Thursday, November 29, 2012


With my more than 20 years of active attendance and Bible Study in the WCG and PCG, I never hear a sermon or discussion about the supreme authority of the Fathers and Husbands as written in the Book of Numbers, Chapter 30. This is also the same with all the other Churches in the world! WHY the silence in this very important Bible truth? But now, the genuine BRIDE OF CHRIST talks loudly about this vital subject, which is the only solution to the worsening Marriage and Family problems all over the world!


Moses told the leaders of the Israelite tribes, "This is what the LORD has commanded:  (Num 30:1 HCSB)

  • If a woman marries while her vows or the rash commitment she herself made are binding, and her husband hears about it and says nothing to her when he finds out, her vows are binding, and the obligations she put herself under are binding.  (30:6-7)
  • But if her husband prohibits her when he hears about it, he will cancel her vow that is binding or the rash commitment she herself made, and the LORD will forgive her.  (NUM 30:8) 

If the husband disapproved of the wife's decision and this he does as soon as he hears it, at least that same day, which is according to the Jews is within the space of 24 hours, then, "he will cancel her vow that is binding or the rash commitment she herself made.  

"And the LORD will forgive her." In this case, the husband became the Savior of the wife; whatever sin that the wife may have committed because of her vow or rash decisions,  God will not impute sin to her on that account, nor punish for the breach of it. Here, we can see the powerful overruling effect effect of the husband's decision over the decision of the wife! 

The wife is under the Godly Authority of her husband, and she is obliged to submit to his will, IN EVERYTHING (Ephesians 5:24)! Of course, EVERYTHING means those that are not contrary to the will of God
  • Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as unto the Lord. For the husband is the head of the wife, even as Christ is the head of the church: and HE IS THE SAVIOUR OF THE BODY.  (Eph 5:22-23 KJV)
  • Therefore as the church is subject unto Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands IN EVERYTHING (Eph 5:24 KJV)
  • Wives, submit yourselves unto your own husbands, as it is fit in the Lord.  (Col 3:18 KJV)
1. If her husband allow her vow, though only by silence, it must stand, Num_30:6, Num_30:7. If he disallow it, since her obligation to that which she had vowed arose purely from her own act, and not from any prior command of God, her obligation to her husband shall take place of it, for to him she ought to be in subjection as unto the Lord; and now it is so far from being her duty to fulfil her vow that it would be her sin to disobey her husband, whose consent perhaps she ought to have asked before she made the vow; therefore she needs forgiveness, Num_30:8. 

2. The law is the same in case of a wife that soon after becomes a widow, or is put away. Though, if she return to her father's house, she does not therefore so come again under his authority as that he has power to disannul hew vows (Num_30:9), yet if the vow was made while she was in the house of her husband, and her husband disallowed it, it was made void and of no effect for ever, and she does not return under the law of her vow when she is loosed from the law of her husband. This seems to be the distinct meaning of Num_30:10-14, which otherwise would be but a repetition of Num_30:6-8. But it is added (Num_30:15) that, if the husband make void the vows of his wife, he shall bear her iniquity; that is, if the thing she had vowed was really good, for the honour of God and the prosperity of her own soul, and the husband disallowed it out of covetousness, or humour, or to show his authority, though she be discharged from the obligation of her vow, yet he will have a great deal to answer for. 

Now here it is very observable how carefully the divine law consults the good order of families, and preserves the power of superior relations, and the duty and reverence of inferiors. 

It is fit that every man should bear rule in his own house, and have his wife and children in subjection with all gravity; and rather than this great rule should be broken, or any encouragement given to inferior relations to break those bonds asunder, God himself would quit his right, and release the obligations even of a solemn vow; so much does religion strengthen the ties of all relations, and secure the welfare of all societies, that in it the families of the earth are blessed. -- Matthew Henry's Commentary on the Whole Bible
  • If a woman in her husband's house has made a vow or put herself under an obligation with an oath, and her husband hears about it, says nothing to her, and does not prohibit her, all her vows are binding, and every obligation she put herself under is binding.  (30:10-11)
  • But if her husband cancels them on the day he hears about it, nothing that came from her lips, whether her vows or her obligation, is binding. Her husband has canceled them, and the LORD will absolve her.  (30:12)
The Targum of Jonathan says,"if her husband makes them void, and she knows it not and transgresses, it shall be forgiven her by the Lord.'' 
  • Her husband may confirm or cancel any vow or any sworn obligation to deny herself.  (30:13)
Such is the power and authority given by God to the Husband. The Husband is the final decision-maker in the home and family. For any decision of the wife, the husband may establish it, or the husband may make it void, just as he pleased. This power and authority of the Husband provide discipline and prevent confusion in the family.
  • If her husband says nothing at all to her from day to day, he confirms all her vows and obligations, which are binding. He has confirmed them because he said nothing to her when he heard about them.  (30:14)
  • But if he cancels them after he hears about them, he will be responsible for her commitment."  (30:15)
But if her husband altogether hold his peace at her from day today,.... Said not one word to her day after day, neither on the day he heard her vow, nor the day following: then he establisheth all her vows, or all her bonds, which are upon her; by his silence: he confirmeth them, because he held his peace at her, in the day that he heard them; for not to contradict them was to confirm them.

But if he shall any ways make them void, after that he hath heard them... Some way or other expressing his dislike of them; not at the time he heard them, but some time afterwards; one day after, as the Targum of Jonathan: then he shall bear his iniquity: be accountable for the breach of the vow, the sin shall be reckoned to him, and he shall bear the punishment of it, because he ought to have declared his disapprobation of it sooner; and it may be, his doing it when he did was only in a spirit of contradiction, or through covetousness; and it would have been more advisable to have let the vow stand, and therefore acted a criminal part, and so was answerable for it. Aben Ezra gives the reason of it: because she is in his power. -- John Gill's Exposition of the Entire Bible
  • These are the statutes that the LORD commanded Moses concerning the relationship between a man and his wife...  (Num 30:16 HCSB)

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