A Little Info on the Nazirite

RE: Lou Engle, The Call, and the upcoming Wilderness Outcry and his obsession with the Nazirite,  just for kicks here’s a quick look at “Nazirite from Wikpedia

Not to be confused with Nazarene (sect) or Nasorean.

In the Hebrew Bible, a nazirite or nazarite, (in Hebrew: נזיר, nazir), refers to one who took the ascetic vow described in Numbers 6:1-21

. The term “nazirite” comes from the Hebrew word nazir meaning “consecrated” or “separated”.[1] This vow required the man or woman to:

  • Abstain from wine, wine vinegar, grapes, raisins, and according to some — alcohol[2] and vinegar from alcohol
  • Refrain from cutting the hair on one’s head
  • Avoid corpses and graves, even those of family members, and any structure which contains such

After following these requirements for a designated period of time (which would be specified in the individual’s vow, and not to be less than 30 days), the person would immerse in a Mikvah and make three offerings, a lamb as a burnt offering (olah), a ewe as a sin-offering (hatat), and a ram as a peace offering (shelamim), in addition to a basket of unleavened bread, grain offerings and drink offerings, which accompanied the peace offering.

The nazirite is described as being “holy unto the LORD” (Numbers 6:8), yet at the same time must bring a sin offering. This contradiction has led to divergent approaches to the nazirite in the Talmud, and later authorities.

A nazirite can groom his hair with his hand or scratch his head and needn’t be concerned if some hair falls out. However a nazirite cannot comb his hair since it is a near certainty to pull out some hair. A nazirite is not allowed to use a chemical depilatory that will remove hair.[16] A nazirite that recovers from Tzaraath, a skin disease described in Leviticus 14

A nazirite can groom his hair with his hand or scratch his head and needn’t be concerned if some hair falls out. However a nazirite cannot comb his hair since it is a near certainty to pull out some hair. A nazirite is not allowed to use a chemical depilatory that will remove hair.[16] A nazirite that recovers from Tzaraath, a skin disease described in Leviticus 14

A nazirite can groom his hair with his hand or scratch his head and needn’t be concerned if some hair falls out. However a nazirite cannot comb his hair since it is a near certainty to pull out some hair. A nazirite is not allowed to use a chemical depilatory that will remove hair.[16] A nazirite that recovers from Tzaraath, a skin disease described in Leviticus 14, is obligated to cut his hair despite being a nazirite.

The nazirite (except for a Samson-like nazirite as stated above) may not become ritually impure by proximity to a dead body. Causes include being under the same roof as a corpse. However a nazirite can contract other kinds of ritual impurity. A nazirite that finds an unburied corpse is obligated to bury it, even though he will become defiled in the process.[

The tradition of the nazirite vow has had a significant influence on the modern Rastafari Movement, and elements of the vow have been adopted as part of this religion. In describing the obligations of their religion, Rastafari make reference to the nazirite vow taken by Samson. Part of this vow, as adopted by the Rastafari, is to avoid the cutting of one’s hair. This is inspired by the text of Leviticus 21:5 “They shall not make baldness upon their head, neither shall they shave off the corner of their beard nor make any cuttings in their flesh.” The visible sign of this vow is the Rastafarian’s dreadlocks.[34][35] Some Rastafari have concluded that Samson had dreadlocks, as suggested by the description stating that he had seven locks upon his head. Others interpret Samson’s “locks” to have been simple braids.

Additionally, the Rastafari are taught to abstain from alcohol in accordance with the nazirite vow. They have also adopted dietary laws derived from Leviticus, which accounts for some similarity to the prohibitions of the Jewish dietary law of Kashrut.

Follow Wikpedia link above for more info

So, where’s Jesus in this? I would think this is part of the Old Covenant and old ways having nothing to do with Jesus Christ and the New Covenant, the fulfillment of the old! So if we are going to call people to the nazirite vow, then let’s teach them to obey and fulfull all these requirements. We can’t just pick and choose. God takes our vows quite seriously! Like I mentioned in my previous post, if Lou is a Christian he will do well to turn from this practice and teach repentance and the true gospel, making disciples, not Nazirites!

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5 thoughts on “A Little Info on the Nazirite

  1. Maybe he is obsessed with the nazarite vow, but if this is OT as you say and has nothing to do with the new covenant, then what do you think about this: You are not to distort justice or show favoritism, and you are not to accept a bribe, for a gift blinds the eyes of the wise and twists the words of even the upright. From Deut. 16. Since this is OT too, do you want to do away with this one? Or do you prefer that this is one that is upheld? Or how about this one: Rather, use an honest balance-scale, honest weights, an honest bushel dry-measure and an honest gallon liquid-measure; From Lev. 19. Shall we do away with honest weights because that’s OT, under the law? How about these? “‘Do not be unjust in judging – show neither partiality to the poor nor deference to the mighty, but with justice judge your neighbor. 16 “‘Do not go around spreading slander among your people, but also don’t stand idly by when your neighbor’s life is at stake; I am ADONAI. Lev. 19. Paul wrote, 16 All Scripture is God-breathed and is valuable for teaching the truth, convicting of sin, correcting faults and training in right living. The Scripture he was talking about is the OT, the NT didn’t exist. The OT as you call it is good for instructing in righteousness. Paul wrote we are no longer slaves to sin, but slaves to righteousness and he also wrote ‘so we uphold the Torah’. The OT instructs in righteousness, in fact Torah means instruction or to hit the target as in archery. We who are in Yeshua are no longer under the condemnation that the Torah brings against sin, so do I now throw out His instruction in righteous living? Lou Engle is leading many down a path of asceticism and new age practices. But for those (apart from the Engle crowd, who decide to do a nazarite vow, I see nothing opposed to this anywhere in scripture. In fact early believers were still practicing nazarite vows in the book of acts.

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    • I guess then anyone taking this vow should be ready to provide sacrifices and not comb their hair, etc. The major point and place of questioning is in the sacrifice – Jesus being the final one. To go back and to practice this old testament way is to deny what He did for us on the cross. Christ is the fulfullment of the old testament, the old covenant, indeed He is the replacement. The point I am making has nothing to do with the scriptures you brought up. If it is to ask if I treat others fairly in business, in kindness – of course. And I do believe that all scripture is for teaching, etc. but in the proper context that it is written. After all, people used to be stoned to death, but you won’t see us doing that these days! Context!

      Besides, Engle’s blabbing is not about truth, it’s just buzz to make him sound like he has some kind of authority and knowledge which he does not.

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  2. well, first of all, everything in the old goes hand in hand with the new. The word says, all generations were to continue doing the Day of atonement, feast of tabernacles, etc. (and we don’t but should) because understanding the old more deeply brings true understanding to the new. The apostles new the old, and quoted all the time. God obviously had them not comb their hair as a way to humble and set us apart. To not care about “fashion” and “worldly looks”. I sign of consecration and the covering of God’s glory. Clothed in Him. MANY churches today use Malachi as a way to justify taking 10% from its members. They look like businessmen. Why dont they dress regulary and stop worrying about their nice hair and let it dread and focos on their hearts, the poor, and giving ALL to God, not just 10% on Sunday. This country has defiled the entire Bible and mainstream Christianity is a disgrace to the Unchanging One. As a counter to this, I have not combed or cut my hair in 12 years. I had specific dremas from God to not cut my hair. I dont care about looks or fashio, we are called to be “aliens and strangers on earth” not conform to a “business like look and preacher status”. God invented dreadlocks, we need to stop giving Rasta, Hippies, and all other dreadlock people in rebellion credit, and reclaim the seperation from the world not just in looks, but in actions first and in everything we do, the hair thing is just symbolic to consecration to God and vowing to Him, no power in itself, but a good reminder and a good way to counteract our current obsession with looks in this country. ANd people who do dreads for fashion and get them done all nice and neat have missed the point and are disgracing something that originated in the heart of God. I have had the chance to witness to thousands about Jesus and His glory, just from people asking about my hair or why I have it, I try to always lead it to a conviction of sin and a talk about YESHUA!!!!

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    • JG, thank you for your honesty. I cannot argue with someone who seems sincere in this belief. Many of us walk with the Lord without these practices, rules or requirements as we believe Jesus put an end to their necessity. I don’t know how you get along in life with your hair and how it is accepted in a place of employment, but this is not the point, just curiosity on my part. 🙂

      The influence of the world in our churches and our very lives is a constant battle.

      Blessings to you as you preach the good news – the gospel of Jesus Christ.

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