Oaths – Matthew 5:33-37

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Bible Quiz Time:

Q: Who was the first king of Israel?
A: Saul

Q: Who anointed him king?
A: Samuel

Q: Who was the enemy who took the Ark of the Covenant?
A: Philistines

Q: What happened the idol which was beside the Ark in the enemy’s temple?
A: The idol fell over and broke

Q: When the people demanded Saul make a sacrifice to God that only priests should make, what did he do?
A: Made the sacrifice anyways

Q: When Saul conquered the Amalekites, what person did he keep as a prisoner instead of killing like God said to?
A: The king, Agag

Pause for Prayer:

  • Blair Strokes – 13-year-old niece killed by falling tree. Traveling to Utah.
  • Riots and Protests throughout the U.S.
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  • Tom Spann – Hospice Care
  • Terry Robinson
  • People working through COVID-19
  • Lowana LaBolle
  • Men’s Bible Study start up
  • Yard Sale this weekend
  • Cup of Grace Ministry
  • E.L.P Ministries
  • Heal our nation/guide our president

Today our WORD from the Lord comes from Matthew 5:33-37,

33 “Again you have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not swear falsely, but shall perform your oaths to the Lord.’ 34 But I say to you, do not swear at all: neither by heaven, for it is God’s throne; 35 nor by the earth, for it is His footstool; nor by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King. 36 Nor shall you swear by your head, because you cannot make one hair white or black. 37 But let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No.’ For whatever is more than these is from the evil one.

Today I want to have a Word with you about Oaths.

 The basis of the Old Testament swearing, or oath taking, is found in:

  • Exodus 20:17-21 – Beware of Him and obey His voice; do not provoke Him, for He will not pardon your transgressions; for My name is in Him.
  • Leviticus 19:12-12 – And you shall not swear by My name falsely, nor shall you profane the name of your God: I am the Lord.
  • Deuteronomy 23:21-21 – “When you make a vow to the Lord your God, you shall not delay to pay it; for the Lord your God will surely require it of you, and it would be sin to you. 

   So what did Jesus teach about making oaths? We learn the following insights that may be helpful when we are consider making a promise, or an oath to someone.

 

   I. Don’t swear falsely – 5:33

33 “Again you have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not swear falsely, but shall perform your oaths to the Lord.’

   Oath taken in the name of the Lord were looked upon as binding and perjury of such oath was strongly condemned by the law. such phrases like “as the Lord liveth” or “by the name of the Lord” emphasizes the sanctity of such oath (Ryrie, 14)

   Dr. Tony Evans writes, “Jesus, then, was warning against careless, profane, and flippant uses of oaths in everyday speech.”

   By the time of Christ, the Jews had developed an elaborate system of oath taking, which often formed the basis of actual lying. For example, one might swear that he had told the truth according to the Dome of the temple, while another might swear by the gold on the Dome of the temple! In other words, there were stages of truth and thus also a falsehood within the system of taking oaths. In our time this custom is found in phrases such as: “I swear by God,” “cross my heart and hope to die,” or “on my mother’s grave.” (Liberty Bible Commentary, 26).

   II. Don’t swear at all – 5:34-37

   This is exactly what Jesus teaches in these verses. People of truth don’t need to take oaths. Look at what Jesus taught,

  • Neither by heaven

    34 But I say to you, do not swear at all: neither by heaven, for it is God’s throne;

  • Nor by earth, nor by Jerusalem – 5:35

   35 nor by the earth, for it is His footstool; nor by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King.

  •  Nor by your head – 5:36

    36 Nor shall you swear by your head, because you cannot make one hair white or black.

   I was reading that religious people were notorious for making oaths, and that they could get out of them by saying, “Well, the oath was not made with God, so therefore it was not a binding oath.”

   III. Don’t swear, but be truthful – 5:37

    37 But let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No.’ For whatever is more than these is from the evil one.

   Kingdom people will say, yes or no! So then, let your “yes” mean “yes” and your “no” mean “no”. That’s it – Nothing more and mothing less. We make no excuses, and we shouldn’t have to provide excuses.   

   God’s people are just to speak the truth.  There shouldn’t have to be a need for making an oath.

   James seems to have picked this oath taking idea in James 5:12 we read,

    But above all, my brethren, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or with any other oath. But let your “Yes” be “Yes,” and your “No,” “No,” lest you fall into judgment.

Lessons for Learners:

  1. We should never bear false witness.
  2. We should always be quick to keep an oath.
  3. We should never swear an oath by heaven, earth, Jerusalem, or by our head.
  4. We should say “Yes or No” and nothing more.
  5. We should be keepers of our word.

Remember, I’m in touch so you be in touch.

And as Dr. Robert Cook from the King’s College used to say, “Walk with the King today and be a blessing.