“Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life.” Proverbs 4:23
We previously posted a lesson about the powerful Nazirite judge of Israel – Samson. (August 2011) His life has many lessons for us today so I think it would be a good idea to take two weeks to study his life.
A Nazirite vow was a serious commitment between a man or woman and God…a setting apart…a special consecration. They would be willing to avoid all contact with any dead body…separate themselves from anything pertaining to the grape or grapevine and as a visible manifestation of their holy vow…no razor was to take any of the hair on their head all of the days of their consecration. In Samson’s case , he was called to a lifelong consecration from his mother’s womb! Sadly, we have read about the poor choices Samson made even though he was mightily blessed by God with supernatural strength and was called to judge Israel for twenty years.
Samson went against the advice of his parents to marry a God-fearing Israelite woman choosing a Philistine woman instead because he liked the way she looked! (Remember…these were the days that everyone did what is right in their own eyes and stopped obeying God? Sound familiar???) He did not learn from his mistakes and made other poor associations with those that sought his defeat. This might be a good time to teach about the bondage that the enemy of our soul wishes to put God’s children under. As a result of Samson’s disregard of his sacred vows, he was blinded, bound , and imprisoned with the lowly task of grinding grain.
There is hope for this poor soul, because scripture tells us “…however the hair of his head began to grow again after it was shaved…” I’m sure Samson had a lot of time to reflect on his sinful behavior and was able to confess and repent because we read about him in Hebrews 11:32 as joining the ranks of the faithful. When he was called to be brought to the idol temple to be mocked by the pagans gathered, he called on the Lord GOD (Jehovah) to remember him with strength once more.
Note: Depending on your translation there are two ways to spell Nazirite…or Nazarite!