• Saul’s Growing Alienation

    1 Samuel 14:24–46

    It is much easier to blame others for our troubles than to search our hearts and discover whether we, due to our sin, are responsible. When we find ourselves in difficult situations, we should take stock of our circumstances and ...Read More

  • Grace for the Gibeonites

    Joshua 9

    Some people, like the Gibeonites, join the church under false pretenses. While we should work to make sure that does not happen, it is also true that those who join the church with a false profession of faith may come ...Read More

  • Using God’s Name Frivolously

    Exodus 20:7

    Even Christians are tempted to take the Lord’s name in vain. Often we do this by carelessly making promises or saying something like “I swear I am telling the truth” when we are having an ordinary conversation and not having ...Read More

  • Herod’s Unlawful Oath

    Mark 6:21–29

    We should not delay keeping the oaths and vows that we have made. However, that applies only to lawful oaths and vows. Oaths and vows made to commit sin are not to be kept. Instead, we should repent for making ...Read More

  • Keeping Our Vows

    Numbers 30:2

    God calls us to keep our word, so we should do whatever we can to set up guardrails to help us fulfill that call. In addition to not making frivolous oaths, we must seek the help of the Lord Himself, ...Read More

  • Unlawful Oaths and Vows

    Exodus 20:7

    Friends and even family may exert great pressure on us to join with them in their sin. They may appeal to our loyalties and try to guilt us into covering up a misdeed that should be reported or beg us ...Read More

  • The Necessity of Oaths

    Genesis 15

    Christians are to be so trustworthy that no one would need to demand an oath of us in ordinary circumstances in order to be sure that we will keep our word. In the context of making a solemn covenant, however, ...Read More

  • Oaths and Idolatry

    Deuteronomy 6:13

    The principle that we are not to make oaths in the name of anyone but God alone is a powerful reminder of the sanctity of God’s name. When we use the Lord’s name in vain, we are attributing to someone ...Read More

  • The Promises of the Tongue

    Matthew 5:33–37

    Our Creator is concerned foremost with the intentions of our hearts, and He is not fooled when we make a promise in a way that might give us an “out” if we do not keep it. Thus, we must search ...Read More

  • Jesus’ Teaching on Oaths

    Matthew 5:33–37

    Jesus’ teaching leads us to conclude that it is better not to make a vow than to swear an oath that we have no intention of keeping. It also reinforces the point that oaths and vows should not be made ...Read More

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