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Psalm 24:1-10 (KJV) 1 "The earth is the Lord's, and the fulness thereof; the world, and they that dwell therein. 2 For he hath founded it upon the seas, and established it upon the floods. 3 Who shall ascend into the hill of the Lord? or who shall stand in his holy place? 4 He that hath clean hands, and a pure heart; who hath not lifted up his soul unto vanity, nor sworn deceitfully. 5 He shall receive the blessing from the Lord, and righteousness from the God of his salvation. 6 This is the generation of them that seek him, that seek thy face, O Jacob. Selah. 7 Lift up your heads, O ye gates; and be ye lift up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in. 8 Who is this King of glory? The Lord strong and mighty, the Lord mighty in battle. 9 Lift up your heads, O ye gates; even lift them up, ye everlasting doors; and the King of glory shall come in. 10 Who is this King of glory? The Lord of hosts, he is the King of glory."
A difficult passage nestled in the Sermon on the Mount. Jesus says that we cannot get into heaven unless we are perfectly whole and honest. Jesus reminds us that every word yes or no is a sworn oath upon the name of God. he reminds us that we cannot fragment our spiritual and secular lives. He reminds us again of our need for a Savior.
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A popular pastor once noted: “So much of business, politics, government, the educational system, science, religion, and even family life is built on falsehoods and half-truths that a sudden revelation of the whole truth would cause society as we know it to disintegrate. It would be too devastating to handle.” The recent discovery of e-mails that uncover intentional misrepresentation (i.e. Lies) of some among the science community in relation to the supposed global warming illustrate this - as do a thousand other things in media & politics. It should not surprise us that lying & deception is at the heart of our depravity, for it was at the very entry point of sin into humanity. Satan is a liar, and the Lord tells us: “Whenever he speaks a lie, he speaks from his own nature, for he is a liar and the father of lies” (John 8:44) - therefore it’s no surprise that his children are marked by the same. People lie for a variety of reasons: fear, gain, avoid trouble; so on. Even still, all of us recognize the need for and importance of truth, we just - as a fallen people - seem to have a hard time telling it. And so, it is the issue of truthfulness that the Lord will address this morning (Matt. 5:33-37). He is going to do that in 2 ways: (1) confront the hypocrisy of frivolous oaths; (2) command truthful speech, so His people would know true righteousness is marked by honest & trustworthy speech
Whether we recognize it or not we are locked in a cosmic battle with eternal consequences. We have a powerful, crafty and dedicated enemy who hates us and is working against us. The point of our passage is that though it will not be easy to live the Christian life God has made available to use all the resources that we need to defeat the enemy's attempts.