SWEAR or PLEDGE?
Updated: Feb 5
SWEAR or PLEDGE?
Scripture: Matthew 5:33-37
"Again, you have heard that the ancients were told, 'YOU SHALL NOT MAKE FALSE VOWS, BUT SHALL FULFILL YOUR VOWS TO THE LORD.'
"But I say to you, make no oath at all, either by heaven, for it is the throne of God, or by the earth, for it is the footstool of His feet, or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great king.
"Nor shall you make an oath by your head, for you cannot make one hair white or black. But let your statement be 'Yes, yes' or 'No, no'; anything beyond these is of evil.
Jesus did NOT mean:
swearing (as in cuss words . . bad language)
that you could not swear to an oath in court, etc.
During the time of Jesus there were two types of oaths:
Frivolous swearing . . taking an oath when it was not necessary or proper. Examples were 'By thy life' or 'By my head' or 'May I never see the comfort of Israel if . . . '.*
Evasive swearing was dividing oaths into two classes. Any oath containing the name of God was absolutely binding. An oath without the name of God was not.
Jesus was saying . . . "no man can keep God out of any transaction. God is already there." Gospel of Matthew, Volume 1, WILLIAM BARCLAY, Westminster, 1956.*
Socrates, teacher and orator, said "A man must lead a life which will gain more confidence in him than ever an oath can do."* That goes for women, too, of course.
Oaths are sometimes necessary in our world such as swearing in for an office. In a perfect world as in the Kingdom of God, no oaths would be necessary. It is necessary because of the evil of the world.*
on Podcast 'Quiet Talks on the Gospel'