Oaths


Again you have heard that it was said to your ancestors,"Do not take a false oath, but make good to the Lord all that you vow." But I say to you, do not swear at all; not by heaven, for it is God's throne; nor by the earth, for it is his footstool; nor by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King. Do not swear by your head, for you cannot make a single hair white or black. Let your "Yes" mean "Yes,"and your "No" mean "No." Anything more is from the evil one.   Matt. 5: 33-37 

The quote Jesus uses is not an exact quote from a particular old testement text, but the texts in Ex. 20:7, Dt. 5:11 and Lv.19:12, tells us the purpose of oaths were to guarantee ones truthfulness by calling on God as a witness.

Now, let's keep this in it's proper place. Jesus is not refering to a court of law, where witnesses are to be "sworn in" to tell the truth.He's talking about everyday relations with one another. It's about keeping your word.

The use of formulated oaths,do not swear at all; not by heaven, for it is God's throne; nor by the earth, for it is his footstool; nor by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King. Do not swear by your head, for you cannot make a single hair white or black, were often an attempt to avoid envoking the divine name, thus God was not a witness and you didn't have to keep your word. But the fact is , they are all related to God.And especially now, that we have been adopted in to His family through faith in His son, Jesus Christ, God's name is envoked in everything we  SAY and DO.

Oath-taking presupposes a sinful weakness of the human race, the tendency to lie. Jesus expects of His disciples a truthfulness that makes oaths unnesessary.

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