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What lesson did Jesus teach concerning this matter in the following verse?

Then spake Jesus to the multitude, and to His disciples,

Saying, the scribes and the Pharisees sit in Moses' seat:

All therefore whatsoever they bid you observe, that observe and do; but do not ye after their works: for they say, and do not.

- Matthew 23:1-3





What advice was given to King Rehoboam by his older advisors, and by his younger friends? Which leadership style was wiser? Why?





To obey those in authority when they conduct themselves in a disrespectful manner is also difficult, especially when they do so by mistreating us. Yet we are to show due honor for their positions, even when we cannot respect their personal behavior.


    The Apostle Paul demonstrated this truth when he was personally mistreated by the high priest, as stated in the following verses of Scripture:

    " And Paul, earnestly beholding the council, said, Men and brethren, I have lived in all good conscience before God until this day. And the high priest Ananias commanded them that stood by him to smite him on the mouth. Then said Paul unto him, God shall smite thee, thou whited wall: for sittest thou to judge me after the law, and commandest me to be smitten contrary to the law? And they that stood by said, Revilest thou God's high priest? Then said Paul, I wist not, brethren, that he was the high priest: for it is written, Thou shalt not speak evil of the ruler of thy people" (Acts 23:1-5).


Those in authority positions must be aware that their personal conduct can be a means to promote respect or revolt. Due to their influence over others, they have an increased responsibility to walk uprightly and honorably. Those in authority are called to walk worthy of the position in which God has placed them. Making identical decisions or performing the same actions in a proud, lofty, and condescending manner or in a sincere, caring, and understanding way can produce significant differences of response.

While everyone is required to obey and honor his father, teacher, boss, or leader, regardless of his personal liking or respecting of the person, leaders can certainly promote an inclination or opposition toward obedience through pergonal example and leadership style.


    Marvin is a student in high school. He deeply respects his Math teacher, Mr. Hinton. He likes his teaching and leadership style. Marvin's attitude, effort, and behavior are excellent in his Math class.

    After Math, he reports to Mr. Tower for Social Studies. In this class, however, he is the opposite. When


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