by Rick White

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What Did Jesus Say About Telling the Truth (7 of 15)
WWJD: The Series
Rick White
Matthew 5:33-37

Message Truth: Jesus taught that as Christ followers we were to be people of truth, honesty, and integrity.

(Mat 5:33-37 NIV) "Again, you have heard that it was said to the people long ago, 'Do not break your oath, but keep the oaths you have made to the Lord.' {34} But I tell you, Do not swear at all: either by heaven, for it is God's throne; {35} or by the earth, for it is his footstool; or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the Great King. {36} And do not swear by your head, for you cannot make even one hair white or black. {37} Simply let your 'Yes' be 'Yes,' and your 'No,' 'No'; anything beyond this comes from the evil one.

1. Lee Strobel tells about a seven-year-old ballplayer from Florida named Tanner. In am important game Tanner was playing first base. When a grounder came at him, he reached out to tag the runner between first and second. "You're out" screamed the umpire. Tanner looked at the ball, then to the ump. "Excuse me, sir. But I missed him." "You didn't tag him?" the puzzled official asked. "Okay, then he's safe!" You can imagine how this endeared the little guy to his teammates and coaches!

But a couple of weeks later Tanner was playing shortstop when another grounder came to him. After he stretched to tag the runner between second and third, the umpire-same one as before-yelled, "He's safe!"

The diminutive infielder looked at the ball for quite a while, then dejectedly tossed it back to the pitcher. "Is something wrong? The ump asked him. "Yeah, I tagged him this time." "Really? Okay, then he's out!"

The other teams manager came storming out of the dugout to protest, only to get this response; "Look, I know this little boy. Tanner tells the truth. If Tanner says he tagged your player, then he tagged him." Discussion over.

What the umpire was saying was this; Tanner is man of his word. He is a truth teller.

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