Numbers 6* The law concerning the Nazarites. (1-21) The form of blessingthe people. (22-27)1-21 The word Nazarite signifies separation. Some wereappointed of God, before their birth, to be Nazarites all theirdays, as Samson and John the Baptist. But, in general, it was avow of separation from the world and devotedness to the servicesof religion, for a limited time, and under certain rules, whichany person might make if they pleased. A Nazarite is spoken ofas well known; but his obligation is brought to a greatercertainty than before. That the fancies of superstitious menmight not multiply the restraints endlessly, God gives themrules. They must not drink wine or strong drink, nor eat grapes.Those who separate themselves to God, must not gratify thedesires of the body, but keep it under. Let all Christians bevery moderate in the use of wine and strong drink; for if thelove of these once gets the mastery of a man, he becomes an easyprey to Satan. The Nazarites were to eat nothing that came ofthe vine; this may teach the utmost care to avoid sin, and allthat borders upon it, and leads to it, or may be a temptation tous. They must not cut their hair. They must neither poll theirheads, nor shave their beards; this was the mark of Samson beinga Nazarite. This signified neglect of the body, and of the easeand ornament of it. Those who separate themselves to God, mustkeep their consciences pure from dead works, and not touchunclean things. All the days of their separation they must beholy to the Lord. This was the meaning of those outwardobservances, and without this they were of no account. Nopenalty or sacrifice was appointed for those who wilfully broketheir vow of being Nazarites; they must answer another day forsuch profane trifling with the Lord their God; but those were tobe relieved who did not sin wilfully. There is nothing inScripture that bears the least resemblance to the religiousorders of the church of Rome, except these Nazarites. But markthe difference, or rather how completely opposed! The religiousof that church are forbidden to marry; but no such restrictionis laid upon the Nazarites. They are commanded to abstain frommeats; but the Nazarites might eat any food allowed otherIsraelites. They are not generally forbidden wine, not even ontheir fasting days; but the Nazarites might not have wine at anytime. Their vow is lasting, even to the end of their lives; theNazarites' vow was only for a limited time, at their own will;and in certain cases not unless allowed by husbands or parents.Such a thorough difference there is between rules of man'sinvention and those directed in Scripture, Let us not forgetthat the Lord Jesus is not only our Surety, but also ourexample. For his sake we must renounce worldly pleasures,abstain from fleshy lusts, be separate from sinners, make openprofession of our faith, moderate natural affections, bespiritually-minded, and devoted to God's service, and desirousto be an example all around us. 22-27 The priests were solemnly to bless the people in the nameof the Lord. To be under the almighty protection of God ourSaviour; to enjoy his favour as the smile of a loving Father, oras the cheering beams of the sun; while he mercifully forgivesour sins, supplies our wants, consoles the heart, and preparesus by his grace for eternal glory; these things form thesubstance of this blessing, and the sum total of all blessings.In so rich a list of mercies worldly joys are not worthy to bementioned. Here is a form of prayer. The name Jehovah is threetimes repeated. The Jews think there is some mystery; and weknow what it is, the New Testament having explained it. There weare directed to expect the blessing from the grace of our LordJesus Christ, the love of the Father, and the communion of theHoly Ghost, #2Co 13:14|; each of which Persons is Jehovah, andyet they are not three Lords, but one Lord.
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