Numbers 6 Outline
– The procedure for dedicating oneself to to God as a Nazarite (Numbers 6:1-21)
– How the priest is to say when blessing the Israelites (Numbers 6:22-27)
Numbers 6 Summary
Numbers 6:1-21 is about the rite for separating oneself to God as a Nazarite. A man or woman who wants to be a Nazarite should abstain from wine or fermented drink or grape juice or grapes or raisins. The Nazarite must abstain from anything made from grapevine including the seeds and skins. The Nazarite must not cut his or her hair. The Nazarite must not go near a dead body including that of his own parents and siblings because the symbol of his separation to God is on the head. He is to shave off the hair on the head if someone die in his presence. Then, he is to bring 2 doves or 2 young pigeons to the priest at the entrance on the 8th day. One of the birds will be used as sin offering while the other bird will be used as burnt offering. On the day he bring the offering, he must consecrate his head and start all over because he was defiled and the previous days are no longer counted.
After the period of his separation is over, he must bring a year-old male lamb without defect for a burnt offering, a year-old ewe lamb without defect for a sin offering, a ram without defect for a peace offering. After the priest has presented the sin offering and burnt offering, he will present the basket of unleavened bread, the ram as fellowship offering along with the meat offering and drink offering.
After that, the Nazarite must shave off his hair and burn it under the sacrifice of the peace offering. Next, the priest will place a boiled shoulder of the ram, and a cake and a wafer from the basket, both made without yeast into the hand of the Nazarite. The Nazarite will wave them as wave offering and it will belong to the priest. After this, the Nazarite can drink wine.
In Numbers 6:22-27, God commanded Moses to tell Aaron that they are to say, ‘The LORD bless thee, and keep thee: The LORD make his face shine upon thee, and be gracious unto thee: The LORD lift up his countenance upon thee, and give thee peace. And they shall put my name upon the children of Israel; and I will bless them. ‘ when blessing the Israelites.
Numbers 6 Bible Study
1. Dedicating yourself to God completely
The Nazarite vow is a vow made a person who wants to dedicate himself or herself to God. Christians must deny their ownself and carry their cross in order to follow Jesus. You must dedicate your life to God and let him be in charge of every area of your life completely. If you completely surrender to God, the Holy Spirit will lead you in all things and he will change you into more and more like Jesus Christ. In James 4:7, submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. In Romans 12:21, be not overcome of evil, but overcome evil with good. In Jeremiah 10:23, O LORD, I know that the way of man is not in himself: it is not in man that walketh to direct his steps. In Matthew 16:24, Then said Jesus unto his disciples, If any man will come after me, let him deny himself, and take up his cross, and follow me.
2. God is the source of all things
Numbers 6:22-27 contains the instruction to Aaron on how to bless the Israelites. All blessings comes from God. God is the source of all things. Therefore, if you want anything, you should pray and ask God for it. If you have faith and you are patient and you pray according to his will, God will surely answer your prayer. In 1 Corinthians 8:6, but to us there is but one God, the Father, of whom are all things, and we in him; and one Lord Jesus Christ, by whom are all things, and we by him. In James 4:3, ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts. In 1 John 5:4, for whatsoever is born of God overcometh the world: and this is the victory that overcometh the world, even our faith. In 1 John 3:22, and whatsoever we ask, we receive of him, because we keep his commandments, and do those things that are pleasing in his sight.