The Nazarite vow of Numbers 6, was a very special vow a person could enter into for a specific period and completely dedicate themselves to the Lord for that period. The New Testament Christian should live their life with a modern-day commitment to the Lord in the same way. Let’s look at the Nazarite vow and we will see it parallels the fully committed Christian life of today. May we make the same decision today as a Nazarite would make then.
A Vow Available – to all
When either man or woman shall separate themselves
It was a vow for both genders
It was a vow for all ages – from the age of accountability upward
It was a vow for all tribes and peoples. One need not be from a certain lineage as required for Priests. One did not need to claim a Divine call as the prophets.
A Vow of Aspiration – of desire
A personal vow – It was strictly voluntary
A purposeful vow – Had the goal and purpose to be totally separated unto the Lord
A premised vow – The premise to making such a vow was to be able to more fully serve the Lord.
A Vow Regarding Appetites
He shall separate himself from wine and strong drink, and shall drink no vinegar of wine, or vinegar of strong drink, neither shall he drink any liquor of grapes, nor eat moist grapes, or dried. All the days of his separation shall he eat nothing that is made of the vine tree, from the kernels even to the husk.
The Nazarite was to abstain from all forms of grapes and products from the grape-vine.
Our appetites should all be spiritual – not carnal.
Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. (1Jn 2:15)
A Vow Regarding Appearance
All the days of the vow of his separation there shall no razor come upon his head:
The Nazarite was given to an appearance that was distinct and different from the world
Doth not even nature itself teach you, that, if a man have long hair, it is a shame unto him? (1Co 11:14)
The Nazarite was given to an appearance that was deemed for the Lord
A Vow of Attitude – Holy unto the Lord (vs 5, 8)
When we desire to be holy – it puts us on anther plane.
But as he which hath called you is holy, so be ye holy in all manner of conversation; (1Pe 1:15)
A Vow of Associations (vs6)
he shall come at no dead body.
Wherefore come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord, and touch not the unclean thing; and I will receive you, (2Co 6:17)
…And that ye may put difference between holy and unholy, and between unclean and clean; (Lev 10:9-10)
Vow of Adherence and Affection
He shall not make himself unclean for his father, or for his mother, for his brother, or for his sister, when they die: because the consecration of his God is upon his head.
If any man come to me, and hate not his father, and mother, and wife, and children, and brethren, and sisters, yea, and his own life also, he cannot be my disciple. (Luk 14:26)
A Vow for Always
Nazarite vow was for 24 x 7 for a specified duration. For Christian commitment it should be a commitment 24 x 7 all the days of our life!
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