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Stay True To Your Commitments    Num. 6:1-15 (HCSB)    Dec. 04, 2011


Introduction 

       We live in a day when many people stay away from commitments. If some people do make a commitment it seems they think they do not have to be serious about keeping it. In the lesson text God tells people to Stay True To Your Commitments. 

 

1.   Stay True By Taking Your Commitments . . Seriously. Num. 6:1-8

       A.   Seriousness about Commitments Includes A Willingness to . . Follow the Lord. 6:1-3

1 The LORD instructed Moses:

       2 “Speak to the Israelites and tell them: When a man or woman makes a special vow, a Nazirite vow, to

       consecrate himself to the LORD,

       3 he is to abstain from wine and beer. He must not drink vinegar made from wine or from beer. He must not

       drink any grape juice or eat fresh grapes or raisins.

 

       B.   Seriousness about Commitments Includes A . . Favorable Attitude to Obey The Lord. 6:4-8

4 He is not to eat anything produced by the grapevine, from seeds to skin, during his vow.

       5 “You must not cut his hair throughout the time of his vow of consecration. He must be holy until the time

       is completed during which he consecrates himself to the LORD; he is to let the hair of his head grow long.

       6 He must not go near a dead body during the time he consecrates himself to the LORD.

       7 He is not to defile himself for his father or mother, or his brother or sister, when they die, because the hair

       consecrated to his God is on his head.

       8 He is holy to the LORD during the time of consecration.


       This vow certainly called for all seriousness in the decision of making this commitment for yourself or for someone else. The seriousness focused on following the Lord. If a person or several people wanted to take this vow they should have a favorable attitude relating to obeying the requirements of the Lord. This vow has

restrictions in three areas, 1) He must abstain from wine and fermented drink. 2) This person could not cut his hair during the time of this vow, 3) He could not touch a dead person. Parents could make this commitment for a child at birth and it was to last all the child’s lifetime. Some older person could make this commitment for as little as 30 days. Some suggest John the Baptist as an example of one whose parents took the vow for him.

 

2.   Stay True By Rededicating Your Commitments . . Sacrificially. Num. 6:9-12

       A.   Sacrificially Honoring the . . Details of the Lord. 6:9-10

      9 “If someone suddenly dies near him, defiling his consecrated head of hair, he must shave his head on the

       day of his purification; he is to shave it on the seventh day.

       10 On the eighth day he is to bring two turtledoves or two young pigeons to the priest at the entrance to the

       tent of meeting.  

 

       B.   Sacrificially Honoring the . . Desires of the Lord. 6:11-12

       11 The priest is to offer one as a sin offering and the other as a burnt offering to make atonement on behalf

       of the Nazirite, since he sinned because of the corpse. On that day he must consecrate his head again.

       12 He is to rededicate his time of consecration to the LORD and to bring a year-old male lamb as a

       restitution offering. But do not count the previous period, because his consecrated hair became defiled.

 

       An individual who made this commitment may be required to rededicate himself to this commitment.

This need might occur because a dead body fell on him accidently and defiled him and his commitment. The Lord gives the details about how this rededication needed to be enacted by one who originally made this vow. Since the Lord listed the details it is obvious this matter is serious with the Him. In my thought it seems a little on the harsh side for the one who made the commitment but this is the Lord’s desire and when it is put in that perspective anyone affected needs to be submissive. God who is all wise knows what is best and He does not desire anything that is foolish or harsh for His children.

 

3.   Stay True By Honoring the Lord Totally and . . Specifically. 6:13-15

       A.   Specifically as the Lord Commands Including the . . Consecration Offerings. 6:13-14

13 “This is the law of the Nazirite: On the day his time of consecration is completed, he must be brought to

       the entrance to the tent of meeting.

       14 He is to present an offering to the LORD of one unblemished year-old male lamb as a burnt offering,

       one unblemished year-old female lamb as a sin offering, one unblemished ram as a fellowship offering,

 

       B.   Specifically as the Lord Commands Including the . . Coating with Oil. 6:15

15 along with their grain offerings and drink offerings, and a basket of unleavened cakes made from fine flour mixed with oil, and unleavened wafers coated with oil.


       In the consecration offerings the one completing the Nazirite vow was required by the Lord to bring three different offerings. The first offering was a sheep of a year old as a burnt-offering. The second offering was

an ewe of a year old as a sin-offering for the sins committed involuntarily during the period of consecration. The third requirement was a ram without blemish as a peace-offering. When we look at the details of these offerings and compare it to what Christ did for us in His sacrifice it is amazing what He accomplished in His death for our forgiveness to be completed. In addition God required a basket of unleavened cakes and wafers baked, and coated with oil. When we make vows God expects us to Stay True To Your Commitments. Amen? Amen!