Numbers 6:2-5 (KJV)
Speak unto the children of Israel, and say unto them, When either man or woman shall separate themselves to vow a vow of a Nazarite, to separate themselves unto the LORD:
He shall separate himself from wine and strong drink, and shall drink no vinegar of wine, or vinegar of strong drink, neither shall he drink any liquor of grapes, nor eat moist grapes, or dried.
All the days of his separation shall he eat nothing that is made of the vine tree, from the kernels even to the husk.
All the days of the vow of his separation there shall no razor come upon his head: until the days be fulfilled, in the which he separateth himself unto the LORD, he shall be holy, and shall let the locks of the hair of his head grow.
Gill reminds us that, especially in the case of women, they were only free to make this striking vow if they were “at their own disposal.”
- A child would not be free to make this vow without parental consent
- Neither would the wife
In these cases their obligations could be disannulled by those authorities above them
Nevertheless this demonstrates that both men and women may (and that means some ought) make extreme choices in their service of God. It might be:
- An offering,
- A fast or
- A period dedicated to worship, Bible study and prayer
The Christian faith is neither male nor female. It is for one and all to give themselves to the Lord.
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