[bible1year] Devotional comments on Numbers 4-6

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From: glen_stewart@...
Date: 10 Feb 2016 12:42:10 -0000
        Chapter 5 covers the separation from defilement 
(separation from those unclean). The unclean included 
the leper and the one defiled by physical secretion or 
by contact with physical death. This condition 
incapacitated one to serve the living God, and 
illustrates the necessity of judging and putting away 
sin as a barrier to divine fellowship and service.

        Restitution had to be made when a person 
committed wrong in the camp. This restitution is covered 
in verses 5-10. Unconfessed sin cannot be condoned among 
God's people. The grace of God, which grants unlimited 
forgiveness, would be tragic if it did not discipline 
the believer. As believers, we must deny ungodliness and 
worldly lusts, and live soberly and righteously before 
God in this present evil world.

        Chapter 6 is a continuation of the laws begun in 
chapter 5. Verses 1-8 cover the vow of the Nazarite. 
This was a voluntary dedication of a person of himself 
to the Lord. It involved abstinence from wine, symbolic 
of the natural pleasures of life (
Psalm 104:15), and even of grapes in any form, 
representing earthly joys harmless in themselves, but 
which cannot give the believer the delight in the Lord 
which his heart craves. The Nazarite vow also involved 
long hair, which is, in New Testament teaching, 
considered to be a reproach to a man (1 Corinthians 
11:14). His long hair was the outward badge that he was 
willing to bear rejection for the Lord. The vow also 
entailed rigid separation from ceremonial uncleanness 
contracted by contact with a dead body, even that of a 
close loved one. Although Samson, Samuel, and John the 
Baptist were Nazarites, yet the type finds its complete 
fulfillment in our incarnate Lord, who, completely 
devoted to the Father, allowed no natural tie to 
distract Him from His heavenly mission. He was holy, 
harmless, undefiled, separate from sinners.

        Various sacrificial rituals were prescribed for 
the cleansing of the Nazarite from defilement. All of 
them point to the finished redemptive work of Christ. 
Defilement of a dedicated saint is cleansed only by 
confession and forgiveness (1 John 1:7-9).