The Nazirite Vow

And the Lord spoke to Moses, saying, “Speak to the people of Israel and say to them, When either a man or a woman makes a special vow, the vow of a Nazirite, to separate himself to the Lord, he shall separate himself from wine and strong drink. He shall drink no vinegar made from wine or strong drink and shall not drink any juice of grapes or eat grapes, fresh or dried. All the days of his separation he shall eat nothing that is produced by the grapevine, not even the seeds or the skins.

“All the days of his vow of separation, no razor shall touch his head. Until the time is completed for which he separates himself to the Lord, he shall be holy. He shall let the locks of hair of his head grow long.” Numbers 6:1-5

This time of separation is for a period of time, after which the Nazirite shaves his or her head and the hair is burned as a sacrifice to God, along with two lambs, a ram, some loaves and some flour mixed with oil. And after the ceremony he or she may drink wine again.

Such a person was making a vow, to live a life separated to God in a way that other people did not. It is not unlike acall to ministry. This person may not be a Levite, or a descendant of Aaron, but he or she may desire to learn live a life of holiness. This was a public way to mark yourself as devoted to the Lord.

Today we can make changes in our lives as we devote ourselves to the Lord, and it will change our whole direction. About seven years ago I decided that I wanted to live by, “every word that proceeds from the mouth of God.” I started reading through the Bible from Genesis to Revelation, over and over, reading daily. It changed my life and propelled me into the mission field.

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