Weekly Spiritual Digest: Teaching About Vows

Sermon on the mount by Bloch

Teaching About Vows

“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. (Matthew 5:33-37 NLT)

This verse reveals the truth of God’s teaching: Humility. “Do not say, ‘By heaven!’ because heaven is God’s throne and by “Earth” for it is his footstool–through these words, the wisdom of our Heavenly Father speaks.

We do not carry power over the heavens and earth with our words nor do we have the power to turn our hair white or black; so why should we create power for ourselves through vows, when we don’t have powers from God?

Instead, we should hold true to “what we can and can’t do” as human beings and follow through.

This week practice humility: humbly accept the word of God and do not create unnecessary power for yourself (or use extreme words) through vows that you know you don’t have.  

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