👉 The Lord spoke to Moses
- v 1, 22
👉 The Nazarite Vow
- a special vow one made to separate themselves unto the Lord for a specific period of time
- the person could have no wine or strong drink
- no grapes, fresh or dried
- could eat nothing produced by the grapevine
- no razor could touch the persons head, his/her hair had to grow long the entire time of separation
- shall not go near a dead body, even if it was a family member
- if someone suddenly died next to the person who had taken the nazarite vow and made that person unclean – he/she must shave their head, make the appropriate offering, and begin the period of separation again
As I read this chapter this morning, I was struck by the kindness of God. If someone made this vow and – through contact with the dead became unclean – it wasn’t “game over” for them. It was “begin again.”
So often – as we follow Christ – we fall short of who he has called us to be – we fail to honor him with our words, actions, or attitudes.
It can be disheartening when we realize what we’ve done.
I’m so thankful that the Lord doesn’t leave us there. That he doesn’t say “game over”. Instead, he says, “begin again.”
That is the kindness of God.
👉 Aaron’s Blessing
One of my favorite prayers in the Bible – and so special knowing that the Lord gave these words to Aaron to pray over the people of Israel.
God said, “Pray this over my people.”
And, so, I pray it over each of you this morning.
Whatever you are facing today.
Whatever sin the enemy is trying to shame you with.
Whatever old wound is causing fresh pain.
Whatever trial awaits you around the bend.
Whatever this day holds for you.
May the Lord bless you – provide for you.
May the Lord keep you – protect you.
May the Lord make his face shine upon you – give you favor.
May the Lord be gracious to you – give you more than you deserve.
May the Lord lift up his face upon you – take notice of you.
May the Lord give you peace – his perfect peace.
You are loved.