“Therefore he who swears by the altar, swears by it and by all things on it. He who swears by the temple swears by it and by Him who dwells in it. And he who swears by heaven swears by the throne of God and by Him who sits on it.” - Matthew 23:20-22
Promises are made very easily, often without much thought of their significance or importance.
The altar of the temple was at the entrance to the Holy Place in the temple where sacrifices were placed and burned with fire. Before entering the Holy Place there was a brass laver – a large wash-basin in the shape of a cup and saucer. This is where the priest worked before entering the Holy Place.
Inside the Holy Place there was a lamp stand to give light, a table, which had bread on it and, thirdly, a high altar of incense. Going beyond that there was the Holy of Holies where the Ark of the Covenant was placed and which represented the presence of God.
When people made their vows and promised God something and their vows were based upon these things they felt their promises would be valid and meaningful. They did not fully realise that their vows were being made directly to God.
Let us be more careful about the promises we make. We should rather not make a vow at all than make a vow we do not keep. Have you made a promise to God? If you have, then make sure you keep it or ask Him to release you from the promise.
Dear God my Father thank You for Your help and guidance today. By your help I will fulfil my vows to You, in the name of the Lord Jesus.