Numbers 6:2-3,5-6,13-15,22-27 “If any of the people, either men or women, take the special vow of a Nazirite, setting themselves apart to the Lord in a special way, they must give up wine and other alcoholic drinks. They must not use vinegar made from wine or from other alcoholic drinks, they must not drink fresh grape juice, and they must not eat grapes or raisins… “They must never cut their hair throughout the time of their vow, for they are holy and set apart to the Lord. Until the time of their vow has been fulfilled, they must let their hair grow long. And they must not go near a dead body during the entire period of their vow to the Lord… “This is the ritual law for Nazirites. At the conclusion of their time of separation as Nazirites, they must each go to the entrance of the Tabernacle and offer their sacrifices to the Lord: a one-year-old male lamb without defect for a burnt offering, a one-year-old female lamb without defect for a sin offering, a ram without defect for a peace offering, a basket of bread made without yeast—cakes of choice flour mixed with olive oil and wafers spread with olive oil—along with their prescribed grain offerings and liquid offerings… Then the Lord said to Moses, “Tell Aaron and his sons to bless the people of Israel with this special blessing: ‘May the Lord bless you and protect you. May the Lord smile on you and be gracious to you. May the Lord show you his favor and give you his peace.’ Whenever Aaron and his sons bless the people of Israel in my name, I myself will bless them.”

God certainly went to great lengths to set expectations for His people and it seems very hard to keep up to them, not just because of the detail but also because of the purity one needed to have to keep them.

How would any of this be relevant to us today and is it even applicable in our day and age?

Apparently the vow of a Nazirite was not uncommon during Moses’ time and God seemed to be clarifying the expectation of a person who took such a vow.

Jesus was referred to condescendingly as a Nazarene but in fact was not one because Nazirites were people who took a vow for a specific point in time and for a specific reason whereas Jesus was and is the Son of God who came to save all mankind.

Clearly making vows to God is not something one should ever do lightly because God holds us accountable to them just as we can hold God accountable to His words to us.

The restrictions placed on a Nazirite would help them keep a clear head to be aware at all times of their commitment to God and there was no other influence that was to deter them from their commitment.

Obviously a Nazirite was going to stand out in a crowd because of their hair, behavior and zeal to keep their vow to God and they were highly respected by all.

Lamentations 4:7 describes them as ones who glowed with health, brighter than snow, whiter than milk, face as ruddy as rubies and their appearance like fine jewels.

At the end of their vow, they were expected to make specific offerings to God to complete their promise and were free of all bindings of this promise.

We as believers in Christ are no longer bound by specific rules on clothing, sacrifices, eating or drinking and hairdo but we are expected to be mindful of our actions for we are ambassadors of Christ.

When we enter into a relationship with Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior, we are called a new creation transformed from the inside out and therefore we are no longer one with this world.

How then can we act like the fallen world around us if we are now heirs to God’s kingdom and what therefore should our lives look like?

My greatest fear is that when times are good, I am not as needy and start to slip in my walk with Christ and become like the world around me versus times when I struggle and need to hold onto Jesus’ hand for survival and sanity.

Those difficult times are when I have given up the reins and can clearly see Jesus leading me and directing my heart and mind towards His will for me. Those are the best moments of my walk with Christ.

Today’s passage about the vow of a Nazirite hopefully reminds you and I about our calling as children of the living God and the blessing Aaron and his sons were called to give is true even today.

I pray that the Lord will bless and protect you, be gracious to you, show His favor to you and give you His peace!

In His Loving Service,

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  1. Debbie says:

    This message was so special for us today. I feel the importance more and more to be different. Because of Jesus in us. Thank you for confirming that!
    God bless you and your life in Him – transformed, restored, redeemed and reflecting Jesus!

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