God makes promises, and he keeps them. Every Christian is a beneficiary of God’s willingness and ability to keep his word. The eternal life you experience today came after God went to unimaginably great lengths to keep his promises to Abraham – “and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed” (Genesis 12:3). The Father handed over the Son to death on the cross so that the blessing could become a reality.
The sureness of God’s promises mean God’s people also are to be men and women who are as good as their word.
“If anyone makes a special vow to the Lord …” God’s people were to keep their vows. God graciously allowed a way for them to fulfill vows that were made rashly or unwisely. But everything was to be done in order. No fudging of values or rules was allowed.
God’s people were to reflect his character. This is so much so that Jesus warned his followers against swearing oaths (and presumably making vows) at all. “Let what you say be simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No’” (Matthew 5:36). It is not that such oaths and vows are necessarily always sinful – see Acts 18:18; 21:23 – but that God’s people are to fully truthful and fully given over to Him.
The chapter that closes the Book of Leviticus puts before the people the necessity to reflect God’s character. And the key point of God’s character is the fact he embodies the Truth. God reminded his people they were to be people of truth in a world so often filled with deception.
Have you made any vows to God – such as at your baptism or at your wedding or when your children were born? If so, fulfill them.
I hope you enjoyed our reading of Leviticus. Tomorrow, we start the Book of Numbers.