When was the last time you swore? In the truest of ways I mean not as a profanity!
The Oxford English Dictionary definition to swear is:
Make a solemn statement or promise, an undertaking to do something or affirming that something is the case.
This week, I watched proudly as my husband, Denis, was sworn in. He gave a promise. It was a very low-key ceremony with only 2 people involved yet it had an enormous impact. You see the Bible was involved.
Denis raised his right hand and in his left held a copy of the Bible and swore.
He began, “I swear by Almighty God that I will be faithful and bear true allegiance to Her Majesty the Queen, Elizabeth II, her heirs and successors …”
and ended with “So help me God”.
He has enrolled in the Royal Air Force Auxiliary service. It was reminiscent of a similar service in which he took part in 1981. Then he joined the Royal Air Force and served for the next 35 years. When retired in 2016, he has chosen to continue his career by re-entering the Royal Air Force but in a new way as a Reservist. He is really excited as he makes this new commitment, with the full knowledge this time of what it entails and I am so proud of Him.
This got me thinking to how many times in our lives do we use the Bible to swear and give a promise to tell the truth and deliver on it? Can you think of different circumstances?
- Commissioning into Her Majesty’s Services is one instance,
- In the marriage service, and
- In courtrooms.
The most famous of oaths is:
“I swear to tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth – so help me God.”
Interestingly some Oaths of office are now done using a Kindle! – opening a Bible app, welcome to a new world! Check out to the event when US Ambassador Suzi Levine was sworn in. What a contrast to ninth century England where the first recorded oath books where used – often using the Bible at an altar!
The curious thing about today’s society is that is now optional, whereas in 1981 and before it was mandatory to swear on the Bible! We see the devastation of systems when Bibles and speaking from them is removed, from our schools, hotels and hospitals! How much longer before it is removed from our governments and courtrooms – in the name of equality?
God is powerful and a higher ‘being’ and we need his full protection and the reminder that we are accountable ultimately to Him.
When you get out your Bible and I say, I swear on the Bible – it is an indication to others that you Really mean it – and there are consequences before God if it is broken!
There are many occasions when Oaths are sworn in the Bible, they all involve God and even include one from God himself! When Jesus was before the High Priests as they prosecuted him, “he was charged under oath by the living God – Tell us if you are the Messiah the Son of God”.
However, God had already sworn an oath (Hebrews (7:22) “The Lord has sworn and will not change His mind, You are a priest forever.” So that there is no doubt that Jesus fulfilled that position.
So where does this leave you and me today in our everyday life?
Do you use the Bible to tell the truth and declare an oath in the most important parts of your life? How powerful do you believe the Bible to be in that this is the only book ever to be used, and continue to be used in this way?
Drop me a line and let me know your thoughts, comments and experiences.
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But let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No.’
For whatever is more than these is from the evil one.
Matthew 5:37 New King James Version (NKJV)
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