Oaths

1 Samuel 14:27-30

27 But Y’honatan hadn’t heard his father charging the people with the oath, so he put out the end of the staff in his hand, dipped it in the honeycomb and raised it to his mouth; whereupon his eyes lit up. 28 But one of the people said in response, “Your father strictly charged the people with an oath, ‘A curse on any man who eats any food today’; even though the people are fainting with hunger.” 29 Y’honatan answered, “My father has brought trouble to the land. Just look how my eyes have lit up because I tasted a little of this honey. 30 How much greater would the slaughter of the P’lishtim have been today, then, if the people had eaten freely of the spoil they found with their enemies!”

Sha’ul made this grandiose statement banning the people from eating on the day of battle with the Philistine. This oath actually led the people to sin be eating raw meat with the blood in it they were so overwhelmingly hungry and almost brought about Y’honatan’s death. How many vain oaths have I swore in my lifetime that only have wound up to bring destruction. Lord forgive me for my rudderless tounge and unthinking words. Please let Your indwelling Spirit govern how I speak. I ask this in Yeshua’s name, Amen.

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