Speed Dial or Hot Air?
Mattot "Tribes"
Numbers 30:2-32:42

"If a man takes a vow to God or swears an oath... he shall not profane his word ; according to whatever comes from his mouth shall he do." (Nu 30:3)

"But if her father restrained her  on the day of his hearing , all her vows or prohibitions that she prohibited upon herself shall not stand; and God will forgive her..." (Nu 30:6)

"But if  on the day of her husband's hearing , he shall restrain her and he shall nullify her vow that is upon her..." (Nu 30:9)

These sample verses are from Mattot, a passage dealing with nedarim, or vows.  Vows are promises to do or not to do something.  By taking both the male and female instructions together, two important principles become one:

A vow should not be taken hastily; a vow should be performed hastily.  

A vow is something "upon" us.  It hangs over us until we complete it.  When we do not keep our word, we profane our word.  Scripture tells us that not performing a vow requires forgiveness, which establishes that it is a sin to leave our promises unfulfilled.  Perhaps this is why Yeshua warns his listeners to keep their words simple.  It's better not to vow than to vow and to not to complete the action.

The Hebrew word for "profane" is yachel in the text.  It has two meanings that help a disciple to comprehend the importance of keeping one's word. The first is "to wait," such as in Psalm 130:7.  If we give our word, then we shouldn't make it "wait."  Slow-walking to perform the promise profanes it by making it wait, therefore leaving ample time for circumstances to interfere in the completion.  Give life a day or two, and it will throw innumerable obstacles in the way of keeping a promise.

Another meaning of yechal is "to begin," like in the day of Noah, men "began" to call on the Name of the LORD (Ge 4:26).  This implies empty words.  The root word is chalal:

חָלַל   châlal,   to begin as if by an 'opening wedge'; to play (the flute):-begin , defile,  pipe, player on instruments

When people make promises without fulfilling them, it is like someone blowing into a flute.  It blows a lot of hot air through the instrument, and it makes beautiful music, but the air just blows through the instrument.  A promise is a wedge opening the way to the promise, but unfulfilled, it produces nothing. It is empty, like wicked men who "began" to call on the Name, but they produced only the fruit of wickedness.  

When human beings make promises they don't keep, the empty words are sin.  When they swear by God's Name and do not perform it, then the empty words bring pollution and wickedness into the earth.  It is an act of mercy that so many wicked people do NOT know the Name, for they would profane it with empty words that fill the earth with violence ( chamas-Ge 6:11).

We have all broken promises, but is a promise the same as a Biblical vow?  A vow is a nedar.  From the Strong's definition, a promise does appear to have the same weight as a Biblical vow:

נָדַר  a primitive root; to promise:-(make a) vow.

The good news is that as soon as we realize we have spoken foolishly, we can repent.  We can ask for forgiveness and for annulment of vows or promises we have spoken that incurred sin.  Messiah Yeshua is our advocate, but we should not wear him out with idle promises.  We should strive to fulfill our words.

"Many people who are incredibly gifted still lack discipline and drive to get them where they need to be. If the person is perpetually late, lax in his assessments or performance, then he has discipline issues." - F. McGloghlen

As I transition from a career in law enforcement, I find that this maxim is also true in ministry. I can teach someone a study skill or technique, and I can give an opportunity or platform, but I can't instill discipline in adults. In most cases, it 's just too late. Correcting chaotic, sloppy behavior is something an adult has to do for herself/himself. God-given gifts and talents are wasted like water poured on the ground by an undisciplined person.

I know a lady who is always on time (early) to Shabbat service. She told me that years ago, she was late to things a lot. One day she made up her mind that she didn't want to be known as the person who was always late, so she changed. No one else changed her; she changed herself at the most difficult time, as an adult. This is a skill to admire and emulate. 

Now I look for ministry partners who say "I want to..." instead of "I wish..." and people who have a spiritual gift ALONG WITH self-discipline. Most important is finding people who know the difference between saying, "I'd like to..." instead of "I will..."

Keeping one's word is paramount, whether in law enforcement or ministry. If a person perhaps will not fulfill her/his word, the correct phrase is " I'd like to" or " I intend to with God's help," or " If I am able," not "I will." 

"I will" implies a vow or promise, and all the dire consequences or reward of spiritual growth that go with it. 

Team efforts require team members with self-discipline. Self-discipline is self-discipleship, and it does not require any special gift or talent. Great talent does not require anyone to forgive repeated sloppy behavior. In fact, those who believe that their great talent is a good reason to make others wait are simply not that great.  Those who run late will eventually run alone.

Teach children young to respect others' gift of time on this earth by being on time as much as possible and presenting careful work to the group, whether in career, family, or ministry.  Teach children to keep promises, for they will certainly point out when their parents don't keep one!

It matters with appointments both earthly and Divine.


Passover at Tamar Park 2018

Tour Dates:
April 14 - 25 2019

$2,495 (airfare not included)

Tour Includes:
  • Hotels
  • Breakfast
  • Dinner (except April 24)
  • National Park Passes
  • Masada Lift
  • Galilee Boat
  • Bus transfer to and from Ben Gurion Airport
  • All tips (except housekeeping)
  • All meals at Biblical Tamar Park
Not Included:
  • Lunches
  • Flight/Trip insurance
  • Airline Ticket
The Creation Gospel's choice of Biblical Tamar as a base for our tours, which celebrate both Passover and Tabernacles, is not random. Tamar is the southernmost boundary of Israel that will be established when the tribes are restored to their inheritance in the Messianic Age. Ezekiel 47 gives a beautiful description of the Arava desert as does Isaiah 35. 

In the blossoming desert around Tamar, Israel takes a step home. There she will prepare each year by drinking from the river that flows from the Temple. The step-by-step journey begins among the nations of exile. What if other sheep hear Yeshua's voice and yearn to celebrate the biblical feasts in the Land of Israel, yet they have no pedigree in hand? It doesn't matter because.... 

Thus says the Lord GOD, "This shall be the boundary by which you shall divide the land for an inheritance among the twelve tribes of Israel...the south shall extend from Tamar as far as the waters of Meribath-kadesh, to the brook of Egypt and to the Great Sea.... You shall divide it by lot for an inheritance among yourselves and among the aliens who stay in your midst, who bring forth sons in your midst. And they shall be to you as the native-born among the sons of Israel; they shall be allotted an inheritance with you among the tribes of Israel." (Ezek 47) 

Notably, Solomon used Tamar as a fortress to guard southern Israel and its trade routes. It was Solomon who first prayed for the nations who would turn toward the Holy Temple and pray. He asked that their requests and return be accepted by the Father. Blossoming Rose at Tamar is a wonderful step that connects both native-born Israel and the "strangers" who return. 

At Passover, our tour will focus on the Biblical teaching of resurrection. We will study the process of death, burial, post-mortem experience, and two resurrections from Genesis to Revelation. Specific sites along the journey will offer the opportunities to stand on the ground where biblical events and prophecy of the nations will take place

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