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The Nazirite vow

Some people assume Jesus was a Nazirite because he is called a Nazarene, lived in Nazareth(Mt.2:23;21:11).

A Nazirite was someone who was specially set apart from others for the service of God. The obligation was either for life or for a defined time. And one of the main requirements for a Nazirite, he was obligated to abstain not just from wine, (and from every kind of intoxicating drink (Num. 6:2-3) He “…neither shall he drink any grape juice, nor eat fresh grapes or raisins.” He was also forbidden to cut his hair or to approach any dead body, even those of his family. Nor was he allowed to touch a dead body. Which does mean Jesus was not a Nazirite.

The Angel of the LORD appears to Manoah’s wife, and tell sher you will conceive and give birth to a son. Now please be careful not to drink wine or strong drink, and not to eat anything unclean… no razor shall come over his head, because the boy will be a Nazirite, set apart to God from the womb, and he will begin the deliverance of Israel from the hands of the Philistines.” She is then told the boy will be a Nazirite to God from the womb until the day of his death.”

The main example we find are Children being dedicated by their parents before their birth to be Nazirites all their lives. Examples such as Samson (Judg. 13:5, 12–14). In Scripture we see Samson break his Nazirite Vow several times. Samuel (1 Sam. 1:11), and John the Baptist (Luke 1:15). There only a few mentioned in Scripture.   The prophet Samuel, had a vow of a Nazirite  made on his behalf by his mother Hannah. who was childless promised to God that if he granted her a child she would consecrate him as a Nazir (1 Samuel 1:11)

Basic trespass sins mentioned in Numbers 5:5-10. There was a need for the cleansing if a Nazirite was defiled by touching a dead body during his vow (Num. 6:9-12) even one in his own family. The Nazirite Vow (Judges 13:2-7) If he finds himself in the presence of the dead body. He is to consecrate his head again. rededicate his time of separation to the LORD and bring a year-old male lamb as a guilt offering. But the preceding days shall not be counted, because his separation was defiled.

The law of the Nazirite

Under Mosaic law Both a man or woman can take this vow (Num. 6:2), the vow of a single woman could be canceled by her father, and that of a married woman canceled by her husband.

In Israel, when the period of the vow was fulfilled, he was released from it and was required to offer an ewe lamb for a burnt offering, a sin offering, and a ram for a peace offering, with the usual accompaniments of peace offerings (Num. 6:13–20) and of the offering made at the consecration of priests (Ex. 29:2; Num. 6:15).

There is now no longer a Nazarite vow for any New covenant believer to take, and prior to this, for the expiration of a vow he would have his head shaven and would have had a priest make a sacrifice on his behalf. Some see Paul taking a temporary vow Acts 18:18, with the expiration of a vow, he had his head shaved and have a priest make a sacrifice on his behalf.

After the destruction of the Temple anybody remaining with a Nazarite vow would have no way for his Nazirite vow to end and he would have lived out his days under it.

Watch out for those who claim to have taken a Nazirite vow. Those who claim to have taken a Nazarite vow in our day, would be to be ignorant of the Scriptures, or willfully go against the scriptures in order to puff himself up to make himself look and sound much more spiritual than everybody else.

Without a Temple, or Old Testament priest there is no way for a Nazirite to end his vow. This is why one cannot take this vow today to be an actual Nazirite.

Romans 12:1-2 Paul refers to all believers living somewhat similar to what a Nazirite in Old Testament would live. The fact is all New Testament believers are to set apart by the Word, indwelled by the Holy Spirit as new covenant believers, we have been and are being sanctified each day. Separate from this world, we are sanctified as a holy people unto to God (2 Tim.1:91 Pt. 1:15).

Heb 10:10 “we have been sanctified through the offering of the body of Jesus Christ once for all. ”

“we are sanctified by the truth. (John 17:19) ‘sanctified by faith in Christ”  (Acts 26:18)

1 Cor. 6:11 “… were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.” 

1 Cor. 1:2 “those who are sanctified in Christ Jesus, called to be saints” (meaning to be set apart)


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