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Be True

Matthew 5:33–37 HCSB
“Again, you have heard that it was said to our ancestors, You must not break your oath, but you must keep your oaths to the Lord. But I tell you, don’t take an oath at all: either by heaven, because it is God’s throne; or by the earth, because it is His footstool; or by Jerusalem, because it is the city of the great King. Neither should you swear by your head, because you cannot make a single hair white or black. But let your word ‘yes’ be ‘yes,’ and your ‘no’ be ‘no.’ Anything more than this is from the evil one.

Faithful

5:33 do not swear falsely (epiorkeseis) - commit perjury, break a vow
Perform what you have sworn (horkous) - oath usually God is invoked as a witness.
Oaths, types. Covenants, between God and us, marriage these are good. Yahweh is a God of covenants, faithful trustworthy covenants, He can be trusted, and calls us to be likewise. Yes mean yes
2 Corinthians 1:15–24 HCSB
I planned with this confidence to come to you first, so you could have a double benefit, and to go on to Macedonia with your help, then come to you again from Macedonia and be given a start by you on my journey to Judea. So when I planned this, was I irresponsible? Or what I plan, do I plan in a purely human way so that I say “Yes, yes” and “No, no” simultaneously? As God is faithful, our message to you is not “Yes and no.” For the Son of God, Jesus Christ, who was preached among you by us—by me and Silvanus and Timothy—did not become “Yes and no”; on the contrary, a final “Yes” has come in Him. For every one of God’s promises is “Yes” in Him. Therefore, the “Amen” is also spoken through Him by us for God’s glory. Now it is God who strengthens us, with you, in Christ and has anointed us. He has also sealed us and given us the Spirit as a down payment in our hearts. I call on God as a witness, on my life, that it was to spare you that I did not come to Corinth. I do not mean that we have control of your faith, but we are workers with you for your joy, because you stand by faith.
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James 5:12 HCSB
Now above all, my brothers, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or with any other oath. Your “yes” must be “yes,” and your “no” must be “no,” so that you won’t fall under judgment.
oaths allowed and used
2 Corinthians 1:18 HCSB
As God is faithful, our message to you is not “Yes and no.”
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Galatians 1:20 HCSB
Now I am not lying in what I write to you. God is my witness.
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God is faithful
Numbers 23:19 HCSB
God is not a man who lies, or a son of man who changes His mind. Does He speak and not act, or promise and not fulfill?
Numbers 23:19 ; ;
Hebrews 6:13–18 HCSB
For when God made a promise to Abraham, since He had no one greater to swear by, He swore by Himself: I will indeed bless you, and I will greatly multiply you. And so, after waiting patiently, Abraham obtained the promise. For men swear by something greater than themselves, and for them a confirming oath ends every dispute. Because God wanted to show His unchangeable purpose even more clearly to the heirs of the promise, He guaranteed it with an oath, so that through two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to seize the hope set before us.
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Hebrews 10:23 HCSB
Let us hold on to the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful.
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Exodus 34:6–7 HCSB
Then the Lord passed in front of him and proclaimed: Yahweh—Yahweh is a compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger and rich in faithful love and truth, maintaining faithful love to a thousand generations, forgiving wrongdoing, rebellion, and sin. But He will not leave the guilty unpunished, bringing the consequences of the fathers’ wrongdoing on the children and grandchildren to the third and fourth generation.
God calls us to be faithful
? Covenant sacrifices, the promise God made was dependent on Him. Through the sacrifice of Christ our covenant relationship with God is bound by prepayment not promise with consequences.
Be true, true to God and true to your commitments/covenants. Covenants commitments are good, created by God for the purpose of maintaining relationships, and creating trust.
This teaching on covenants follows His teaching on adultery and divorce.
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Intention

34 Do not take an oath (omosai) - to affirm by an oath, not only to swear but to pres,s to afflict, to fasten, the linking of assurance to a sacred object.
Not don’t make covenants or commitments but don’t overstate your control, don’t deceive, or barter to get what you want...
What’s the sin driving oaths? Pride, I have something to offer, I have control, bartering with God.
- Intentionally Deceptive the Pharisees and legalists were intentionally deceptive, creating and finding loopholes.
Appeals to lesser things than God we’re used as a loophole. An oath was only binding in the jewish tradition if the name of God was invoked.
Covenants come from God, swearing to deceive comes from Satan.
- Not Intentional foolish jump to make promises/commitments ; how to handle a bad oath, example of rash bad oath Jephthah
- Good Intentions be careful and take it seriously

True

Be true, follow through.
Jesus was getting at the heart, don’t be deceitful, be so trustworthy that you are believable without any appeal.
“True disciples do not need to give oaths in order to confirm their trustworthiness, because their faithful lives repeatedly confirm the reliability of their words.”
Josephus said is the Essenes “any word of theirs has more force than an oath; swearing they avoid, regarding it as worse than perjury, for they say that one who is not believed with an appeal to God stands condemned already.”
Romans 13:14 HCSB
But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no plans to satisfy the fleshly desires.
Galatians 3:27 HCSB
For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ like a garment.
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What will being true require? Self control, persistence, consistency, dependence.
What will being true require? Self control, persistence, consistency, dependence.
Galatians 5:22–23 HCSB
But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faith, gentleness, self-control. Against such things there is no law.
Galatians 5:22-23
Romans 13:14 HCSB
But put on the Lord Jesus Christ, and make no plans to satisfy the fleshly desires.
Galatians 3:27 HCSB
For as many of you as have been baptized into Christ have put on Christ like a garment.
Jesus didn’t make any new oaths with His people, He fulfilled covenant promises and prophecy, offered His life as a living sacrifice, and His words rested on His actions.
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