The Third Commandment
Fulfill your vows.
Numbers 30:1, 2
Moses spoke to the heads of the tribes of the people of Israel, saying, “This is what the LORD has commanded. If a man vows a vow to the LORD, or swears an oath to bind himself by a pledge, he shall not break his word. He shall do according to all that proceeds out of his mouth.”
Deuteronomy 23:21-23; Ecclesiastes 5:4-6
The last section of the third commandment concerns vows. A vow is a solemn pledge to the Lord, typically made in gratitude for or anticipation of some promised blessing and declaring one’s resolve to perform certain tasks as expressions of faith and thanksgiving. Think: marriage vows.
Since vows are made to the Lord they must be fulfilled. Oaths—such as you might take in a court of law—are also taken unto the Lord and require the telling of truth or the performance of some promised duty.
God is faithful to His Word at all times. He cannot lie, and His truth does not fail. We cannot rightly take His Name upon us unless our word is as good as His, particularly when sworn to or before Him in the presence of others.
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In the Gates is a devotional series on the Law of God by Rev. T.M. Moore, editor of the Worldview Church. He serves as dean of the Centurions Program of the Wilberforce Forum and principal of The Fellowship of Ailbe, a spiritual fellowship in the Celtic Christian tradition. He is the author or editor of twenty books, and has contributed chapters to four others. His essays, reviews, articles, papers, and poetry have appeared in dozens of national and international journals, and on a wide range of websites. His most recent books are The Ailbe Psalter and The Ground for Christian Ethics (Waxed Tablet).
Scripture quotations in this article are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version, (c) copyright 2001, 2007 by Crossway Bibles, a division of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
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