This morning, I came across Numbers 30 in my devotional. Realizing what was going on here, I had to share it. If Michael B. Shepherd is right (and I’m convinced he is), when he says that the Pentateuch “is eschatological, messianic, and faith-oriented”,1 then that would give me reason to look for the contribution to these themes in every single passage. This, morning, I feel like I have stumbled across a blatantly messianic passage: Numbers 30. This is a command from the Lord in the Wilderness, and it follows the verse that Jesus quotes in Matthew 5:33. The Lord says that a husband has basically two choices when his wife makes a vow. He can say something against her the day she makes it and it will be nullified. Or he can say something after the fact, “then he shall bear her iniquity” (30:15). In Exodus 19, we see Israel jump right into making a commitment to do everything the Lord has commanded; but, do they keep that vow? Absolutely not. So, if the people of God were a bride, and God were the husband, what does that require of God according to his own law in Numbers 30? It requires him to bear her iniquity. Beautiful, isn’t it?
1. Michael B. Shepherd, Daniel in the Context of the Hebrew Bible (New York: Peter Lang, 2009), 2.