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Saturday, March 16 2019
A Bible Journey, 147: The Vow To God And Man
"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"
The English-language word "vow" originated from a Latin word, votum, that meant a solemn, responsible choice. The English word "vote" originated from the very same word as vow. A vow is (and as a vote should be; see What Did A Father Of Democracy Predict About It?) a held-accountable choice.
Vows of different kinds, as recorded in the Holy Scriptures, were made to the LORD (Who was and is Jesus Christ; see The Real Jesus: The Word Of The LORD God and A Bible Journey, 56: The Sacred Name) or to other humans. Regardless of what it involved, a vow was a serious legal obligation.
"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)
Specific examples from within a marriage vow:
"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, March 16
597 BC: An estimated Roman date equivalent (from Adar 2) when the Babylonians captured Jerusalem and replaced Jehoiachin with Zedekiah as king of Judah (see Jehoiachin Of Judah and Zedekiah Of Judah; also A History Of Jerusalem: The Capital Of Judah and A History Of Jerusalem: Ezra And Nehemiah).
37: Roman Emperor Tiberius died. He was the Emperor at the time of Jesus Christ's crucifixion (see The Roman Emperors: Tiberius). Tiberius was succeeded by Caligula (see The Roman Emperors: Caligula).
1521: Ferdinand Magellan sighted the Philippines (it wasn't a "discovery" to the people who lived there).
1660: The British "Long Parliament of the Puritans" ended after 20 years. The new Convention Parliament followed.
1815: Willem I was proclaimed king of the Netherlands.
1851: Spanish authorities concluded a concordat with the Vatican under which Roman Catholicism became the only authorized faith in Spain. It also gave control of education and the press to the Catholic Church.
1889: In the Southern Pacific off Samoa, a severe hurricane destroyed 6 warships (3 U.S., 3 German); only the British Calliope escaped (see also The Origin Of Hurricanes, Cyclones and Typhoons).
1907: The British Invincible, then the world's largest cruiser, was completed at the Glasgow shipyards.
1917: Russian Czar Nicholas II abdicated. After months of imprisonment, Nicholas and his family were summarily executed by rebels on July 17 1918 (see also When Do Liberals Become Conservatives? and Why Are Politicians Called Left Or Right?).
1919: Benito Mussolini founded his Fascist political movement in Milan, Italy (see Is Iniquity Liberal Or Conservative?).
1933: The German Reichstag adopted the Enabling Act, which effectively granted Adolf Hitler dictatorial legislative powers (see Why Does Satan Love Liars? and Is Iniquity Liberal Or Conservative?; see also The Terrorist Attack That Enabled Hitler To Become A Dictator and What Did A Father Of Democracy Predict About It?).
1935: Adolf Hitler renounced the disarmament clauses in the Versailles Treaty and introduced conscription in Germany (see The Assassination That Triggered Two World Wars and Presidential Quotes On War, Terrorism, Religion).
1945: Most of Wurzburg, Germany was destroyed in only 20 minutes by British bombers; 5,000 people were killed.
1968: The "My Lai Massacre" of about 500 civilians, mostly women, old men, and children (the younger men had left to work in the fields or at sea), by U.S. troops in Vietnam. The atrocity was not discovered in the U.S. until 18 months later, when it set off a firestorm of disgust and outrage around the world. In 1971, to appease public protest, Lt. William Calley, one of the officers who oversaw the murders, was found guilty of murder and sentenced to life in prison, but very little time was actually served before the "war hero" was quietly released.
1969: Golda Meir became the Prime Minister of Israel (see Israel In History and Prophecy: Israel Of Judah).
1978: Former Italian Prime Minister Aldo Moro was kidnapped and later killed by "Red Brigade" terrorists.
1978: The oil tanker Amoco Cadiz split in two after running aground on the Portsall Rocks, three miles off the coast of Brittany. It resulted in the 5th-largest oil spill in history.
1988: The Kurdish town of Halabjah in Iraq was attacked with poison gas and nerve agents on the orders of Saddam Hussein. 5,000 people died and 10,000 people were sickened.
2000: Thomas Ferebee died at age 81. He was the bombardier of the Enola Gay when it dropped the U.S. atomic bomb on Hiroshima, Japan on August 6 1945, killing over 130,000 men, women, children and babies - and horribly burning tens of thousands more. For the remainder of his life, Ferebee publicly maintained that the bombing was "the right thing to do," while also stating "I think we should realize that this can't happen again" (see also Who Would Throw A Nuclear Boomerang?),
2005: Israel officially surrendered Jericho to "Palestinian" control (see Where Is Palestine?).