“Again you have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not swear
falsely, but shall perform to the Lord what you have sworn.’ But I say to you,
Do not take an oath at all, either by heaven, for it is the throne of God, or by
the earth, for it is his footstool, or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great
King. And do not take an oath by your head, for you cannot make one hair
white or black. Let what you say be simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’; anything more than
this comes from evil. ~Matthew 5:33-37
Slowly but surely, I am immersing myself in the words of the Sermon on the Mount. These particular verses, have been an invitation to steep my character in God’s truth, honestly and sincerely. At first glance, it doesn’t seem to be part of my daily experience to swear falsely or to take an oath. But am I truthful in all areas of my life? Are my promises empty and my prayers manipulative?
Clarence Jordan’s commentary on the Sermon on the Mount provides me with several insights concerning these verses:
- Jesus told them to cut out all the shenanigans and to attach no conditions whatever to their word.
- Jesus wanted it understood that his kingdom would not consist of a bunch of rules and regulations imposed on evil men in order to make them behave themselves.
- With him, if a man wasn’t honest on the inside, he wasn’t honest.
- The Father is seeking those who will worship him in spirit and in truth, for they alone are eligible for kingdom citizenship.
May you and I worship the Father in spirit and in truth, joyfully each new day, with the spiritual integrity befitting of a child of God.