Posts Tagged ‘ Promises ’

VerseD: Psalm 94:19

When the cares of my heart are many, your consolations cheer my soul.

Psalm 94:19, ESV

God’s Word is a great comfort in all circumstances. Remembering God’s promises and faithfulness can lighten any load and bring joy from sadness and worry

Sermon on the Mount study notes – Matthew 5:32-37

I have started a small group series on Jesus’ Sermon on the Mount (Matthew 5-7). I am sharing my notes in case anyone else wants to use them with their group. [Reminder that these are only notes!]

Sermon on the Mount – Part 8

Matthew 5:1-2:
Jesus wants to teach the crowds: Who are they? Jewish disciples: People who understand the
Scriptures (at least to a point). Notice from 7:28 the crowds still came along, but this teaching is for His disciples.

What does “blessed” mean?
Based on the first twelve verses, blessed means realizing our own wretchedness and need for a Savior. In other words, it is becoming/being a Christian. (A focus on why we’re blessed from 5:3-11)

[Jesus always takes us deeper]

What is an oath?
What was discussed last time?
• Lust and Divorce
• What are the most important promises we make in this life?
o Faith in Christ
o Marriage

Matthew 5:33:
What is Jesus saying?
• Once again, “an archaic saying”
o Said of old means: The Old Testament, specifically the Torah, more specifically Leviticus 19:11-12
▪ Essentially a rehashing of the 10 Commandments, but deeper
• Is He saying “Don’t cuss”?
o No, but also a good idea. Look back at vv. 21-22 – words spoken in anger
▪ OMG
▪ “I swear [to God], if you …”
o It becomes an issue of “Lord’s name in vain” then, as well
• Based on Lev. 19, don’t drag God into your lying and false promises
But what else is He saying?

Matthew 5:34-37:
What is Jesus saying?
Did Jesus abolish this law?
[Not exactly, but He also says “Just do it. Say you will, and then do.”]
• In other words, do not make oaths:
o That drag God into your failures or make your deeds seem good (Matthew 12:22-32)
o Based on Creation
o Based on your own abilities – James 4:13-17
• James 5:12 – Jesus’ brother reiterates “Let your yes be yes and your no be no.
o Notice the context: James 5:7-16
▪ He reiterates that we will suffer for Christ.
▪ Don’t grumble/complain/get angry
• We remember Christ is coming soon
• Do we really believe Christ is coming soon (swear to God), or do people see us squabbling and
assume we doubt His return?
▪ Actually pray for people when you say you will! (This keeps coming up in these lessons)
▪ Confess sins
• Do we really believe God has forgiven us, or do people see us hold sins against each other and
assume we doubt His forgiveness?

Are all oaths/promises bad?

Not necessarily:

  • Intent matters:
    • Do you promise beyond ability? Then oaths and promises are stupid.
    • “As much as I can … if the Lord wills …”
  • It would rule out … covenants!
    • Remember: God swore by Himself with Abraham (Hebrews 6:13-14)
    • Covenants can be one-sided or two-sided (yes, sometimes more), but are commitments/promises between parties to fulfill obligations
  • Oaths/Promises can display sincerity (i.e. marriages, court trials, desperate pleas)

VerseD: Psalm 130:5

I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I hope

Psalm 130:5, ESV

God’s Word – Scripture – reminds us of His promises, and the greatest is that The Word – Jesus, the Son of God – has saved us and us returning soon.

VerseD: James 1:12

Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.
James 1:12, ESV

Our world adores and God expects His people remain strong in difficulties. Show the world God’s glory by holding to His promises, no matter how difficult the circumstances, and see Him face to face.

VerseD: Psalm 94:19

When the cares of my heart are many, your consolations cheer my soul.
Psalm 94:19, ESV

In the craziness, hatred, sinfulness, and difficulties of this world, it is unfathomabley wonderful how great God’s love, mercy, grace, and promises are at calming and reassuring our weary hearts, souls, and minds.

VerseD: Psalm 130:5

I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I hope;
Psalm 130:5, ESV

The Bible has made many promises, ultimately fulfilled in Christ. So, as we await His return, we trust in those promises found in Scripture.

VerseD: 2 Corinthians 7:1

Since we have these promises, beloved, let us cleanse ourselves from every defilement of body and spirit, bringing holiness to completion in the fear of God.
2 Corinthians 7:1, ESV

We know that God is preparing the Bride of Christ, His Church, to be a holy temple, and that Christ will be returning soon.
Therefore, we should be preparing ourselves, as well, knowing He keeps His promises and works all things for His glory.

VerseD: Psalm 94:19

When the cares of my heart are many, your consolations cheer my soul.
Psalm 94:19, ESV

Sometimes we encounter difficulties in life that weigh on us.

God’s promises and encouragement can make the burden lighter and bring joy.