If even secular Uncle Sam can trust God, how much more can you?
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Read Deuteronomy 10:12-22
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Heidelberg Catechism Q&A 101
Q. But may we swear an oath
in God’s name
if we do it reverently?
A. Yes, when
the government demands it,
or when necessity requires it,
in order to maintain and promote
truth and trustworthiness
for God’s glory and our neighbor’s good.
Such oaths are approved in God’s Word
and were rightly used by Old and
New Testament believers.
Our passage today comes in a context in which God's magnificent grace has been on display. God had brought His people, seventy in all, into Egypt four centuries earlier, and they had grown into a large nation. He overthrew their slave masters, and all the people had to do was watch the miracles unfold. He gave them His law, and then extended them mercy when they immediately broke it in one of the most heinous ways possible.
God's grace came freely to them as it has to you, but though you've obtained it no cost, there are obligations you must fulfill as a recipient of this grace:
Fear the Lord your God;
Walk in obedience to Him;
Serve Him with all of your heart and soul;
Observe the Lord's commands and decrees.
Notice why Moses says you must keep these obligations:
The heavens, earth and everything in them belong to the Lord (v14);
The Lord set His affections on you and loves you (v15);
He is the God of gods and the Lord of lords (v17);
He defends the defenseless among us (v18);
All of those things, AND:
The Lord's commands and decrees have been given for your own good (v13)
We come to this passage today in the context of understanding when it's proper to swear an oath in the Lord's name. Granted, of all of the worries, challenges, and problems you have on your plate right now, knowing when it's ok to put your hand on the Bible and swear "So help me, God" probably isn't high on your priority list.
But take a moment to just take in the fact that even our highly secularized government and society recognize the power of God's name and ask people to officially obligate themselves accordingly by swearing an oath in God's name. If Uncle Sam can trust God in this way, how much more can you?
ACKNOWLEDGE WHO GOD IS: Our Father, the God of gods and Lord of lords;
ALIGN YOUR LIFE WITH GOD'S WILL: Thank God for His massive displays of grace, both in the Bible and in your own life, and pray that whether under oath or not, you will live up to His expectations;
ASK GOD FOR WHAT YOU NEED:
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