devotions from Jefferson Vann # 2354
Num 30:1 Moses spoke to the leaders of the tribes of the people of Israel, and this is what he said “This is what Yahveh has commanded.
Num 30:2 If a man pledges a solemn pledge to Yahveh, or swears an oath to bind his soul by a pledge, he will not break his word. He will do according to all that proceeds out of his mouth.
Num 30:3 “If a woman pledges a solemn pledge to Yahveh and binds herself by a pledge, while within her father’s house in her youth,
Num 30:4 and her father hears of her solemn pledge — of her pledge by which she has bound her soul and says nothing to her, then all her solemn pledges will stand, and every pledge by which she has bound her soul will stand.
Num 30:5 But if her father opposes her on the day that he hears of it, no solemn pledge of hers, no pledge by which she has bound her soul will stand. And Yahveh will forgive her, because her father opposed her.
Num 30:6 “If she marries a husband, while under her solemn pledges or any thoughtless utterance of her lips by which she has bound her soul,
Num 30:7 and her husband hears of it and says nothing to her on the day that he hears, then her solemn pledges will stand, and her pledges by which she has bound her soul will stand.
Num 30:8 But if, on the day that her husband comes to hear of it, he opposes her, then he makes void her solemn pledge that was on her, and the thoughtless utterance of her lips by which she bound her soul. And Yahveh will forgive her.
Num 30:9 (But any solemn pledge of a widow or of a divorced woman, anything by which she has bound her soul, will stand against her.)
Num 30:10 And if she solemnly pledged in her husband’s house or bound her soul by a pledge with an oath,
Num 30:11 and her husband heard of it and said nothing to her and did not oppose her, then all her solemn pledges will stand, and every pledge by which she bound her soul will stand.
Num 30:12 But if her husband makes them null and void on the day that he hears them, then whatever proceeds out of her lips concerning her solemn pledges or concerning her pledge of her soul will not stand. Her husband has made them void, and Yahveh will forgive her.
Num 30:13 Any solemn pledge and any binding oath to discipline her soul, her husband may establish, or her husband may make void.
Num 30:14 But if her husband says nothing to her from day to day, then he establishes all her solemn pledges or all her pledges that are upon her. He has established them, because he said nothing to her on the day that he heard of them.
Num 30:15 But if he makes them null and void after he has heard of them, then he will bear her violation.”
Num 30:16 These are the prescriptions that Yahveh commanded Moses about a man and his wife and about a father and his daughter while she is in her youth within her father’s house.
A solemn pledge (nadar) was a promise for the future. “The rules laid down must have been exceedingly useful for the prevention or cancelling of rash vows, as well as for giving a proper sanction to such as were legitimate in their nature, and made in a devout, reflecting spirit.” (Jameson, Fausett & Brown).
God wanted Moses to remind his people that their promises are important, and that they affect others around them, so should not be made without consideration of all their relationships.
LORD, make us careful with our words, and committed to keeping our promises.