I’ve heard it said by several prominent people that “…repetition is the best form of emphasis.” I hate to lately seem like a “Johnny One-Note” on this vows and commitments subject here. (Believe you me–I’m just as uncomfortable having to keep preaching this to myself in this forum as you probably are.) But nevertheless, I still need to spend more time on this subject yet–for there’s still a ton of things we all can dig out of the rocks.
Besides–the way politics and society seem to be going these days, it’s probably way past time for all of us to get a good grasp and refresher on the subject, it might be especially helpful to remember this the next time we’re shouting at the politicians on our TV screens or cell phones. Before we start down our litany of things we want to rail about against those in our lives who have abused our trust, it might be a good occasional exercise for all of us (myself included) to look in the mirror and check ourselves out about how we’re currently doing in this commitments department thing.
Again, we need another reminder from our state department of highways about the places throughout Scripture that highly caution us about rashly making promises that we realistically have no chance keeping. The Savior, for instance, talked once in the Gospels about avoiding “…swearing on heaven–for it is His footstool…” or things like that. Another place in the Tenach reveals what God recommended when He said this: “…Do not be hasty in making vows; but when you make a vow, make sure you fulfill it.”
One more time, I set before you the diagram concerning this:
Again, I need to emphasize the following:
(1.) In order for someone to be empowered to make a vow in the first place, they should obviously have the AUTHORITY and resources to do so.
(2.) As far as the way the Word refers to “staffs’, most of the Scriptural references actually go so far as to infer that it was an instrument of BATTLE.
(3.) Whenever someone makes a vow, it basically ENABLES someone who might be DISABLED from doing so and CANNOT do something otherwise without YOUR commitment to help them in doing so.
(4.) AND (5.) As a result of said vow, that commitment ensures the other party’s PROTECTION and PROVISION in those situations where they might be otherwise doing so.
But what does that say about our God? Simply the following–that he has the AUTHORITY in the first place; that He wins the BATTLE for us because He desires to show Himself strong to those whose confidence and trust is steadfastly placed in Him; that He ENABLES those who are DISABLED and are hindered in any way from doing something; and that through the promises He keeps to us day in and out He PROTECTS and PROVIDES at those times we may need it most.
Now if the above seems true for what might be the foundation of this effort, then let’s see if we can get the basic Biblical infrastructure up and solid as to where we might need to go on this thing. A quick search on BibleGateway.com’s topical index should get us properly started on this pup. I seemed to find at least 25 topical index results for “vows, covenants, agreements” there. A few highlights in the Word worth noting might include the following:
TITHES : Jacob vows a tenth of all his property to God (Genesis 28:22)
LABAN : Pursues Jacob, overtakes him at Mount Gilead, and covenants with him (Genesis 31:22-55)
VOWS : Estimation of the redemption price of things offered in vows, to be made by the priest, according to age and sex of the person making the offering (Leviticus 27:1-13)
SALT : Used in ratifying covenants (Numbers 18:19; 2 Chronicles 13:5) (ALSO OATHS AS WELL)
FRATERNITY » INSTANCES OF » The Nazarites, vows of (Numbers 6:1-21; Lamentations 4:7; Amos 2:11,12; Acts 21:24-31)
INTEGRITY » INSTANCES OF » The Rechabites, in keeping the Nazarite vows (Jeremiah 35:12-17)
How important might our God judge our character by our faithfulness to our commitments to not only others around us, but especially Him? Probably more than you’ll ever know…
Until next time (as He allows), see ya at the CROSSroads–
CoyRH At The Crossroads