Numbers 30: Deal Honestly with People
Sometimes, the Bible is incredibly straightforward. For instance, the first two verses of Numbers chapter 30 don’t leave much room for negotiation.
Num 30:1 And Moses spake unto the heads of the tribes concerning the children of Israel, saying, This is the thing which the LORD hath commanded.
Num 30:2 If a man vow a vow unto the LORD, or swear an oath to bind his soul with a bond; he shall not break his word, he shall do according to all that proceedeth out of his mouth.
That’s pretty much it. If you commit to doing something, you’re not allowed to break your word.
I think that promises and vows are thrown around a bit too lightly today. People say what other people want to hear, but when they decide that they don’t want to do whatever it is anymore, they bail out.
God wants us to deal honestly with Him and each other.
Dishonesty has led many people into problems, and I have to think of Peter denying Jesus as probably the ultimate example of what this verse is talking about.
Mar 14:66 And as Peter was beneath in the palace, there cometh one of the maids of the high priest:
Mar 14:67 And when she saw Peter warming himself, she looked upon him, and said, And thou also wast with Jesus of Nazareth.
Mar 14:68 But he denied, saying, I know not, neither understand I what thou sayest. And he went out into the porch; and the cock crew.
Mar 14:69 And a maid saw him again, and began to say to them that stood by, This is one of them.
Mar 14:70 And he denied it again. And a little after, they that stood by said again to Peter, Surely thou art one of them: for thou art a Galilaean, and thy speech agreeth thereto.
Mar 14:71 But he began to curse and to swear, saying, I know not this man of whom ye speak.
Mar 14:72 And the second time the cock crew. And Peter called to mind the word that Jesus said unto him, Before the cock crow twice, thou shalt deny me thrice. And when he thought thereon, he wept.
He continued arguing that he did not know who Jesus was and because he was afraid of what might happen to him, but when he realized that he had essentially fulfilled an unpleasant prophecy, he was incredibly upset.
Although I am sure that we have all been guilty of this on some level, it makes life so much easier when we just deal straightly with people. Not only does God command our honesty, but other people appreciate it as well.