


2. Praise


Psa 22:23

23    Ye that fear the LORD, praise him; all ye the seed of

Jacob, glorify him; and fear him, all ye the seed of Israel. 


3. Fellowship


Ps 22:25

25    My praise shall be of thee in the great congregation:

I will pay my vows before them that fear him. 


4. Secrets of God revealed


Ps 25:12

12    What man is he that feareth the LORD?

Him shall he teach in the way that he shall choose. 


Ps 25:14

14    The secret of the LORD is with them that fear

him; and he will shew them his covenant. 


5. Protection


Ps 33:18-19

18    Behold, the eye of the LORD is upon them that fear him,

upon them that hope in his mercy; 

19    To deliver their soul from death, and to keep them alive in famine. 



Ps 34:7

7      The angel of the LORD encampeth round about them

that fear him, and delivereth them. 


Pro 22:4

4      By humility and the fear of the LORD are riches,

and honour, and life. 


7. Needs supplied


Ps 34:9

9      O fear the LORD, ye his saints:

for there is no want to them that fear him. 


8. A Testimony


Ps 66:16

16    Come and hear, all ye that fear God,

and I will declare what he hath done for my soul. 


B. The wicked do not fear the Lord and results are:


1. Condemnation


Ps 15:4

4      In whose eyes a vile person is contemned; but he honoureth

them that fear the LORD. He that sweareth to his own hurt,

and changeth not. 


John 3:18

18    He that believeth on him is not condemned:

but he that believeth not is condemned already,

because he hath not believed in the name of the

only begotten Son of God. 



2. Short life


Pro 10:27

27    The fear of the LORD prolongeth days:

but the years of the wicked shall be shortened. 


Pro 13:13

13    Whoso despiseth the word shall be destroyed:

but he that feareth the commandment shall be rewarded. 


3. Mischief


pro 28:14

14    Happy is the man that feareth alway:

but he that hardeneth his heart shall fall into mischief. 


4. Defeat by the righteous in the end


Mal 4:1-3

1      For, behold, the day cometh, that shall burn as an oven; and

all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and

the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the LORD of hosts,

that it shall leave them neither root nor branch. 

2      But unto you that fear my name shall the Sun of righteousness

arise with healing in his wings; and ye shall go forth, and grow up

as calves of the stall. 

3      And ye shall tread down the wicked; for they shall be ashes

under the soles of your feet in the day that I shall do this, saith the

LORD of hosts. 


(I. Respect for God)


II. RESPONSIBILITY OF MAN (Keep His commandments)


A. To show your love for Him


John 14:15

15    If ye love me, keep my commandments. 


B. To please Him


1 Sam 15:22

22    And Samuel said, Hath the LORD as great delight in

burnt offerings and sacrifices, as in obeying the voice of the


Behold, to obey is better than sacrifice, and to hearken

than the fat of rams.


2 Tim 2:3‑4

3      Thou therefore endure hardness,

as a good soldier of Jesus Christ.

4      No man that warreth entangleth himself

with the affairs of this life; that he may please

him who hath chosen him to be a soldier.


Prov 16:7

7      When a man's ways please the LORD,

he maketh even his enemies to be at peace

with him.


John 8:29

29    And he that sent me is with me: the Father hath

not left me alone; for I do always those things that

please him.


Keep His Commandments to:


C. To be happy


John 13:17

17    If ye know these things, happy are ye if ye do them. 


D. To receive Gods Blessing


James 1:25

25    But whoso looketh into the perfect law of liberty,

and continueth therein, he being not a forgetful hearer,

but a doer of the work, this man shall be blessed in his deed. 


Ps 1:1-6


III. REASON FOR OBEDIENCE (judgment vs 14)


A. For the saved


1. Judgment here


1 Cor 11:31-32

31    For if we would judge ourselves,

we should not be judged. 

32    But when we are judged, we are chastened

of the Lord, that we should not be condemned

with the world. 


Heb 10:26-27

26    For if we sin wilfully after that we have received

the knowledge of the truth, there remaineth no more

sacrifice for sins, 

27    But a certain fearful looking for of judgment

and fiery indignation, which shall devour the adversaries. 


2. Judgment herafter - judgment seat of Christ


Rom 14:10

10    But why dost thou judge thy brother?

Or why dost thou set at nought thy brother?

For we shall all stand before the judgment seat of Christ. 


1 Cor 3:13-15

13    Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for

the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed

by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort

it is. 

14    If any man’s work abide which he hath built thereupon,

he shall receive a reward. 

15    If any man’s work shall be burned, he shall suffer loss:

but he himself shall be saved; yet so as by fire. 


B. The judgment of the lost


1. No judgment by God here.


They are left to their sin.


Gal 6:7-8

7      Be not deceived; God is not mocked:

for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he

also reap. 

8      For he that soweth to his flesh shall of the

flesh reap corruption; but he that soweth to the

Spirit shall of the Spirit reap life everlasting. 


2. Hereafter - the great white throne judgment


Rev 20:11-15

11    And I saw a great white throne, and him that

sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven

fled away; and there was found no place for them. 

12    And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before

God; and the books were opened: and another book

was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were

judged out of those things which were written in the books,

according to their works. 

13    And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and

death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them:

and they were judged every man according to their works. 

14    And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire.

This is the second death. 

15    And whosoever was not found written in the

book of life was cast into the lake of fire. 


In conclusion: only what we do for the Lord really matters.


Are you saved? Are you living for the Lord?


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