Psalm 11:4: “The LORD is in His holy temple, the LORD’s throne is in heaven: His eyes behold, His eyelids try, the children of men.”
To swear an oath is a tremendous event. It is an amazing thing that God allows Hisname to be used in confirmation of truth. To take an oath in God's name is to say, "I stand here in the presence of God Whose eyes are as flames of fires, penetrating even to the deepest thoughts and intents of the heart. I recognize that the day is coming when I shall appear before Him in final judgment, when He shall reveal all that is true." That is what swearing an oath means.
Still more, because we call upon God as the God of truth, to swear an oath in God's name is to call all His punishments upon us, if we swear falsely. How great the sacrilege, how gross the dishonor, to take the name of Him Who is eternal and unchangeable Truth, and use it to cover a lie! To swear falsely is to pervert the name of the only true God. To swear in His name without regard to the greatness of that name is to dishonor Him; and He sees it. “His eyes behold.”
That is why, as you can well understand, God's name is not to be introduced thoughtlessly in an oath, and the oath is not to be taken without necessity. When we who swear by His name must present ourselves before His tribunal, and acknowledge Him to be the Avenger against all who take His name to support a lie or who take His name without due consideration, will we view the oath most seriously. Then we understand that swearing an oath is a kind of divine worship, where honor must be given to God, even the God of our salvation. Let's not forget that! As we take His name, His majesty is brought before us, His glory. The God of our salvation stands before us to know and uncover the hidden things, and to maintain the truth. When truth and faithfulness are extinguished or covered by the lie and unfaithfulness, God's name is blasphemed. His name is glorified when faithfulness and truth shine brightly.
Steven R. Key (Wife: Nancy)
Ordained: September 1986
Pastorates: Southeast, Grand Rapids, MI - 1986; Randolph, WI - 1991; Hull, IA - 2000; Loveland, CO - March 2010Website: https://sites.google.com/site/lovelandprctest1/home
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