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Wednesday, December 18 2013
Numbers 30: Vows That Bind The Soul
"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"
In English, the word "soul" originated from an ancient Anglo-Saxon word, sawel, that meant an age, as in a lifetime - a physical, mortal existence. The original meaning of "soul" was physical, not something spiritual - the "immortal soul" fantasy originated from a number of pagan religions. The Word of God plainly says "18:20 The soul that sinneth, it shall die" (Ezekiel 18:20 KJV).
Whether coincidence or not, the Anglo-Saxon word from which "soul" originated sounds very much like the Biblical Hebrew word, pronounced sheol, that referred to the place where physical creatures return after they have lived their lives (see Adam and Adamah and Dust and Ashes). Both words are based upon that reality, that is described throughout the Holy Scriptures (see Leviticus 5: What Does The LORD Say About Your Soul?).
A "vow" is a solemn pledge to do something, or to behave in a certain manner. In the Holy Scriptures, vows of different sorts were made to the LORD (Who was and is Jesus Christ - see Genesis 1: In The Beginning Was The Word and The Kingdom Of The LORD God) or to other humans.
"30:1 And Moses spake unto the heads of the tribes concerning the children of Israel, saying, This is the thing which the LORD hath commanded.
Vows between men and women were not intended to give one advantage over the other. They were about individual rights and responsibilities for everyone. Salvation is not based upon or concerned with gender or genetics (i.e. "race"): "19:4 And he answered and said unto them, Have ye not read, that he which made them at the beginning made them male and female, 19:5 And said, For this cause shall a man leave father and mother, and shall cleave to his wife: and they twain shall be one flesh? 19:6 Wherefore they are no more twain, but one flesh. What therefore God hath joined together, let not man put asunder" (Matthew 19:4-6 KJV) and "3:28 There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither bond nor free, there is neither male nor female: for ye are all one in Christ Jesus. 3:29 And if ye be Christ's, then are ye Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise" (Galatians 328-29 KJV).
"30:3 If a woman also vow a vow unto the LORD, and bind herself by a bond, being in her father's house in her youth; 30:4 And her father hear her vow, and her bond wherewith she hath bound her soul, and her father shall hold his peace at her: then all her vows shall stand, and every bond wherewith she hath bound her soul shall stand. 30:5 But if her father disallow her in the day that he heareth; not any of her vows, or of her bonds wherewith she hath bound her soul, shall stand: and the LORD shall forgive her, because her father disallowed her.
Fact Finder: Were Nazarite vows made by men and women i.e. "When either man or woman shall separate themselves to vow a vow of a Nazarite, to separate themselves unto the LORD"?
This Day In History, December 18
218 BC: The Battle of the Trebia during the Second Punic War; Hannibal's Carthaginian forces defeated those of the Roman Republic (see The Politics Of Rome and A History Of Jerusalem: Pompey And The Caesars).
1118: Afonso the Battler, the King of Aragon, captured Saragossa from the Muslims who then held Spain (listen to our Sermon The Ottoman Empire).
1271: Kublai Khan renamed his empire "Yuan," thereby beginning the Yuan Dynasty of Mongolia and China.
1398: Turkish warrior Timur Lenk (Tamurlane) conquered Delhi.
1642: Abel Tasman became the first (known) European to land in New Zealand (Tasmania is named after Tasman).
1737: Antonio Stradivari, the famous Italian violin-maker, died.
1813: Fort Niagara was captured by the British from the U.S. during the War of 1812 (1812-1814).
1863: Franz Ferdinand, the Archduke of Austria, was born. His assassination in Sarajevo in 1914 sparked the chain of events which ignited the First World War (listen to our Sermon The European World Wars).
1865: The 13th Amendment of the U.S. Constitution, abolishing slavery, was proclaimed.
1892: The first public performance of The Nutcracker by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky in Saint Petersburg, Russia.
1898: The first official automobile speed record was set: 39 miles / 63 kilometers per hour.
1912: Charles Dawson (not to be confused with Charles Darwin) discovered fossils which became known as the "Piltdown Man" in East Sussex, England, and claimed they were remains of primitive man. It was later discovered to be a hoax (listen also to our Sermon Darwin's Theory of Evolution).
1914: A few months after the start of the First World War, Britain declared Egypt its protectorate for the time that it would be freed from Ottoman occupation. Egypt was declared independent in 1922.
1916: During the First World War, the Battle of Verdun ended after 10 months of fighting - France and Germany lost 330,000 killed and wounded.
1939: At the start of the Second World War, the first contingent of Canadian troops arrived in Britain to join with the British in the war against Hitler. The troops of the First Canadian Division had sailed from Halifax on December 10 in 5 ocean liners, accompanied by the Royal Canadian Navy battleship Resolution. When they reached the Clyde there was a great array of British sea power to welcome them. Winston Churchill, then First Lord of The Admiralty, broadcast the news of the Canadians' safe arrival with His famous "It has warmed the cockles of our hearts."
1940: Adolf Hitler issued the orders for the invasion of the Soviet Union - known as Operation Barbarossa (see Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion).
1956: Japan was admitted to the United Nations.
1969: Britain abolished the death penalty.
1972: During the Vietnam War, U.S. President Richard Nixon (then under investigation for the criminal Watergate burglaries, and in need of a foreign boogyman to divert attention) declared that the U.S. would attack North Vietnam during a series of Christmas bombings.
1989: The European Economic Community and the Soviet Union signed an agreement on trade, commercial and economic cooperation.
2006: The United Arab Emirates held its first-ever elections.
2008: Mark Felt died at age 95. Felt, an FBI agent before and during the Nixon administration, was identified as the Watergate "Deep Throat" informant to Carl Bernstein and Bob Woodward of the Washington Post. The leads that Felt provided eventually brought about Nixon's resignation and the criminal conviction of numerous of Nixon's associates.