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The Vow

1. The Positive Vow

A promise to dedicate something to God. It can be a sacrifice or some other object. This is called Korban (corban) It means an offering not necessarily a sacrifice. Lev.1/2, Num.7/13, Neh. 10/34

Mark 7/5-13 Jesus scathing denunciation of the pharisees practice of the vow.
This was a vow of something you would give to the Lord. To get out of helping parents or someone or to get out of an obligation they would say its corban and then use it themselves.

a) Possessions
Gen.28/22 His sheep cattle possessions or servants

b) Persons
1Sam.1/11 Samuel
Judges 11/30 Jepthah vowed his daughter Bro. Freeman thought this was foolish vow that should have been repented of. He also thought it was a vow of perpetual virginhood.

c)The Vow of Devotion. this was not used in a spiritual sense. It could be called a vow of judgement. devoted to judgement.
Heb. is "Cherem" - a ban, a devoted thing
Joshua 6/17-18 Jericho. The city and everything in it. It is destroyed and burned. If it is living it is killed
Lev. 27/29

d) There are special vows devoting something to Gods use. eg. lands animals. they are then unsaleable. They become the possession of the priesthood and can never be redeemed.
Lev.27/21,28 Num.18/14,8


2. The Negative vow
A promise to renounce some act or enjoyment for the glory of God

a) Fasting
This was the most common vow of abstinence. It is commanded only on Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement) Gen.37/34, Joshua 7/6, Judges 20/28, 1Sam.7/6
This vow was quite common in Israel.

b) Nazaritism You had to deny yourself. (see below)

c) Conclusion It was an expression of devotion to God. It had no necessary merit. Deut.23/22 It was an act of worship and voluntary in the OT. The vow of a of a wife or daughter was not valid unless approved by the husband or father by his silence. Num.30 Try shouting that one from the housetops in our modern society Smile

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Nazaritism

The Text Num.6/1f

vs 2- It can be a man or women
vs3-4- You can eat or drink nothing from the grape vine
vs 5- He can't cut his hair
vs 6- you can't touch a dead body. Even your own family

The Hebrew Term
Nazer - one who is consecrated. The word for crown is taken from this word

Two Types of Nazarite

a) a Nazarite for a definite period Num. 6
Setting oneself aside for a period to seek the Lord or do some work in ones life

b) A Nazarite from the womb. This was imposed at birth.
1 Sam.1- Samuel
Judges 13- Samson
Luke 1- John the Baptist

Requirements

a) renounce everyting fro the grape vine
b) not cut his hair
c) could touch nothing dead

The Breaking of the vow of Nazaritism
Num.6/13-21

The Meaning of the Nazarite

Num.6/2,8 It signified the consecration of the whole life unto God and separation from the things of the world. during the period of separation he was as a priest to God. He fulfilled the same requirements they did while they were serving as ministers.
Lev.10/8-9,21/10-11

The long hair signified the high priests crown because the word Nazarite is the same Heb. word for crown. The word for the high priests crown is the same word from which we get Nazarite. The same root word but different pronunciation. Separation unto God was to be taken seriously.
11 Peter 2. In the NT we are all separated unto God and priests

Just my opinion here but I think this had tremendous spiritual benefit to a pious Israelite. Setting himself apart to the Lord for a time to effect deliverance or freedom from some sin or to do a work in their life. I think Heb 5/7 is a direct reference here. Also Acts 21/23-26 Paul


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Purifications

1. Ceremonial defilement
These were ritual uncleanness (ritual as opposed to sinful) where people had to be restored to cleanness.

a) Death It is viewed as unclean in the OT. Touching a dead body or it happening in the same house as you or touching something connected with it. Touching an unclean dead animal. If you touched a clean animal that died unnaturally you became unclean.
Num.19/13- This is the ritual that cleanses you from this. Slaying a perfect red heifer burning it and mixing its ashes with water and sprinkling you or your house or whatever became defiled by death.

Two Aspects to the Waters of Purification.

a) A clean person who touched the water or the heifer became unclean. Why? To express the infectious character of death. Its unnatural and awful. Anything pertaining to it made it unclean. Death is the ultimate expression of Gods judgement against sin.

b) The waters of purification were themselves clean and holy. Because they cleansed those who were defiled. The ashes were gathered by someone who was clean and taken to a clean place until they were needed. Then they were mixed with the water.



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Purification after childbirth

Lev. 12/1-8
A women was unclean after childbirth. 7 days and 33 days for a boy and 14 days and 66 days for a girl. They had to offer a burnt offering and a sin offering.
Vs 7 -"she shall be cleansed from the issue of her blood" The women was ritually unclean because of the issue of blood.

Lev. 12/7 with Lev. 15/19-28 This also included the menstrual cycle. In the OT a women couldn't come into the temple during the menstrual cycle. Only those pure and clean with no ritual defilement.

Anything unnatural relating to the private organs was not to come into the temple until clean.

Why 66 days for a girl vs 33 for a boy? Its not the fact of boy or girl but the mother in her uncleanness. A girl will also eventually add to the ritual uncleanness of the issue of blood.

Luke 2/22-24 This offering was for the mother not the child

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Purification from Leprosy

This was very important because of its connection to the curse. Sickness disease and death were in the curse. Leprosy was singled out because it was a type of living death. IN leprosy it is singled out because it is a graphic living description of death.

Lev.14/1-8 restores him to the nation -1st ritual
Lev.14/9-32 restores him to the temple - 2nd ritual
Lev.14/33- leprosy clinging to a house or garment

Purification from Sexual Issues

Lev. 15

Purification for a Nazarite who defiled himself

Num.6

The Lord in showing these things to Israel is showing them that the curse and sickness etc are the curse because of sin. Depicting it very graphically. The point is the OT shows that these things are unclean and defiling and you can't come into
Gods presence with them

Re: OT Theology # 9 The Vow, Nazaritism & Purifications [message #12431 is a reply to message #12421 ] Sun, 11 February 2018 10:28 Go to previous message
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Moral defilement

1. The Trial of Jealousy

Num. 5/11-31
vs 18 with 1Cor. 11- the head covering. She now has no symbol of authority on her head. She has no protection except her own righteousness if any.
Holy Water? vs. 17 Probably water out of the Laver.
The dust in the water? vs 17 Eating dust is the mark of a curse or of deepest shame and humility. eg Gen 3/14, Ps.72/9, Micah 7/17, Isaiah 49/23
Why was the dust mixed with holy water? It signified the entrance into the innermost parts of the women of the divine curse on adultery. Some suggest this was a psychosomatic illness. It is a supernatural judgement upon this sin.

2. The deliverance of Suspicion from Blood Guiltiness.

Deut. 21/1-9 Unsolved murder! This was not an atonement or sacrifice. The priest and Levites were there only to officiate.
The purpose was not to make an atonement. There was no blood sacrifice offered by the priests. This was capital punishment. The animal was a substitute. The elders washed their hands over it so the guilt from that town was washed away.
These were added to the law because God required that even secret sins were to be dealt with if he was to dwell in the midst of Israel.

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