HONOURING GOD WITH YOUR WORDS
It was said long ago……. • Do not break your oath • Numbers 30:2 (NIV) When a man makes a vow to the Lord or takes an oath to obligate himself by a pledge, he must not break his word but must do everything he said.
It was said long ago……. • Fulfill to the Lord the vows you have made… Ecclesiastes 5:4–7 (NIV) When you make a vow to God, do not delay to fulfill it. He has no pleasure in fools; fulfill your vow. 5 It is better not to make a vow than to make one and not fulfill it.
It was said long ago……. • Oaths which omitted God’s name could be broken and were not binding. • Oaths using the name of heaven, earth , Jerusalem and the head gave the Pharisees an opportunity to be relieved in their oaths. • Oaths “by heaven,” “by the earth,” or “by Jerusalem” is binding, since they are God’s throne… footstool, and city, respectively. Even the color of the hair on their heads was determined by God
Jesus said…. • No need to swear an oath at all • True believers do not need to take an oath because of their character. • The point of this passage is integrity. Jesus observes that since God witnesses every word we say anyway, we should be able to tell the truth without having to call God to witness by a formal oath.
Matthew 5:37 (NIV) All you need to say is simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything beyond this comes from the evil one. James 5:12(NIV) Above all, my brothers and sisters, do not swear—not by heaven or by earth or by anything else. All you need to say is a simple “Yes” or “No.” Otherwise you will be condemned.
Because you are a Christian • A person of character doesn't have to use God's name to prove he is telling the truth. His own name should be enough. • A person of integrity is saying what you will do, and then doing what you will say. • Complete honesty should be typical of the Believer •No oath is necessary to guarantee trustworthiness for one’s “yes” or “no.”
Beatitudes have to be our attitudes • We don’t act like Christians-we are Christians and our actions are an outcome of that. • We are not meant to control our Christianity-our Christianity is meant to control us.