Oaths: Matthew 5:33-37
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Jesus provides some very specific guidance here as we continue to learn how our own righteousness must surpass that of the Pharisees (Matthew 5:20). We look beyond the letter of the law and into the intent of the law, something the Pharisees were paranoid about attempting because of the failures of our forefathers. Interesting how good intentions lead one down the wrong road!
Here’s a quote from a good discussion on oaths that I found helpful:
Apparently, in those days, people were using oaths as a vehicle to divert the truth. It simply made no sense, so Jesus insisted his disciples simply tell the truth: either yes or no. Refreshing concept, yes? What if we could just tell the truth.
Lord, help us keep our perspective and simply say “yes” or “no” with no malice or attempt to hide from truth.