Jud. 13:5 “For, lo, thou shalt conceive, and bear a son; and no razor shall come on his head: for the child shall be a Nazarite unto God from the womb: and he shall begin to deliver Israel out of the hand of the Philistines.”
The name Nazarite means ‘separate’ or ‘set apart’. There are only three people mentioned in scripture who were Nazarites their entire life – Samson, Samuel, and John the Baptist. It is interesting because these three were all born to women who were barren – Manoah’s wife, Hannah, and Elizabeth. It just goes to show I guess that God is a God who gives life to the dead, and makes the barren, fruitful. There are three main commands given to a Nazarite – 1) They could not drink or eat fruit from the vine. (No wine, grapes etc.) 2) Could not go near a dead body, or defile themselves by touching anything ‘unclean’. 3) Could not cut their hair all their days.
Now while there is no command concerning Nazarites in the New Testament, all of these things can be applied to the believer today. God is still looking for those that are truly His to use. The wine or fruit of the vine is used as a type in scripture of human joy… worldly pleasures and pursuits. Our joy should come from knowing the Lord. Not touching a dead body or things unclean, speak of improper associations or relationships with those spiritually dead. That is why 2 Cor. 6:17 is quoted in the context of not being bound together with unbelievers. Finally, long hair seems to speak of God’s strength in our weakness. This was certainly the case with Samson in that the cutting of his hair equates with losing his strength from God.
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