May 21, 2018

This 3oth chapter of Numbers had to do with oaths and vows. Here are a couple truths gleaned from this chapter.

Words should not be spoken flippantly. If we say that we will do something than we should faithfully do it. We expect God to keep his promises to us and we expect others to keep their promises; both God and others should also be able to count on us to keep our word.

One of the reasons we have to always fill out so much paper when we buy a car or a house is do in part to the fact that some people lie. Some people promise things without ever intending to keep that promise. One should be able to purchase a house or a car or anything for that matter on a hand shake. Both parties should then be able to walk away fully confident that each would do what they said. The car dealer would deliver a car that was full functional as described and the buyer would pay for that car as agreed by the hand shake.

Whether we realize it or not when we make a promise to people here on earth we are also making that same promise to God. God hears all and he expects us to keep our word. The reason our society is eroding away is because of in kept promises whether they be in official contracts, marriage vows, political pledges, or words spoken on the witness stand. Truth is what holds a society together and ours seems to be crumbling at an alarming rate.

Psalm 15:1&4 (NLT) — 1 Who may worship in your sanctuary, Lord? Who may enter your presence on your holy hill? 4 Those who despise flagrant sinners, and honor the faithful followers of the Lord, and keep their promises even when it hurts.

I am going to let Warren Wiersbe comment on the second point made in this chapter which has to do with authority and submission in society and in the home. “While all people are created equal before God and the Law, there are still levels of authority and responsibility that must be respected. The unmarried maiden in her father’s home is subject to her father’s will, and the married woman is subject to her husband’s will. Before making vows, the maiden should consult her father and the wife her husband, and the engaged maiden should speak with her betrothed. Relationships bring responsibilities, and to rush into unwise commitments is to incur penalties that can be costly.” 

Proverbs 20:25 (NLT) — 25 Don’t trap yourself by making a rash promise to God and only later counting the cost.

Remember that all promises made are also promises made to our Creator God who stands as a witness to everything we do and say.

Ecclesiastes 5:1–6 (NLT) — 1 As you enter the house of God, keep your ears open and your mouth shut. It is evil to make mindless offerings to God. 2 Don’t make rash promises, and don’t be hasty in bringing matters before God. After all, God is in heaven, and you are here on earth. So let your words be few. 3 Too much activity gives you restless dreams; too many words make you a fool. 4 When you make a promise to God, don’t delay in following through, for God takes no pleasure in fools. Keep all the promises you make to him. 5 It is better to say nothing than to make a promise and not keep it. 6 Don’t let your mouth make you sin. And don’t defend yourself by telling the Temple messenger that the promise you made was a mistake. That would make God angry, and he might wipe out everything you have achieved.

The first step to bringing us back into being an orderly trustworthy society would be to submit to the authority of God. Once that would happen we would begin to see respect for authority happen the home and outside the home. Then truth, respect and responsibility would follow suit.

Be Inspired Hilltop!