The Book of Numbers 0001 - Lesson 7

Scripture Passage: 
Numbers 6:1-27

Chapter 6

The Law of the Nazarite

Introduction:  This chapter deals specifically with the law of the Nazarite.  Whereas chapter 5 dealt with separation from a few things, chapter 6 deals with separation unto God.

Chapter makeup
  • 27 verses (3 is the number of divine being, 9 is the number of fruitfulness)
  • A similar connection is found in the Book of Leviticus, which has 27 chapters and deals much with holiness and separation.
  • This chapter deals with the fruit of the divine being working in the heart of a man or woman.
Key words or phrases
  • separate , separateth, separation occurs 16 times
  • holy occurs 3 times
  • consecrate, consecration occurs 3 times
  • unto the Lord occurs 8 times
Misconceptions
  • Jesus was a Nazarene which means he came from Nazareth. (Matthew 2:23).
  • A Nazarite is not a Nazarene.
  1. HIS SEPARATION (Numbers 6:1-8)
    1. Who Can Vow (Numbers 6:2)
      1. Either man
      2. Or woman
    2. A Voluntary Vow (Numbers 6:2)
      1. Separate themselves (Numbers 6:2)
      2. Separate or separateth himself (Numbers 6:3, 5, 6)
      3. His separation (Numbers 6:4, 5, 8, 12, 13, 18, 19, 21)
    3. From the Vine Tree (Numbers 6:3-4)
      1. No wine or strong drink (Numbers 6:3)
        1. No vinegar of wine
        2. No vinegar of strong drink
      2. No liquor of grapes – grape juice (Numbers 6:3)
      3. Eat no moist grapes (Numbers 6:3).
      4. Eat no dried grapes (Numbers 6:3).
      5. Nothing from the kernels even to the husk (Numbers 6:4)
    4. His Hair (Numbers 6:5)
      1. No razor shall come upon his head
      2. Until the days be fulfilled
    5. From the Dead (Numbers 6:6-8)
      1. Come at no dead body (Numbers 6:6).
      2. He would be unclean (Numbers 6:7).
      3. The consecration of God is upon his head (Numbers 6:7).
  2. HIS SACRIFICE (Numbers 6:9-21)
    1. His Separation Defiled (Numbers 6:9-12)
      1. He shall shave his head (Numbers 6:9)
        1. In the day of his cleansing
        2. On the seventh day
      2. On the eighth day (Numbers 6:10-11)
        1. Bring two turtles or young pigeons.
        2. To the priest
        3. To the door of the tabernacle
        4. Priest shall offer one for a sin offering.
        5. Priest shall offer the other for a burnt offering.
      3. Trespass offering (Numbers 6:12)
        1. Lamb of the first year
        2. For a trespass offering
      4. Previous time lost (Numbers 6:12)
    2. His Separation Fulfilled (Numbers 6:13-21)
      1. He shall be brought to the door of the tabernacle (Numbers 6:13).
      2. The burnt offering (Numbers 6:14)
        1. One he lamb
        2. Of the first year
        3. Without blemish
      3. The sin offering (Numbers 6:14)
        1. One ewe lamb
        2. Of the first year
        3. Without blemish
      4. The peace offering (Numbers 6:14)
        1. One ram
        2. Without blemish
      5. The meat offering (Numbers 6:15,17)
      6. The drink offering (Numbers 6:15,17)
      7. Shaving of the head (Numbers 6:18)
        1. Shave the head.
        2. Put the hair in the fire which is under the sacrifice of peace offerings.
      8. The wave offering (Numbers 6:19-20)
        1. One sodden shoulder of the ram
        2. One unleavened cake
        3. One unleavened wafer
        4. Put into the hands of the Nazarite
        5. The priest shall wave them before the Lord.
        6. This is holy for the priest.
      9. After that the Nazarite may drink wine (Numbers 6:20).
  3. HIS BLESSING (Numbers 6:22-27)
    1. The Lord bless thee (Numbers 6:24).
    2. The Lord keep thee (Numbers 6:24).
    3. The Lord’s face shine upon thee (Numbers 6:25).
    4. The Lord be gracious unto thee (Numbers 6:25).
    5. The Lord lift up His countenance upon thee (Numbers 6:26).
    6. The Lord give thee peace (Numbers 6:26).
    7. The Lord put His name upon the children of Israel (Numbers 6:27).
  4. TYPOLOGY CONCERNING THE SEPARATION OF THE NAZARITE
    1. Separation from the Vine Tree
      1. This would be typical of the pleasures or joys of this world (Psalm 4:7; Isaiah 24:11; Jeremiah 48:33).
      2. A believer who wants to be separated unto God will separate himself to some degree from the pleasures of this world.
    2. No Razor To Touch the hair
      1. This would mean that a man’s hair would be allowed to grow to a longer length than normal.
      2. Long hair on a man is shameful (1 Corinthians 11:14).
      3. A believer who wants to be separated unto God will endure some persecution and mockery for their devotion to God. (Mark 8:34; Hebrews 12:2).
      4. This would also help to prove that the normal thing for a Jewish man was not long hair, and had Jesus had the hair length presented by the artists, then Judas could have said Jesus is the one with long hair.  Rather he said Jesus would be the one he betrayed with a kiss.
    3. Not To Be Defiled by the Dead
      1. This could be typical of two different things.
      2. It could be typical of separation from the dead things of this world.
        1. As such, believers should not defile themselves by fellowshipping with the world (2 Corinthians 6:14; Ephesians 5:11).
        2. Friendship with the world is enmity against God (James 4:4).
      3. It could be typical of our decisions to separate ourselves from some of the things in this world that we consider to be our rights or what we deserve to have. (Luke 9:57-62; Ezekiel 24:15-18).
        1. As such, a believer wholly separated unto God has yielded even the things considered to be rightfully theirs unto God.
Andrew Ray

Daily Proverb

Proverbs 5:14

I was almost in all evil in the midst of the congregation and assembly.