The Book of Numbers – Does your Devotion need a Reset?

In Numbers 6, we read about the Nazerite vow.  It comes from the Hebrew word Nazir which means ‘to separate’. It was to be separated and set apart, for the Lord, and that could be either for life or for a certain period of time.

Such a lifelong vow was lived by Samson (Judges 13-16). He was chosen and set apart by God for a reason in a time of need for Israel.

A vow is a promise toward something. In Scripture, we see that vows were a special part of the people’s worship reflecting a person’s commitment and allegiance to the Lord.

In Isaiah 19:21 we read the prophet envision a time when the Egyptians will show allegiance to the Lord So the Lord will make himself known to the Egyptians, and in that day, they will acknowledge the Lord. They will worship with sacrifices and grain offerings; they will make vows to the Lord and keep them.”

A vow was also something that was made in times of need or during joyful celebratory times reflecting on the goodness and provision of God.

In Leviticus 23:38 we read that vows were a part of the celebration of ‘The Feast of Tabernacles’, It was a time of joyous celebration as the Israelites celebrated God’s continued provision for them in the current season and remembered His provision and protection during the 40 years in the wilderness, “These offerings are in addition to those for the Lord’s Sabbaths and in addition to your gifts and whatever you have vowed and all the freewill offerings you give to the Lord.”

To make and keep a vow was not something that was to be considered callously, it was considered a sin if it was not held and fulfilled.

Deuteronomy 23:21-23 “When you make a vow to the Lord your God you must not delay in fulfilling it, for otherwise he will surely hold you accountable as a sinner. If you refrain from making a vow, it will not be sinful.  Whatever you vow, you must be careful to do what you have promised, such as what you have vowed to the Lord your God as a freewill offering.”

The Nazerite vow was associated with certain requirements

  1. Abstinence from fermented drink
  2. No Razor was to touch their hair and
  3. They were to not be in the presence of a dead body.

Abstinence from fermented drink – to keep from gratifying the desires of the flesh.

The hair not being cut was publicly noticeable, it could not be hidden, it was a public declaration. There was an accountability along with a testament that a consecrated life is a light which cannot be put under a bushel.

And to keep from things that make one unclean – an awareness and intentionality of keeping from anything that made one unclean during this time. The requirement included not going near a dead body even if a family member passed away. This time was about keeping God first and foremost before any earthly ties.

There is much we can learn from this Nazerite vow.

  • It was one’s choice (voluntary),
  • There was an entirety to the commitment, no halfway in (no keeping one leg in one boat and the other in another),
  • It was unto the Lord – God was the ‘why’ behind the vow, the time was to fix your eyes on Him without other distractions.
  • It involved self- denial and discipline; it teaches us to keep God before our own desires.

In the New Testament we read about Paul keeping such a vow

Acts 18: 18 “Paul stayed on in Corinth for some time. Then he left the brothers and sisters and sailed for Syria, accompanied by Priscilla and Aquilla. Before he sailed, he had his hair cut off at Cenchreae because of a vow he had taken.”

As we read about the Nazerite vow, we can tend to focus on the requirements the person had to follow through, for me it was always the hair not being cut, as Samson was a story that I heard from my Sunday school days, and it is something that always stuck with me.

As I read it now, the vow is more about setting oneself apart and dedicating one’s life and time to God. This made me reflect on how I am personally faring in my continued devotion to God. Is it steady, does it fluctuate when my life gets inundated with many things, does my devotion to Him need a reset?

What is your daily life devoted to? All our life is meant to be devoted to God. If you feel that your priorities are needing a reset, if your heart needs to be recalibrated towards God, or you need to revive the vital connection and communication with Him then take some time and separate yourself from your routine and dedicate some time for God. It may be a complete removal from everything else for a certain number of days, or a more permanent setting aside of certain things that derail you in your journey towards drawing closer to God.

Spend some time in prayer, reflect and ask yourself if you need a reset in your devotion to God.

Create in me a pure heart, O God and renew a steadfast spirit within me (Psalm 51:10).

God Bless.

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  1. Does my devotion need a reset? Yes, my days are currently consumed with thoughts about our daughter’s upcoming wedding and I have been rushing my morning devotional so that I can tackle the to do list. Thanks for this important reminder Manu. You are drawing wonderful lessons out of the book of Numbers.

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    1. Jo, a special time indeed for your family. I can imagine all that you have to get done and get done they must. I pray that even though there is much for you to do during this time, when you spend time with God you feel unhurried and be present with HIM in those moments soaking in His presence and His word.
      Thank you Jo.

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  2. This is great Manu! When we resist the gratification of the flesh and the things associated, we can realize that our joy and satisfaction truly come from the Lord…not flesh, nor food, nor drink. 💕

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  3. I stepped away from a number of things earlier this year (including my blog), and it was really good for me. I honestly may need to step away from some things again at this point too. It’s astounding how easily we can get distracted, especially in a world where everything is at our fingertips thanks to the internet. Great post, Manu!

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    1. I remember you taking some time off from your blog. I do think we need to step away from things intermittently so that we can reset our priorities.
      Thank you Colleen. Have a lovely weekend my friend 🤗💐

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  4. Manu, thank you for this post. You really hit home with your thought provoking words. I have been keeping up with my morning devotions. However, through the rest of the day, I have been filling my time with too many other things. This has been pulling me away from sitting at the Lord’s feet and soaking in His presence. I will be praying about what things I need to lay aside so I can keep my eyes on Him. Thank you for encouraging us to reset our devotions. I hope you have a lovely weekend. Blessings, my friend. 🦋

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    1. I can relate to that Bridget. Sometimes we can get so busy with all that the day holds that we do not keep up our communication with God through the day. And that makes a big difference.
      We do need to have these resets of our priorities regularly. It helps.
      Thank you my friend and I hope you have a lovely weekend 💙😊💐

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  5. Great work with this, Manu! This is an area of study that I am very passionate about. I hope it’s ok to include my post that I wrote earlier this year. https://bluecollartheologian.blog/2022/02/14/nazirite-vow/ God makes Himself accessible to us, He allows us to come to Him that is amazing. It is humbling how when we seek Him He will reset our minds, hearts, activities etc. I am so thankful for you, Manu!!! 🤗🤗🧡🧡

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    1. Hey Mandy, just read your post. I enjoyed reading it and seeing how different things stand out for each one of us when we dedicate time to a text.
      The women aspect of it , I did underline that in my Bible but as you read I was more drawn to other aspects. But yes, it is wonderful to see how they were included too and I do also wonder how women who were menstruating would have to be very sensitive in their timing and that pregnant women would have been able to for longer time dedicate themselves ( I did not think of that till I read your words). Bless you sister for your passion for His word 💙💐 and thank you for linking this post, I am glad you did 🤗

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  6. I like the idea of resetting. It’s easy to get off track in our devotion to God. Before we know it, time without prayer or the word has slipped by. I went through a phase like that recently. One thing I’m thankful for is that God is always there, even when we miss the mark. Which I’ve done too many times lol. Thanks Manu for this encouragement.

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    1. Yes, I agree Dawn, it is easy to go off track. I have been there too and know how easy it is to slip. And I am thankful too that God does not give up on us.
      Thank you Dawn. Have a wonderful weekend.

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  7. Manu, it seems we need more and more resets these days with our devotion to God. We can let so many “distractions” block our time with Him. Thanks for reminding me how important it is to brush away the things that take up our alone time with Him!

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  8. Good morning Manu! Great post for self reflection. When you wrote “It was unto the Lord – God was the ‘why’ behind the vow, the time was to fix your eyes on Him without other distractions,” I get distracted easily. I had to set up my desk to do Bible study so it is my designated place. Other rooms have distractions like “Look at the Quail family running past the window.” 🙂

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    1. You make me laugh Marla – look at that Quail family running past the window. 😁. That is something I think we can all easily end up doing. Getting distracted happens to us all. We have to be intentional with it.
      Thanks Marla 🤗💐💐

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  9. Dedicated time with God is a goal I work at. It often doesn’t happen until the quiet time at night, when I am too tired to soak in His presence. Manu, thanks for the needed reminder. Blessings!💖🌹🌺

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    1. Me too Jeanne. I think that unless we are purposeful in that area it is very easy to allow it to slacken and the enemy wants that to happen. So being aware and working with intent to make and spend time with God helps us stay on the straight and narrow.
      Blessings to you too Jeanne 💙💐

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  10. What a Joy to read this post, Manu. It’s a great reminder for me, as there is something God has been asking me to commit to Him. Making a vow to God is very serious and not to be taken lightly. Thank you for this lesson on the Nazarite vow. God’s word is so interesting! Thank you!

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    1. So glad to her that this post resonated with you. God’s word is interesting indeed. I enjoyed studying about the Nazerite vow. I hope that you will prayerfully pursue whatever it is God is asking you to commit to Him. God bless you Malinda.

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