Friday, April 24, 2009

The Nazirite Vow

This Morning has just been a stinkin blessing. I was able to wake up early and spend time with the Lord. And i have found that wakin up early is so much better then sleeping in. When i wake up early, I have more time with God and i can fully enjoy our time and not rush cuz i have to be in class or somewhere in 30 mins or an hour. What a blessing it is to take my time and stinkin get real encouragement and conviction from the Lord. crazyness dude. Anyway really cool thing i read this morning that spoke to me heart and made me smile.

I read 1st Samuel and there is so much in the 1st chapter that just blew my mind but when Hannah makes her vow to the Lord that if the Lord would give her a son, that her son would be the Lords and the no razor would touch his head (1st Sam. 1:11). I didnt get the big deal at 1st so i read numbers 6. This vow to not cut his hair wasnt just not cutting his hair. It was the Nazirite vow, a vow of seperation to the Lord for a period of time. During this time tho they couldnt drink wine or pretty much have anything to do with anything that is associated with wine. They couldnt cut their hair because his head was consecrated

to consecrate means to be made sacred or devoted to a solemn purpose

Numbers 6:7 " ...Until the time is completed for which he separates himself to the Lord, he shall be holy, he shall let locks of his head grow long"

Because during this time they were holy, they could not be around any unclean thing or dead body. If my chance someone died next to them, they were no longer holy but has sinned and had to present a sin offering and cut their hair and start again after they had given their offering (numbers 6: 7-11)

When i read that i was freakin out. Hannah was saying God my son will be separated to you, he will be yours and he will be holy. he will be devoted to you. not for a few years but for his whole life.

It made me realize that i have been taken out of this world and brought to God. i am to be separate from the world and to the Lord, forever. I am to be holy (1st peter 1:16). And when i put myself around the things of this world that are unclean and are sin, i am no longer holy. But thank the Lord that i dont have to kill an animal cuz Christ's blood already covers my sin offering!!!!!! But i will need to start fresh again and forget before and just move on from there(Numbers 6:12)

How much of a reminder that was for me, to remind me that i am called to holy and set apart for the Lord, that i am his and he is mine. that my life is not my own!!! And that Christ's blood is what makes me clean and holy, without it, i would still be unclean and living apart from God. Its not my hair that makes me holy, or sets me apart to God, it was the Blood

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