Monday, February 28, 2011

Recap: Chapter by Chapter in Numbers 5 to 6

No-Shave November is completely Biblical, man. Ever hear of the Nazirites? These were hardcore men and women Israelites who liked to put off shaving for the Lord. You don't get a cooler spiritual discipline than that! To all my most bearded followers, this post's for you.

Based on's Chronological Bible In a Year schedule. If anyone would like to join in, this blog's comments sections would be a good forum in which to share insights from the text.

Numbers 5 In Numbers 5.11-31, we have a test for adultery in cases when a husband suspects his wife has been sleeping around. Basically she drinks water full of sand and ink, and if she has not slept around nothing happens (thus publicly showing her innocence), but if she has slept around, then she becomes infertile and the water basically becomes poisonous and causes irreparable physical damage. God is the defender of marital faithfulness. Let's honor our vows.

This entire chapter is about the Nazirite vow, a sort of holy No-Shave November oath where participants could not even drink wine, eat grapes, or do anything that would make them unclean -not even burying immediate family members- until their oath was finished. The idea was that you were branding yourself as a hardcore follower of Yahweh, going the extra distance to set yourself apart as one of His people. Take the extra step to let people know that you belong to God.

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