Numbers 30-I Swear!!!
I’m sure that all of us have swore at some point of our life. Swear is synonyms with oath and vow. What does God think about our promises that we make? Is it a serious thing?
Numbers 30: 1-2, “This is the word which the Lord has commanded. If a man makes a vow to the Lord, or takes an oath to bind himself with a binding obligation, he shall not violate his word; he shall do according to all that proceeds out of his mouth.”
Here is a link to the rest of the chapter, http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=numbers%2030&version=NASB.
Look up swear in a dictionary, i found 9 definitions. This word has a lot of power; i think that is a reason God has such a strong commendation for it. In fact, Jesus counsel us not to swear at all “But I say unto you, Swear not at all; neither by heaven; for it is God’s throne:” (Matt 5:34). James gives us some insight why not: “But above all things, my brethren, swear not, neither by heaven, neither by the earth, neither by any other oath: but let your yea be yea; and your nay, nay; lest ye fall into condemnation.” (James 5: 12). It is better for us just to straight forward with people than take an oath. I mean there is a place to swear and take an oath. When i become a citizen i had to take an oath to defend the constitution, that was good. But i think that we should not make it a common things for us to take an oath or swear because if we do its a serious consequences.
Let’s change gears: Has God ever taken an oath? YES!!!
“For when God made promise to Abraham, because he could swear by no greater, he sware by himself,” Hebrews 6:13
What does that mean? when God promises something because He cannot lie it will happen. God is so good!!! Remember a promise that He has made to you. He has promised me that if i believe all is possible (Mark 9:23).
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