Passage and Comments
 “If a woman vows a vow to the LORD and binds herself by a pledge, while within her father’s house in her youth,  and her father hears of her vow and of her pledge by which she has bound herself and says nothing to her, then all her vows shall stand, and every pledge by which she has bound herself shall stand.  But if her father opposes her on the day that he hears of it, no vow of hers, no pledge by which she has bound herself shall stand. And the LORD will forgive her, because her father opposed her. (Num 30:3-5)
 “If she marries a husband, while under her vows or any thoughtless utterance of her lips by which she has bound herself,  and her husband hears of it and says nothing to her on the day that he hears, then her vows shall stand, and her pledges by which she has bound herself shall stand.  But if, on the day that her husband comes to hear of it, he opposes her, then he makes void her vow that was on her, and the thoughtless utterance of her lips by which she bound herself. And the LORD will forgive her. (Num 30:6-8)
 (But any vow of a widow or of a divorced woman, anything by which she has bound herself, shall stand against her.) (Num 30:9)
Possibly the women who were widowed or divorced returned to the care of their fathers, if he was still alive. There doesn’t seem to be much room to consider the place of independent and single women in this society. Obviously this has changed now.
 But if he makes them null and void after he has heard of them, then he shall bear her iniquity.” (Num 30:15)
Story of Israel
In 1 Samuel Hannah is a good example (1 Sam 1.1-28). If the LORD gave her a child, she promised to put him into service in the priesthood. These laws above protected families from women who made vows in desperation. Having children was serious business and people occasionally make silly decisions.
Story of Jesus
 But now that faith has come, we are no longer under a guardian,  for in Christ Jesus you are all sons of God, through faith.  For as many of you as were baptized into Christ have put on Christ.  There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. (Gal 3:25-28)
I would take a complimentary stance on this passage. I expect we have differing roles in communities, churches and families. The New Testament still holds men responsible to take leadership in their communities, churches and families. In this way women can still be looked after by men, which seems to be one of the underlying premises of Numbers 30.
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