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people of our word

Deuteronomy 23:21-23 (JDV)

Deuteronomy 23:21 “If you make a solemn pledge to Yahveh your God, do not be slow to keep it, because he will require it of you, and it will be counted against you as a mistake.
Deuteronomy 23:22 But if you refrain from making a vow, it will not be counted against you as a mistake.
Deuteronomy 23:23 Be careful to do whatever comes from your lips, because you have spontaneously voluntarily vowed what you promised to Yahveh your God.

In many areas of the world, today is known as April Fool’s Day. People try to fool others by saying outrageous lies and trying to get them to believe them. Such behavior can be humorous on April Fool’s Day, but as a habit, it can be disastrous. God wants us to be people who tell the truth, people of our word.

people of our word

Each of the restrictions in this section have to do with protecting the community. As representatives of God and his coming kingdom, the Israelites had to avoid doing anything that would shame God and turn people against him. Delayed and broken promises do that. If someone claims to represent God but cannot keep his or her word, then God’s reputation is marred. So, the instruction is to be careful not to make promises — and if you do, keep them. The world is watching to see if we have the integrity to do what we spontaneously voluntarily vowed.

Lord, make us people of your word, and people of our word.

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About Jefferson Vann

Jefferson Vann is pastor of Piney Grove Advent Christian Church in Delco, North Carolina. You can contact him at -- !
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