Vows to the Lord and Parental Upbringingness

Leviticus 27:1-3 “The Lord said to Moses, Speak to the Israelites and say to them: If anyone makes a special vow to dedicate a person to the Lord by giving the equivalent value, set the value of a male between the ages of twenty and sixty at fifty shekels of silver, according to the sanctuary shekel” …

The chapter begins by talking about “vows to the Lord”. And the remainder of the chapter continues to discuss vows and how to deal with whatever it was that was vowed.

There are several categories of vows listed in this chapter.

Whether we call them vows or determinations or promises, they are all in the same category.

God has certain instructions for us about them which it is important that we understand.
In both Old and New Testaments alike, God never commands a vow.
Vows are never mandatory, never obligatory, upon the people of God.
God doesn’t want us to make the vow.
But once we make it, God expects us to keep it.
There are various passages which remind us of that fact.
Proverbs says, “It is better never to vow, than to make a vow and not pay it.”
The psalmist recognized that many people take God for granted.

They may think they serve Him but, in fact, can be quick to ignore His Word, or forget their promises.

Today, make sure that we don’t take God for granted.
Be serious about our relationship with Him.

What vows have we made?
…… To be faithful to our Lord?
………. To be loyal to our church.?

A promise made should be a promise kept.
Let’s be wise and not make liars out of ourselves.

Jooley Mathew Z

📖 LEVI ✝️ ICUS 24:11
Parental Upbringingness👨‍👨‍👧‍👦

Two Jewish women married to non Jews in OT and NT gives us a lesson on PARENTAL UPBRINGINGNESS :

1) In OT SHELOMITH , the daughter of Dibri the Danite , had married to an Egyptian ( Leviticus 24:11 )
In NT EUNICE – the mother of Timothy was married to a Greek ( Acts 16:1 )
2) Shelomith’ s son was CONDEMNED because of blasphemy ( Lev 24 : 10-16 )
Eunice’s son was COMMENDED because of his sincere faith ( 2Tim 1:5 )
3) Paul endorsed that Eunice was a woman of SINCERE FAITH , and she had deposited this faith in Timothy’s life ( 2Tim 1: 5 ) .

But Shelomith failed to groom her son in the light of God’s Commandments :
📝 It is written , “You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God , for the Lord will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name” Exodus 20:7
📝 It is written : “Do not blaspheme God..” Exodus 22:28
📝 It is written : “The same law applies to the native- born and to the Alien living among you” Exodus 12:49 ; Lev 24: 15-16

📌 In today’s reading portion , it is revealed that Shelomith’s son had blasphemed the Name of the Lord with a curse ( v 11 ) . Accordingly he was taken outside the camp , and the entire community stoned him to death ( v 23 ).

📌 Blaspheming the name of the Lord is a very serious thing in OT . It includes “Speaking against Him ; Cursing Him as well as deliberately distorting the truth about Him “.
In NT it is written, “… the blasphemy against the SPIRIT will not be forgiven ” Matthew 12:31

💕 Beloved , there are SHELOMITHs who hardly bother to nourish their children with the Spiritual Food. As a result their children are running away from the Lord . 🏃🏼‍♀️🏃🏽‍♂️ ✝️
We need EUNICEs in every home to deposit the Sincere Faith in their children’s lives . 👫🏻🛐
👉🏽 Children , “May your father and mother be glad ; may she who gave you birth rejoice ! ” Prov 23:25
May the good Lord bless our EUNICEs and TIMOTHYs 🙏

Glory to God 🙌
✍🏽 Mark Boje
Arunachal Pradesh, India 🇮🇳