Getting to the Heart of LyingMatthew 5:33-37
The Way of the Kingdom Part 2
August 11, 2013
Let’s be honest. Matthew 5:33-37, where Jesus prohibits His followers from taking oaths, is one of those passages that has always confused you but one that you never worried about because you are not in many situations that require you to take an oath. What if I were to tell you that the point of this passage reached much deeper than taking oaths? Wouldn’t that make sense considering what Jesus has been doing throughout chapter 5? If Jesus’ primary concern in this section is not our actions but the attitude behind those actions, then doesn’t it makes sense that in this passage Jesus is concerned with more than verbal oaths we take?
This Sunday we are going to see that Jesus demands a greater honesty from His disciples. This honesty goes deeper than the words we speak and reaches into the intentions of our hearts. It requires that we avoid deceptive intentions toward other people in every aspect of life. Followers of Jesus Christ must be radical in their honesty and uncompromising in their integrity.