devotional post # 2278
Num 6:1 And Yahveh spoke to Moses, and this is what he said,
Num 6:2 “Speak to the people of Israel and say to them, When either a man or a woman makes a special solemn pledge, the solemn pledge of a Nazirite, to separate himself to Yahveh,
Num 6:3 he will separate himself from wine and strong drink. He will drink no vinegar made from wine or strong drink and will not drink any juice of grapes or eat grapes, fresh or dried.
Num 6:4 All the days of his separation he will eat nothing that is produced by the grapevine, not even the seeds or the skins.
Num 6:5 “All the days of his solemn pledge of separation, no razor will touch his head. Until the time is completed for which he separates himself to Yahveh, he will be holy. He will let the locks of hair of his head grow long.
Num 6:6 “All the days that he separates himself to Yahveh he will not go near a dead soul.
Num 6:7 Not even for his father or for his mother, for brother or sister, if they die, will he make himself unclean, because his separation to God is on his head.
Num 6:8 All the days of his separation he is holy to Yahveh.
Num 6:9 “And if any man dies very suddenly beside him and he defiles his consecrated head, then he will shave his head on the day of his purification; on the seventh day he will shave it.
Num 6:10 On the eighth day he will bring two turtledoves or two pigeons to the priest to the entrance of the conference tent,
Num 6:11 and the priest will offer one for a mistake offering and the other for an ascending offering, and provide reconciliation for him, because he made a mistake by reason of the dead soul. And he will consecrate his head that same day
Num 6:12 and separate himself to Yahveh for the days of his separation and bring a male lamb a year old for a reparation offering. But the previous period will be void, because his separation was defiled.
The Nazarite pledge was designed to consecrate a period of time, not just a person. That is why — if during the period of consecration a person became unintentionally defiled, he or she had to start over again. The community as a whole would look around and see visible examples of those who had chosen to dedicate their time to the LORD.
LORD, show us ways to focus our time on what matters most — you and your coming kingdom, and your passion to save those who do not know you yet.