~~~~~Lesson: Numbers: Chapter 30
In a previous chapter, God gave women the right to own property, but in this chapter her word can be canceled if the man "in charge" (aka- husband, father, guardian) of her doesn't like the vow she made.
Question: Do you think this rule should apply today? Why or why not?
Can you think of one good reason for this to apply during that time frame?
Can you think of one bad result of this rule being applied during that time frame?
~Reading: Numbers: Chapter 30
Chapter 30: 2-6
Moses said to the heads of the Israelite tribes, "This is what the Lord has commanded: When a man makes a vow to the Lord or binds himself under oath to a pledge of abstinence, he shall not violate his word, but must fulfill exactly the promise he has uttered.
When a woman, while still a maiden in her father's house, makes a vow to the Lord, or binds herself to a pledge, if her father learns of her vow or the pledge to which she bound herself and says nothing to her about it, then any vow or any pledge she has made remains valid. But if on the day he learns of it her father expressed to her his disapproval, then any vow or any pledge she has made becomes null and void, and the Lord releases her from it, since her father has expressed to her his disapproval."
[The chapter goes on to apply the same rule to women living in her husband's house, with the husband able to null and void his wife's word.]
Jennifer Becker Landsberger
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