- In biblical law, this is the only kind of case in which the Lord Himself renders the verdict through a spiritual procedure.
- The Israelite court was made of all-men, and God knew that men would naturally side with a man who suspected his wife of unfaithfulness. and women would have difficulty attaining a fair hearing.
- When a woman would pass the test, her husband could have full confidence in their marriage.
- Unfortunately, if she failed, her “womb” (not baby) would miscarry, becoming infertile.
The Nazarite Vow:
The Nazarite vow is taken by a man or woman who has voluntarily dedicated themselves to God. The Hebrew word nazir means “to be separated or consecrated.” I love that we read this during Lent (some will know what that is)
- It is voluntary
- can be done by either men or women
- has a specific time frame,
- has specific requirements and restrictions
- at its conclusion, a sacrifice is offered.
Three guidelines are given to the Nazirite:
- abstain from wine or any fermented drink, nor was the Nazirite to drink grape juice or eat grapes or raisins, not even the seeds or skins.
- the Nazirite was not to cut his hair for the length of the vow.
- he/she was not to go near a dead body, because that would make him ceremonially unclean. Even if a member of his immediate family died, he was not to go near the corpse.
The vow ended with a purification ritual that paralleled the consecration of the priests. The vow allows an ordinary Israelite to enjoy a brief moment of exceptional closeness to God. ❤. However, there are a few in the Bible that were dedicated by their parents for life.
Who else will be a Nazarite in the Bible?
- John the baptist
- also, Paul took a temporary vow possibly (Acts 18:18)
Ohhhh now the story of Samson will totally make sense when we get there!