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As the children of Israel were ready to embark on their journey to the Promised Land, God told Moses to bless the people. The blessing is the famous Aaronic Benediction found in Numbers chapter 6. In addition to the Aaronic Benediction, we also read about the laws pertaining to the Nazarite vow.

The Nazarite vow could be taken by either a male or female. It was a vow of separation. The person had to abstain from all drink obtained from the grape vine, could not shave or go near a dead person.

God has given us an understanding of many types and shadows in the Old Testament. For example, we understand from reading the New Testament that Jesus is our Passover lamb who was sacrificed for the sins of the world. It was through this revelation that we entered into our new life with God. The name "Jesus" (Yeshuah in Hebrew) means "Yahweh saves." There are many other wonderful revelations. Some are well known and others are not so well known. They give us important details about God's unfolding plan and also bring to light dramatic evidence of His great love for us.

Does your heart cry out for an ever closer walk with God? If so, it is no accident that you found your way to this page. I want you to know that your fellowship with God is assured through the precious blood of Jesus. When you accepted His sacrifice for your sins, your response qualified you for this wonderful blessing. Accordingly, an intimate relationship with God and a victorious lifestyle also requires a response from your heart. If you draw near to Him, He will draw near to you. This assurance is a promise from God.

The revelation given to us in the Nazarite vow presents a picture of who we are as committed believers. It shows us the way toward a victorious lifestyle. It leads us toward a life of intimacy with our heavenly father. As you read the Nazarite vow on the next page, please remember that, as a believer, your right standing with God is a gift through the finished work of the Lord Jesus Christ. It is not something you earned yourself. Also, remember that God is drawing you a beautiful picture - a shadow - of something that was to come at some future time. Shadows gain significance through that which casts them. That which casts this shadow is far more meaningful than the shadow itself. In other words, the shadow of the Nazarite vow is a ritual that points toward a future realily that is stunningly beautiful. I know of nothing more beautiful than the devotion that is shown between two people who are passionately in love with one another. Today, we live in the reality of the Nazarite Vow, which is a life of passionate love, devotion and obedience toward God.

I pray that you find inspiration and strengthen to continue separating yourself from worldly things in order to have a more intimate relationship with your heavenly Father, who loves you more than words can describe.

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