The FaithOfJesus2 Daily Devotional


kjv@Revelation:14:12 @ Here is the patience of the saints: here are they that keep the commandments of God, and the faith of Jesus.

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Today's Verse:


kjv@Matthew:5:33 @ Again, ye have heard that it hath been said by them of old time, Thou shalt not forswear thyself, but shalt perform unto the Lord thine oaths;

kjv@Matthew:5:34 @ But I say unto you, Swear not at all; neither by heaven; for it is God's throne;

kjv@Matthew:5:35 @ Nor by the earth; for it is his footstool; neither by Jerusalem; for it is the city of the great King.

kjv@Matthew:5:36 @ Neither shalt thou swear by thy head, because thou canst not make one hair white or black.

kjv@Matthew:5:37 @ But let your communication be, Yea, yea; Nay, nay; for whatsoever is more than these cometh of evil.

Today's notes:


Note: Do all people murder? No. Do all people have unreasonable anger? No. Do all people commit adultery or lust? No. Do all people divorce? No. Do all people falsely swear on higher sources as collateral on personal oaths? No. What then is Jesus attempting to put forward in this sermon? Let's put it this way, "do all men do what is right in their own eyes"? Yes. Most definitely. Is what is right in their own eyes the same as what is right in God's? How then is what is right in our eyes right?

What is man believing/doing?:

The fact is that by our own standards the pledge of any of our fellow man means so little and is so unsure as to require further proof of commitment, swearing upon a source central to the man's core integrity to be judged upon by that source if the pledge is not fulfilled. That is the level of respect (shall we say disrespect) we have proven to be worth to each other. Now a man could go about his day simply pledging yea or nea, but who else is going to accept such a pledge? The man might not be furthering any evil himself, but he certainly is not going to be making any needed transactions during that day either. The teaching is not that the swearing is the only evil here, it is that the nature of all men has brought us to the necessity of swearing in order to get anything done.

One might say to the Lord Jesus "what is right in my eyes is indeed right". Do we have your word on that? To which Jesus could reply "son, I can't even trust you to keep your word let alone trust that what you see as right is right in all respects; it changes moment to moment to your own liking far to much". Shall we trust that your righteousness is also unaffected by the influences of man's tendency towards divorce and detachment, man's tendency towards irrational impulses and self justifications, unreasonable anger/avoidance of proper reconciliation being remedied by hypocritical religious grandstanding/actions leading to the destruction of others and or their ideas? Yes you insist? Then shall we continue on through the upcoming evidences in this sermon against what is right in our own eyes?

What is making man to believe/do as he is doing?:

"You have heard it said". It could in a sense be translated "you are justified in thinking X because other men have thought and have taught X also". But, what if X is not all that there is to it? What if X is only correct only when is in series with W and Y and Z? Society from the times of the thinkers of old has sought to have a guarantee where no guarantee can actually be given. Therefore they have turned to the use of God's perfect image to better ours; except our image is not bettered leaving God's image only the more tarnished. Individuals cannot insist nor depend upon the guarantee of society just as society cannot insist nor depend upon the the guarantee of us as individuals. Both entities will always do what it determines itself to be in it's best interest. This leaves God holding a useless stick that HE hadn't offered to hold in the first place.

Yes, obedience to God was the intent of man in teaching this teaching. You see though don't you how far our best intentions and interpretations can digress?


Key Messages:

    What does this say about our present condition?
  1. Men look for and expect guaranties where really no guaranty can be issued. The more impossible the situation the more they seek an oath sworn to a greater power.
  2. Men look to take advantage at every point that they can. Getting one to swear to the terms and conditions or vouching for character/ability of another, then pulling the rug from under those conditions leaving the one liable to a third party is one of the oldest tricks in the book.
  3. The church is seen as easy prey, especially individual members acting on their own outside of the cover of the body; it is expected that they will do whatever is presented as the "right thing to do". The trouble is what is presented as the "right thing" or "compassionate thing" to do. It may not be the right thing (or right thing right mechanism) as the body would see it; or Christ. An oath is sought, an oath is extracted, an oath is held to even as the deal obviously turns sour. If the oath is then broken by the Christian, the individual is made to feel overly guilty for it. Often the body is portrayed as having broken it's oath so as to entice the individual into taking matters into his/her own hands.

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