Vows, Oaths, Swearing

Category: Full Sermons

Jesus Christ forbids us from swearing and taking oaths in the well-known Sermon on the Mount. But the Bible also seems to permit and allow swearing in other places, both in the Old and New Testament. God, Himself is even listed as one of the Persons who swears. How can we reconcile this area of tension and come to a proper understanding of Jesus’ words in the Sermon on the Mount?

0:00 – Logo intro’s
0:13 – Start of sermon, considering the verse, Matthew 5.33ff.
4:52 – When we hear “swear” we tend to think of profanity; but in Jesus’ day foul language was not attaching to swearing.
6:10 – Numbers 30.2 is the only verse to use all three terms, swear, oath, and vow in the same verse.
13:12 – A list of verses dealing with vows.
16:08 – If swearing oaths are evil then why are there so many examples of this in Scripture?
33:05 – What is the real issue here in regards to taking oaths?
40:37 – Jesus wants honest people who are devoted to truth.
44:35 – In Psalm 119 David swore an oath to keep God’s commandments.
50:05 – Closing prayer.