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“Again, you have heard that it was said to the people long ago, ‘Do not break your oath, but keep the oaths you have made to the Lord.’ But I tell you, Do not swear at all: either by Heaven, for it is God’s throne; or by the Earth, for it is His footstool; or by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the Great King. And do not swear by your head, for you cannot make even one hair white or black. Simply let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No’; anything beyond this comes from the evil one.”

The taking of oaths is a public act of pronouncement of initiatives to fulfil a promise based on a credibility that is not yours. So swearing by Heaven or Earth or anything else is to defer the credibility and the assurance of fulfilment based on what you have sworn upon, rather than upon yourself.

But when you let your “Yes” be “Yes” and your “No” be “No,” then the entire credibility to perform or not perform what is requested is upon you, and so it is up to the hearer to take you at your word. And the answer of “Yes” or “No” provides an immediate decision and judgment without delay.

It is then your willingness and commitment to say “Yes” or “No” to the commands of God that sets your attitude and spirit apart from those who reply with an oath. An oath deflects the commitment whereas a “Yes” or “No” gives the judgment.

Anyone who is serious about kingship, especially about acknowledging the Kingship of Jesus in his life, must have this one attitude well practised: That your “Yes” be “Yes and your “No” be “No” to His commands. For the command of a King, the word of a King, is not subject to questioning and negotiation if indeed He is your King and a good King at that… the King you serve, trust and obey, even love. Forget the intrigues and gossip mongering and political negotiations that are common to the courts of the kings of the Earth, where loyalty and obedience are bargaining chips to secure one the most favourable or advantageous position for the furthering of one’s course or agenda. For indeed, if Jesus is your King, then you have as your King the perfect Man who is all knowledge, wisdom and understanding, who is merciful and who leaves someone like Solomon in the dust.

So when Jesus said, “Do not swear… by Jerusalem, for it is the city of the Great King,” who do you suppose He was referring to as the Great King? David? Solomon? Neither of them were kings who would engender your utmost loyalty or obedience, for one betrayed Uriah and murdered him, and the other, despite his wisdom, was interested in indulging his senses rather than completing God’s command to settle the entire promised land. The Great King Jesus was speaking of is His Father and Himself, for They are One.

As such, when you do enthrone Jesus as your King, see to it that you do not take oaths in His Name to use as a display of your loyalty or to engage in political manoeuvres or intrigues to secure and to advance your position in His court. For as King, Jesus deserves far more from His lords and subjects than what Earthly kings get from their courts.

He deserves to have one and ones whose “Yes” to Him is “Yes” and whose “No” to Him is “No,” not out of rebellion or flattery, but out of truth and love so that as King He receives your reply in the right spirit and truth.

You see, if God seeks worshippers who worship Him in spirit and in truth as God, then what does He seek as King from His subjects, especially those who are His lords and kings, and for that matter, when He is Emperor? A king or more than that, an emperor, does not seek worshippers, no, he seeks loyal, dependable, trustful, willing subjects and servants to do his will. Now if He was an ordinary megalomaniac like the kings and emperors of the Earth, one would understand any hesitation to obey Him, but God is good, perfect and merciful. So what does He deserve as King and as Emperor if as God He seeks worshippers who worship Him in spirit and in truth?

He deserves those who take Him at His word.

In His first miracle at Cana, Jesus said to the servants, “Fill the jars with water… Now draw some out and take it to the master of the banquet,” and they did so both times without question and without hesitation. Jesus told them to do something – “Fill the jars with water” – that had nothing to do with getting wine and furthermore, He was not their master, and then He told them to do something ridiculous: Give the water from jars that hold water for washing feet to the toastmaster for a drink. It does not tell us what those servants were thinking. This young Guest, this Upstart, who was giving them orders and outrageous orders at that… was He trying to humiliate the groom and bride or was He playing a cruel practical joke on the toastmaster? Scripture does not tell us what they were thinking as Jesus gave them those orders. It does not have to, for you should know what they were thinking, for they were men like yourself. What you would be thinking if you were there and Jesus was saying these words to you is what they were thinking, and what you are thinking is what tests and reveals your spirit about Jesus.

You see, Jesus never entrusted Himself to man for He knows what is in man, not even to those who believed in His Name and saw the miraculous signs He was doing. You may believe in His Name, but would you entrust yourself to His command, to His word, without your filtering them, modifying them, rationalising them or outright ignoring them? For when you say “Yes,” Jesus knows if you mean “Yes,” and if you say “No,” He knows if you mean “No.” Since He knows all things and can do all things, He needs neither your praises, your oaths, your promises nor your comments; just you doing what He says first regardless of what you are thinking about Him in your heart.

That miracle happened because the servants who did not know Him did what He said just as He said it.

And when He went back to Galilee and once more was at Cana, the royal official who was a man who served another ruler, requested His help and when Jesus said, “You may go. Your son will live,” that man took Jesus at His word and departed. No questions asked. He just obeyed Jesus as if Jesus’ word was the word of his master.

Now compare the behaviour of those servants at Cana and the royal official from Capernaum with the way we, His disciples, treat His word when we do not heed His command or receive His invitation and then resume to interpret what He meant when He did say something. Time and again we have demonstrated that we do not know what the Lord is saying, as exemplified in His teaching on the yeast of the pharisees. The twelve thought He was talking about their lack of bread! Certainly, if the eleven who spent all that time in His presence as eyewitnesses of what He did, what He said and even the way He said it or did it can fail to understand what He meant by His words, then anyone attempting to comment and interpret the words of Jesus is only deceiving himself if he thinks he understands what He meant.

A most common example is the interpretation of what He meant by John 11.26. So many think He meant that we would not die spiritually and that He did not mean physically. Well, the failure by disciples and believers to take Jesus at His word has ensured that no one is alive to be a witness of John 11.26, but all are awaiting John 11.25, even the martyrs under the altar.

Attempts to interpret what Jesus meant by those who have not demonstrated enough faith in Him to at least do what He has been doing – opening the eyes of the blind, healing the sick, driving out demons – are like a stone age man from an aboriginal tribe trying to teach his children what an airplane is. At best, like the cargo cults of New Guinea, they can only build replicas of wood and leaves to lure more planes with ‘cargo’ to land. So likewise, much of Christianity is composed of such ‘cargo’ cults led by those who have interpreted, commented and theorised on what Jesus meant without having used their faith to take Jesus at His word literally and practise it as He said, so that they can see what He was speaking about say, the yeasts of the pharisees, from the perspective of one who can multiply the bread and not from the perspective of one who can only buy bread. The twelve could only buy bread, which is why when Jesus warned them of the yeast of the pharisees, they thought He was complaining that they had no bread. Now if you can multiply bread like Jesus can, you would know immediately that when Jesus said, “Beware of the yeast of the pharisees…” He was not speaking of bread but of something else… something that comes from pharisees that is unclean. And Jesus would not have to rebuke you.

As such, the attitude that is required from any believer or disciple or even any elect to truly enthrone Him is the attitude to take Jesus at His word!

The failure to take Jesus at His word can also result in watered down explanations as to what He meant when He said, “You are the salt of the Earth.” Many would say disciples are salt as in salt preserves, but if you can walk on water like Jesus, you would realise Jesus was telling the disciples that they are the ones who not only preserve but make the world tasty. That is, they are the ones who make the world interesting and enjoyable for God, like salt makes food tasty and enjoyable. Now suddenly you see a new dimension of your relationship with God… you make this world interesting for Him, enjoyable for Him.

If you have been one who has believed Jesus but most of what you hold in your faith is based on other people’s commentaries, theologies and interpretations of Jesus’ words by people who cannot do what He has been doing, then I suggest you step out and take Jesus at His word, like the servants at Cana and the royal official from Capernaum did, and you will see Jesus and His words in the true light. No one who has learnt to take Jesus at His word and practise them until he too can cause the blind to see, the lame to walk and so on, will not at least listen to Jesus from the perspective of one whose faith has been planted in truth. But then the twelve did heal the sick and drive out demons, yet they still did not go to Bethsaida or Galilee when told to.

So what does it take? What is the spirit of Kingship that is needed that allows one to take Him seriously at His word and so not only believe His words and do them, but prepare also for what they mean? It takes one like Mary Magdalene who not only prepared His body for burial as Jesus acknowledged she did, but also poured the nard upon His hair like a prophet of old pouring out the horn of oil on one who is to be king. Magdalene did not just prepare Jesus for His burial, she anointed Him her King… which is why when told to tell the eleven, she ran and told them, and since the invitation did not extend to her but only to His brothers to go to Galilee, she did not presume to go even when they did not go. See that she did not reinterpret the Lord’s words to her, Go instead to My brothers and tell them, ‘I am returning to My Father and your Father, to My God and your God,'” and to her sisters, “Do not be afraid. Go and tell My brothers to go to Galilee; there they will see Me.

So she herself did not venture to Galilee when the eleven did not go, for that is the word of her King. She might still have called Him, “Rabboni!” but the way she contained herself and did not go uninvited meant she obeyed Him as her King!

You see, elect, it is one thing to have faith. It is good to have faith, for by faith you are saved through grace and faith pleases God, and with faith you can have whatever you say if you believe it without a doubt.

However, the reason Jesus said, “…if you have faith as small as a mustard seed…” is that you too can do miracles because having faith is not the end point. It is not the purpose, it is merely the means to an even greater end, which is why to those who did miracles in His Name, He also said, “I never knew you.” You see, if you only had enough faith to take Jesus at His word, then not only will you do miracles, but that small amount of faith like a mustard seed planted in the fertile soil of a garden would yield forth the biggest tree of the garden. For such is what both the Kingdom of Heaven and the Kingdom of God are like, and where can you have a kingdom if there is no King? Anyone who has a mustard seed’s worth of faith and plants it in good soil – a heart that receives the word, understands the word, perseveres with the word – will see that mustard seed, that faith in a few words, the few words of Jesus, exhibits what the Kingdom of God is like as well as the Kingdom of Heaven.

In John, when those servants and that royal official took the few words of Jesus with what little faith they had, especially those servants, for it was not their wedding or their child who was dying, but said, “Yes,” in their heart and filled the jars and took some to the toastmaster, they allowed that wedding to experience the power, the joy, the righteousness and the peace that is the Kingdom of God, and surely all the wedding guests who drank of the good wine and the groom whose ears drank in the praises must have thought they too were in the Kingdom of Heaven!

Yes, elect, I have combined three parables and a teaching on faith into one and showed you something new and that is what the words of Jesus can reveal when you learn to let your “Yes” be “Yes” and your “No” be “No.”

You see, when what little of what we believe, what we know and what we have of the Kingdom of God and the Kingdom of Heaven is planted like a mustard seed into a garden where the soil is fertile (being a garden), then what we have manifests as a high reality that towers above everything else… revealing even the Kingdom of Heaven and the Kingdom of God as they really are.

Now can you see what is more important than the seed in both parables? It is the soil, without which there is no harvest, without which there is no large tree. And what is the soil of the garden? Is it not the word of God, the truth? When you plant a seed of faith into the truth, you will produce results worthy of the Kingdom of Heaven and the Kingdom of God. So what spirit, what attitude, does it take? One whose “Yes” is “Yes” and whose “No” is “No,” one who either takes Jesus at His word or not at all, but not one who does something similar to His word yet not exactly.

For the servants at Cana who saw the miracle participated in bringing forth that miracle because they said, “Yes,” and their “Yes” was a “Yes.” They filled the jars and took the water to the toastmaster. Had their “No” been “No,” they would have seen nothing, that is true, but at least it was far better than the twelve’s decision to reinterpret what Jesus meant when He told them to go immediately to Bethsaida, yet they chose to interpret that as meaning “Go to Capernaum later.”

So you will be peculiar, that is the spirit of Kingship also, different, peculiar, like Mary Magdalene and more, for she is waiting in hope of the one and ones whom the Holy Spirit has kept for these times, those whose “Yes” is “Yes” when they see the words of the Lord… “Yes, I am coming soon.”

He is the King. He is to be obeyed. Now that’s the spirit!

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