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.

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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!

A Word Against the Wilderness Outcry

Temple Institute to Build Sacrificial Altar

I find this to be very interesting and a little confusing at the same time. Maybe someone with more knowledge and biblical wisdom will be able to explain it to me.  I know I need to do further study as the subject of Israel is not my strong point! Not even close!

I do believe there is a prophecy that the Jews will rebuild their temple in the last days. , I can’t quite understand why that is, seeing as Jesus IS their Messiah, as he is ours.  Jesus’ own words in Matthew 15:24 I was not sent except to the lost sheep of the house of Israel. So, why if God sent Jesus Christ, and the Holy Spirit dwells within each believer – the promise and sign of the new covenant would he want the Jewish, his chosen to continue to practice old testament ways?

It almost seems like idolatry in a sense to put up a building, replace the ark of the covenant, which will never be the real one, only one man-made, a symbol of what was along with all the other vessels.  And on the other side of it, it seems Christians who help them build this temple would be practicing the same.  I know is sounds ludicrous to call any worship or act of worship of God idolatrous and I am kinda on egg shells here with that thought.  I just can’t help but wonder what point or purpose there is to this.

Jesus came to establish a new covenant, a better one than the old (Hebrews 9:11-16) So that we no longer have a need for a temple and it’s things.  I understand the Jewish do  not consider Jesus Christ as the true Messiah.  So, what is going to happen to cause them to see the truth this late in the game? What will cause all of Israel to be saved?

It has been said by some bible scholars that Israel will enter a war at which time God will supernaturally protect them from their enemies and this will lead them to recognize Jesus as Messiah.  I don’t see how God protecting a nation will lead them to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.  It seems  they would simply acknowledge God as their protector, as they believe that about him already.  So, that is not a far stretch for them to believe.  But that is not salvation.

It has also been said that Christians will spur them to jealousy and that will be the force that drives them to salvation. I don’t see how that will happen given the current condition of modern Christianity.  And of course is the argument against this happening simply in the fact the Jews hate many of us and our involvement in their conversion as it is.

I know God does things his own way, his own time and there are many things that are hidden and that we do not understand, that are deliberately kept from us, but…DOES ANYONE GET THIS???

One other thing about the Temple Mount.  Jesus said in Matthew 24:15 “When you see the abomination of desolation spoken of by Daniel the prophet, standing in the holy place… It almost seems that has happened with the Muslim Mosque built on the Jewish temple site, a reason why the Jewish cannot rebuild where they should.  On the other hand I realize there is supposed to be the one world ruler in that place.  How close are we??? So another hmmm….

Anyway, here’s an article from Israel National News that got me going on this today! I do admire their desire and commitment for that which is sacred. We Christians could certainly take a lesson from them in that!

Temple Institute to Build Sacrificial Altar on Tisha B’av
by Yehudah Lev Kay

The Temple Institute will begin building the sacrificial altar on Thursday, Tisha B’av, a fast day when Jews mourn the destruction of the Temple some 2,000 years ago.

The Temple Institute, which has already built many of the vessels for the Holy Temple, such as the ark and the menorah, has now embarked on a project to build the altar. Construction begins Thursday in Mitzpe Yericho (east of Jerusalem) at 5:30 p.m.


“Unfortunately, we cannot currently build the altar in its proper place, on the Temple Mount,” Temple Institute director Yehudah Glick said. “We are building an altar of the minimum possible size so that we will be able to transport it to the Temple when it is rebuilt.”
 
Glick said that Tisha B’av, a day associated with mourning, is really the ideal time to begin to build the Temple. “People mistakenly think Tisha B’av is only a day to cry,” he explained. “It also has to be a day of action. We have the ability in our era to begin the construction of the Temple.”