Well, now that church camp is over, we can get back to our regular Monday night installment of this great series by Don at My Heart Is For Israel
Sitting at the Feet of Yeshua
We continue our quest to explore what I have been calling the Eternal Torah. In the Torah, God revealed His standards for holy living. Yeshua said that He came to complete the Torah. That is, He came to bring us back to God’s original intent of His instructions to Israel. The Torah has always pointed the way to the Messiah. But Yeshua said that the true righteousness that pleases God must exceed that of the Torah-teachers and the P’rushim.
We’ve looked at Yeshua’s teaching on murder, adultery and divorce. In this post, will begin to take a closer look at what Yeshua himself says about the fourth of six important topics contained in the Torah ~ do not use the Lord’s name in vain.
My Word Is My Bond
“Again, you have heard that our fathers were told, ‘Do not break your oath,’ and ‘Keep your vows to Adonai.’ But I tell you not to swear at all – not ‘by heaven,’ because it is God’s throne; not ‘by the earth,’ because it is His footstool, and not ‘by Yerushalayim,’ because it is the city of the Great King. And don’t swear by your head, because you can’t make a single hair white or black. Just let your ‘Yes’ be a simple ‘Yes,’ and your “No’ a simple ‘No;’ anything more than this has its origin in evil.” (Matthew 5:33-37)
These verses can be wrapped up in one simple phrase: “My word is my bond.” Yeshua taught that our statements should be so honest and our character so true, that we would not need to take an oath to get people to believe us. Spoken words depend on the character of the speaker and oaths cannot compensate for a poor character. “When words are many, sin is not lacking; so he who controls his speech is wise” (Proverbs 10:19). The more words a man uses to convince us, the more suspicious we should be…….read the rest of the post here: The Eternal Torah ~ Part 6