6 “Say to the Israelites: ‘Any man or woman who wrongs another in any way and so is unfaithful to the Lord is guilty 7 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.
- 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).
- abstain from intoxicating beverages or any grape products that are used to make it
- let on’s hair grow without cutting it
- 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?
- John the baptist
Ohhhh now the story of Samson will totally make sense when we get there!