Numbers 29-31, Mark 9:1—29 • Key Verse: Numbers 30:2
Although today a Christian is not under responsibility to fulfill the ceremonial law, the New
Testament-.emphasis on the moral law is strong. We may not make vows as is referenced in
Numbers 30:2, but we are to be truthful people.
Moses commanded the Israelites that a man “must not break his word but must do everything he
In the course of a year, a person makes many more “vows” than is. probably realized. For
example, each credit card slip we sign is a vow. Don’t sign unless you intend to pay. A tax form
will ask if the answers given were truthful. Don’t sign unless they were. A code of conduct may
be included in the regulations for a student or an employer. Don’t sign unless you plan to live by
Then there are the other slips—not of paper, but of tongue. “I’ll get back to you about that.”
“The check is in the mail.” “We’ll get together for a meal while you’re in town.”
Jesus said, “Simply let your ‘Yes’ be ‘Yes,’ and your ‘No,’ ‘No’; anything beyond this comes
from the evil one” (Matt. 5:37).
How good is your word? And are you as good as your word?
Think before you speak today. Ask yourself, “Will I do what I am about to say?” Keep your
Woodrow Kroll & Tony Beckett