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God allowed certain members of the people to be set apart to serve him at the highest level.  They were called Nazirites.  They would be the spiritual version of Special Ops.  In order to be a Nazarite, one needed to commit to living a holy life and a life of service to God.  The symbol of service was their long hair. While a person was a Nazarite, they could not cut their hair, could not drink wine or even eat anything associated with grapes or wine vinegar. Additionally, They were not allowed to be in the presence of dead people. The idea was that they were set apart for special service.

Nazirites could be men or women–they simply had to commit to following the Lord closely.  During their time, the rules applied. to end their time as a Nazarite, they would go through a very public ceremony to announce their ending the commitment. It was only at that point, that they would cut their hair and be allowed to drink wine.  Clearly, the commitment to be a Nazirite was not one to be taken lightly. It was one the person made willingly, and could end by choice. But, while committed, God used the Nazirites to  to be spiritual leaders and warriors. Samson was the most famous,both as a warrior and as a person that lost sight of his commitment to God.

In our walk, God calls us to honor our commitments as well.  He holds us in a special place as His adopted kids.  He simply asks us to follow humbly and trust Him.  The Lord then does the work to transform us into His image.  It is a lifelong process that allows us to walk and live in a manner that honors God and blesses us.  We must simply trust God to do his work in his time.  Help me Lord, to honor you with my life and my commitment–Just like a Nazirite!

God Bless You

The Lord said to Moses, “Speak to the Israelites and say to them: ‘If a man or woman wants to make a special vow, a vow of dedication to the Lord as a Nazirite, they must abstain from wine and other fermented drink and must not drink vinegar made from wine or other fermented drink. They must not drink grape juice or eat grapes or raisins. As long as they remain under their Nazirite vow, they must not eat anything that comes from the grapevine, not even the seeds or skins.

“‘During the entire period of their Nazirite vow, no razor may be used on their head. They must be holy until the period of their dedication to the Lord is over; they must let their hair grow long.

“‘Throughout the period of their dedication to the Lord, the Nazirite must not go near a dead body. Even if their own father or mother or brother or sister dies, they must not make themselves ceremonially unclean on account of them, because the symbol of their dedication to God is on their head. Throughout the period of their dedication, they are consecrated to the Lord.

“‘If someone dies suddenly in the Nazirite’s presence, thus defiling the hair that symbolizes their dedication, they must shave their head on the seventh day—the day of their cleansing.