Biblical Principle #232: Fulfilling Vows

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God expects vows made to Him to be kept. He considers a broken vow to be sin.


GOD told Moses to warn Israel:

22 “If you should make a vow to the Lord your God, you shall not delay to pay it; for the Lord your God will surely require it of you, and it would be sin to you. 23 But if you should abstain from vowing, it is not a sin to you.

Deuteronomy 23:22-23 OSB

And again, in another place:

2 Then Moses spoke to the rulers of the tribes of Israel, saying, “This is the word the Lord commanded: 3 If any man should vow a vow to the Lord, or swear an oath to bind his soul with an obligation, he may not defile his word; he shall do everything that proceeds out of his mouth.

Numbers 30:2-3 OSB

We have previously established that:

Therefore, GOD always speaks truth. He is Truth, in fact.

GOD designed proper order. That order was to be honest integrity where only truth existed. Satan invented lying and introduced sin to the heavenly and earthly realms.

Saying you will do something and then not doing it is, at best, failing to keep your word—lack of integrity—and, when intentional, lying.

Lying has always been sin and always will be sin. Therefore, while this passage is given in the context of the Law of Moses, we may safely use the text to apply it to our lives today, because its message is a universal truth for all generations.

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