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Old Testament Overview - The Nazirite Vow
(A Vow of Separation to the Lord—Numbers 6:1-20)

Requirements:

1. He must abstain from wine, other fermented drinks, and vinegar. (6:1-3)
2. He must abstain from grape juice, raisins, and grapes. (6:3-4)
3. He must not cut his hair. (6:5)
4. He must not go near a dead body. (6:6-8)
5. If someone suddenly dies in his presence, he must cleanse himself—by shaving himself and by giving the priest 2 doves or young pigeons to offer as a sin offering and a burnt offering; and by offering a year-old lamb as a guilt offering. (6:9-12)
6. At the completion of his period of separation:
a. He is to bring the priest "a year-old male lamb without defect for a burnt offering, a year-old ewe lamb without defect for a sin offering, a ram without defect for a fellowship offering, together with  their grain offerings and drink offerings, and a basket of bread made without yeast—cakes made of fine flour mixed with oil, and wafer spread with oil." (6:13-15)
b. The priest presents them before the Lord—the ram is sacrificed for a fellowship offering. (6:16-17)
c. At the entrance of the tabernacle, the Nazirite shaves off his hair (the hair is burned in the fellowship offering. (6:18)
d. The priest waves a boiled shoulder of ram, a cake and a wafer before the Lord as a wave offering. (6:19-20)
e. "After that, the Nazirite may drink wine." (6:20)

Famous Nazirites :

1. Samson* (Judges 13:5-7, 16:17-22)
2. Samuel* (I Samuel 1:11)
3. John the Baptist* (Luke 1:15; Matt. 11:18-19)
4. Paul (Acts 18:18)

*Nazirites from birth.

Meaning:

It symbolizes our need to be separated from a love for the world (the wine and grapes symbolize worldly joys that that can draw us away from our love for God).  The dead bodies symbolize sin and spiritual death (separation from dead bodies).  The long hair symbolizes the strength of God (when Samson lost it, he lost his strength).

Old Testament Overview Studies

Old Testament Overview
Table of Contents
Old Testament Overview Outline
Old Testament Overview Genesis
Old Testament Overview Exodus to Deuteronomy
Old Testament Overview Furniture of the Tabernacle
Old Testament Overview Dress of Priests and High Priest
Old Testament Overview Dress of High Priest
Old Testament Overview Canaan: What Can it Teach Us?
Old Testament Overview Israel, God's Kingdom
Old Testament Overview Moses—Failure the Backdoor to Success
Old Testament Overview The Mosaic Covenant
Old Testament Overview The Ten Commandments
Old Testament Overview The Offerings
Old Testament Overview Uncleanness
Old Testament Overview The Priesthood
Old Testament Overview The Festivals
Old Testament Overview The Nazirite Vow
Old Testament Overview Joshua to Ruth
Old Testament Overview Prophecies of the Redeemer—Genesis to Ruth
Old Testament Overview I and II Samuel
Old Testament Overview Saul and David Compared
Old Testament Overview Jonathan and David Compared
Old Testament Overview The Davidic Covenant
Old Testament Overview I And II Kings
Old Testament Overview Israel's and Judah's Kings
Old Testament Overview Divided Kings who Divided
Old Testament Overview Criticisms of God's Actions in the Old Testament
Old Testament Overview Ezra, Nehemiah, and Esther
Old Testament Overview Ruth and Esther Compared
Old Testament Overview Job to Song of Solomon
Old Testament Overview Proverbs: Wise Man or Fool?
Old Testament Overview Isaiah
Old Testament Overview Jeremiah
Old Testament Overview Daniel
Old Testament Overview Hosea
Old Testament Overview Joel
Old Testament Overview Amos
Old Testament Overview Obadiah
Old Testament Overview Jonah
Old Testament Overview Micah
Old Testament Overview Nahum
Old Testament Overview Habakkuk
Old Testament Overview Zephaniah
Old Testament Overview Haggai
Old Testament Overview Zechariah
Old Testament Overview Malachi