Was John the Baptist a Nazarite? (Video Answer)


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Speaker 2

Number three.

Speaker 1

Alright. Number three was John the Baptist a nazareite.

Speaker 2

Very good question.

Speaker 1

What do you think? Jump in. I’ll just jump in. And I think Luke one, verse 15 is where we Bible verse, where John’s mother was commissioned to raise him as a Nazareth from his birth. So we have the angel speaking to Zacharias, I believe. And he says, the angel speaking will be great of John. He will be great in the sight of the Lord and shall drink neither wine nor strong drink. He will also be filled with the Holy Spirit, even from his mother’s womb. And so when we see the phrase shall drink neither wine nor strong drink, there are other Bible verses that equate this with the Nazareite vow, that when a woman is pregnant and she should drink no strong drink, and when the child is brought up to not drink strong drink, among other things, it’s an indication that he’s going to take this Nazareth vow. And so one of them is abstaining from strong drink. And we see that in the verse we just read. But the vow of the Nazareth comprises mostly of three things, and that’s found in Numbers, chapter six versus three, four, five and six. And so the first thing in that chapter is talking about wine and strong drink.

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He shall separate himself from wine and similar drink. And he shall drink neither vinegar made from wine nor vinegar made from similar drink. Neither shall he drink any grape juice, nor eat fresh grapes or raisins. So people who take on that vow don’t even drink grape juice or anything that is of the fruit of the grape. All the days of his separation he shall eat nothing that is produced by the grape vine from the seed to the skin. I actually know a person who has claimed to take the Nazaret vow, and he’s come over to my house several times, and if I’m offering anything with grape juice or fruit punch that has grape juice, he does not take it. And so I’ve learned to give him Apple juice instead. The second thing is allowing the head of to grow. And the verse, it says, all the days of the vow of his separation, no razor shall come upon his head until the days are fulfilled for which he separated himself to the Lord. He shall be Holy. Then he shall let the locks of the hair of his head grow. So they let their hair grow out until their vowel is fulfilled, whatever that vowel may be.

Speaker 1

And then the third thing is that.

Speaker 2

Oh, just one point on that. It’s interesting. There was someone who had a lifelong Nazarene valve. Right. And could never cut his hair or shouldn’t have ever cut his hair.

Speaker 1

Yeah, you’re talking about Samson. Yeah, we’ll get to that right after I get through the third one. Number 66. All the days that he separates himself to the not go near a dead body. So they’re not supposed to have anything from the fruit of the vine or grapes, nothing to do with it. They’re supposed to grow their hair out and they’re supposed to avoid anything dead or decaying. And Samson, like you said, Jay was someone who should not have cut his hair. He was supposed to be an azarite that would glorify God, and he was blessed with strength, and he knew that. And he knew that if he was ever to cut his hair or have his hair cut that he would lose his strength. But many people think that’s the one thing that Samson did that made him lose his Nazareth vow. I’m not sure where the verse is, but when it first starts talking of Samson in the book of judges, I believe maybe not.


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He has an example of him going through the vineyard and the wine presses of the Philistines where he finds a philistine lady that caught his eye. He should not have been there in the first place because he’s not supposed to be around grapes. Judges 14, verse five. So Samson went down to Timna with his father and mother and came to the vineyards of Timna. Now, to his surprise and so on and so forth. He wasn’t supposed to be around vineyards. He wasn’t supposed to be around wine presses. If he was a true Nazareth, he was supposed to be staying away from anything of the grape. So many people think, oh, he cut his hair and that’s what did it. No, it was actually a lifestyle prior to that.

Speaker 2

And anything around the carcass of the lion he ripped up.

Speaker 1

Exactly. There are different ways that the Bible shows us Samson was not true to his Nazareth vow. And the good point. There are people to this day, like I said, I know someone who has a Nazareth vow, and I found that people who take on this Nazareth vow tend to be feast keepers of the old testament. Like feasts that had to do with the Tabernacle. They still keep the Passover, and those things have been fulfilled. So there are some people who might say, should I still take up Azarite vow like they did in the old testament? And I think to a certain extent, if one is impressed to take an azurite vow and they feel convicted, then that’s between them and the Lord. But my experience, limited as it may be, has found that those who do that tend to accept things in the Bible that have already been fulfilled, and it kind of distracts them from things like the three Angels message and righteousness by faith, because they fall into it’s a fine line, I think. And that’s just really it’s.

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