Therefore that place was called Beer-sheba because it was there that the two of them swore an oath. – Genesis 21:31
Oaths are pretty important, right? For example, the President of our country took an oath to protect and defend the Constitution of the United States against all enemies, foreign and domestic. We would like to see him honor that oath, right? Every service member makes a similar oath when they enlist. Again, important yes?
Beer-sheba is the Hebrew word that means “The Well of the Oath.” It was the name given to the place that marked the solemn agreement … the oath … between Abraham and Abimelech. This oath marked their relationship and defined how they would relate t one another in the years and decades to come.
Are you a member of a local church? Did you know that you also took an oath when you joined? Most local churches have covenants and when a person becomes a member of a one they agree to obey the terms of that covenant. In effect, church membership implies an oath … a serious relationship between all those involved.
Every church should be such a place … a memorial to the binding covenant that exists between each member and between that membership and the Savior; yet, how easy it is to break this agreement. Most people today treat church membership like just another activity that can be honored when it is convenient … like the exercise club. While local churches are certainly not all we wish they could be, they are representative of Christ’s Bride and require our faithful commitment. Let’s keep our oaths.
A covenant made with God should be regarded not as restrictive but as protective. – Russell M. Nelson
Dr. David Pope is President and Founder of POPE Initiatives, a non-profit organization committed to providing executive-level management and support services for major global mission efforts.
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