Sermon on the Mount
Let Your Yes be Yes and Your No be No
33 “Again, you have heard that the ancients were told, ‘You shall not make false vows, but shall fulfill your vows to the Lord.’ 34 But I say to you, make no oath at all, either by heaven, for it is the throne of God, 35 or by the earth, for it is the footstool of His feet, or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the great King. 36 Nor shall you make an oath by your head, for you cannot make one hair white or black. 37 But let your statement be, ‘Yes, yes’ or ‘No, no’; anything beyond these is of evil.
Jesus exposes the sham of the Pharisees who made vows and declared they were not obligated to keep them because they did not use God’s name. Jesus goes to the heart and demands integrity of his followers. He alone provides us a new heart and the power of the Holy Spirit so our yes is yes and our no is no.