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Summary: To show that we don't need vows, oaths or promises of any kind just say yes if we mean yes, or no if we mean no.

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I. EXORDIUM:

Do you make oaths?

Yes before I believed.

Now. not at all.

Matthew 5:33-38 (Amplified Bible)

Again, you have heard that it was said to the men of old, You shall not swear falsely, but you shall perform your oaths to the Lord [as a religious duty].

But I tell you, Do not bind yourselves by an oath at all: either by heaven, for it is the throne of God;

Or by the earth, for it is the footstool of His feet; or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the Great King.

And do not swear by your head, for you are not able to make a single hair white or black.

Let your Yes be simply Yes, and your No be simply No; anything more than that comes from the evil one.

You have heard that it was said, An eye for an eye, and a tooth for a tooth.

II. AUDIENCE PROFILE:

Believers

III. OBJECTIVES:

To show that we don't need vows, oaths or promises of any kind just say yes if we mean yes, or no if we mean no.

IV. TEXT:

Matthew 14:9 (Amplified Bible)

And the king was distressed and sorry, but because of his oaths and his guests, he ordered it to be given her;

V. THESIS:

Praise, worship and thank You very much LORD JESUS for You taught me to value my yes and no.

Matthew 5:37 (Amplified Bible)

Let your Yes be simply Yes, and your No be simply No; anything more than that comes from the evil one.

VI. TITLE:

The king that was sorry for his oath

VII. EXPLICATION:

A. Author: Apostle Matthew

B. Keyword: Fulfilled

C. Emphatic Thought: Fulfillment of Old Testament Prophecy

D. Audience: Jews

E. Apparent Purpose: To show that JESUS of Nazareth was the kingly Messiah of Jewish prophecy.

VIII. MAIN BODY:

Matthew 14:9 (Amplified Bible)

And the king was distressed and sorry, but because of his oaths and his guests, he ordered it to be given her;

A. The king was distressed and sorry

"And the king was distressed and sorry,"

Sorry or "lupeo" in Greek meaning:

1. to distress

2. to be sad

3. cause grief, grieve, be in heaviness, (be) sorrow (-ful), be (make) sorry

When you feel sorry for what you've done, it distresses you, cause you to be sad and you grieve in heaviness, that's what happened to king Herod because something he has promised in unguarded moments, will not make him back down on it, because again he's concerned with his personal dignity and personal reputation.

Some people in the bible who felt sorry for what they have done:

1. King David - sorry for his sins.

Psalms 38:18 (Amplified Bible)

For I do confess my guilt and iniquity; I am filled with sorrow for my sin.

2 Corinthians 7:9-10 (Amplified Bible)

Yet I am glad now, not because you were pained, but because you were pained into repentance [and so turned back to God]; for you felt a grief such as God meant you to feel, so that in nothing you might suffer loss through us or harm for what we did.

For godly grief and the pain God is permitted to direct, produce a repentance that leads and contributes to salvation and deliverance from evil, and it never brings regret; but worldly grief (the hopeless sorrow that is characteristic of the pagan world) is deadly [breeding and ending in death].


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