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DISCIPLINE

KAREN MCKINNEY

Matthew 5:37 All you need to say is simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything beyond this comes from the evil one.

You may have heard people make oaths like, I swear on my mother’s grave, cross my heart and hope to die, or I swear to God, etc., but have you ever asked yourself about what message this is giving to other people?

Jesus takes the entire matter of swearing by an oath to a whole new level in the Bible. He does this by eliminating the general necessity of oaths altogether. For Jesus, a believer’s word should be relied upon without qualification and without the need of the further guarantee that an oath might afford. Oaths, according to Jesus, are thereby rendered unnecessary. With the dawn of the new era comes a wholly new standard of righteousness, one in which a yes is really a yes and a no is really a no. It is a mistake, however, to approach this passage too literally ; for example, not taking an oath in a court of justice (e.g. I agree to tell the whole truth and nothing but the truth, so help me God). The issue for Jesus in Matthew 5:37 is nothing less than and nothing more than truthfulness. He calls us to be people of our word. As Christians we need to practice integrity, and let people know by our integrity that we will not compromise our words for our own selfish ends.

QUESTION 1. Have you ever sworn an oath to someone, or to God? (Explain)
QUESTION 2. When it comes to telling the truth and keeping your word, how would people view you? How do you feel you measure up to what Jesus is calling you to do?
CHALLENGE: We challenge you to not swear by anything, but rather let your yes be yes and your no be no.