Thoughts and Reflection
Today we read more discussion about the Nazirite vow. What is this exactly? It is a vow to keep one’s hair uncut and not drink alcohol. It is not a lifelong vow. It is simply a dedication of a certain time to the Lord. After the vow was complete, the person would cut their hair and offer it to the Lord.
In Deuteronomy, we have the Shema which is Hebrew for “hear.” This is the first rule to promote a relationship with God and one another. The people of Israel were instructed to take God’s words and bind them on their foreheads and arms. These were known as phylacteries. What were they? They were leather boxes containing the words of the Old Testament that were strapped to one’s forehead and arms. In the Catholic faith, we do something similar when we hear the priest say before reading the Gospel “Glory to you, O Lord” the priest and the congregation make a sign of the cross on our foreheads, lips, and hearts.
About This Project
For the year 2022, I decided that my New Year’s Resolution was to read the whole Bible following the Bible in the Year plan presented by Fr. Mike Schmitz. It is a big and bold undertaking. You can follow along by subscribing. Feel free to look at previous day’s post and comment. It’s something we can all learn from together!
1 Yahweh spoke to Moses and said,
4 For the duration of his vow he will eat nothing that comes from the vine, not even juice of unripe grapes or skins of grapes.
6 For the entire period of his vow to Yahweh, he will not go near a corpse,
7 he will not make himself unclean for his father or his mother, or his brother or his sister, should they die, since on his head he carries his vow to his God.
8 Throughout the whole of his vow he is a person consecrated to Yahweh.
10 On the eighth day, he will bring two turtledoves or two young pigeons to the priest, at the entrance to the Tent of Meeting.
11 The priest will offer one as a sacrifice for sin, and the other as a burnt offering and will then perform for the person the rite of expiation for the pollution which he has contracted from the corpse. He will consecrate his head that same day;
12 he will vow himself to Yahweh for the period of his nazirate, and will bring a male yearling lamb as a sacrifice of reparation. The timealready spent will not count, since his hair had become unclean.
14 bringing his offering to Yahweh: an unblemished male yearling lamb as a burnt offering, an unblemished yearling ewe lamb as a sacrifice for sin, an unblemished ram as a peace offering,
15 and a basket of unleavened loaves made of fine flour mixed with oil, and of unleavened wafers spread with oil, with the cereal offerings and libations appropriate to them.
19 The priest will take the shoulder of the ram, as soon as it is cooked, with an unleavened cake from the basket, and an unleavened wafer, and put them into the hands of the nazirite once he has shaved off his hair.
20 With these he will make the gesture of offering before Yahweh; as it is a holy thing, it reverts to the priest, in addition to the forequarter that has been presented and the thigh that has been set aside. After this, the nazirite may drink wine.
21 “Such is the ritual for the nazirite. If, besides his hair, he has also vowed a personal offering to Yahweh, he will (apart from anything else that his means allow) fulfil the vow that he has made, in addition to what the ritual prescribes for his hair.”
22 Yahweh spoke to Moses and said,
24 May Yahweh bless you and keep you.
25 May Yahweh let his face shine on you and be gracious to you.
26 May Yahweh show you his face and bring you peace.”
2 And hence, if, throughout your lives, you fear Yahweh your God and keep all his laws and commandments, which I am laying down for you today, you will live long, you and your child and your grandchild.
7 You shall tell them to your children, and keep on telling them, when you are sitting at home, when you are out and about, when you are lying down and when you are standing up;
11 with houses full of good things you have not provided, with wells you have not dug, with vineyards and olive trees you have not planted, and then, when you have eaten as much as you want,
12 be careful you do not forget Yahweh who has brought you out of Egypt, out of the place of slave-labour.
13 Yahweh your God is the one you must fear, him alone you must serve, his is the name by which you must swear.
17 Keep the commandments of Yahweh your God, and his instructions and laws which he has laid down for you,
22 Before our eyes, Yahweh worked great and terrible signs and wonders against Egypt, against Pharaoh and his entire household.
1 You who live in the secret place of Elyon, spend your nights in the shelter of Shaddai,
2 saying to Yahweh, ‘My refuge, my fortress, my God in whom I trust!’
11 he has given his angels orders about you to guard you wherever you go.
12 They will carry you in their arms in case you trip over a stone.