Thought for today
“For when God made a promise to Abraham, because he could swear by no one greater, he swore by himself.” (Hebrews 6:13) In Bible days, when men entered into covenant with one another, they swore by an oath in the name of their God. Covenant oaths were a matter of life and death. If a man broke the oath promises, he died as a covenant breaker. If he lied, he died. In days done by, promises were made and kept by a handshake or a note, even written on a torn off piece of paper. After my father died, we had to empty a 100 year old house in upstate NY, there we found many such notes. Some for selling or trading of livestock, feed, etc. Would not go these days. God has sworn by an oath certain promises to all who believe. He could not swear by a greater. He swore by himself. God cannot lie nor die. He is the eternal God who has made marvelous covenant promises to his children. He is the God of all truth. When we stand on his promises, we are standing on the promises that cannot fail. All the promises of God in Christ are yes and amen (2 Corinthians 1:20). Amen is a covenant word that means “so be it.” It shall be, because God has promised with an oath.
- God’s oath is to cleanse us from all sin through Christ (1 John 1:7).
- God’s oath is to never leave nor forsake the believer (Hebrews 13:5).
- God’s oath is to give the Holy Spirit through Christ (Acts 2:38-39).
- God’s oath is everlasting life for all who believe in Christ (John 3:16).
Lord God, I receive all that you have promised me in Christ. Your oath is my confidence. Your covenant is my assurance through Jesus Christ. Amen.
Blessings in Him
“If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.” (2 Chronicles 7:14)