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Does God require
that we shall fulfill our promises?
"When thou shalt vow a vow unto the Lord thy God, thou shalt not
slack to pay it," for the Lord thy God will surely require it of thee; and
it would be sin in thee." Deut. 23:21.
Does a partial
fulfillment meet His requirements?
"If a man vow a vow unto the Lord, or swear an oath to bind his soul
with a bond; he shall not break his word, he shall do according to all that
proceedeth out of his mouth." Num. 30:2.
Why is God so
very particular about promises?
Because He is faithful in performing His promises, and He wants His people
to be like Him. "That which is gone out of thy lips thou shalt keep and
perform," even a free will offering, according as thou hast vowed unto
the Lord thy God, which thou hast promised with thy mouth." Deut. 23:23.
What does He
call those who are slack in paying their vows?
"When thou vowest a vow unto God, defer not to pay it; for He hath no
pleasure in fools: pay that which thou hast vowed." Eccl. 5:4.
Will God excuse
vows that are made without duly considering whether or not we can perform them?
"Better is it that thou shouldest not vow, than that thou shouldest vow and
not pay. Suffer not thy
mouth to cause thy flesh to sin; neither say thou before the angel, that it was
an error; wherefore should God be angry at thy voice, and destroy the work of
thine hands?" Eccl. 5:5, 6.
What will God do
for us, if we are faithful in fulfilling our promises?
"Offer unto God thanksgiving; and pay thy vows unto the Most High, and
call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver thee, and thou shalt
glorify Me." Ps. 50:14, 15.
Is it wise to
consider beforehand whether we are able to perform our vows?
"It is a snare to the man who devoureth that which is
holy, and after vows to make inquiry." Prov. 20:25.
Is it not better
not to vow?
"Vow, and pay unto the Lord your God: let
all that be round about Him bring presents unto Him that ought to be
feared." Ps. 76:11.
What did Jacob
do after the Lord had appeared unto him?
"And Jacob vowed a vow, saying, If God will be with me, and will
keep me in this way that I go, and will give me bread to eat, and raiment to put
on, so that I come again to my father's house in peace; then shall the Lord
be my God; and this stone, which I have set for a pillar, shall be God's
house; and of all that thou shalt give me, I will surely give the tenth unto
thee." Gen. 28:20-22.
Did the Lord
forget Jacob's vow?
"And the angel of God spake unto me in a dream, saying, Jacob, ...I am
the God of Bethel, where thou anointedst the pillar, and where thou vowedst a
vow unto Me; now arise, get thee out from this land, and return unto the
land of thy kindred." Gen. 31:11-13.
And did Jacob
keep his promise?
"Then Jacob said unto his household, and to all that were with him, Put
away the strange gods that are among you, and be clean, and change your
garments; and let us arise, and go up to Bethel; and I will make there an
altar unto God, who answered me in the day of my distress, and was with me
in the way which I went." Gen. 35:2, 3.
Is the Lord
particular as to what we vow to Him?
"But cursed be the deceiver, which hath in his flock a male, and voweth, and
sacrificeth unto the Lord a corrupt thing; for I am a great King, saith the Lord
of hosts, and My name is dreadful among the heathen." Mal. 1:14.
What does such a
vow betray in him who brings the offering? Contempt.
"And if ye offer the blind for sacrifice, is it not evil? and if ye
offer the lame and sick, is it not evil? offer it now unto thy governor; will
he be pleased with thee, or accept thy person?
saith the Lord of
hosts." Mal. 1:8.
For what other
reason has God a right to demand the best? He gives everything.
"For she did not know that I gave her corn, and wine, and oil,
and multiplied her silver and gold." Hos. 2:8.
To whom do we
"What! know ye not that your body is the temple of the Holy Ghost which
is in you, which ye have of God, and ye are not your own? for ye are bought
with a price: therefore glorify God in your body, and in your spirit, which
are God's." 1 Cor.6:19, 20.
does the lord hold out to those who desire to comply strictly with His
"Bring ye all the tithes into the storehouse, that there may be meat in
Mine house, and prove Me now herewith, saith the lord of hosts, if I will not
open you the windows of heaven, and pour you out a blessing, that there shall
not be room enough to receive it. And I will rebuke the devourer for your sakes,
and he shall not destroy the fruits of your ground; neither shall your vine cast
her fruit before the time in the field, saith the lord of hosts." Mal.
If God should
not grant us prosperity, what should we do?
"Although the fig tree shall not blossom, neither shall fruit be in the
vines; the labor of the olive shall fail, and the fields shall yield no meat;
the flock shall be cut off from the fold, and there shall be no herd in the
stalls, yet I will rejoice in the Lord, I will joy in the God of my
salvation." Hab. 3:17, 18.