Numbers 30:16 These are the statutes, which the LORD commanded Moses, between a man and his wife, between the father and his daughter, being yet in her youth in her father’s house.

This chapter has the Lord’s teachings to Israel about vows. It is better not to make a vow than to vow and not keep it. A young lady who still lived in her dad’s house had a different set of rules. Her vows were to be approved of her dad! She would only be responsible if her dad approved!

Tomorrow’s reading Numbers 31

Painful Lack of Liberty for a Chance to Preach

Acts 16:3 Him would Paul have to go forth with him; and took and circumcised him because of the Jews which were in those quarters: for they knew all that his father was a Greek.

Paul has a new disciple. He is the son of a Greek. He has never been circumcised. He really doesn’t need to be circumcised and soon this same Paul will not ask Titus to get circumcised.

But it is Paul’s custom to go to the synagogue in each town and preach. People know that Timothy has a Jewish mother but a Gentile dad. Paul and Timothy are willing to painfully forego their liberty to have open doors to preach Jewish.

Timothy gets circumcised. That had to be painful for Paul to ask and for Timothy to endure but it was worth it!

Today many are unwilling not to flaunt their liberty in Christ. It is almost like they have the right and they will mock “the way grandmother or your mother went to church!” Paul did not follow that philosophy. Paul and Timothy were willing to suffer themselves to keep doors open to preach.

Maybe that is something worth considering for those of us today that preach the gospel!

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