Friday, February 10, 2017

Jesus' view on making Vows and Promise

For the next few weeks (Monday, Wednesday, and Friday), I am going to present a small class Bible study looking over Jesus' Sermon on the Mount. 


Study

QUESTION: How do you know someone is telling the truth?
QUESTION: How do businesses make sure that people follow through on their commitments?

If you said, make contracts you are right. In ancient days (and in some places today) people make vows (promises made on a higher power or sacred place) to guarantee they will do something.

QUESTION: What are some silly vows (promises) you may have heard?

Jesus had something to say about people keeping their commitments also.
READ Matthew 5: 33-37 “You have also heard that our ancestors were told, ‘You must not break your vows; you must carry out the vows you make to the LORD.’ But I say, do not make any vows! Do not say, ‘By heaven!’ because heaven is God’s throne. And do not say, ‘By the earth!’ because the earth is his footstool. And do not say, ‘By Jerusalem!’ for Jerusalem is the city of the great King. Do not even say, ‘By my head!’ for you can’t turn one hair white or black. Just say a simple, ‘Yes, I will,’ or ‘No, I won’t.’ Anything beyond this is from the evil one.

Jesus says to those who want to live according to His kingdom principles that they should always answer truthfully, “Yes” or “No.” The idea is that disciples should be people of their word that they do not need a vow or a contract to keep their commitments.
QUESTION: Why would not giving a straight answer lead to doing wrong?

CHALLENGE: From this day forward do what you say you will and if you do not plan on doing something be honest about it.

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