31 Mar The Spiritual Meaning of the Nazarite Vow
In Numbers 6:1-21, God explained to Moses how anybody to take a special vow as a Nazarite. There are few rules someone has to follow as long as they made the Nazarite Vow.
1. Do not drink alcohol
2. Do not eat or drink anything out of a grapevine
3. Do not cut your hair
4. Do not go near a corpse even if it’s your family members
5. If you find yourself in the presence of a corpse, you must rededicate themselves to God by going to a priest with dove sacrifice and throwing your defiled hair in the fire.
Why did God state these particular rules?
First let’s start with the word Nazarite. Nazarite derives from the Hebrew word nazir, which means consecrated or separated. If something is consecrated, it is made sacred. These five rules is enforcing a person who made a special vow of as a Nazarite to be sacred and separated from the sinners spiritually.
1. Do Not Drink Alcohol
So the first rule of forbidding alcohol drinks is explained in the new testament that getting drunk is for those who belong to the children of darkness. You are all children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness. So then, let us not be like others, who are asleep, but let us be awake and sober. For those who sleep, sleep at night, and those who get drunk, get drunk at night. – 1 Thessalonians 5:5-7.
2. Do Not Eat Anything out of a Grapevine
In the Bible, God compares grapes and the winepress to sinners facing God’s judgement. So if you’ve made the Nazarite vow with God, you will not associate yourself with sinners or anything about them symbolically.
The LORD told me to say: From my sacred temple I will roar like thunder, while I trample my people and everyone else as though they were grapes. – Jeremiah 25:30.
“Swing the sickle, for the harvest is ripe. Come, tread the grapes, for the winepress is full. The storage vats are overflowing with the wickedness of these people.” – Joel 3:13.
The angel swung his sickle on the earth, gathered its grapes and threw them into the great winepress of God’s wrath. – Revelation 14:19.
3. Do Not Cut Your Hair
When a person who has made a special vow as a Nazarite doesn’t cut his or her hair, this symbolizes that God remains in him or her and the sacred bond. Jesus explains this to his disciples. “I am the vine; you are the branches. If you remain in me and I in you, you will bear much fruit; apart from me you can do nothing. If you do not remain in me, you are like a branch that is thrown away and withers; such branches are picked up, thrown into the fire and burned.” – John 15:5-6. This is why when Samson’s hair was cut, the Holy Spirit departed from him, thus being captured and tortured by his enemies.
4. Do Not Go Near A Corpse
For a person who made a special vow as a Nazarite to touch a corpse is spiritually being part of the realm of the dead. The realm of the dead was Hell, which was prepared for Satan and his demons, in the old testament. But you are brought down to the realm of the dead, to the depths of the pit. – Isaiah 14:15.
5. If You’re in the Presence of a Corpse..
Once you were in the presence of a corpse, your hair becomes defiled. This is why when a person who made a vow as a Nazarite is in the presence of a corpse, he or she have to cut his or her hair, sacrifice doves, which symbolizes the Holy Spirit, and rededicated themselves. I am the God of Abraham, the God of Isaac, and the God of Jacob’? He is not the God of the dead but of the living.” – Matthew 22:32. As we discussed the hair being cut represent the bad harvest being thrown in the fire.