The Nazarite

The Law of the Nazarites:  “Now this [is] the law of the Nazarite: When the days of his separation are fulfilled, he shall be brought to the door of the tabernacle of meeting.” (Num. 6:13)

Among God’s people of ancient Israel there have been various revival movements which were God’s remedy against apostasy and His call for return. God raised up such movements like the Priesthood, the Levites and the Nazarites for the task of reviving a culture that had lost its way into the Glory of God.

The Nazarite’s 3-fold Vow of Separation:

  • He was to separate himself from wine and strong drink and drink no vinegar or juice of the grape. (Num. 6:3)
  • All the days of his separation, no razor was to be used on his head. (Num. 6:5)
  • All the days that he separated himself to the Lord, he was not to go near a dead body. (Num. 6:6)

Separation and Consecration:

When it says that the Nazarite took a vow to separate himself unto God, it became his consecrated response to an invitation from God. He was saying, “I am not going to allow any influence, but that of God upon my life”. He was not to drink wine, cut his hair nor touch dead things throughout the time of his consecration. Even if a family member died he was not to go or he would become unclean. What an amazing sacrifice, what a commitment unto God.

God was saying… “avoid anything that will pollute”.

We, as the Church are not to touch things that bring death to our walk with God. Things of this world have the potential to pollute our soul, crush our prayer life and destroy our testimony (1 Jn 2:15-17). The Apostle John warns us of the danger of loving the world and allowing its influence to draw us into its clutches. Things which you watch, speak and hear, have an influence upon our spiritual lives. The Old Testament Nazarite would say, ”I shall not touch any dead thing”. Notice the reason for this commitment was that by separation there would be access to the tent of meeting.

Standing at the Door:

There is something about this “tabernacle of meeting” that we must come to understand. You see, the offer is being given to the consecrated heart. This was no ordinary meeting place… this was the place where God by His Glory would tabernacle or meet with man. Were we to read on in this passage we would see a process of sacrifices that would be given by the Nazarite dealing with issues of sin, peace and restoration. And with each sacrifice, burdens would be lifted and revival would come to the heart of God’s servant. In the end of the meeting would come “The Blessing”. God gives Moses the pattern for how this Blessing would be spoken over the person standing inside the door of the tabernacle… and it sounded like this:

“The Lord bless you and keep you!
The Lord make His face shine upon you
And be gracious to you!
The Lord lift up His countenance upon you
And give you peace!”
 

With the Blessing came the Name… “So they (Aaron and his sons) shall put My Name on the children of Israel and I will bless them.” (Num. 6:27)

I Will Bless Them!

“And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit” (Eph. 5:18). On the day of Pentecost, they were all filled with the Holy Spirit and some of the people began to mock the disciples saying they were filled with new wine (Acts 2:13). In other words, they were under a strong influence of God’s Blessing - the Holy Spirit! Yet this incredible experience came following many days of prayer and waiting in an upper room, in unity and in one place… a “tabernacle of meeting”.

We often want the Blessing, without the meeting! Can a Christian really call himself a follower without a consecrated life? Really?

Jesus said “many will call Me Lord, Lord… and say did we not prophesy, drive out demons and do miracles in Your Name?… Then I will tell them plainly - I never knew you.” (Mt. 7:21-23)   

Is He Knowing Us?

It is not my goal to promote a “works based” pathway to salvation, but I am concerned about our consecration. We are called to walk in the light of God’s Kingdom influence. Jesus has delivered us from the power of darkness and translated us, or moved us into the Kingdom of the Son of His love. Our destiny is to live inside the doorway of the “tabernacle of meeting”, enjoying the River of Spiritual Life flowing from within… by the Holy Spirit. Yet it is by our consecration, that a lifestyle gives access and opens for us the wells of salvation (Isa. 12:2). It makes us deeply sensitive to the flow of heaven’s resources.

Governed by Consecration:

These principles governed the life of the Nazarite. Why did people take such a vow? To be governed by what it released inside of them! We are told that it was unto the Lord (Num. 6:1) not to a man or a religious form. It was an invitation to those hungering for God, those who desired His Manifest Presence and desperate for fellowship, communion and revival. And can I add… they received God’s Name and His Blessing!

Nazarites serve as a picture of recovery, restoration and revival to all of God’s people. Could it be that our time has come? And what would it cost us?

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