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Why Did Paul Shave His Head

What "oath" did paul take that made him "shorn" his head?

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We are under a spiritual covenant now and
hare is not so much as important as is the spirit within.Men should not wear their hair in the fashion of a woman.
They used the hair in many ways of conduct in the bible.But there is a line that is drawned.
---Jack_8773 on 1/6/08


**Another famous biblical figure that was under the vow of the Nazirite was Samson.**

What's interesting about Samson is that he was a "Nazarite from the womb"--that basically his parents made the vow for him before he was born, at the direction of the angel.
What might this suggest about the legitimacy of infant baptism?
---Jack on 1/4/08


Ryan-4: and finally in John 1:16-17. For of his fulness we all received grace for grace.(What is the grace for grace?) 17. for the Law was given through Moses , grace and truth were realized in Yeshua. If your bible has the word "but" in there that is a scribal addition to make the Law and Yeshua at odds. The word "but" is not in the original greek. With this in mind it changes the whole outlook of the verse.
---Jeff on 9/1/06


Ryan-3.:This section of the Baptist Confession ends with language closely resembling the Westminister Confession: The Aforementioned uses of the Law of G-d do not run contrary to the grace of the gospel, but are most happily in line with it, for the Spirit of Christ subdues the will of man and enables it to do freely and with cheerfulness that which the will of G-d, as revealed in the Law, requires to be done.(chap.19,Sec7)
---Jeff on 9/1/06


Ryan-2.:The fact that a man does good and refrains from evil because the Law encourages the former and deters the latter, is no evidence that the man is under the Law and not under grace.In other words, the Law of G-d-The Torah-was viewed as encouraging the christian to do good works and deterring him from sin. Moreover, a christian who lived in accordance with the Law was not to be viewed as "under the Law" but as living out the grace of G-d.
---Jeff on 9/1/06




Ryan- sorry it has been a while but I wanted to bring up something I found and maybe you can keep this in the back of your hat. The Baptist Confession of Faith of 1689, chap.19 entitled" The Law of G-d,"in which the use of the Law(Torah) by Christians is stated. After noting that the Law of G-d is of great use to christians, the confession states:
---Jeff on 9/1/06


#9 Jeff, I think we are saying the same thing but we have two different paradigms. My viewpoint is from the standpoint of a believer yours is from a position of Orthodox Judaism. We both know the law does not lead to salvation. We both know the law is a tutor to bring us to Christ and once we ask, seek and knock and we are granted entrance we no longer need the law. God bless you and much love in Christ to you, my brother.
---Ryan on 8/29/06


#8 Jeff, Study Jeremiah 7:22-24 alongside Exodus 19 and the account at Mt. Sinai. God's original commandment to Moses to give to Israel was to be His people and He would be their God. They did not want to continue in the Faith of Abraham and they requested law because of their own counsel and evil hearts.
---Ryan on 8/29/06


#7 Jeff, God commanded Israel to "Obey His voice and He would be there God." But because of their own council they requested law, believing that they could prove their righteousness to God through works. Exodus 19:5 "Tell us what we must do." This is a decleration of independence by Israel that they could prove to God their righteousness through works rather than faith.
---Ryan on 8/29/06


#6 Jeff, Paul address this issue brilliantly. Paul writes: "Why the law than? It was added because of transgressions." What was it added to? It was added to the covenant of faith through Abraham. What transgressions is Paul speaking of? Israel transgressed.
---Ryan on 8/29/06




#5 Jeff, So we see Israel had a stone of stumbling (Law) and a Rock of offense (Christ) And both of these covenants were in the promise to Abraham.
---Ryan on 8/29/06


#4 Jeff, The second covenant that came from the promise to Abraham is a covennat of grace through the Messiah. With this new covenant there is a setting aside of a former commandment because of its "weakness and uselesness in the flesh." The new covenant also comes with greater glory. The new covenant is established through the "Rock of offense (Christ)."
---Ryan on 8/29/06


#3 Jeff, The first promise of descendents were earthly (As many as grains of sand on the earth) the second promise of descendents were heavenly (As many as stars in the heavens.) Israel are a part of Abrahams earthly descendents and their covenant established at Mt. Sinai was a covenant of works through law. Israel did not hold up their end of the agreement. In fact we learn that the law was "A stone of stumbling."
---Ryan on 8/29/06


#2 Jeff, To understand the two covenants we must look to Abraham. First of all Abraham was deemed righteous to God 430 years before the administration of law. Abraham did not have the Torah, so by this example you are correct that the Torah does not lead to righteousness. The covenant with Abraham had within it two promises of descendents.
---Ryan on 8/29/06


#1 Jeff, once again thank you for sharing with me. I am not a "Replacement thologist." I do not believe the church has replaced Israel, this is a rediculous claim of ignorant men. I do believe that there are two different covenants.
---Ryan on 8/29/06


Amy- I would be happy to talk with you. Do I send an email to Amy9384 @ christianet.com or what? these forums get pretty aggravating with the 85 word limit. I also have yahoo messenger so if you have that I'll contact you that way. Just let me know. Thanks!
---Jeff on 8/28/06


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#9. I hope you're not a replacement theologist because most state that the church replaced Israel or is Israel? So yes Ryan you're grafted in so as such you take part in this covenant nation we call Israel. You don't get to call the shots because that is the role of G-d, your not bound but how do you show covenant membership? James2: 14-26. And this is words coming from Maschiach's own brother. Ryan, your a joy to drash with, iron sharpens iron right? have a great day and G-d bless.
---Jeff on 8/28/06


#8 Yes Ryan I obey the Messiah. He said Keep my commandments, and these commandments are not mine but my Father's who sent me. He came to give the Love of the Torah that was forgotten by the jewish people.Not to abrogate or change it. G-d sets a curse upon anyone who changes any part of the Torah . He also states that anyone who does a sign or wonder in His name and it comes to pass yet teaches to leave the Law which he commanded, G-d did not send that person. (DT 13:1-5) Read it, Ryan don't glance.
---Jeff on 8/28/06


No the letter is like the bold print and the spirit behind the letter is like the small print so as to truly keep it in your heart, not just written down so as to look at and treat as a daily checklist. When you walk in Torah through Messiah life becomes a lot more real. you know what G-d expects and it truly is a joy that knows no bounds.
---Jeff on 8/28/06


Either your doing them because you feel like it will appease G-d or you do them because you're a faithful child who wants to act obediently. See how the letter does kill when there is no love behind it. Messiah stated that the letter of the law says thou shall not commit adultery, but I say do not look at a woman w/lust lest you commit adultery in your heart. Did the letter now become invalid?
---Jeff on 8/28/06


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You abide in messiah , the spirit abides in you. Does the spirit abide in a body that does not want G-d's torah to correct his sinful life , I don't think so. Look at psalm51: 10-19. 1st David has the Holy Spirit with him, he also knows that to abide in the spirit requires knowledge that you are not righteous on your own, it must be through G-ds righteousness that you are made clean. Verse 16 & 19 seem to contradict. But further examination will show that its a heart condition.
---Jeff on 8/28/06


G-d demands a holy and seperate people to Himself, through faith, they believe and then obey his words. Nothing has changed. #5 I agree to a point, G-d says that Solomon was the wisest of men and remains that way today(exception being Yeshua of course). #6 Yes and No. Yes Torah is hard to keep in this flesh body, so do you let sin reign in your members while graceabounds, No like I keep saying Torah is not for salvation, no jew belives that, we all know only messiah saves.
---Jeff on 8/28/06


#3 I agree no arguement there. #4 I'd be careful with that last statement Ryan, The Torah is the will and desire of Hashem of how man sould serve Him. It was given by the Word of G-d on Mt. Sinai and we all know who that is. Israel didn't request it they just requested the Hashem quit speaking to them because it was very frightening. G-d brought them there to receive the Torah. If they hadn't recieved Torah they would have died in their own sins never seeing the salvation of G-d.
---Jeff on 8/28/06


Ryan--Thanks for your reply. I'll try to keep it short.#2 you said G-d states that he didn't speak to them or command them in the days etc. Well we have a problem then, because verse 23 says that he did. Notice in 21 he says burnt offerings and sacrifices, not His. Read the whole chapter 7 and you'll see its because they were mixing pagan ways with the ways of Hashem. Read Psalm 50:7-23. Verse 16-23 are used by most jewish anti missionarys to show Yeshua as not Messiah, BTW.
---Jeff on 8/28/06


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Jeff, I would like to talk with you about what Christians are missing. I cannot give my email address on here...please email me on this site Amy9384. I would really appreciate it.
---Amy9384 on 8/27/06


#2 Jeff, I would like to bring our attention to Jeremiah 7:24-24:
"Thus says the LORD of hosts, the God of Israel, "Add your burnt offerings to your sacrifices and eat flesh. "For I did not speak to your fathers, or command them in the day that I brought them out of the land of Egypt, concerning burnt offerings and sacrifices.
---Ryan on 8/27/06


#9 Jeff, We learn that in the church there is neither jew nor gentile. Being grafted into the vine presents the gentile with hope for eternal life. Those who obey are the spiritual bride to the Son of God. We are not bound by what we eat or any oter traditional practices. Christians are led by the Holy Spirit not the Torah. Thank you, my friendm for all you have shared.
---Ryan on 8/27/06


#8 Jeff, You say:
"I am an orthodox jew who happens to believe that Yeshua is the promised Messiah."
Do you obey the Messiah?
---Ryan on 8/27/06


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#7 Jeff, This is the beauty of the mystery. We now abide in Him and He abides in us through the power of God's Holy Spirit. We no longer need to look to the letter of the law (because the letter kills) because we have the Spirit producing a spring of eternal life in our hearts.
---Ryan on 8/27/06


#6 Jeff, Paul told us many things concerning the law. We learn the law is perfect. It is God's law but it is weak and useless in the flesh, it is a ministry of death engraved on stone tablets, it places a veil over the hearts of men when they attempt to apply it to their lives based on their own understanding and faculty. How than do we become righteous before God and have the ability to not be Torahless?
---Ryan on 8/27/06


#5 Jeff, Now we come to Paul and his brilliance. The man was expertly trained in rabbinical teachings he also had an intellect that surpasses any other man. Paul's major advantage was his knowledge of the law. What inspired him to write almost the entire New Testament is the indwelling of the Holy Spirit. Jesus chose Paul as an apostle because of his extensive knowledge.
---Ryan on 8/27/06


#4 Jeff, We learn that it was not God's desire to lead His children into sacraficial practices of the law. I propose that God is saying, through Jeremiah, that His desire was to have Israel continue in the covenant of Abraham, a covenant of faith. But Israel didn't obey and relied upon their own council with their evil heart and requested the Torah.
---Ryan on 8/27/06


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#3 Jeff, "But this is what I commanded them, saying, 'Obey My voice, and I will be your God, and you will be My people; and you will walk in all the way which I command you, that it may be well with you.' "Yet they did not obey or incline their ear, but walked in {their own} counsels {and} in the stubbornness of their evil heart, and went backward and not forward."
---Ryan on 8/27/06


Jeff, I thoroughly enjoy your fellowship. A child of the Nation of Israel is always a joy to share with. We have been discussing the Torah and it's usefulness to the Christian. The love you have for the Torah is phenominal.
---Ryan on 8/27/06


Both find their identity in their covenant relationship to the One G-d of Israel. Well I have probably caused the server for this site to shut down. I pray that Hashem will open your eyes to the truth of his Torah and His messiah. If you would like to discuss further with me, any of these things, just send me an email. I think it is accessible on this site, because it asks me for one .If you don't agree with me and don't want to pursue further in this topic then its been nice drashing with you.G-d Bless.
---Jeff on 8/27/06


In worshipping Israels G-d you do so by means He(G-d)prescribes. You "attach yourself to Israel". This biblical culture includes a new calendar,new holy writings(in the language of the new culture,ie, Hebrew), new rules for family and communal living and relationships, a new view of what G-d considers food and clothes, and even a new outlook on civil and social institutions. For the gentile who is grafted in, there is one Torah for him as well as the native born.
---Jeff on 8/27/06


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To answer your first question, I am not a christian,I am an orthodox jew who happens to believe that Yeshua is the promised Messiah. If you are a member of the House of Israel by grafting in through Messiah then that means that you get to take part in the Torah, it is a gift because you get to share in the blessing that comes through the Law. You don't however bring with you your pagan culture, but leave it behind and embrace the culture of Torah.
---Jeff on 8/27/06


The depth of Pauls understanding of Torah and Messiah and how the two are two parts of a complete picture is amazing. Its just that after many years of anti-Torah bias his original words are lost unless you truly study the original greek and understand at his level the judaism of his day. But if you interpret him to be contrary to the promises of G-d laid out in the Torah, then maybe you shouldn't study him yet.
---Jeff on 8/27/06


The whole of the matter is this. Who do you worship? Paul or G-d? Whose words do you think carry more weight, Yeshua's or Pauls. Paul, I see is a VERY ORTHODOX rabbi whose understanding of Torah, Talmud,Mishnah,Zohar and Gemarra far outweighs some of the modern rabbis I learn under today. He writes epistles like his rabbi, Rambam Gamaliel zt"l who is one of the most revered rabbis in judaism. He quotes a lot of talmud and refers to a lot of kabbalistic writings.
---Jeff on 8/27/06


You even testified yourself, sin is lawlessness, ie TORAHlessness. So you agree with me, Baruch Hashem we are making progress. : ) 1John 3:7-12. Summary, if you are w/o Torah you are lawless which means you practice sin, if you keep Torah it means you are obedient to the righteousness of G-d. Cain got jealous of Hevel's accepted sacrifice which made him wicked...wait what on Earth are they doing offering sacrifices on an altar 3000 years BEFORE it was given to Moses. Where did it say to do this? HMMMMM.
---Jeff on 8/27/06


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Again the Law was given by G-d, after the covenant for mashiach was given to Abraham. Moses led the children of Israel(mixed multitude w/them) out of Egypt through their faith that G-d would redeem them.
It would seem cruel and unlike G-d to give them the Torah to condemn them and bring them into death after redeeming them.Torah was never intended for salvation just obedience. By keeping it, it leads to salvation.
---Jeff on 8/27/06


To see how the Torah is viewed by those that love G-d read Psalm19:7-14, and really read it. Your question#2 you said that sin entered in the world. Ok I agree sin entered through the disobedience of man ie Adam and Chava. But sin did not enter through Torah nor is it a ministry of death. Does G-d desire to give death to his children? He said in the Torah when he gave it to them I put before you life and death, choose life. Torah is a tree of life to those who grab hold of it.
---Jeff on 8/27/06


They would justify their torahlessness by mistranslating and misquoting the disciples and even Yeshuas words. 2 peter 3:15&16 is a good example of that. Paul was a very devout Pharisee who never departed from the Pharisee traditions or ways (Acts 28:17,Acts 24:14-18,Acts21:26), As a matter of fact I will be glad to show you even more where Paul not only kept the Law stictly, he even continued to do sacrifices 20-30 years after the cruxifiction as long as the temple still stood.
---Jeff on 8/27/06


When theses words in verse 16 are said the ONLY scripture that they referred to was the Torah not the NT because it did not exist. Nor did the apostles know that their words would be used in the future to replace Torah, they taught straight from the Torah like Yeshua did. It was only after many, many years that the NT was formed and that was when the gentiles in the early sect of believers started to depart from the original faith.
---Jeff on 8/27/06


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that the man of G-d may be adequate, equipped for every good work(or mitzvot). Question: If the NT wasn't completed and was not around then, what are the sacred writings that he has known since childhood that give him the wisdom that leads to salvation. We can't say its the NT because it wasn't written yet when these words were
spoken nor was the NT around when Timothy was a child. Same thing applies in verse16.
---Jeff on 8/27/06


The usefulness of the Torah for christians. Well for one Paul tells Timothy in 2 tim 3:14
to continuue in the things you have learned and become convinced of, knowing from whom you
have learned them, and that from CHILDHOOD you have known the sacred writings which are
able to give you the wisdom that leads to salvation through faith which is in Yeshua. All scripture is inspired by G-d and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness;
---Jeff on 8/27/06


Ryan- I read 2Cor.3:15. How you got what you got from it I don't know. The veil over there eyes is what KEEPS them from seeing Yeshua in Torah, it does not say that turning to Moses puts a veil over their eyes.
I read your replys, some made sense and some please forgive I just didn't see where
you where coming from. I will attempt to answer some of the questions thru multiple posts.
---Jeff on 8/27/06


#4 Jeff, This is what set the Christ apart from all mankind, this was the central part of His divinity. Sin could not condemn His flesh. No matter the trials He was put through sin never entered Him. His conscience mind (inner man) was truly doing the will of God through His own faculty which was holy, righteous & God. Our conscience mind is destitute and incapable of rejecting sin.
---Ryan on 8/26/06


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#3 Jeff, If we focus on law, because it is the desire of the inner man, than sin will convict us and we cannot stop sin from twisting our good intention into condemnation of the flesh (law of sin and death).
---Ryan on 8/26/06


#2 Jeff, We are also told that the law is a ministry of death engraved on stone tablets. In Romans 7 & 8 and I John 3:4 we are learning the way sin works within our soul to convict us of the law when we focus on the law. That is what is ment with "Sin entered the world." It corrupts through the flesh into our very conscionce, sin has 100% access to our inner man. We are battling powers and principalities. Mosaic law is a two edged sword.
---Ryan on 8/26/06


Jeff, thank you for your reply. I have some other questions for you. In II Corinthians 3:15 we learn that turning to Moses places a vail over the heart. What usefulness than is the law for the Christian? I notice you don't spell out God, which I have come to learn is a practice of children from the nation of Israel. Do you consider yourself a Messianic Jew or a saint?
---Ryan on 8/25/06


Last but not least I offer you this: According to the law of the land, if a road sign is posted stating that the speed limit is 55 and you go 57 you are breaking the law and subject to fines and punishment. But most officers won't pull you over for that.Why? because of the rule that is called the grace law. You can go about 5 over the limit but over that you get pulled over, so as not to endanger others or yourself. Remember the law is in place to protect not to condemn. How much more the Law of G-d.
---Jeff on 8/25/06


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In verse 22 we see that the Torah is in the inner man, the law of sin and death is that which is against G-d's Torah. In verse 25 we see this battle played out.I think the key to this is in 8:5. Remember that torah is spiritual and sin is flesh(the things of this world). With that in mind read verses 5-9.To sum up read 1John 3:4. The law of sin and death is essentially Lawlessness or Torahlessness. Again according to Jewish teachings about the messiah, is that if he takes away Torah he is not messiah.
---Jeff on 8/25/06


Ryan, certainly I would be happy to answer that,& that is a great question, one that I get from christians all the time. If we look in Romans7:14 we see that the Law of G-d is spiritual and that the flesh is set against the Law of G-D. .In verse 22 we see that he joyfully concurs w/the Law of G-d in the inner man, but sees a different law in the members of his body waging war against the law of the mind. So which of the three laws that he is referring to is the Torah?
---Jeff on 8/25/06


Jeff, how do you reconcile what you said with this statement from Paul: "We are free from the law of sin and death"?
---Ryan on 8/25/06


Can anybody please tell me where it says in Scripture that Paul had his head shorn?
---Helen_5378 on 8/25/06


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If Paul felt he was free from the Law as you say then why take the vow upon himself when he wouldn't have to. The Holy Spirit would never make a man turn from the Law. The Law is spiritual, holy,righteous and good(Romans7:12-14). Any who teach otherwise are considered false teachers(Matt.5:17-19)
---Jeff on 8/25/06


Acts21:24-27 shows that he agreed with showing that he still taught and kept the Law. In Acts 18:18 he had already taken the vow upon himself. By the time he gets to Chap.21 they recognize he is under a vow and ask him to complete his vow with 4 others who also were under one.(acts21:24)
---Jeff on 8/25/06


Ryan, I'm sorry but you are terribly mistaken. Paul was accused of teaching all the jewish believers among the gentiles(non-believers) to NOT keep the Torah(Law)Acts21:17-24, read verse 24 carefully.He did the vow to show that the accusations were FALSE.
---Jeff on 8/25/06


earl, the significance of Paul ending his vow of the nazirite is this: Paul, having the indwelling of the HOly Spirit realized he was no longer under law. The vow of the nazirite was a part of Mosaic law and Paul shaving his head was an outward sign that he was no longer associated with the law of Moses he was now one of the elect through the Holy Spirit.
---Ryan on 8/24/06


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greetings ,thanks for replies,for ryan ,do you think paul did the oath so God will bless him?when paul wrote "jesus was the last sacrific"do you think paul was nazarite sacrificing after his repentance?when paul had the vision of uncleanliness was it a reflection towards his vow of seperation?
---earl on 8/24/06


And that my friend is the vow of the Nazirite:)
---Ryan on 8/24/06


#11 Num 6:23 "Speak to Aaron and to his sons, saying, 'Thus you shall bless the sons of Israel. You shall say to them:
Num 6:24 The LORD bless you, and keep you;
Num 6:25 The LORD make His face shine on you, And be gracious to you;
Num 6:26 The LORD lift up His countenance on you, And give you peace.'
Num 6:27 "So they shall invoke My name on the sons of Israel, and I {then} will bless them."
---Ryan on 8/24/06


#10 Num 6:21 "This is the law of the Nazirite who vows his offering to the LORD according to his separation, in addition to what {else} he can afford; according to his vow which he takes, so he shall do according to the law of his separation."
Num 6:22 Then the LORD spoke to Moses, saying,
---Ryan on 8/24/06


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#9 Num 6:19 'The priest shall take the ram's shoulder {when it has been} boiled, and one unleavened cake out of the basket and one unleavened wafer, and shall put {them} on the hands of the Nazirite after he has shaved his dedicated {hair.}
Num 6:20 'Then the priest shall wave them for a wave offering before the LORD. It is holy for the priest, together with the breast offered by waving and the thigh offered by lifting up; and afterward the Nazirite may drink wine.'
---Ryan on 8/24/06


#8 Num 6:17 'He shall also offer the ram for a sacrifice of peace offerings to the LORD, together with the basket of unleavened cakes; the priest shall likewise offer its grain offering and its drink offering.
Num 6:18 'The Nazirite shall then shave his dedicated head {of hair} at the doorway of the tent of meeting, and take the dedicated hair of his head and put {it} on the fire which is under the sacrifice of peace offerings.
---Ryan on 8/24/06


#7 Num 6:15 and a basket of unleavened cakes of fine flour mixed with oil and unleavened wafers spread with oil, along with their grain offering and their drink offering.
Num 6:16 'Then the priest shall present {them} before the LORD and shall offer his sin offering and his burnt offering.
---Ryan on 8/24/06


#6 Num 6:13 'Now this is the law of the Nazirite when the days of his separation are fulfilled, he shall bring the offering to the doorway of the tent of meeting.
Num 6:14 'He shall present his offering to the LORD: one male lamb a year old without defect for a burnt offering and one ewe-lamb a year old without defect for a sin offering and one ram without defect for a peace offering,
---Ryan on 8/24/06


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#5 Num 6:11 'The priest shall offer one for a sin offering and {the} other for a burnt offering, and make atonement for him concerning his sin because of the {dead} person. And that same day he shall consecrate his head,
Num 6:12 and shall dedicate to the LORD his days as a Nazirite, and shall bring a male lamb a year old for a guilt offering; but the former days will be void because his separation was defiled.
---Ryan on 8/24/06


#4 Num 6:9 'But if a man dies very suddenly beside him and he defiles his dedicated head {of hair,} then he shall shave his head on the day when he becomes clean; he shall shave it on the seventh day.
Num 6:10 'Then on the eighth day he shall bring two turtledoves or two young pigeons to the priest, to the doorway of the tent of meeting.
---Ryan on 8/24/06


#3 Num 6:6 'All the days of his separation to the LORD he shall not go near to a dead person.
Num 6:7 'He shall not make himself unclean for his father or for his mother, for his brother or for his sister, when they die, because his separation to God is on his head.
Num 6:8 'All the days of his separation he is holy to the LORD.
---Ryan on 8/24/06


#2 Num 6:4 'All the days of his separation he shall not eat anything that is produced by the grape vine, from {the} seeds even to {the} skin. Num 6:5 'All the days of his vow of separation no razor shall pass over his head. He shall be holy until the days are fulfilled for which he separated himself to the LORD; he shall let the locks of hair on his head grow long.
---Ryan on 8/24/06


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#1 earl, my brother, here is the vow:
Num 6:1 Again the LORD spoke to Moses, saying, Num 6:2 "Speak to the sons of Israel and say to them, 'When a man or woman makes a special vow, the vow of a Nazirite, to dedicate himself to the LORD, Num 6:3 he shall abstain from wine and strong drink; he shall drink no vinegar, whether made from wine or strong drink, nor shall he drink any grape juice nor eat fresh or dried grapes.
---Ryan on 8/24/06


Num 6:2 ... When either man or woman shall separate [themselves] to vow a vow of a Nazarite, to separate [themselves] unto the LORD:
I don't know what actual words might be in the vow. One vows to separate themselves to the Lord for various periods of time.
But there were rules:
eat no grape products...no wine, vinegar, grapes, raisins.
hair must not be cut could not come near a dead body. This rule applied even if members of the immediate family died.
---Donna2277 on 8/23/06


Jack, I completely agree that the case of Samson's vow being from the womb was rare. Wasn't the mother of Samson instructed that she would bear a Nazirite? The woman was barren but scriptures do not suggest she pleaded for a child or that she wanted to bear a nazirite. This occured from the instruction of God.
---Ryan on 8/23/06


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