devotional post # 2279
Numbers 6: 13-21
Num 6:13 “And this is the law for the Nazirite, when the time of his separation has been completed: he will be brought to the entrance of the conference tent,
Num 6:14 and he will bring his gift to Yahveh, one perfect male lamb a year old for an ascending offering, and one ewe lamb a year old perfect as a mistake offering, and one ram perfect as a offering for healthy relationships,
Num 6:15 and a basket of unleavened bread, loaves of fine flour mixed with oil, and unleavened wafers smeared with oil, and their tribute offering and their drink offerings.
Num 6:16 And the priest will bring them before Yahveh and offer his mistake offering and his ascending offering,
Num 6:17 and he will offer the ram as a sacrifice of offering for healthy relationships to Yahveh, with the basket of unleavened bread. The priest will offer also its tribute offering and its drink offering.
Num 6:18 And the Nazirite will shave his consecrated head at the entrance of the conference tent and will take the hair from his consecrated head and put it on the fire that is under the sacrifice of the offering for healthy relationships.
Num 6:19 And the priest will take the shoulder of the ram, when it is boiled, and one unleavened loaf out of the basket and one unleavened wafer, and will put them on the hands of the Nazirite, after he has shaved the hair of his consecration,
Num 6:20 and the priest will wave them for a wave offering before Yahveh. They are a holy portion for the priest, together with the breast that is waved and the thigh that is contributed. And after that the Nazirite may drink wine.
Num 6:21 “This is the law of the Nazirite. But if he vows an offering to Yahveh above his Nazirite vow, as he can afford, in exact accordance with the vow that he takes, then he will do in addition to the law of the Nazirite.”
evidence of consecration
After the Nazarite’s period of consecration has been completed, he or she is to present a series of offerings at the tabernacle. These show that the period of consecration itself was not in itself an atonement for sin. The sacrifices served as evidence for the consecration. And — there was the bald head that the Nazarite would display for a while. It would be very visible evidence that this person has served time as a dedicated Nazirite.
LORD, show us how to wear our consecration to you and your kingdom in visible, lasting ways.