Numbers

Numbers 5-6

These chapters are similar to what we read in Leviticus, in that they explain the importance of holiness among the Israelites.  However, chapter 5 talks about restitution.  This is something I actually study for my job. 
“Say to the Israelites: ‘Any man or woman who wrongs another in any way and so is unfaithful to the Lord is guilty and must confess the sin they have committed. They must make full restitution for the wrong they have done, add a fifth of the value to it and give it all to the person they have wronged.
 The point is clear—wrongs committed against God’s people were considered wrongs committed against God himself.

5:11-31 The test of the unfaithful wife. 
I actually had to read this a few times and process it for awhile.
  • 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:

Any Israelite, man or woman could voluntarily take a special vow of separation in order to be holy to the Lord for a specified period of time (or vowed for life at birth).

Vow:

  1. abstain from intoxicating beverages or any grape products that are used to make it
  2. let on’s hair grow without cutting it
  3. avoid any corpses

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. ❤

Who else was a Nazarite in the Bible?

  • Samuel
  • John the baptist
  • Samson

Ohhhh now the story of Samson will totally make sense when we get there!

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