Chapter-a-Day Numbers 6

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“Also, for the duration of the consecration you must not have your hair cut. Your long hair will be a continuing sign of holy separation to God.” Numbers 6:5 (MSG)

Many years ago I had a client I visited on a quarterly basis. In the client’s office was a man who stood out from the crowd for many reasons. Chiefly, he stood out because of his long hair. It was extremely strange to see a professional man his age with hair that long. It fell almost down to his butt. After my first double-take, I figured the man was spending his after work hours trying to live out a teenage dream of being in a 80’s hair band.

As my colleagues and I got to know Mr. Hair Band Man over several business trips, we began to learn the much deeper purpose of his long hair. He told the story of a friend who had lost his way and ended up in prison. In an attempt to share the love of Jesus in a tangible way, he told this friend that he was going to take a Nazirite vow like the one described in today’s chapter. He would make a special consecration to God and would not cut his hair until his friend got out of prison. It was almost ten years when his friend was released and he finally cut his hair. His vow and his long hair became a powerful witness to his friend of his love, faith and commitment.

Looking back over my journey, I realize that there are stretches of life’s road that call for special times of consecration. There are periods of time when we may be called to be “set apart” for a special purpose; we may need to consecrate ourselves to God in a unique and more radical way. The purpose of this time of consecration may be public and relational, or it may be private and deeply personal. Either way, vows of consecration and their faithful maintenance can pave the way to new and powerful spiritual horizons.

One thought on “Chapter-a-Day Numbers 6”

  1. 24 God bless you and keep you,
    25 God smile on you and gift you,
    26 God look you full in the face
    and make you prosper.

    I can never remember where this blessing is in the BIble. Granted, I don’t remember to check back in the book of Numbers! I have always enjoyed hearing how ministers make this their own for the benediction at church.
    This chapter reminds me how making a commitment to God in the OT required following very strict requirements. Could any of us do that today? I suppose if we had to we would try. Jesus Christ removed many of the traditions and requirements by losing his life for us, but shouldn’t we still be equally as devoted? Its a good thought for me today.

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