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Wednesday AM Bible Study
February 7, 2007
Theme: This chapter gives us God's instructions to the people of Israel regarding the holiness of those things freely vowed to Him.
Everything else in this book has spoken of things that are compulsory for the people of God. But here, in this closing chapter, God gives instructions regarding things that are freely vowed to God in a voluntary way. Someone may wish to make a vow to God freely, in addition to those things which God had commanded—perhaps as an expression of love or thanks for something God did for them, or perhaps as a part of an earnest request that one makes to God in prayer, or perhaps even as an expression of the devotion of one's self to Him. Just as in all things that He demands of us, even this must be done in holiness. We must follow His instructions, even in those things we do freely as an act of devotion to Him. We must take seriously the vows we make to Him (Psalm 116:12-14). They must not be made hastily and half-heartedly; because God takes them very seriously (Proverbs 20:25). Even when it costs us greatly, or when it is made in haste and thoughtlessness, it must still be kept (Judges 11:29-40).
For this reason, at the end of a book on holiness in worship, God reveals that He demands holiness in all things—even in the things that we do freely for Him. Such an offering to Him is not required; and a person can refrain from making such a vow. But once made, it must be kept (Deut. 23:21-23; Eccl. 5:4-6).
I. INSTRUCTIONS ON THINGS THAT MAY BE VOWED TO GOD (vv. 1-25).
A. Of Persons (vv. 1-8).
B. Of Animals (vv. 9-13).
C. Of Houses (vv. 14-15).
D. Of Fields (vv. 16-25).
II. INSTRUCTIONS ON THINGS THAT ARE ALREADY GOD'S AND MAY NOT BE VOWED (vv. 26-33).
A. Of Firstlings of Animals (vv. 26-27).
B. Of Things Already Devoted to God (vv. 28-29).
C. Of Tithes (vv. 30-33).
III. CLOSING STATEMENT (v. 34).