Today you should read: Numbers 5:11-31
This is a very interesting passage. What can I learn from Numbers 5?
- God takes promises seriously.
Listen to what God thinks about our promises…
When you make a vow to God, do not be late in paying it; for He takes no delight in fools. Pay what you vow! It is better that you should not vow than that you should vow and not pay. Ecclesiastes 4:4-5
But above all, my brethren, do not swear, either by heaven or by earth or with any other oath; but your yes is to be yes, and your no, no, so that you may not fall under judgment. James 5:12
If you’re married, you made promises – we call vows – that went something like this:
I, __________, take you ________ , to be my lawfully wedded wife, promising to love, respect, and cherish you, in sickness as in health, in poverty as in wealth, for better or for worse, and forsaking all others, to be completely and only yours, so long as we both shall live.
I, _________ take you, ___________, to be my lawfully wedded husband, to give you my love, my honor, and my submission, cleaving only to you, in sickness as in health, in poverty as in wealth, for better or for worse, until God by death shall separate us.
Many people in our world today don’t take their promises seriously anymore. God expects you to – otherwise your vow is a lie (and God has something to say about lying too). Honor your promises – make your word your vow.
- God takes marriage seriously.
God is the inventor of marriage (see Genesis 1-2). He wrote the manual (See Ephesians 5:21-33). All through the Bible you see how God values the home and what means He takes to protect it. He takes marriage seriously. You should too!
If you are married – this is a good time to re-evaluate yourself. Have you allowed the world around you to affect your views on marriage? Are you not as serious about it as you should be?
If you’re not married – this teaches you how careful you must be in deciding to get married and to whom. Marriage is a big deal to God.
- God takes purity seriously.
Although this section is addressed to women, men are just as responsible. God warns us to remain pure within and without of marriage.
“Do not commit adultery.” (Exodus 20:14)
“Give honor to marriage, and remain faithful to one another in marriage. God will surely judge people who are immoral and those who commit adultery.” (Hebrews 13:4)
“You have heard that the law of Moses says, `Do not commit adultery.’ But I say, anyone who even looks at a woman with lust in his eye has already committed adultery with her in his heart.” (Matthew 5:27-28)
It is God’s will that you should be sanctified: that you should avoid sexual immorality. (1 Thessalonians 4:3)
This passage is a great reminder of our responsibilities sexually. Spend some time today and confess any areas in which God has convicted you – and pray for God’s help to remain committed and pure.
By: Tim Parsons — Lead Pastor
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