THEME: POWER OF VOWS
“If she marries after she makes a vow or after her lips utter a rash promise by which she obligates herself and her husband hears about it but says nothing to her, then her vows or the pledges by which she obligated herself will stand. But if her husband forbids her when he hears about it, he nullifies the vow that obligates her or the rash promise by which she obligates herself, and the Lord will release her.”
-The conditions under which a release from a vow may be granted are outlined in this chapter. There is no mention of releases of a man independent of his fathers care, and an independent woman who has never been married. Although we find three ways of releasing a woman from her vow have been submitted herein. That is:- release by her father if she is still a dependent (Num 30:3-5), release by her husband at the time of her marriage is she made a vow prior to her marriage (Num 30:6-8), and release by her husband which her vow was made while she is married (Num 30:10-15). Some vows are made jokingly or unknowingly where you find younger men and woman utter statements like:- I will never marry or get married, or I will never be in a relationship etc. Such are vows that may have been made in front of witnesses, and people may remain single or unmarried for longer durations than they expected. Other times you find people in marriages and relationships utter words like:- this relationship or marriage will not last, I will leave you etc. Such vows break relationships and marriages easily because they are binding oaths. We are called to be wise in talk and to take care of our relationships and marriages. Vows of marriage should also be taken seriously since ultimately they are made to God. Marriage is a sacred union ordained by God and whatever God joins together, no man should separate (Mark 10:6-9). Ephesians 4:32 reminds us that we should be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave us. Ephesians 5:33 cautions that each man must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband. Only a vow of true love builds a bond of perfection (Colossians 3:14). We are reminded to measure our words and put on unconditional love in our relationships, above all things.
Almighty and Everlasting Father, we praise You and glorify Your holy name. Only You are the King of kings and Lord of lords. Only You are God and worthy to be praised and adored. All glory, honor, power and praise belongs to You. May You help us dear Jesus to hearken to Your voice and do Your will. May You teach us to be humble and temperate in word and deed, taking heed to Your word. May You forgive us for the times we have uttered idle words and made negative declarations upon our lives, relationships and marriages. May You forgive us for the vows we may made to either delay or destroy our marriages. Marriages belong to You, we are sorry, please forgive us dear Jesus. May You remember all those who are single and waiting upon You for marriages, that You may unite them with their spouses dear Jesus. No one shall lack a mate Almighty God. May You bless all those who are planning their weddings that You may go ahead of them and make every crooked path straight. May You remember all those are separated and divorced, that You may answer their prayers and hearts desires. May You bless all those who are married Holy Spirit that You may fill their hearts with love, so that they may love You and one other with unconditional love. May the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, and the love of God, and the fellowship of the Holy Spirit. Be with us now and forever more. Amen
Further reading: John 15:12, 1 Corinthians 13:1-2
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