The Lord commanded, “If a man makes a vow to the Lord, or swears an oath to bind himself by some agreement, he shall not break his word, he shall do according to all that proceeds out of his mouth”. However, the Lord gives protection to women living under their father’s house and to married women by allowing their father or husband to release them from a vow. Jesus will go on to say later, “Again you have heard that it was said to those of old, ‘You shall not swear falsely, but shall perform to the Lord what you have sworn. But I say to you, do not take an oath at all…And do not take an oath by your head, for you can not make one hair white or black. Let what you say be simple “Yes” or “No”; anything more than this comes from evil”. (Matthew 5:33-37) God knows we are prone to make vows we will not keep so He says keep it simple; be a man or woman of your word; yes means yes and no means no. Simple enough. 👍
Ok, next the Israelites take revenge against the Midianites. The Israelites kill everyone except the young virgin girls and then they divide the spoils amongst themselves. I know it is difficult to read about women and boys being killed but remember, the women were the ones that seduced the Israelite men and the Lord knows those boys could grow up and take revenge on His people. Also, the Lord already warned the Israelites about all the sexual sin and idolatry of the people around them and He does not want the Israelites following their practices (Numbers 18).
a lot of killing is about to go down as the Israelites conquer the promised land. We must keep in mind that God is good and He knows the hearts and minds and future potential of everyone. The children of Israel will have to trust the Lord to protect them His way and we will have to trust Him too. Remember, God is working His plan to send our Savior through the Israelites so keep reading bc tomorrow some of the tribes are allocated their land bringing us one more step closer to Jesus!