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Oaths, Offences, and Others (14 of 21)
Series: THE SERMON ON THE MOUNT
February 1, 2006
INTRODUCTION: In our lesson last week we considered the Lord's teachings on divorce; tonight, we will look at a variety of things. The three points to our outline will come from the title of the message:
I. OATHS (VV. 33-37)
A. "You have heard it said..."
1. In Leviticus 19:12, the Lord said, And ye shall not swear by My name falsely, neither shalt thou profane the name of thy God: I am the Lord.
2. Under the Law in the Old Testament a vow was considered a serious matter. In Numbers 30:2, we read, "If a man vow a vow unto the Lord, or swear an oath to bind his soul with a bond; he shall not break his word, he shall do according to all that proceedeth out of his mouth.
a. To paraphrase, Jesus said concerning Law, If you had made an oath and had bound yourself to it by invoking My name, you were required to keep your word."
1) This is where we got the practice of placing our hand on a Bible and swearing an oath to tell the truth: "Do you swear to tell truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth, so help you God?"
2) Of course, now, people can swear on just about anything...
ILLUS: According to a judge in North Carolina, who recently banned the use of the Koran, "It's gotten way out there: They've got everything from the Book of Mormon to the Book of Wicca on the list."
In the same article, a professor from Baylor University said, Already, witnesses in American courts do not have to take a religious oath and can instead simply testify on pain of perjury. It's up to judges to decide what passes for an oath.1
Of course, you and I know that finding the truth in court today is a rare thing. Many people lie regardless of the oath they take. How many times have we heard someone say, "I would be willing swear on a stack of Bibles," as if somehow that s ...
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